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Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett will receive the 2017 Global Leadership Award on May 22, recognizing their extraordinary commitment to New Hampshire and the world

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will award its 2017 Global Leadership Award to Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA and Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett on May 22 as part of the annual Global Forum. Swett is CEO of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions and Lantos Swett is President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Keynote speaker at the Global Forum will be Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist. Learn more here.

“We are thrilled to recognize Ambassador Swett and Dr. Lantos Swett for their dedication to building a better world,” said Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of NH. “Their leadership in advancing diplomacy, human rights, and economic and environmental solutions- both locally and internationally- has created a more peaceful and prosperous global community.”

The Global Leadership Award is given each year to a local business, organization or citizen who has shown leadership in promoting international knowledge and understanding in our community and expanding New Hampshire’s global connections, advancing our state and the world. Past recipients include: Jim Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Dawn Wivell, CEO, Firebrand International; Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte; and Joseph Keefe, CEO, Pax World.

Join us May 22 to honor Dick & Katrina at our annual Global Forum fundraiser!




Masha Gessen, a Russian and American journalist, is the author of the bestselling book, "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin." An outspoken activist, Masha undergoes great risk to write truthfully about human rights violations and the current cultural and political climate in Russia. There is simply no one else brave enough to tell her astonishing story. 


Dining Center, Southern NH University

2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106

Reception: 5 PM

Cash bar & Hors d'oeuvres

Program: 6 PM

* Presentation of Global Leadership Award to Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett; Recognition of NH Academic WorldQuest champions from Milford High School

* Keynote; Q&A; Book signing

Tickets: $50/Member; $60/Not-yet-member

$150/Patron (includes private dinner)

All proceeds benefit the critical work of the World Affairs Council of NH to promote global education and understanding; portion of ticket price is tax-deductible.




Charles Bickford; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Ruth Kleinfeld; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; David & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski



Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of many books, including Perfect RigorBlood MattersEster and RuzyaWords Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and most recently, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. Her next book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia will be published this fall.

As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

Gessen regularly contributes to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Washington PostHarper’sThe New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York.

For more information on Masha Gessen, please visitwww.prhspeakers.comPhoto: Tanya Sazansky



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