Citizen of the World
WITH SINCERE APOLOGIES, THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF NORTH CAROLINA MUST CANCEL ITS 2013 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD EVENT. We will provide further information in due course. We greatly regret this change.
Now in its 19th year, the annual IACNC Citizen of the World Gala Award honors a great North Carolinian who has taken a leading role in fostering the state's internationalization.
IACNC's 2013 Citizen of the World honoree is Ambassador James Joseph, Former US Ambassador to South Africa; Duke University Professor Emeritus; and Founder of the US – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values. Ambassador James Joseph represented the United States to South Africa from 1995-99, and he is our only ambassador to have presented his credentials to Nelson Mandela. In 1999, the Republic of South Africa awarded Ambassador Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of another country.
After graduating from Southern University and Yale University Divinity School, Amb. Joseph began his career at Stillman College in Alabama where, in 1963, he helped organize the local civil rights movement. Later, he would lead several business and nonprofit organizations, serve as President Carter’s Undersecretary of the Interior, teach at Yale, Oxford, and Duke Universities, and author four books on leadership and public values.
Ambassador Joseph is married to the former Mary Braxton, an Emmy Award-winning television journalist. He has two children and two grandchildren.
IACNC Citizen of the World honorees from previous years include Gov. Jim Hunt, Ambassador Jeanette Hyde, Dr. John Hope Franklin, and Dr. Jim Goodnight, to name just a few.
IACNC also has chosen 2014 as the first year to recognize a Global Leadership Awardee. The inaugural recipient is the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC). NCBC is the earliest “new-tech” organization of its kind in the world. Gov. Jim Hunt and other state leaders established the Biotechnology Center in 1964 to capitalize on biotechnology’s economic promise. As traditional textile, furniture, and tobacco industries slowed, the Center’s visionary founders looked to spark a brighter future for workers statewide. Today, North Carolina ranks as a top-three state in bioscience employment, and our biotech base continues to expand. North Carolina is the nation’s leading hub for contract biotech research and testing companies, and a world leader in vaccine research and manufacturing.
The Research Triangle region is home to hundreds of biotechnology firms, many of them global powerhouses and others growing rapidly toward that status, working in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy, biodefense, and other sectors. Our region’s biotechnology sector is a globally diverse community, from Japan’s Ajinomoto to Germany’s Bayer Crop Science. European corporations are especially well represented, and include the UK’s GlaxoSmithKline, Switzerland’s Syngenta, Denmark’s Novozymes, and Belgium’s UCB S.A.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has led the way in facilitating this extraordinary and highly productive network of global relationships that now define an essential segment of the state’s modern economy.
Past "Citizens of the World"
2012 Mr. Rye Barcott - Founder, Carolina for Kibera
2011 Ms. Ping Fu - President and CEO, Geomagic
2010 Dr. Assad Meymandi - Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine
2009 Dr. Victoria Franchetti Haynes - President, RTI International
2008 Rev. Ray Buchanan - Founder & President, Stop Hunger Now
2007 Dr. Jim Goodnight - CEO, SAS Institute
2006 Dr. James Peacock - Kenan Professor of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill
2005 Ms. Millie Ravenel - Founder & Executive Director, North Carolina Center for International Understanding
2004 Mr. James O. Roberson - Former President, Research Triangle Foundation
2003 Mr. Jim Fain - Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
2002 Mr. Robert Ingram - Former President & CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
2001 Dr. John Hope Franklin - The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Duke University
2000 Mr. Gordon Smith - Co-founder, Exploris
1999 The Honorable James B. Hunt Jr. - Former Governor of North Carolina
1998 The Honorable Jeanette Hyde - Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
1997 Mr. Kazuo Watanabe - Former President of Mitsubishi Semiconductor America, Inc.
1996 Dr. Leroy Walker - President Emeritus, U.S. Olympic Committee and President of the 1999 Special Olympic World Summer Games
1995 The Honorable Terry Sanford - Former Governor of North Carolina and Founder of the International Visitors Council in 1973