At the ATFP 10th Anniversary Gala, a capacity crowd of 650 community members, dignitaries and officials watched five distinguished Palestinian Americans receive ATFP awards.

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MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Dean Obeidallah

Dean Obeidallah

Palestinian-American comedian and political commentator

SPECIAL CONCERT

Malek Jandali 

Syrian-American Composer and Pianist 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Philip Gordon

 White House Middle East Coordinator 

HONOREE

Excellence in Business and Finance


Mr. Talat Othman

The ATFP Award for Excellence in Business and Finance will be presented to Mr. Talat Othman. Mr. Othman is the President of Grove Financial, Inc. and Independent Chairman of Amana Mutual Funds Trust. He is founder of the Arab American Business & Professional Association, Illinois, the Mid America Arab Chairman of Commerce, and past President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. In addition to his business achievements, Mr. Othman is a distinguished philanthropist.

HONOREE

Distinguished Public Service


Rep. Justin Amash

The ATFP Award for Distinguished Public Service will be presented to Representative Justin Amash. Mr. Amash represents Michigan’s Third District in the 113th United States Congress. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010. Mr. Amash is a member of the Joint Economic Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Before his election to Congress, Mr. Amash worked as a business lawyer and a Michigan state representative.

HONOREE

Excellence in Academics


Dr. Saliba Sarsar

The ATFP Award for Academic Excellence will be presented to Dr. Saliba Sarsar. Dr. Sarsar, born and raised in Jerusalem, is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Monmouth University. He is the author of several books, articles and commentaries on the Middle East and two volumes of poetry. Dr. Sarsar is active in Arab-Jewish dialogue and peace building, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2001.

Honorary Host Committee

The Hon. Madeleine Albright
Former United States Secretary of State

The Hon. Samuel R. Berger
Former United States National Security Advisor and Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group

The Hon. Stephen Hadley 
Former United States National Security Advisor, RiceHadleyGates LLC

The Hon. Carla A. Hills
Former U.S. Trade Representative and Chairman and CEO of Hills and Company

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft
Former United States National Security Advisor and President, The Scowcroft Group

 The Hon. John H. Sununu
Former White House Chief of Staff and Former Governor of New Hampshire

Ms. Elizabeth Littlefield
President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Hon. Ed Royce
U.S. Representative from the State of California
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Hon. Eliot Engel 
U.S. Representative from the State of New York
Ranking Member Foreign Affairs Committee

The Hon. Steve Cohen
U.S. Representative from the State of Tennessee

The Hon. Keith Ellison
U.S. Representative from the State of Minnesota

The Hon. Darrell Issa
U.S. Representative from the State of California

The Hon. Richard L. Hanna
U.S. Representative from the State of New York

The Hon. Nick Rahall, II
U.S. Representative from the State of West Virginia

The Hon. Jim Moran
 U.S. Representative from the State of Virginia

The Hon. Adam Schiff 
U.S. Representative for the State of California

The Hon. Gary Ackerman
Former U.S. Representative from the State of New York

 The Hon. Howard Berman
Former U.S. Representative from the State of California

The Hon. Jane Harman
Former U.S. Representative from the State of California
Director, President and CEO of Wilson Center

The Hon. John E. Sununu
Former U.S. Senator from the State of New Hampshire

The Hon. and Mrs. Robert Wexler
Former Congressman and President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

 

H.R.H. Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud
Former Director of General Intelligence, and Former Ambassador of The Kingdon of Saudi Arabia to the United States and the United Kingdom

H.R.H. Prince Firas Ra’ad &
H.R.H. Dana Firas
Prince and Princess of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Head of Mission, Office of the Quartet Representative

H.E. Mohammed Alhussaini Alsharif
Ambassador of League of Arab States to the United States

H.E. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States

H.E. Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States

H.E. Abdallah Baali
Ambassador of the People Democratic Republic of Algeria to the United States of America

H.E. Rachad Bouhlal
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States

H.E. Alia Hatoug-Bouran
Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States

H.E. Nuno Brito
Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

H.E. François Delattre
Ambassador of France to the United States

 H.E. Lukman Faily
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States

H.E. Marina Kaljurand
Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States

H.E. Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the United States

 H.E. Riyad Mansour
Permanent Observer of State of Palestine to the United Nation

H.E. Dr. Hans Peter Manz
Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United States

 H.E. Jan Matthysen
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the United States

H.E. Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States 

H.E. Roble Olhaye
Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to the United States

H.E. Ramón Gil-Casares Satrústegui
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the United States

H.E. György Szapáry
Ambassador of Hungary to the United States

 H.E. Namik Tan
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

H.E. Mohamed M. Tawfik
Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States 

H.E. João Vale de Almeida
Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

H.E. Mauro Vieira
Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the United States

Chairman Berl Bernhard
Chairman, Middle East Investment Initiative and Chairman Emeritus, Aspen Institute

The Hon. Wendy Chamberlain
United States Ambassador and President, The Middle East Institute

Debra DeLee
President and CEO, Americans for Peace Now

The Hon. Richard Erdman
United States Ambassador and Former Senior Advisor, United States Mission to the United Nations

The Hon. Theodore Kattouf
United States Ambassador and President, AMIDEAST

The Hon. Sam Lewis
United States Ambassador and Former Assistant Secretary of State

Daniel Lubetzky
Founder and President, OneVoice Movement

Susan Collin Marks & John Marks
Senior Vice President and President, Search for Common Ground

Robert Mosbacher
Former President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

H.E. Marwan Muasher

Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Vice President for
Studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 The Hon. Richard Murphy
United States Ambassador and Former Assistant Secretary of State

Grover & Samah Norquist
Founder and President, Americans for Tax Reform

The Hon. Thomas Pickering
United States Ambassador and Former Undersecretary of State

Peter J. Tanous
President, Lepercq Lynx Investment Advisory

The Hon. Phil Wilcox
United States Ambassador and President, Foundation for Middle East Peace

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