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Global Leadership Awards Dinner 2016

The Council honored board member and Chicago civic leader Samuel C. Scott III and Academy Award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Samuel C. Scott III
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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On April 20, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs honored Council board member and Chicago civic leader Samuel C. Scott III and Academy Award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner. Against the backdrop of today’s divisive political climate and turbulent global landscape, both of this year’s distinguished honorees represented voices of reason, inspiration, and tolerance.

Samuel C. Scott III has advanced Chicago’s interests as a great and global city throughout his career. He came to the Chicago area in 1988 and became chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Corn Product International’s multi-billion dollar business in 2001.  He has helped promote Chicago as chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International, board member of World Business Chicago, and as a Council board member for 13 years. He also serves as a board member of INROADS Chicago, the Chicago Urban League, and Northwestern Medical Group, and as a director of some of metro Chicago’s leading global companies.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a 2016 Academy Award winner for her documentary, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” which chronicles a young woman’s experience with so-called honor killings and inspiring a campaign against the practice. She won an Oscar in 2012 for “Saving Face,” about acid attacks on women in Pakistan and their struggle for redress. Her work brings a sharp focus on the brutalities and injustice faced by segments of Pakistani society, often rallying support to their causes. 

Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs honors distinguished individuals for their outstanding achievements in international relations, global thought leadership, and philanthropy. The Global Leadership Awards Dinner is a highlight of the Council’s annual calendar.

The following individuals, companies, and organizations have committed their top level support to the 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner:

COCHAIRS ($50,000+)

The Crown Family
The Duchossois Group
GCM Grosvenor
John F. and Mary Manley
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Motorola Solutions
Northern Trust
Margot and Thomas J. Pritzker Family Foundation
Kimberly Querrey and Lou Simpson
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation

VICE CHAIRS ($25,000)

Argentiere Capital LP
BNY Mellon 
Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
Ingredion Incorporated
Holly and John Madigan
Charles and Joan Moore
Ambassador Louis and Marjorie Susman
Jackie and Glenn Tilton
Leah Joy Zell, The Joy Foundation


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About the Speakers
Samuel C. Scott III
Board of Directors Cochair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Board of Directors Cochair Samuel C. Scott III
Samuel C. Scott III is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corn Products International, Inc., today known as Ingredion. He currently serves on the board of The Bank of New York Mellon where he is Chairman of the Corporate Governance, Nominating, and Social Responsibility Committee. From 1993-2019 he sat on the board of Motorola Solutions, Inc., retiring as their Lead Director, and was on the board of Abbott Laboratories from 2007-2020.
Board of Directors Cochair Samuel C. Scott III
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Academy Award and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, journalist, and activist 
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen multi-award films in over 16 countries around the world and is the recipient of numerous international accolades. Obaid-Chinoy holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and two masters’ degrees from Stanford University.