Petya Petkova

Dyankov Translation Prize, 2018

Petya Petkova was awarded the first place 2018 Dyankov Translation Award for her translation of the novel “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer (List, 2018).  Born in Sofia in 1979, Petya Petkova graduated from the National Secondary School for Classical Languages and Civilizations and holds a BA in Indian Studies from Sofia University.  Between 2010-2015, she worked as an editor at Prozoretz Publishing House. She started working as a freelance translator in 2015 and has translated books by Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, Kiran Desai, Indra Sinha, Ben Okri, Lawrence Norfolk, David Mitchell and Jonathan Safran Foer.

Read an interview with Petya Petkova.

Angel Igov

Dyankov Translation Prize, 2018

Angel Igov was awarded the second place Dyankov Translation Award for his translation of the novel “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead (List, 2018).  Angel Igov teaches English literature and Translation at Sofia University. He has translated into Bulgarian several novels and poetry and has published three novels and two collections of short stories of his own.  Angel has also worked as book reviewer for several print and electronic media. He was the recipient of the primary Dyankov Translation Award in 2016 for his translation of Jeremy Page’s “The Collector of Lost Things”.

Fulbright Legacy Lectures, 2018

The eighth annual Fulbright Legacy Lectures were given by Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and the Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He spoke at King’s College London on June 4, followed by Edinburgh University on June 6, and Pembroke College Oxford on June 8, 2018. The theme of his lectures was “The best of centuries or the worst of centuries? Leadership, governance and cohesion in an interdependent world.” He argued that the international economic order, which  J. William Fulbright helped to build after WWII,  served fairly well for much of the second half of the twentieth century. If we are to avoid the grave we currently face, however—including climate change, pandemics and conflict—it must be re-cast for our increasingly interdependent world. Our success in doing this will determine whether the twenty-first century becomes the best or worst of centuries.

Lord Stern’s lecture was live streamed and has now been published on the website of Pembroke’ College.

Nadia Ouhenia

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Co-Winner, 2018

Louiza “Nadia” Ouhenia, who has worked with U.S. Embassy Algiers for 25 years, is the master of a portfolio that covers the gamut of cultural and educational engagement with Algeria, single handedly managing the Post’s entire professional exchange program. Even during the “Dark Decade,” when she faced real danger just coming to work, Nadia has been a trusted barometer for new initiatives and has proven that even seemingly impossible projects can be achieved through dedication and hard work. Her institutional memory and attention to each grantee and program partner have built bridges between embassy officials and program alumni who have opened doors and multiplied the entire Embassy’s effectiveness.

Felix Mbatalbaye

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Co-Winner, 2018

Felix Mbatalbaye, of U.S. Embassy N’Djamena in Chad, has utilized his interpersonal skills and judicious recruitment of program participants to build a powerful network of contacts in a variety of fields, and his procurement of essential resources and expertise has transformed the US Embassy into the partner of choice for Chadians over the course of his 29-year career. Always a steadfast and trusted leader, Felix ensured programs continued during the evacuation of American staff in 2008 and even drafted the Post’s first Public Diplomacy Implementation Plan during a gap between Public Affairs Officers. Approaching mandatory retirement, Felix Mbatalbaye leaves a profound legacy.

Markéta Kolářová

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award Honorable Mention, 2018

Marketa Kolarova, an invaluable advisor to Political Affairs Officers and Ambassadors in Prague, Czech Republic, for 28 years, revitalized US-Czech cultural relations after the Velvet Revolution. With her profound insight and managerial savvy, she midwifed the Fulbright Commission; right-sized American Spaces; and led nationwide teacher tech-training, literature engagement and English language programming, all resulting in a closer US-Czech relationship for decades to come.

Carmen Urcuyo

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award Honorable Mention, 2018

Carmen (left) accepting her award with Assistant Secretary for the ECA, Marie Royce (right)

In her 43 years of service to the U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Carmen Urcuyo has trained some fourteen, mostly entry level, Cultural Affairs Officers, many of whom have even requested her mentorship after moving on to new posts. Her legendary networks and extensive program files ensured the right local partners to make every program a success.  Carmen’s ability and willingness to adapt in the face of countless challenges have made her one of the Mission’s most valued and effective employees.

Sana Abed-Kotob

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2018

With her cultural insights, inspiring leadership and deep compassion, Sana Abed-Kotob has significantly and substantially advanced US cultural diplomacy. As the chief of ECA’s largest division, the Office of International Visitors, Sana manages projects that impact thousands of people around the world each year. Despite the scope of her position, Sana does not lose sight of individual needs, as she guides, mentors and inspires ECA staff and partners. Sana’s efforts have made operations more efficient, improved inter-agency cooperation and expanded public-private contributions to advancing cultural and educational exchanges. It is no exaggeration to say that every US diplomatic post in the world has benefited from Sana’s expertise in cultural diplomacy programming.

Margot Carrington

Lois Roth Award, 2018

Margot (left) accepting her award with ECA Assistant Secretary Marie Royce (right).

Margot’s exceptional Japanese language skills and deep knowledge of Japanese culture and history enabled her remarkable achievements as a Country Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo: fighting for adequate legal protection for trafficked persons; promoting gender equality in the workplace; and even challenging traditional gender roles by performing the lead role in a Kabuki theater performance, a position normally reserved for men. Margot innovated the evaluation of various outreach initiatives, tracking the outcomes of huge funding resources, and creating a new method with the potential for worldwide adoption within the State Department. Her 25-year career exemplified groundbreaking programming paired with mentoring and service to the wider profession.

Robin Solomon

Lois Roth Award Honorable Mention, 2018
Robin’s ingenious use of art and culture to reach Palestinian youth and women’s groups helped them develop skills help themselves through programs that provided arts management courses, entrepreneurial support, and cultural tourism development. Her collaboration with Palestinian civil society organization and intensive social research enabled her Post to innovate their engagement with Palestinian women. With delicate cultural sensitivity Robin mentored staff, grantees and alumni to build interacting layers of human resources and a strategic framework that will benefit post programs for years to come.