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Chinese Cultural Foundation Global Achievement Award Recipients of 2018

Ambassador Carla A. Hills 卡拉-希尔斯大使, served as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993. As a member of President George H.W. Bush's Cabinet, Carla was the President's principal advisor on international trade policy.  She was also the nation's chief trade negotiator, representing American interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations throughout the world. 


Earlier, Ambassador Hills served as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (the third woman to hold a Cabinet position). She also served as the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ambassador Hills has served on the Boards of a number of Fortune 500 companies and currently services on the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the Starr Companies Advisory Board.  She is also serves in leadership positions with not-for-profit organizations. She is Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Co-Chair  Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Honorary Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Executive Committee member of the Trilateral Commission.


Ambassador Hills is Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company based in Washington D.C.


Ambassador Winston Lord 温斯顿-洛德大使, has pursued a distinguished career in foreign policy, holding several high level government positions and guiding many non-governmental organizations devoted to international affairs. Ambassador Lord served  as Special Assistant to National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, President Reagan’s Ambassador to China, and President Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Earlier in his career he held many positions in the State Department as a Foreign Service officer and served on the Policy Planning Staff of the Defense Department.


Between government postings Ambassador Lord has been a board member for many non-partisan, private groups on global issues. These include his service as President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Co-Chair of the International Rescue Committee, Chair of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Chair of the Carnegie Endowment National Commission on America and the New World.

Ambassador Lord earned B.A. from Yale (magna cum laude) and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (first in the class). He has received several honorary degrees, the State Department’s (highest) Distinguished Honor Award , and the Defense Department’s Outstanding Performance Award. Ambassador Lord has appeared on all major media networks and his writings include articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs. 

In May 2019 St. Martins Press will publish Lord’s book, “KISSINGER ON KISSINGER, Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and  Leadership”.


Ambassador Nicholas Platt 尼克拉斯-卜励德大使, is a distinguished American diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Pakistan, Philippines, Zambia, and as a high level diplomat in Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and China.


After a 34 year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Platt served for twelve years at the helm of the Asia Society before becoming President Emeritus on July 1, 2004. Trained in Chinese (Mandarin) at the State Department Language School 1962-63, he began his career in Asia as a China Analyst at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 1964-68. In 1972 he accompanied President Nixon on the historic trip to Beijing that signaled the resumption of relations between the United States and China. He was one of the first members of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing when the United States established a mission there in 1973. He served in Canada and Japan and as U.S. Ambassador to Zambia (1982-1984), the Philippines (1987-91) and Pakistan (1991-92). Educated at Harvard College and Johns Hopkins SAIS, he is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Friends of China Heritage Fund Limited, Chair of the US-China Education Trust Advisory Board, and on the Christie’s American Advisory Board. 


Since 2011, Ambassador Platt has been the Senior Advisor on China programs for the Philadelphia Orchestra. His memoir “China Boys”  was published in March 2010.

More About 2018 Honorees and Award Ceremony

Our 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Award Ceremony at the Harvard Club of New York City on December 20, 2018 was an enormous success!


This year, the Chinese Cultural Foundation Global Achievement Award was presented to Ambassador Carla A. Hills, Ambassador Winston Lord and Ambassador Nicholas Platt for their significant contributions to U.S.- China relations.


We are also grateful to The Starr Foundation, China Merchants Bank, the National Committee on United States - China Relations and the Asia Society for their wonderful support.  


Our Honorary Chairman, the legendary Maurice R. Greenberg shared his wisdom with approximately 200 distinguished guests at the Gala.  All Honorees also provided their special remarks and received a CCF Global Achievement Award with royal-court style silk fan, hand painted by renowned artists Ellen Qiongzhao Schicktanz and Xinle Ma.

Chinese Cultural Foundation Outstanding Youth Award Recipients 

Selina 玄子 and Tiffany 惠子 - Zhao Twin Sisters

The Chinese Cultural Foundation presents its First Outstanding Youth Award to the Zhao twin sisters, in recognition of their extraordinary ability and contributions to support public art. 


In 1997, the two sisters received their U.S. green cards with their mother Ellen Qiongzhao Schicktanz and immigrated to the United States. They graduated from a Philadelphia High School, Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University. They have been assisting their mother's artistic creations and public art designs during their summer vacations. They worked as international art curators at the American Goddess Art Museum and joined their mother's public art design and production volunteer team. 


For more than ten years,  they dedicated their time and energy to American public art. Participated in creating two giant bronze relief sculptures for the American Revolutionary History Museum “Signing of the Declaration of Independence”, “Washington Crossing Delaware River” and the marble relief sculpture for the National Constitution Center “Signing of the Constitution of the United States” and a marble relief sculpture “First American Thanksgiving Day “.


Currently, Tiffany Zhao is a Branch Manager at CITIZENS BANK in Pennsylvania.  Selina Zhao and her husband founded their own trading company. They continue making their contributions to support the public art projects through the Rodin International Artists Foundation.

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