On October 4, the EastWest Institute (EWI) held its Annual Gala where it honored Dean Kamen with its Global Change Agent Award, and Antony J. Blinken with the John Edwin Mroz Global Statesman Award. The ceremony was held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.
Kamen was recognized for of his indelible contributions to global progressive change through innovation in technology, As a noted inventor, entrepreneur and tireless advocate for science and technology, Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have improved lives and expanded the frontiers of healthcare worldwide.
“Dean Kamen is one of our country’s leading thinkers who has re-invented the face of innovation,” noted Ross Perot, Jr., Chairman of the EastWest Institute. “His FIRST Global initiative, inspiring science and technology leadership in young people from every nation, further showcases Dean’s passion to create a better world for generations to come. These are values that resonate with the EastWest Institute and throughout its programmatic work.”
The institute also recognized Antony J. Blinken with the John Edwin Mroz Global Statesman Award. As Deputy Secretary of State in the administration of President Barack Obama, Blinken helped to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL and global terrorism, the rebalance to Asia and the global refugee crisis.
“As a former colleague at the State Department, I watched Tony help reform and advance the art of diplomacy in a world where building trust is more crucial than ever. As a lifelong friend, I look forward to witnessing his further contributions and insights as to how states can better engage toward the advancement of shared economic and security interests,” commented Ambassador Cameron Munter, EWI’s CEO and president.
The evening’s program featured a discussion with special guest, Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer, led by Bloomberg TV anchor, Betty Liu. David Webb, noted radio talk show host on SiriusXM Patriot, served as Master of Ceremonies.