On May 24th the Institute for Education honored Belgium’s top Diplomat and IFE Diplomatic Steward, H.E. Johan C. Verbeke, with its 2016 International Diplomacy Award. Presenting the award were IFE’s Distinguished Fellow, The Hon. Dr. R. David Edelman, and IFE Founder and CEO, Coach Kathy Kemper. Preceding the dinner IFE Fellow, Ms. Joanne Ke, performed “Fantaisie-Impromptu” by Frederic Chopin and “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi on piano. Previous award recipients include Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger, Christopher Caine, H.E. Jan Matthysen, Ina Ginsburg and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“As IFE’s Diplomatic Steward, H.E. Johan C. Verbeke has hosted IFE events, opening his home to leaders from every sector, people who are driving innovation and who are relentless in their pursuit of a better world. Tonight, we honor him for his belief that camaraderie, trust, and dialogue must be the foundation of friendship and bonds through which we can find solutions that benefit the world community.”
Other guests in attendance included DCM Joanneke Balfoort, Embassy of the Netherlands; Mr. Farhud Batmanglich, Xanthus Design; Mr. Ahmad Shah Katawazai and Ms. Regweda Neayesh, Embassy of Afghanistan; Mr. Greg Myre, NPR; Mrs. Devika Patil, IFE Digital Ambassador; Dr. DJ. Patil, The White House; Mrs. Jennifer Rudy, Microsoft; Ms. Jan Smith; Mr. James Valentine, IFE Trustee; and IFE Senior Fellow Mr. George Zaidan, Co-host of CNBC’s “Make me a Millionaire Inventor.”