Walter and Leonore Annenberg Excellence in Diplomacy Award

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy is an annual award given by the American Academy of Diplomacy in recognition of an individual or group who has made exemplary contributions to the field of American diplomacy. It is the Academy’s highest honor and its purpose is to highlight the important contribution of all aspects of diplomacy to the nation’s business.

The Award is presented at the Academy’s Annual Awards Luncheon at the State Department in the fall, during which the recipient acts as keynote speaker. Recipients of the Annenberg Award are recommended by the Academy’s Executive Committee and are approved by the Board of Directors.

William Burns, keynote speaker at 2015 Awards Luncheon
Secretary William Burns, Annenberg Award recipient, accepting his award at the 2015 Awards Luncheon.

 

Recipients of the Annenberg Award:

2016: Robert B. Zoellick
Former World Bank Group President & U.S. Trade Representative

2015: William J. Burns
Under Secretary of State

2014: Carla A. Hills
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

2013: George P. Shultz
Secretary of State

2012: Richard G. Lugar
Senator

Hal Saunders Annenberg Award
Hal Saunders with Academy Chairman and President Thomas Pickering (L) and Ronald Neumann (R)

2011: Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense

2010: Harold Saunders
Director of international affairs, the Kettering Foundation

2009: William Lacy Swing
Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

2008: Ryan C. Crocker
Ambassador to Iraq

2007: Christopher Hill
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

2006: Max M. Kampelman
Head of the United States Delegation to the Negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms

2005: Men and Women of the Foreign and Civil Service
Accepted by Under Secretary R. Nicholas Burns

2004: Joseph J. Sisco
Former Undersecretary of State

2003: John Danforth
Former Senator

2002 Secretary Colin Powell, Senator Lugar 1
Secretary Colin Powell, with Academy Chairman Joseph Sisco and Senator Richard Lugar
2001 Excellence in Diplomacy Award Kofi Annan with Chairman Joe Sisco
Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan, with Chairman Joseph Sisco

2002: Colin L. Powell
Secretary of State

2001: Kofi Annan
UN Secretary General

2000: Richard Lugar & Sam Nunn
Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

1999: Stuart Eizenstat
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

1998: George Mitchell
Peace Negotiations on Northern Ireland

1997: George F. Kennan
Lifetime Contributions to Diplomacy

1996: Dennis Ross
Special Middle East Coordinator

1996: Richard Holbrooke
Dayton Peace Accords on Bosnia

1995: Robert Gallucci
Ambassador-at-Large; North Korean Negotiations

1994: General John Vessey (USA, ret.)
President Emissary to Hanoi for missing American servicemen

1993: Robert Oakley
Special Envoy to Somalia

1991: Vernon Walters
Ambassador to Germany

1990: Thomas Pickering
Ambassador to the United Nations

1989: Rozanne Ridgway
Assistant, Secretary of State for European Affairs

1988: Stephen W. Bosworth
Ambassador to the Philippines

Walter and Leonore Annenberg

Walter and Leonore Annenberg, founders of the Annenberg Foundation

Recipient

Robert B. Zoellick

Former World Bank Group President & U.S. Trade Representative

Access the Remarks by Robert Zoellick here

The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick,

Winner of the 2016 Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy

 

Robert B. Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

 

Zoellick now serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce.  He is a strategic advisor to AXA, the global insurance company.  Zoellick is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  He serves on the boards of the Congressionally-created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency.

 

Bob is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award of the Department of the Treasury, and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his achievements in the course of German unification. The Mexican and Chilean governments awarded him their highest honors for non-citizens, the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, for recognition of his work on free trade, development, and the environment.

 

Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.