Nadia Ouhenia

Gill Jacot-Gillarmod 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.

Basma Amawi

From left to right: Acting Assistant Secretary for the ECA Mark Taplin, Basma Amawi, LRE Chair Skyler Arndt-Briggs and LRE Founder Richard Arndt.

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award, 2017

In recognition of her work as Senior Cultural Affairs Specialist in Jordan.

 

Marcia Mizuno

From left to right: Acting Assistant Secretary for the ECA Mark Taplin, Marcia Mizuno, LRE Chair Skyler Arndt-Briggs and LRE Founder Richard Arndt.

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award Honorable Mention, 2017

In recognition of her work as Cultural Affairs Specialist in Brazil.

 

Quynh Ngo

From left to right: Acting Assistant Secretary for the ECA Mark Taplin, Quynh Ngo, LRE Chair Skyler Arndt-Briggs and LRE Founder Richard Arndt.

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award Honorable Mention, 2017

In recognition of his work as Cultural Affairs Specialist in Hanoi.

Tilly De Groot

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award, 2016

Tilly De Groot, of the U.S. Embassy The Hague, received this award in recognition of a long career of achievements, including: the creation of American Studies degree programs at five top universities; the establishment, staffing and programming of the John Adams Institute; and work with Dutch Muslim and immigrant communities. Two of de Groot’s programs have been showcased by the U.S. State Department as “global best practices.”

Gladys Tutisani

Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award Honorable Mention, 2016

Gladys Tutisani, of the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, received recognition for her unusually effective programming; her persuasive exchange nominations; her ability to strategically innovate and expand cultural programming; and her willingness to jump into staffing gaps and mentor new officers. In response to her outstanding nomination, we have resolved to start offering a cash award to Honorable Mentions for the Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award.

Monica Alcalde

Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award, 2015

GILL J-G AWARD 2 - Monica Alcalde

In recognition of her contributions over 38 years as Cultural Specialist at the US Embassy in Santiago, Chile. The programs she runs include traditional exchange programs, and long-term initiatives in justice, democracy, economics and social issues, many of which she created and sustained over decades. Focusing on legal reform, these programs helped move Chile’s inquisitorial justice system to one patterned largely on the US system. Her program alumni are everywhere in government, NGOs and civil society, innovating and reforming, inspired and encouraged by their ongoing contacts with her and the Embassy. The  Chilean Congress recognized the impact of her work in a tribute read on the floor of the Senate.