2019 SUMMIT AWARDS
The following leaders will be recognized at a private dinner and award ceremony following the Summit for their notable commitments to responsible leadership.
The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Truth in Media will be presented to:
Award-winning journalist and photojournalist, and former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent
Photo credited to: Antoine Sanfuentes
Award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry, a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, has reported on conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, and Israel; on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran and on numerous humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan, and the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes.
She has contributed groundbreaking journalism on Climate Change, interviewing scientists and native peoples, documenting glacial melt in the Arctic, the Antarctic (where she spent time inside an expedition hut left by Shackleton) and on Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as documenting the deepening drought in the American West. Ann is also known for her focused reporting from inside Iran, giving voice to its women, human rights activists and young people, including Green Revolution activists. She also first broke the news of Iran's interest in negotiating a nuclear agreement with the outside world.
For her stories Ann has also traveled to the South Pole, (from where she delivered the first live network news report to an American audience,) South Africa and Botswana, (where she tracked the AIDS epidemic,) Somalia and Kenya, (where she documented Al Qaeda's link to Al Shabaab terrorists,) as well to Syria, Chad, Liberia and Pakistan, among other places.
Ann has conducted a long list of exclusive and news breaking interviews, which have included Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, President Ahmadinejad, President Khatami and Foreign Minister Zarif; Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and First Lady Asma al-Assad; Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, President Ali Zadari and President Musharraf; Turkey's President Erdogan; Saddam Hussein's close advisor and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, Sudan's President Omar Bashir and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir; Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Chad's President Idriss Deby; as well as U.S. Presidents George Prescott Bush, Bill Clinton, George Walker Bush and Barack Obama and U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton and First Lady Laura Bush, the Dalai Lama, Sir Edmund Hillary, George Clooney, Maya Angelou, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among many others.
She has also reported and executive produced a twelve hour documentary series about transformative world events on PBS, is a featured writer for
National Geographic Magazine and is the anchor and executive producer of the live series “Chasing the Cure,” on the Turner Networks, an initiative to connect misdiagnosed and undiagnosed patients with top doctors worldwide.
Ann has won 7 national news Emmys and numerous Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards and National Headliner Awards. The NAACP has honored her an Excellence in Reporting award. Women in Communications has awarded her a Matrix. Ann has also been given numerous humanitarian awards, including from Refugees International, Americares and Save the Children. One award she especially prizes is a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for her dedication to reporting about genocide.
The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Engaged Leadership will be presented to:
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson
Alex Gorsky is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Johnson & Johnson and Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Company’s senior leadership team. Alex is the seventh person to serve as Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in 1944.
Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management including assignments in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He progressed through many management posts at J&J, culminating in being named Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2012 and Chairman of the Board on December 28, 2012.
Under Alex’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson continues in its 133rdyear to be one of the world’s exceptional corporations. The company was given the #1 ranking on Barron’s Magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s most Admired Companies,” and is currently the number one Pharmaceutical company on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Respected Companies.”
Alex is a longtime advocate of Diversity Inclusion and Veteran’s issues. In December of 2017, he received the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation. And for the past three years, Alex has been on the list of the Highest Rated CEOs on The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards. He has also received the Jackie Robinson Award, Appeal of Conscience Award, the Joseph Wharton Leadership Award and the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Alex is a member of the Board of Directors of IBM, the Wharton School of Business Board of Overseers and the Board of Directors of the Business Roundtable.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of Captain. Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Excellence in Sustainability will be presented to:
Chief Executive Officer, Statkraft
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen is the CEO of Statkraft. Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.
Prior to Statkraft, he was the President and CEO of Norske Skog from 2006-2010, following his recruitment as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from the beginning of 2005. Rynning-Tønnesen has previously held senior positions in Statkraft’s top management for 13 years, including CFO and deputy CEO positions from 2002-2005. Before Statkraft he worked with McKinsey and Esso Norge.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen holds a master of science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
As CEO of Statkraft, Rynning-Tønnesen has been deeply committed to climate change issues. He is one of 28 Commissioners of The Global Commission of Economy and Climate, and Statkraft is also member of the international Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
For several years Rynning-Tønnesen has arranged an international Climate Roundtable with guests from academia, business and NGOs. Statkraft is also a member of Norway203040, a cross-sector industry initiative founded on a shared ambition to make a substantive contribution to Norway’s low-carbon transition.
The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for A Lifetime of Achievement will be presented to:
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation; Senior Rabbi Park East Synagogue
As a young child living under Nazi occupation in Vienna and Hungary during World War II, Rabbi Arthur Schneier saw the atrocities that mankind was capable of committing. He vowed that if he survived he would change the world into one of tolerance, where people of all faiths could coexist under the principle “live and let live.” In 1965 he founded the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and became internationally known for his leadership on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and tolerance.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton for “his service as an international envoy for four administrations and as a Holocaust survivor, devoting a lifetime to overcoming forces of hatred and intolerance” and Department of State Special Recognition Award for “his ecumenical work in favor of mutual understanding, tolerance an peace.” The United States Senate honored him for his half of century of work on behalf of religious freedom and interreligious cooperation.
Pope Francis conferred on Rabbi Arthur Schneier the rare papal knighthood of St. Sylvester for “his unceasing work to promote peace and mutual understanding.”
Since 1962 Rabbi Arthur Schneier has been the Senior Rabbi of the 129-year old historic landmark Park East Synagogue where in 2008 he hosted Pope Benedict XVI, the first Papal visit to a synagogue in the U.S. He has also hosted the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Patriarch Alexey I of Moscow, Grand Muftis of Central Asia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He has served as U.S. Alternate Representative to the U.N. General Assembly, Chairman, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Rabbi Arthur Schneier was one of three religious leaders appointed by President Clinton to start the first dialogue on religious freedom with President Jiang Zemin and Chinese leaders. He was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Anaan to the High Level Group “Alliance of Civilizations”, Ambassador of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations.
Rabbi Schneier was the initiator of the UN Resolution for the Protection of Religious Sites (2001) and on the 80thAnniversary of Kristallnacht in his keynote address to the Austrian Parliament stated, “People should not have to risk their lives when going to pray in churches, mosques, synagogues or temples.”
At Rabbi’s invitation Secretary General Antonio Guterres joined government and religious leaders at the United Against Hate Rally sponsored by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF) at Park East Synagogue, after Rabbi Arthur Schneier led ACF solidarity and humanitarian mission to The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, (October 31, 2018)
Rabbi Arthur Schneier was one of the speakers at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom conference in Washington, DC (July 2018).
Rabbi Arthur Schneier has led 85 Appeal of Conscience missions to former Soviet Union and Russia and numerous missions to China, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. He has convened religious leaders of former Yugoslavia in Switzerland followed by religious leaders of Kosovo in Vienna to use their influence to halt the ethnic conflicts. Rabbi cosponsored with the Ecumenical Patriarch “Peace and Tolerance” conferences to further peaceful coexistence in the Balkans and Central Asia and led ACF delegations to Buenos Aires, Argentina during the “dirty war” to seek the release of prisoners and the first interfaith mission to Havana, Cuba to establish ties with Cuban religious communities and seek the easing of Government restrictions.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier was a member of the U.S. delegation, Stockholm Forum for Prevention of Genocide and the Chair, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (1991-1995.) He has been named Officier de la Lègion d’honneur of France and is the recipient of high honors of Albania, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Morocco, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, City of Vienna and was presented the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize; Athenagoras Award. He has received eleven honorary doctorates from U.S. and foreign universities.
His alma mater, Yeshiva University, established the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Program for International Affairs and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Conscience and a Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.
He is married to Elisabeth Nordmann Schneier.