About the award
The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards the IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East annually to recognize outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Israeli Jew and one Arab Muslim, whether or not a citizen of Israel, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The two individuals whose work is judged to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred toward "the other" share a $10,000 prize. The winners are selected by a prestigious international selection committee.
About Victor J. Goldberg
Victor J. Goldberg retired from IBM in 1993 as a corporate vice president after a 34-year career at the company. Mr. Goldberg received both his undergraduate and his M.B.A. degrees from Northwestern University. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education in 1979, is a member of its Executive Committee and served for 13 years as vice chairman of the Board. He has served as a trustee of the International Fellowship Program, a Ford Foundation initiative for underserved populations around the world, and also serves on the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee and the board of Education Through Music, a non-profit organization running music programs for over 15,000 students in underserved urban neighborhoods.
To be eligible for the Prize, at least one of the nominated individuals must be an alumna/us of any program administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), or any exchange program funded by any of IIE's sponsors and administered by another organization. See below for a list of selected IIE sponsors and partners. Alumni of the following IIE-administered programs, among others, are encouraged to apply: Fulbright Programs, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, International Visitor Leadership Program (formerly International Visitor Program, or IVP), State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative, Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program®, Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, and training programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Fulbright alumni and alumni of the Israel Arab Scholarship Program whose grants were administered by AMIDEAST are also eligible. Similarly, individuals who came to the United States under funding from the Ford Foundation or as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program are eligible even if they were participating in a program coordinated by another organization.
In his gift letter Mr. Goldberg stated, "Political leaders and governments have so far been unable to bring lasting peace to this troubled area. Hatred and fear of 'the other' abound. While there is no magic solution, one positive force may be to encourage people to live and work together at the grass roots, learning to trust and depend on one another for their common good."
The Selection Committee for the Prize includes leading experts from academic, NGO and governmental backgrounds:
Thomas Johnson: Chairman, Institute of International Education, Retired Chairman and CEO, GreenPoint Financial Corporation
Susan Berresford: Former President, Ford Foundation
Peter Edelman: Co-Director of the Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy, and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
Maisa Galal: Director of Human Resources, General Motors Egypt
Kenton Keith: Retired Senior Vice President, Meridian International Center; Former Ambassador to Qatar and Director of USIA's Office of North African, Near Eastern, and South Asian Affairs
Alain McNamara: Executive Director, The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (JACEE)
Harold Tanner: Former President, Tanner & Company; Former Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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