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.

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

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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.

Dominique Benbrahim

Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award, 2014

Dominique_BenbrahimThe second Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award went to Dominique Benbrahim for her work at the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco since 1983. Over the years, she has initiated and facilitated many programs, including several on women and technology, the national tour of a theater troupe addressing corruption, and the creation of the Moroccan-American Friendship Foundation, a nation-wide association of exchange program alumni, to help them maintain contact with the U.S. and each other after their return.

George Beukes

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In recognition of his work in Windhoek, Namibia, where he developed programs to destigmatize HIV/AIDS, reduce discrimination against disabled youth, build gender equality, and roll back pervasive anti‐Americanism. Beukes has had a positive, long-term impact on how the U.S. Embassy approaches cultural and educational programming in Namibia.

Maya Meredova

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A Cultural Specialist at the Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Meredova uses cultural and educational programs to inspire people to reach higher levels of dedication to mutual understanding and service. She also heads of a committee liaising between Embassy leadership and local staff – similar to the kind of professional advocacy work that Lois Roth did on behalf of fellow employees.