Woodrow Wilson Center to Honor Piotr Galitzine and Sarah Carey at the 2010 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, October 27, 2009, Piotr Galitzine, Chairman, TMK IPSCO, and the late Sarah Carey, former Chair, Eurasia Foundation will be honored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., and will benefit the Center's Kennan Institute.
Piotr Galitzine will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his leadership at TMK IPSCO, one of the largest Russian direct investments in the United States. Sarah Carey will be awarded posthumously the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in recognition for her years of extraordinary work with the Eurasia Foundation and in government service and private practice. Both Galitzine and Carey were chosen by a selection committee in the spring of 2010.
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner was established through a generous donation from Kathryn W. Davis and her family, recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2006, and is intended to raise public awareness of individuals demonstrating outstanding and enlightened corporate citizenship and public service in connection with the U.S.-Russian relationship.
As Chairman of TMK IPSCO, Piotr Galitzine is head of North and South American operations of Russia's OAO TMK, one of the top three producers of steel pipes and tubes in the world. TMK's acquisition of IPSCO Tubular for $1.7 billion in 2008 represents one of the largest investments ever by a Russian company in the United States. TMK IPSCO employs 2,200 workers at eleven production sites in eight states with a combined pipe production capacity over one million tons. Prior to TMK IPSCO, Galitzine formerly served on the Board of Directors of TMK as an independent director and has an extensive international background and career, including senior positions with Mannesmann AG and BASF AG. The son of Russian exiles displaced by the revolution, Galitzine graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a specialization in design, materials, and analysis. An active philanthropist, Galitzine is an avid supporter of cultural institutions in Chicago and several initiatives in Russia, including church preservation ("Village Church"), child welfare (Dr. Romanov's Rehabilitation Center), and the Russian Women's Microfinance Network based in Moscow.
Throughout her abundant life and career, Sarah Carey was a tireless and effective advocate for strengthening U.S.-Russian commercial and cultural cooperation. Inspired by her time as a guide at the Pepsi kiosk during the historic American National Exhibit in Moscow in 1959, Carey went on to become a distinguished lawyer and sought-after expert on Russia. She led the establishment of the first Washington, D.C. law firm office in Moscow in 1989 and was lead counsel on numerous investment projects in Russia and the region. She served as a director of Yukos Oil Company from 2001 to 2004, and since 1999 was a senior partner at Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Her corporate experience led to public service through appointments to the board of directors of the Russian-American Enterprise Fund (to promote the development of private enterprise in newly independent Russia) and the Defense Enterprise Fund (to help the peaceful transition of Russian defense industry and personnel to civilian commercial activity) in the 1990s. For over 15 years, Carey served as Chair of the Eurasia Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to building peace and prosperity in the former Soviet Union that has transformed thousands of lives. Her passing in July represents a tremendous loss for those who work to improve the U.S.-Russian relationship in the commercial and non-profit spheres.
The Kennan Institute was founded as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in December of 1974, through the joint initiative of Ambassador George F. Kennan, then Wilson Director James Billington, and historian S. Frederick Starr. Named in honor of Ambassador Kennan's relative, George Kennan "the Elder," a nineteenth century explorer of Russia and Siberia, the Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia and the former Soviet Union.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. In providing an essential link between the worlds of ideas and public policy, the Center addresses current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. The Center promotes policy-relevant research and dialogue to increase understanding and enhance the capabilities and knowledge of leaders, citizens, and institutions worldwide. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, the Center is a non-partisan institution headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.