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World Policy Press Release: Leaders Commit Time, Knowledge, and Funds for World Policy Around the Table Dinner


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May 2, 2013 NEW YORK—Thought leaders from the policy, media, business, creative, diplomatic, and philanthropic communities gather tonight at The TimesCenter to celebrate global changemakers honored by the World Policy Institute, the nonpartisan center for global thought leadership and publisher of World Policy Journal.

For their global outlook; fresh and constructive approaches to problem solving; ability to engage stakeholders, influencers and a broader audience; and positive impact on the world, the World Policy Institute honors

  • Catalyst, represented by CEO Ilene H. Lang
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Special Guest Julia Ormond, actress and founder of ASSET, and emcee Kathleen Hays of Bloomberg Radio, join our honorees for conversation on the importance of combating groupthink.
Short biographies are below.
Following a brief panel discussion with honorees and the award presentation, World Policy Around the Table will feature curated dinner conversations around the room. Discussion leaders at each table will engage guests around one of six crucial issues that need more attention: sustainable global cities, world financial risk, entrepreneurship ecosystems, closing the gender gap, security across borders, and the arts-policy nexus across all these topics.
“Our founders’ vision over 50 years ago was to promote global cooperation toward the goals of peace and prosperity,” said John H. Watts, Chairman of the World Policy Institute. “Today, we are proud to carry their legacy forward to new generations.”
“Rather than a traditional gala with long, dull speeches, we wanted to bring together people with diverse interests, backgrounds, and perspectives ‘Around the Table’ – in keeping with our belief that policy is relevant to everyone,” said World Policy Institute President Michele Wucker, whose 1996 World Policy Journal article on the Dominican Republic and Haiti helped land her first book contract and launch a career as an author and thought leader. “When people collaborate across issues and interests, we’re much more likely to come up with innovative ideas and solutions outside of conventional wisdom.”
Founded in 1961, the Institute went through several name changes before adopting its current name in 1982 and founding its flagship quarterly magazine, World Policy Journal, in 1983. Key early supporters were the banker Harry B. Hollins; C. Douglas Dillon, who would go on to become Treasury Secretary and later return to the Institute as Chair; the writer Grenville Clark; and Earl D. Osborne of the Institute for International Order. In 1990, the World Policy Institute became part of The New School, a New York City university. In 2007, the World Policy Institute re-established itself as a free-standing organization.
The Institute was one of the first of its kind to look at policy challenges from a transnational rather than purely domestic or foreign perspective. Over the years, the World Policy Institute has made its mark as a leading voice predicting the fall of the Soviet Union, raising awareness of the dangers of nuclear proliferation, putting the economy on the agenda as a security issue, drawing attention to the rising significance of migrant worker remittances, and calling an early warning on the atrocities in Darfur. In 2001 the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service cited World Policy Journal as having published more of the most influential post-Cold War articles than any other magazine.
Major sponsors for tonight’s event include First Eagle Fund, Fragomen, Viacom, Tau Investment, Greylock Capital Management, The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, Partnership For Change, and UBrainTV.
More information on the history of the World Policy Institute, including a full list of Around the Table Sponsors, is available at
About the Honorees
World Social Impact Award honoree Catalyst is the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives through advancing women into business leadership. Widely recognized as a pioneering high-tech executive, President and CEO Ilene H. Lang brings savvy to the advancement of women globally and the business case for closing gender gaps in leadership and pay.
A prolific author and intellectual, Kishore Mahbubani served in the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1971-2004, during which time he served twice as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and President of the UN Security Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World. Dr. Rahul Sagar of Princeton University will accept the World Thought Leader Award on his behalf, following a video message from Professor Mahbubani. 
Special guest, actress and human rights activist Julia Ormond is Founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), the chief sponsor of The California Transparency in Supply Chains Law (SB 657). Her film credits include “Legends of the Fall” and “Che.” She was Executive Producer of the Emmy award winning documentary “Calling the Ghosts.” Julia is the founding co-chair of Film Aid International.
About the World Policy Institute

The World Policy Institute, a center for global thought leadership, focuses on emerging challenges, thinkers, and solutions. Its Fellows program, regular public and private events, policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and debate in support of an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective global governance, and broadened security strategies.



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