National Council on US-Arab Relations 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration

November 16, 2023

Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

On November 16, 2023, the National Council held a special evening celebration of the 40th anniversary of its establishment as a Washington-based, non-profit, educational NGO. As the Council commemorated four decades of promoting educational and cultural understanding, it honored and recognized outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to building bridges between the United States and the Arab region. There were also keynote remarks by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud during the program as well as music, entertainment, and a unique silent auction in support of the Council's educational mission.

  • HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Remarks: Transcript, Video
  • Presentation of U.S.-ARAB BRIDGE-BUILDING AWARD to General (Ret.) David Petraeus: Video
  • Presentation of PUBLIC SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to H.E. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein: Video
  • Presentation of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Dr. John Duke Anthony: Video
  • Presentation of DISTINGUISHED BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD to Dr. Mohamed El-Erian: Video



Full Gala Program:



Speakers and Honorees:


HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Chairman
Keynote Speaker


General (Ret.) David Petraeus

General (Ret.) David Petraeus
KKR Partner and KKR Global Institute Chairman
U.S.-Arab Bridge-Building Award


H.E. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein

H.E. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein
Deputy Speaker Egyptian Parliament
Chairman of Cleopatra Group

Public Service Achievement Award


The Honorable Dina Powell McCormick

The Honorable Dina Powell McCormick
BDT & MSD Partners Vice Chair and President of Global Client Services
Distinguished Achievement in Service Award


Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian
University of Cambridge (UK) Queens' College President
Distinguished Business Leadership Award


Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony
National Council Founding President & CEO (1983-2023)
Lifetime Achievement Award





  logo of the cleopatra group  


  emblem of Saudi Arabia   emblem of Kuwait  


emblem of Embassy of Oman   emblem of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center


  national emblem of Qatar   emblem of the UAE  


logo of saudi aramco logo of Parsons


emblem of Bahrain logo of TCW logo of LEO A DALY


logo of SAUDIA logo of The Washington Diplomat logo of HSBC


logo of Qatar Airways logo of Mandarin Oriental, Boston logo of Turkish Airlines


logo of the Fife and Drum Inn logo of Truth Alone Triumphs Global Enterprises, LLC logo of JDB Entertainment Global


logo of the U.S.-Saudi Business Council    


Dr. John Duke and Ms. Cynthia Anthony

Mr. Kevin Rosser

Mr. John Lattanzia

Richard and Janet Mancino