NCUSAR Announces Award to Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor


Dr. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Dr. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor outside of Whipple Hall at Illinois College, which houses the Khalaf Al Habtoor Leadership Center and the Paul Findley Congressional Museum.

Washington, DC: Dr. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor will be honoured by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at the 23rd Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in Washington, DC this week.

The Council will present its Global Humanitarian and Business Achievement Award to Dr. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor in recognition of his leadership in education, philanthropy, and building bridges between East and West. Former U.S. Congressman, the Honorable Paul Findley will be receiving the award from Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony on Dr. Al Habtoor’s behalf. Mr. Findley is a long-time personal friend of Dr. Al Habtoor.

“I am pleased to receive this award from such a prestigious organisation. It is important that we work hard to strengthen relations between the East and West and break down the barriers that have been created following a rise in extremism. Through organisation like the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations we can foster a better understanding between the American people and the Arab world,” said Dr. Al Habtoor.

The two-day conference, which commences on Tuesday October 28, 2014, has gathered internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people’s needs, concerns, interests and key foreign policy objectives. The 23rd Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, ‘Framing and Charting the Region’s Issues, Interests, Challenges, and Opportunities: Implications for Arab and U.S. Policies,’ will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, founded in 1983, is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. From its offices in Washington, D.C., and through the alumni of its educational programs spread all across the United States, the National Council works with sister organizations to share resources and maximise effectiveness.

The award comes fresh on the heels of another prestigious award received by the Al Habtoor Group Chairman earlier in the month. Al Habtoor delivered a keynote speech, Righting the Wrongs: Democracy and Human Rights, and was honoured with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the C3 U.S.-Arab Summit’s annual conference at the Union League Club in New York City in recognition of his long-term contribution to regional peace, prosperity, philanthropy and support towards building a better understanding between East and West.

Dr. Al Habtoor has been at the forefront of a series of initiatives to improve education in the United States on issues in the Arab world. This support was most recently typified by the launch of a new Pathways to Peace initiative at Illinios College in Jacksonville, Illinios.

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