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For the 75th anniversary of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations the organization began awarding distinguished members of the community with the Leader in Global Engagement Award.  Recepients are recognized for their outstanding achievements in global, international, national, statewide, and local engagement.
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The innagural Leader in Global Engagement Award was presented to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on May 13th, 2014.
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The 2015 recipient was Ambassador Christopher Hill.  Ambassador Hill served as a peace corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon from 1974 - 1976 before joining the State Department in 1977.  Throughout his diplomatic career, he served as Ambassador of the United States to the Former Yugoslav Repbulic of Macedonia from 1996 - 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998-1999, Ambassador to Poland from 2000 - 2004, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 - 2005.  Ambassador Hill went on to be appointed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the head of delegation for the 'six-party talks' that aimed to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis of 2005.  President Barrack Obama nominated him for the post of US Ambassador to Iraq in 2009.  After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Hill joined the University of Denver as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  
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Daniel Richie
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Ved Nanda
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The 2018 recipient is the Social Science Foundation (SFF).  The SSF supports the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  It was established in 1923 and today manages a multi-million dollar trust, the proceeds of which are dedicated to promoting the study and application of international relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In recent years, the SSF has helped finance the school's unique certificate programs in global health and humanitarian assistance, while providing seed capital for new centers and research institutes.