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the 37th Annual golden door award Gala

Seven hundred people gathered at Matthews Arena last night to honor Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, the president of Northeastern University, as he received the Golden Door award from the International Institute of New England (IINE).

Honoring

Dr. L. Rafael Reif

President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

November 29, 2018
InterContinental Boston

IINE and MIT share a deep commitment to supporting the vital role immigrants play as catalysts in New England’s economy, industry, and innovation spaces. IINE is grateful to have this opportunity to recognize Dr. Reif’s leadership and vision.

About The Event

The Golden Door Award has been an IINE tradition for more than 40 years. The honoree is a U.S. citizen of foreign birth who has made outstanding contributions to American society. It is an occasion that calls us to stand together in celebration of the achievements of new Americans who have played an integral role in our community, economy, and society.

The Award takes its name from Emma Lazarus’s words, which are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “From her beacon hand glows world-wide welcome…I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

The 2018 Golden Door Award Honoree

Dr. L Rafael Reif

Since July 2012, Rafael Reif has served as the 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is leading MIT’s pioneering efforts to help shape the future of higher education.

A champion for both fundamental science and MIT’s signature style of interdisciplinary, problem-centered research, he is also pursuing an aggressive agenda to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Reif received his undergraduate degree from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and served for a year as an assistant professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University and joined MIT’s faculty in 1980. Since assuming the role of MIT’s president in July 2012, he has pursued opportunities to focus the Institute strengths – in education, research, and innovation – to advance solutions to global challenges.

Under Dr. Reif’s leadership, MIT has demonstrated its sustained support for the Institute’s international students. Following the January 2017 federal travel ban of immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, he penned an eloquent letter to the MIT community describing the ban as a violation of America’s values as a nation of immigrants: fairness, equality, openness, generosity and courage.

“In a nation made rich by immigrants,” he wrote at the time, “Why would we signal to the world that we no longer welcome new talent?”

IINE and MIT share a deep commitment to supporting the vital role immigrants play as catalysts in New England’s economy, industry, and innovation spaces. IINE is grateful to have this opportunity to recognize Dr. Reif’s leadership and vision.

Host Committee

Host Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Noubar Afeyan,  Founder and CEO, Flagship Pioneering

Robert Millard,  Chairman, MIT Corporation

Host Committee
Stephane Bancel, Moderna

Howard Beber, Proskauer

Stephen Berenson, Flagship Pioneering

James A. Champy, Business Consultant

Charles Cooney, MIT

Desh Deshpande, Sparta Group

David Fialkow, General Catalyst

Lawrence K. Fish, Fish Family Foundation

John Fish, Suffolk Construction

Norm Gaut, SuperWater Solutions

Simba Gill, Evelo Biosciences

Arthur and Linda Gelb

Alan M. Leventhal, Beacon Hill Partners

David H. Long, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Joel Marcus, Alexandria Real Estate

Paul Marcus, Marcus Partners

Lore Harp McGovern, McGovern Institute

Regina Pisa, Goodwin Law

Linda Pizzuti Henry, The Boston Globe

Andrew Plump, Takeda

Edward Roberts, MIT

Michael Ringel, The Boston Consulting Group

Paul Sagan, General Catalyst

Kenan Sahin, Tiax LLC

Chris Viehbacher, Gurnet Point Capita
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Michel Vounatsos, Biogen

Susan Whitehead, MIT

Susan Windham-Bannister, Biomedical Innovation Advisors

IINE Board of Directors

Jeffrey Thielman, President & CEO

Rita McDonough, CFO, Treasurer

Zoltan Csimma, Chair
Douglas Bailey, DB Media Strategies

Tara Chynoweth, Hologic Inc.

Jean Franchi, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

Ginger Gregory, Biogen

Amy Hsuan, The Boston Consulting Group

William Krause, Northern Trust

Avak Kahvejian, Flagship Pioneering

Shari Loessberg, MIT

Frederick Millham, South Shore Hospital

Theo Melas-Kyriazi, LeviTronix LLC.

Deborah Shufrin, Brandeis University

Michael Wyzga, MSW Consulting Inc.

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