David Bradley

Chairman, Atlantic Media

2017 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Mr. Bradley is chairman of Atlantic Media, whose holdings include The Atlantic, Quartz, National Group, and Government Executive Media Group. At the age of 26, he launched his first company, the Advisory Board Company, a for-profit think tank ultimately serving 4,000 corporations, financial institutions, and medical centers around the world. The Advisory Board company and its sister enterprise, the Corporate Executive Board, today are public companies listed on NASDAQ.

During his early 20s, Mr. Bradley was a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines. He graduated from Swarthmore College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a JD from Georgetown University, and, more recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Swarthmore. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and board memberships include the Council on Foreign Relations, General Assembly, KIPP DC and New America Foundation. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Barbara Crossette

Journalist and Author


Barbara Crossette is United Nations correspondent for The Nation, a senior fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute at the City University of New York, a contributing editor at PassBlue.com, and a freelance writer on foreign policy and international affairs. Ms. Crossette is the author of several books on Asia, including So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (1995), and a collection of travel essays about colonial resort towns that are still attracting visitors more than a century after their creation, The Great Hill Stations of Asia, (1998). The Great Hill Stations of Asia was a New York Times notable book of the year in 1998, and was named a Book of the Month by Conde Nast Traveler.

In 2010, Ms. Crossette received the Shorenstein Prize for Reporting on Asia from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. The prize honors an American journalist or author not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for helping American readers understand the complexities of Asia. In 2008, Ms. Crossette was awarded a Fulbright prize for her contributions to international understanding.

Ms. Crossette was New York Times bureau chief at the United Nations from 1994 to 2001. She was earlier a Times chief correspondent in Southeast Asia and South Asia and a diplomatic reporter in Washington. She has also reported from Central America, the Caribbean and Canada, and been deputy foreign editor and senior editor in charge of the Times’ weekend news operations.

Born in Philadelphia on July 12, 1939, Ms. Crossette received a B.A. in history and political science from Muhlenberg College in 1963. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of at the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs.

Allan Goodman

President and CEO, Institute of International Education


Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. Previously, Dr. Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale University presses. Dr. Goodman served as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence in the Carter Administration. Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam.

Dr. Goodman has served as a consultant to Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the United States Information Agency, and IBM. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Co-President of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee, and a member of the Jefferson Scholarship selection panel. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation.

Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He also holds honorary degrees from Chatham, Susquehanna, and Toyota universities; Richmond, The American International University in London; Dickinson, Middlebury, Mount Ida, and Ramapo colleges; The State University of New York; and the University of York. He has received awards from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, South Florida, and Tufts universities, the Légion d’honneur from France, and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. He was awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalization by Universitas 21.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Banking


Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006. She leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York, and serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50 million impact investment fund.

Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before that, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Richard Lugar

Former U.S. Senator from Indiana; 2016 Fulbright Prize Laureate


Former United States Senator Richard G. Lugar is the President of The Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on global food security, WMD nonproliferation, aid effectiveness, and bipartisan governance. Senator Lugar serves as a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. He also serves as a distinguished faculty member in the Department of History and Political Science and leads the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis.

A fifth generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, Senator Lugar is recognized as a gifted local and state leader, as well as a respected national and international statesman. During his tenure in the United States Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence, and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and he was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association. He was the 2005 recipient of the American Foreign Service Association Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award and the 2016 recipient of the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Her Majesty The Queen of England bestowed upon Senator Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in honor of his work to make the world more secure from weapons of mass destruction and his commitment to the U.S.-U.K. alliance. President Barack Obama named Senator Lugar a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Senator Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of Naval Operations.

Larry Pressler

Former U.S. Senator from South Dakota


Former United States Senator Larry Pressler lives in Washington, D.C. and is a lawyer, speaker, and writer. Upon completing twenty-two years in Congress, Senator Pressler has dedicated much of his life to business and teaching. He recently published a book entitled Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. He is a frequent speaker to corporations and universities.

Senator Larry Pressler served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years (3 terms) and was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate. While in the Senate, he served as Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees. He was also an active member of the Foreign Relations Committee. He was the principle author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and of the “Pressler Amendment,” which limited foreign countries from using USA to develop nuclear weaponry. Prior to his election to the US Senate, Larry Pressler served two terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-1979.

In 2016, Senator Pressler continues to serve on a military modernization commission and on some federal boards. He is also on the Jericho Project’s Veteran Homeless Advisory Council in New York City, which has recently opened two homeless facilities for veterans in the Bronx and in Harlem. Senator Pressler was a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange until the NASDAQ purchased it. From 2000 to 2006, Senator Pressler was a member of the Board of Directors of Infosys Technologies, LTD in Bangalore, India.

Senator Pressler has taught/lectured at over twenty universities, including Harvard and UCLA. He was a Fulbright professor in both Italy and Science Po in Paris, France. Senator Pressler and his wife have one daughter, Laura, and four grandchildren in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Mark Pryor

Former U.S. Senator from Arkansas; Partner, Venable LLP


Mark Pryor is an attorney and former Attorney General of Arkansas, who served as a U.S. Senator for 12 years. Currently, he is a partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., serving as the Legislative and Government Affairs and State Attorneys General Practice Group’s chair. He was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2017 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

During his two terms in Congress, Senator Pryor served on several key Senate committees, including Appropriations; Armed Services; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Rules and Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Select Committee on Ethics. He most recently chaired the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies and the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance and Automotive Safety. In addition to these roles, Senator Pryor gained considerable experience conducting congressional investigations as a member of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Senator Pryor began his career in public service in 1990 as a member of the Arkansas State House of Representatives. In 1998, he was elected Arkansas’s Attorney General, making him the youngest chief law-enforcement officer in the nation. As Attorney General, he led efforts to toughen laws against drunk drivers, protect children on the internet, and establish the Morgan Nick Alert System, which helps to locate missing and exploited children. Senator Pryor grew up around the law, politics, and policy as the son of a U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor, living in both Arkansas and Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in history and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Charity Tillemann-Dick

Classical Recording Artist & Author


Charity Tillemann-Dick is an American-born soprano and top-selling classical recording artist. She is also a recipient of two double lung transplants. Charity has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues as diverse as the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the National Palace of the Arts in Budapest, Hungary; the American Embassy in Beijing, China; and the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. She has collaborated and performed with noted conductors and musicians including Éva Marton, Bruno Rigacci, Joela Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Bono, Zoltán Kocsis, Joan Dornemann, and former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Some of her operatic roles have included Titania in A Mid Summer’s Night Dream, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, and Ophelia in Ophelia Forever. Charity has also performed for numerous presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and world dignitaries.

In 2014, Charity released her debut album, American Grace, which reached #1 on the Traditional Classical charts on Billboard. Charity was accompanied by Joela Jones and Richard Weiss, principal pianist and cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra. Her memoir, The Encore, will be published by Simon & Schuster / Atria Books in October 2017.

After receiving a diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in 2004, Charity served as the national spokesperson for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), working to raise awareness, increase federal research funding, expand stem cell research, and promote preventative and alternative medicine. In September 2009, she received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After complications from rejection, she received a second double lung transplant in January 2012.

Charity was raised in Denver, CO with her 10 brothers and sisters. She later studied music at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC.