The Board of Directors
of the
United Nations Association of New York
invite you to celebrate

The 2013 United Nations Day
Humanitarian of the Year Award
Gala Dinner

Celebrating the 68th Anniversary of the United Nations


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park South,
New York City


Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Program at 7:30 p.m.

Black Tie or National Dress



2 0 1 3   H O N O R E E


Chairman and CEO
BMW Group

Honored for his Extraordinary Commitment to
Environmental Sustainability


K E Y N O T E   S P E A K E R

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright
Chair, Albright Capital Management, LLC
and former US Secretary of State


M A S T E R   O F   C E R E M O N I E S

Richard Lui
Anchor, MSNBC


Read about and see photos from
The 2013 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The 2013 Humanitarian Award Honoree

After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, and in Production Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University Munich, Dr. Norbert Reithofer worked as a research assistant at the Technical University between 1984 and 1987, where he earned his doctorate at the Institute for Machine Tools and Business Administration.

Reithofer joined BMW AG in 1987 as Head of Maintenance Planning. After occupying a number of positions within the company, he served as Technical Director of BMW South Africa from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Reithofer was President of BMW Manufacturing Corporation in South Carolina, USA. He was appointed to the Board of Management of BMW AG in March 2000, where he was responsible for the Production division up until 2006.

Since September 2006, Reithofer has been Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.


Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. On May 29, 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America's alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO's New Strategic Concept.

Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University's Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.


Richard Lui anchors MSNBC News on weekdays from 10 a.m. until noon, breaking down the nation's most compelling issues of the day. He joined MSNBC's dayside team in September 2010.

Before joining MSNBC, Lui spent five years at CNN Worldwide, most recently with CNN Headline News as the solo anchor of the 10 a.m. hour of "Morning Express."  He also led the network's morning political reporting throughout the 2008 presidential election. Lui anchored and reported on all of CNN Worldwide's English-language networks including CNN US, CNN International, and HLN.

Lui's field work includes reporting in Africa and Asia on global issues such as defense systems, terrorism, human trafficking, SARS, and Bird Flu.  In 2010, he traveled to the Gulf to report extensively on the oil spill cleanup, an industry in which he spent five years working professionally. In addition, Lui brings a 15-year career in international business that spans five industries including consulting, manufacturing, food and beverage, environmental, and technology fields, spending the 90s in Silicon Valley.

He has spent 25 years in community service, volunteering in Africa, Asia, and the United States for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA. He serves as a pro bono strategy consultant and board member for non-profits involved with homeless and affordable housing. 

Lui graduated with a bachelor's degree in rhetoric from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He currently is enrolled at Stanford University pursuing a Graduate Certificate in International Security.


Read about and see photos from the 2013 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

A list of some of our past honorees can be viewed here.

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