Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award Recipients

2021 Recipient — Ahmed Al-Rawahi M.S. ’92, Ph.D. ’95

Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawahi has providd remarkable leadership, direction, and continuity to govern and guide higher education in Oman. He is an accomplished leader with an established record of achievement in education and science, and outstanding service to his country and to the welfare and prosperity of its people.

Following his education at Berkeley, Ahmed became a lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, where he also conducted research in soil-borne pathogens, biocontrol, and disease management programs. From 1997 to 2005, he served as Oman’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and he served as a member of the state Council from 2001 to 2011.

In 2004, Al-Rawahi became the first chancellor of the newly founded University of Nizwa. Under his dynamic leadership, thousands of Omani students graduated with bachelor’s and higher degrees, and the university contributed strongly to community services and produced innnovative research relevant to the needs of Oman.

Ahmed received the Oman Medal of Merit from HM Sutlan Qaboos bin Said in 2000. In 2013, the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, awarded him an honorary doctorate degree, in recognition of his role as “a distinguished and visionary academic leader with an international voice and perspective.” 

Previous Recipients

Neung-hoo Park Ph.D. ’98, Minister of Health and welfare, Republic of Korea — 2020
Mario Schjetnan M.L.A ’70, Founder, Urban Design Group, Mexico — 2018
Adnan Shihab-Eldin ’65, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’70, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences — 2017
Todung Mulya Lubis LL.M. ’78, J.S.D. ’90, Founder and Senior Partner, Lubis, Santosa & Maramis, Indonesia — 2016
Sir Colin Blakemore Ph.D. ’68, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, England — 2015
Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University, Ghana — 2014
Andrés Roemer, Writer — 2013
Xiulan Zhang, Social Policy Expert, Founder of Beijing Normal University’s Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, China — 2012
Yuan Tseh “Y.T.” Lee, Nobel Laureate, academician, educational reformer, statesman, Taiwan — 2011
Josephine Namboze, champion of public health research, practice, and education in Africa — 2010
Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines — 2009
Mario Bergara, President of the Central Bank of Uruguay — 2008
Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership — 2007
Dr. Mu Sochua, Secretary General, Sam Rainsy Party, Cambodia — 2006
Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand — 2005
David Harrison, CEO loveLife, South Africa — 2004
Norman Myers, Environmental Scientist, United Kingdom — 2003
Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Economic Minister of Indonesia — 2002
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, President of Costa Rica — 2001
Zivorad I. Kovacevic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia to the United States — 2000
Dr. Urvashi Malhotra Sahni, Educator and Education Reform Advocate, India — 1999
Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Goueli, Minister of Trade and Supply Arab Republic of Egypt — 1998
Laura Castillo de Gurfinkel, Minister of Education, Venezuela — 1997
Venkataram Ramakrishna, Director, South East Asia Regional Bureau for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (iuhpe) — 1996
James C. Y. Soong, Governor, Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China — 1995
Han Sung-Joo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea — 1994
Hans-Peter Duerr, Chairman of the Directorate of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany — 1993
Mohamed Alshaikh, Minister of Urban and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia — 1992
Julius G. Kiano, Chairman, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and former assemblyman, Kenya National Assembly, 1963—79 — 1989
Hans Hollein, Internationally acclaimed architect, Vienna, Austria — 1988
Joon Lew, Director, World Vision Leprosy Research and Treatment Center, Seoul, Korea — 1986
Allan Gotlieb, Ambassador of Canada to the United States — 1985
Widjojo Nitisastro, Former Minister of State for Economic, Financial, and Industrial Affairs of Indonesia — 1984
Yoash Vaadia, Vice President, Finance and Administration, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel — 1983
Choong Kun Cho, Executive Vice President, Korean Air Lines — 1982
Kuang Tou Chang, Vice President, Tsinghua University, Beijing — 1981
Kenneth D. Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Iran — 1980
Joao Baptista Pinheiro, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States — 1979
Sadako Ogata, Minister of Japan to the United Nations — 1978
Menahem Rebhun, Head, Division of Environmental Engineering Laboratories and Research Centers, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology — 1977
Haraldur Kroyer, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States — 1976
Haakon Wexelsen, President and Professor, University of Agriculture, Aas, Norway — 1975
Choh-Ming Li, Vice Chancellor and founding Chief Executive of the Chinese University of Hong Kong — 1974
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan — 1973
Garegin Saroukhanian, Adviser to the Ministry of Health for Health Planning and Training, Iran — 1972
John J. Akar, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States — 1971
Sun Fo, President of Examination Yuan, and one of the framers of the Constitution of the Republic of China — 1970
Mario E. G. Bancora, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina — 1969
George K. Togasaki, Japanese businessman, civic leader, and President of Rotary International — 1968
Galo Plaza, Former President of Ecuador and United Nations diplomat — 1967
Abdul Majid, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States — 1966