Speakers

Cameron Munter CEO and President, EastWest Institute, 2016 Gala

Munter has been a career diplomat, serving in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, where he guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a strained period, including the operation against Osama bin Laden, while leading a 2,500-employee embassy. Previously he served as Ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration and managed the Kosovo independence crisis.

Munter also served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. In Europe, he served in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he helped manage the American contribution to those countries’ integration into the global economy. He was a Director at the National Security Council at the White House, and had numerous other domestic assignments at the State Department in Washington.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Munter taught European history at the University of California Los Angeles. He also taught at Columbia University School of Law and has two honorary doctoral degrees. For the past two years, Munter has been Professor of International Relations at Pomona College in Claremont, California, as well as a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Born in California in 1954, Munter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned a doctorate in Modern European History from John Hopkins University.

Walter Isaacson President and CEO, The Aspen Institute, 2015 Gala

Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.

Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (October 2014) is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of our time and will be a must-read from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to Main Street.

He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

Scott Harrison Founder and CEO, charity: water, 2015 Gala

Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 800 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.

In eight years, with the help of more than 500,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $150 million and funded over 13,000 water projects in 24 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 4.4 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria and son Jackson.

Dr. Joseph M. Salley President and CEO, Milliken & Company, 2015 Gala

Joe Salley is President & Chief Executive Officer of Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Milliken is a leading, privately-held, technology-based company with businesses in the performance material, floor covering and chemical markets. Joe has been with Milliken for 20 years, holding a variety of positions. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2006, then as Chief Executive Officer in 2008.

Inspired by shared values of ethics, excellence, and leadership, Milliken’s passionately-engaged, community of innovators combine unique insights, deep science, and meaningful design to do good for the world, to create new experiences for customers, and to build for the future. The company’s success is enabled by a principle-centered approach committed to strategic, financial, operational, talent, and innovation leadership.

Milliken has received many awards for innovation including 5 R&D 100 Awards in the last 3 years, an annual recognition of the 100 most technologically-significantly, new products. Milliken has been named as one of the “Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE Magazine four times since 2006 and has been recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere every year since the inception of the award in 2007. The company has been recognized by Business Week as one of the “Best Companies to Launch a Career” and by the Corporate University Xchange and the Financial Times for Excellence in Corporate Education. Milliken is a global benchmark in workplace safety and environmental stewardship and one of the few companies to earn both the Malcolm Baldrige Quality and TPM Awards.

Prior to joining Milliken, Joe received a B.S. in Chemistry from The Citadel and an M.S. and PhD. in Chemical
Engineering from Stanford University. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Chamber of
Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Citadel Foundation and the Society of Chemical
Industry Executive Committee, and the Board of the American Chemistry Council. Joe is a member of both the
Palmetto Business Forum and the Management Executives’ Society.

Ernie Allen Co-Founder, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, 2014 Gala

Ernie Allen is a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He is the Co-Founder of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, (ICMEC), a nonprofit organization which is leading the global effort to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. He has served as President and CEO of ICMEC since it was created in 1999.

Under his leadership, ICMEC has built a global network that includes 22 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries and worked with parliaments in 74 countries to enact new laws on child pornography. New centers on missing and exploited children have been created in Belgium, South Africa, Romania, Russia and a regional center in Southeastern Europe. He has developed partnership agreements with Interpol, the Organization of American States and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

He created the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography which includes 34 of the world’s leading banking and financial institutions working together to eradicate commercial child pornography. He also created the Global Health Coalition which includes major pharmaceutical companies and health care institutions around the world which are attacking child sexual abuse, violence and exploitation as a public health crisis.

Previously Mr. Allen was the Co-Founder and served as the first Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He became President and CEO in 1989 and served in that position for 23 years until he retired in 2012.

During his tenure at NCMEC more than 180,000 missing children were recovered and the organization’s recovery rate increased from 62% in 1990 to 97% in 2012. He created the national 24-hour missing children hotline, the national CyberTipline for reporting suspected child sex exploitation as well as training, forensic services, technology and many other resources for law enforcement and parents.

Mr. Allen is a frequent speaker at U.S. and international conferences, is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and frequently appears on network, major cable and international news programs. His work has been recognized by four U.S. Presidents; several members of Congress; two U.S. Attorneys General; all branches of U.S. federal law enforcement; Interpol and several international law enforcement organizations; the Mayo Clinic and many leading corporations and nonprofit organizations.

In 2013 he was the first male in the 18-year history of the Arizona Foundation for Women to receive the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Voice for Women Award. And he received Attorney General Eric Holder’s Award for Meritorious Public Service, the top public service award granted by the U.S. Department of Justice.