- November 06, 2019
On November 6, 2019, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted its fourth Aspen Gala to present the 2019 Shepard Stone Award to Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the UN, and Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank and US Chief Negotiator during the Two-Plus-Four Negotiations. The award recognizes outstanding transatlantic leadership and achievements in politics, culture, society, and science that reflect and promote the shared values of the United States and Germany. Dr. Madeleine Albright and Robert Zoellick have dedicated their lives to promoting a free society, democratic values and transatlantic partnership. The tradition was introduced in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of Aspen Germany and to commemorate the exceptional achievements of Shepard Stone, founder and first Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany. Previous recipients of the Shepard Stone Award are Wolf Biermann, Dr. Guido Goldman, Leonard Lauder and Dr. Mathias Döpfner. This year, the laudatory speech was held by Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag. Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of The Aspen Institute, praised Aspen’s extraordinary growth from a meeting in Colorado to a network of 11 institutes on four continents. The festive evening celebrating the transatlantic partnership was entitled “Building the Future. Together.” and brought together over 200 guests and friends of Aspen Germany from the realms of politics, culture, diplomacy, and civil society.