2019 Global Leadership Award Dinner

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) cordially invites you to attend and support the 25th annual Global Leadership Award Dinner.

Steve Angel

Chief Executive Officer of Linde plc


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Reception 6PM – Dinner 7PM


Cipriani 25 Broadway New York, NY 10004


Black tie optional

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS) cordially invites you to support the 25th 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 Steve Angel, CEO of Linde plc. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. At AICGS, we are proud that our organization has been a key part of the German-American partnership since 1983 and continues to play a vital role in the transatlantic relationship.

Steve Angel is the Chief Executive Officer of Linde plc. Prior to his current role, he was the President, Chairman, and CEO of Praxair, Inc. Linde plc was established through the merger of U.S.-based Praxair, Inc. and Germany-based Linde AG. Together, with a market capitalization of approximately $90 billion, they form one of the undisputed leaders in their industry. With almost 140 years of experience, Linde plc is dedicated to making our world more productive.


Steve Angel

Chief Executive Officer of Linde plc

Steve Angel is the Chief Executive Officer of Linde plc as well as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to his current position at Linde plc, he was the President, Chairman, and CEO of Praxair, Inc. Mr. Angel joined Praxair in 2001 as the Executive Vice President and was later named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2006. Prior to his tenure at Praxair, Mr. Angel spent 22 years with General Electric. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mr. Angel received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University, where he studied civil engineering. He also holds an MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore. Mr. Angel currently serves on the board of directors of PPG Industries and the U.S.-China Business Council. He is also a member of The Business Council, an association of the Chief Executive Officers of some of the world’s most important business enterprises.

About Linde plc

Linde plc stands for almost 140 years of technological progress and the transatlantic partnership. The company began in 1879 when Carl von Linde founded the Gesellschaft für Linde’s Eismaschinen in Weisbaden, Germany with five other partners. A few years later in 1907, Carl Linde traveled to the United States to establish the Linde Air Products subsidiary. This trip was the start of the company’s dynamic role in the transatlantic space. Today, Linde plc is a leading industrial gas and engineering company that employs roughly 80,000 individuals globally and serves customers in over 100 countries worldwide. Linde plc was established in 2018 through the merger of U.S.-based Praxair, Inc. and Germany-based Linde AG. Linde plc is dedicated to making our world more productive by providing products, technologies, and services that help their customers improve their economic and environmental performance in a continually more connected world.


Dinner sponsorship is not only a sign of one’s regard for Steve Angel, 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 Steve Angel. Please submit your RSVP form by October 15, 2019 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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Associate / $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 Executive Leaders Sponsors
AGCOBASFCredit Suisse
LinklatersSullian & Cromwell LLP
This year’s Corporate Leaders Sponsors
CitiDeloitteDeutsche Bank
Ernestine Schlant BradleyGEJP Morgan
McDermott Will & EmeryMorgan StanleyPJT Partners
PWCPerella Weinberg Partners

Honorary Co-Chairs

Ron Daniels

Ron Daniels

Honorary Co-Chair

Ronald J. Daniels became the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University in 2009. A law and economics scholar, Daniels previously served as provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Order of Canada.

At Johns Hopkins, Daniels has focused his leadership on several key areas: strengthening inter-disciplinary collaboration in research and education, enhancing student access, deepening engagement with the city of Baltimore, and supporting economic and social innovation. During his tenure, the university has launched of a series of multi-disciplinary initiatives aimed at addressing some of society’s most vexing issues, bolstered the efforts of faculty, staff and students to translate discoveries into novel technologies, invested heavily in student access, and extended its significant community partnerships.

Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell

Honorary Co-Chair

Richard A. Grenell has served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany since May 8, 2018. He previously served as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (2001-2008) and founded the global public affairs consultancy, Capitol Media Partners (2009-2017).

Grenell has also worked on six U.S. presidential campaigns, including as chief foreign affairs spokesman to the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. He has contributed to a variety of English and German-language media, from MSNBC and Fox to Bild and Focus. He holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA 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.

Award Presenter

Wolfgang Reitzle

Chairman of the Board of Linde plc

Wolfgang Reitzle studied engineering and economics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

From 1976 to 1999, he worked for the car manufacturer BMW, where in 1987 he was appointed a regular Member of the Executive Board, responsible for research and development. In 1999, Wolfgang Reitzle took over as CEO of the Premier Automotive Group and Vice President of the US car manufacturer Ford. In 2002, he joined the Executive Committee of Linde, a world-leading gasses and engineering company, and was CEO from 2003 to May 2014.

Wolfgang Reitzle is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG, Chairman of the Board of Linde plc, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Medical Park AG, as well as Member of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer SE, Member of the Supervisory Board of Hawesko Holding AG, and Member of the Administrative Board of Ivoclar Vivadent AG.

In May 2014, he founded his own advisory and private equity company, Visioning.

Wolfgang Reitlze received the Global Leadership Award in 2010 and has been a member of AICGS’ Board of Trustees since 2011.


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 15, 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 the Global Leadership Award & AICGS

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 Mr. Angel to the prestigious group of Global Leadership awardees.

View Past GLADs

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Cipriani 25 Broadway

25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA

October 29, 2019

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