2016 Annual Awards Banquet
(Purchase Tickets | Sponsor a Table)

Tuesday, November 15
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

The Middle East Institute’s signature event brings together hundreds of top officials, analysts, and business leaders—representing a diverse cross-section of the Middle East-focused community—for an evening of conversation and celebration to honor outstanding humanitarian, political, cultural, or economic contributions to the region.

The banquet will begin with a cocktail reception, which will be followed by a dinner and keynote address. The award presentations and a word from each of the awardees will conclude the night, leading into the next day’s conference.

Hosted by Dr. Bassem Youssef

Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Bassem Youssef
Egyptian Satirist and Comedian
Host of Democracy Handbook




2016 Award Honorees

Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence
Mayor Vera Baboun
Mayor of Bethlehem Municipality, Palestinian Territories

MEI Visionary Award
Syrian Civil Defense
("The White Helmets")

Award to be accepted by Raed Al Saleh

See previous award recipients


Attend MEI's Annual Awards Banquet

  • To honor and support the courageous and groundbreaking achievements of the 2016 recipients of the MEI Visionary Award and the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence
  • To network with some of the most influential Arab and American businesspeople, policymakers, diplomats, and thought leaders
  • To experience keynote addresses from renowned experts and officials, previously featuring such leading voices as Bill Clinton and National Security Advisor Susan Rice
  • To celebrate the Middle East Institute’s 70th anniversary and support our commitment to promoting respect through understanding

This page will be updated as awardees, speakers, and sponsors are confirmed.

Purchase Tickets

General admissions tickets for the Awards Banquet are $200, with discounted rates for Patron, Sustaining, and Contributing Members of MEI. Please us if you are an educator, a student, or an employee of a charitable organization; you may qualify for a reduced ticket price. Members of the press may attend for free (no meal provided).

For questions about ticket rates or membership status please Hayley Smart at [email protected] or 202-785-1141 ext. 113. To purchase tickets now, please select your registrant type below.

Sponsor a Table

Various levels of sponsorship are available for companies, organizations, or individuals who wish to reserve a table. Tables accommodate up to 10 people.

To learn more about table sponsorship, Kevin Cowl at 202-785-1141 ext. 213 or [email protected], or learn more about corporate sponsorship benefits by clicking here.