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”.

Thursday, November 21, 2019
VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7:00 p.m.

Matthews Arena at Northeastern University
238 Saint Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

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About the honoree

A nationally known higher education thought leader, native of Lebanon, and renowned scholar of linguistics, Dr. Joseph E. Aoun is the seventh president of Northeastern University.

He has led the university’s expansion of experiential learning to 136 countries and established a network of seven campuses in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom—part of his vision for a global university system supporting lifelong learning and collaborative research. President Aoun has aligned the university’s use-inspired research enterprise with three global imperatives—health, security, and sustainability—a focus supported by eight interdisciplinary research institutes.

These and other initiatives have enabled Northeastern to attract record numbers of high-talent students from around the world, while more than tripling external funding for research.

As a scholar, Joseph Aoun has advanced the human condition by envisioning the future of our relationship with technology through learning—most notably, in his most recent book, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2017). As an immigrant, he has welcomed learners from all countries who are transcending borders to advance creativity and innovation. His example of the unlimited potential of the immigrant spirit is an inspiration to students, faculty, alumni, staff, and Northeastern University’s vast global network of co-op and research partners.

For his work connecting Northeastern University to people and countries around the world, the International Institute of New England proudly presents the 38th Golden Door Award to Dr. Joseph E. Aoun.

Host Committee

Jeff Leiden, Chairman, President and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
John Fish, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk Construction
Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Noubar Afeyan, Flagship Pioneering
Vivian Brocard, Issacson, Miller
Richard D’Amore, North Bridge Partners
Robert DiCenso
Deborah Dunsire, Lundbeck
Linda Pizzuti Henry, The Boston Globe
Amin Khoury, KLX Energy, Inc.
Jonathan Kraft, The Kraft Group
David H. Long, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Kevin McGovern, Deloitte
Henry Nasella, LNK Partners
Ed Pendergast, Dunn Rush & Co LLC
Kater Pendergast, Maguire Associates
Andrew Plump, Takeda
Robert Reynolds, Putnam Investments
Michael Ringel, The Boston Consulting Group
Bill Sibold, Sanofi Genzyme
Joe Tucci, Dell EMC
Christopher Viehbacher, Gurnet Point Capital
Michel Vounatsos, Biogen

IINE Board of Directors

Zoltan Csimma, Chair
Jeffrey Thielman, President & CEO
Rita McDonough, CFO, Treasurer

Christina Bai, CollegeFindMe
Douglas Bailey, DB Media Strategies
Tara Chynoweth, Hologic Inc.
Ginger Gregory, Biogen
Avak Kahvejian, Flagship Pioneering
William Krause, Northern Trust
Dan Koh, HqO
Shari Loessberg, MIT
Bopha Malone, Enterprise Bank
Theo Melas-Kyriazi, Flagship Pioneering
Frederick Millham, South Shore Hospital
Deborah Shufrin, Brandeis University

Many thanks to our generous event sponsors

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