The Institute for Global Leadership of the prestigious Tufts University in the United States awarded Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC Herzliya, The Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award. The award committee stated that Prof. Reichman was chosen as this year's recipient due to his “extraordinary leadership in establishing and building the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, emblematic of the spirit of the award”. Amongst former award recipients are Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq; Masoud Barzani, Former President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq; Amb. Daniel Feldman; Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Dusseldorf; and Farah Pandith, Diplomatic Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy Strategist and Former Diplomat.
In a letter sent to Prof. Reichman by Prof. Abi Williams, Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, he stated that the institute’s mission aligns with the vision of IDC Herzliya, specifically in building the capacities of young people so they can engage constructively and effectively with the efforts to address global challenges.
During his visit to Tufts University, Prof. Reichman met with key figures and faculty members in order to strengthen the cooperation with IDC Herzliya. To the Dean’s request, Prof. Reichman presented the successful activity of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program to the staff members of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The Institute for Global Leadership established this Award to recognize eminent intellectuals and practitioners who have distinguished themselves in their efforts to bring about reconciliation and redress inequities in the world. The Award is given in the context of the Bendeston Public Diplomacy Initiative which brings global leaders and entrepreneurs to Tufts to share their experiences and perspectives with students and to create conductive environments in the search for common ground.