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Congresswoman Lee has been a long-standing champion for international development and has advanced the sector through her work advocating for the world’s most vulnerable populations. She has served in the US Congress for 24 years and is the highest ranking African American woman in Democratic Leadership, serving as Co-Chair of the Policy and Steering Committee. Congresswoman Lee has long advocated for legislative action to end poverty and has also been a fierce advocate for ending HIV and ensuring an AIDS-free generation. She was instrumental in the legislative frameworks for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as legislation establishing a USAID special advisor for orphans and vulnerable children. Learn more about Congresswoman Barbara Lee here.
Currently, Congresswoman Lee serves on the Budget Committee and the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending. She also serves as Chair, of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and was the first African-American to do so. Her work supports the work our members engage in every day and we are very grateful to her for the role she has played for many years making much of what we do feasible. See the press release here and check out our list of previous Honorees here.
At the Dinner, we will also be presenting the Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development. Established in 2003 by Andrew E. Rice and Robert Berg, the Rice Award recognizes the achievements of an exceptional young professional committed to advancing the field of international development. This year, we are pleased to present the Rice Award to Nasrat Khalid.
Nasrat was raised an Afghan refugee in Pakistan until he was 16 years old when he returned to his hometown, Kabul, Afghanistan. He grew up working with international development organizations starting with AED (now FHI 360), then EDC, followed by Chemonics, and later, the World Bank in Afghanistan, South Asia, and later, in DC.
In 2017, he left the World Bank and founded the Aseel platform, a US tech startup striving to create a massive impact by supporting global humanitarian and artisan efforts using technology. Nasrat is passionate about the inclusion of countries in the Global South and global talent in the digital economy. He has helped over half a million people through his platform with emergency support items in the Afghanistan crisis, and his platform, Aseel, has also helped sell over ten thousand handmade items from Afghanistan and Turkey in international markets.
We are extremely pleased that Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Nasrat Khalid can join us at our Annual Dinner on November 17th to accept our Awards and we look forward to hearing their remarks for the community.
After two years of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SID-United States Annual Dinner is returning on November 17, 2022. Join hundreds of other international development professionals at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC for our first Annual Dinner as the newly-rebranded SID-United States. This year, we will celebrate the recipients of SID-United States’ highest honors: The Award for Outstanding Leadership in International Development, awarded to an individual for significant contributions and innovation to the field of international development, and the Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development. Learn more about the Andrew E. Rice Award here.
The evening will include our ever-popular networking reception, a sit-down dinner, and remarks from our honorees. This is an exceptional opportunity to gather with your current, past and future colleagues, friends, and partners from NGOs, the private sector, government agencies, universities, think tanks, consulting firms, and other organizations working in all sectors of international development.
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