2018 Global Leadership Award Dinner

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) cordially invites you to attend and support the 24th annual Global Leadership Award Dinner.


Dr. Kurt Bock

Former Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE


Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Reception 6PM – Dinner 7PM


Cipriani 25 Broadway New York, NY 10004


Black tie optional

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The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) cordially invites you to attend and support the 24th annual Global Leadership Award Dinner. This esteemed award recognizes the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped the partnership between Germany and the United States. This year’s event will honor Dr. Kurt Bock and commemorate the Institute’s 35th anniversary.

Kurt Bock can be proud of BASF’s accomplishments, not just for Germany or the United States, but for the global economy at large. The company’s purpose, “We create chemistry for a sustainable future,” recognizes chemistry’s role in solving the greatest global challenges of our time: a growing need for food, clean water and energy, limited resources, and a booming world population. During Dr. Bock’s tenure as Chairman, BASF actively participated in the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which create the framework for sustainable business practices at the economic, social, and environmental levels. BASF supports the United Nations in the implementation of these goals and, through its research and innovation, enables customers in every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.

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Dr. Kurt Bock

Former Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE

Kurt Bock served as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE from May 2011 to May 2018. He started his career with BASF in 1985 in finance. From 1992 until 1998, Dr. Bock held several management positions in Germany and Brazil for the automotive supplier and electronics company Robert Bosch. He returned to BASF Corporation in New Jersey in 1998 and held various management functions in finance, logistics, and IT. He became Chief Financial Officer and was named to the Board of BASF in 2003. In addition, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation, based in the United States, from 2007-2011. Since 2016 he has been President of the German Chemical Industry Association.

Dr. Bock studied Business Administration at the Universities of Münster and Cologne as well as at Pennsylvania State University in the United States. In 1985, he earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Economics from the University of Bonn.

About BASF

BASF logo

BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future, combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees of BASF Group contribute to the success of customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. BASF operates six Verbund sites and 347 additional production sites worldwide. Its portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5 billion in 2017. Further information is available at www.basf.com.


Dinner sponsorship is not only a sign of one’s regard for Dr. Kurt Bock, but is also an effective way for companies and individuals to showcase their support for a strong German-American partnership in front of an important audience of corporate and government leaders who care deeply about this relationship. We would be delighted by your support of this partnership, and it is our pleasure to request you to join us in celebrating Dr. Kurt Bock. Please submit your RSVP form by October 16, 2018 to India English at ienglish@aicgs.org.

Global Leaders / $50,000+

  • Prominent table for ten, premier seating area
  • A full-page, color advertisement in the gala program booklet (prime placement)
  • Logo listed prominently in the gala program booklet and special logo display at Cipriani

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Executive Leaders / $35,000+

  • Prominent table for ten, preferred seating area
  • A half-page, color advertisement in the gala program booklet
  • Logo listed prominently in the gala program booklet

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Corporate Leaders / $25,000+

  • Table for ten, main seating area
  • Logo listed in gala program booklet

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Business / $15,000+

  • Seating for up to five guests
  • Name listed in the gala program booklet

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Associates / $10,000+

  • Seating for up to two guests
  • Name listed in the gala program booklet

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Individual / $1,500+

  • Single seat
  • Name listed in the gala program booklet

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This year’s Global Leaders Sponsors

BASFDOWFred Langhammer

Kirkland & EllisJill McGovernLinde

This year’s Executive Leaders Sponsors


This year’s Corporate Leaders Sponsors

CitiErnestine Schlant BradleyEvonik

JP Morgan

Honorary Co-Chairs

Ron Daniels

Ron Daniels

Honorary Co-Chair

Ronald J. Daniels became the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University in March 2009. Previously, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania (2005-2009) and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto (1995-2005).

Since arriving at Johns Hopkins, President Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes: enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, increased student accessibility, and community engagement. As Chair of the Executive Committee for Johns Hopkins Medicine, he works closely with the trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, serving as a bridge between the university and health system.

Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell

Honorary Co-Chair

Richard A. Grenell arrived in Germany on May 8, 2018 and presented his credentials to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier the same day.

Grenell was a Partner with Los Angeles-based Capitol Media Partners. He has served as a senior policy and communications advisor for public officials at the local, state, federal and international levels, as well as for a Fortune 300 ranked company.

Grenell is the longest serving U.S. spokesman and political appointee at the UN in history having served from 2001-2008. In 2012, Grenell briefly served as Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Spokesman. His appointment made him the first openly gay spokesman for a Republican Presidential candidate. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and advised four U.S. Ambassadors – John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad in the eight years at the UN. Grenell was also appointed in 2004 as an Alternate Representative to the UN Security Council with full voting rights and privileges.

Grenell served as the United States Spokesman during the world body’s most turbulent time. He led communications strategies on issues such as the war on terrorism, peacekeeping operations, the conflict in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation, Israel’s security and the UN’s Oil for Food Corruption investigation, to name a few.

Prior to his tenure at the UN, Grenell served as a spokesman for New York Governor George Pataki’s Administration, San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, Congressman Mark Sanford and Congressman Dave Camp, former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Grenell has also served as the spokesman for many state and federal political candidates including three U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Grenell has written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CBSNews, CNN and the Washington Times. Grenell’s twitter feed was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Political sites in 2014.

Grenell taught at The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and was an Advisory Board Member of Newsmax Media. He also previously served on the Langley Intelligence Group Advisory Board.

Grenell received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel College.

Emily Margarethe Haber

Emily Margarethe Haber

Honorary Co-Chair

Emily Margarethe Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018.

Immediately prior to this, Haber, a career foreign service officer, was deployed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary overseeing security and migration at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. In this capacity, she worked closely with the US administration on topics ranging from the fight against international terrorism to global cyberattacks and cybersecurity.

In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary at the Foreign Office, the first woman to hold either post. Earlier in her career, she served at the German Embassy in Ankara; in Berlin, she has served as Deputy Head of the Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Division, as Director of the OSCE Division, and as Deputy Director-General for the Western Balkans. Emily Haber has extensive knowledge of the Soviet Union and Russia, having worked both in the Soviet Union Division at the German Foreign Office and, on various occasions, at the German Embassy in Moscow, where she served as Head of the Economic Affairs Section and Head of the Political Affairs Department.

Emily Haber attended schools in New Delhi, Bonn, Paris, Brussels, Washington, and Athens. From 1975 to 1980, she studied history and ethnology in Cologne, earning her PhD with a dissertation on German foreign policy during the Morocco crisis on the eve of World War I.

Emily Haber is married to Hansjörg Haber. The couple has two sons.

Christoph Heusgen

Christoph Heusgen

Honorary Co-Chair

Ambassador Christoph Heusgen was appointed Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations on July 26, 2017. Prior to this appointment and since 2005, Heusgen was the Foreign Policy and Security Adviser to his country’s Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. He served as Director and Head of the Policy Unit for High Representative Javier Solana in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union from 1999 to 2005.

Between 1988 and 1999, Heusgen served in various capacities at the Foreign Office in Bonn, including Deputy Director-General for European Affairs from 1997 to 1999; Head of Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel’s Private Office in charge of European Affairs from 1993 to 1997, serving as Deputy Head since 1994. From 1990 and 1992, he was Deputy Head of the special section in charge of negotiations on the Treaty of Maastricht. He held the position of Private Secretary to the Coordinator for German-French Relations from 1988 to 1990.

From 1986 to 1988, Heusgen worked in Germany’s Paris Embassy, having begun his foreign service career in the Press and Economic Affairs Office of his country’s Consulate in Chicago, where he worked from 1983 to 1986. He joined the foreign service in 1980.

Heusgen is a graduate of the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland, and Georgia South College in the United States. He earned a post-graduate degree from the University of Saint Gallen in 1980.


Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York City – Financial District: 0.2 miles (4 minutes)
  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park: 0.3 miles (6 minutes)
  • W New York Downtown Hotel: 0.2 miles (3 minutes)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport

Bowling Green

Black tie optional means that male guests are invited to wear tuxes and women may wear evening gowns or cocktail dresses — what you would wear at a black-tie affair — but you don’t have to. It’s fine for men to wear nice dark suits and for women to wear dresses that aren’t necessarily Oscar-night material.

The Dinner runs until about 10pm.

Please also consider contacting your hotel for recommendations on driving services.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

If you are interested in an advertising package, please contact Ms. India English at ienglish@aicgs.org. A Half-Page Ad is priced at $2,500 and a Full-Page Ad is priced at $3,000. Please note that the Gala Program Booklet is 5½” x 8 ½”, and advertising packages are deductible as a business expense in the U.S.

About GLAD

Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, AICGS provides a comprehensive program of public forums, policy studies, research, and fellowships designed to enrich the political, corporate, and scholarly constituencies it serves. The Institute’s mission is to promote a better understanding of the challenges and choices facing Germany and the United States in a broader global arena. Every year we present our Global Leadership Award to recognize the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped our countries’ partnership.

We are honored to welcome Dr. Bock to the prestigious group of Global Leadership awardees.
In this, our 35th anniversary year, we are pleased to extend this invitation to you and request your support and attendance at this annual event hosted by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

We would be honored for you to be among the ca. 400-500 guests we receive each year and who support the event. Below you will find an RSVP form. Please visit us online at www.aicgs.org and on Twitter and Facebook @AICGS to learn more about the Institute and #AICGSglad. We look forward to seeing you on October 30. For further information, please contact India English, Finance and Development Coordinator at 1 (202) 672-1303 or ienglish@aicgs.org.

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Cipriani 25 Broadway

25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA

October 30, 2018

Cipriani 25 Broadway
25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA