2021 Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon: Celebrating Houston’s Global Leadership
Celebrating the 23rd Annual Jesse H. Jones Awards
Honoring citizens who have contributed to Houston's international spirit
About the 2021 Jesse H. Jones Awards
The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston proudly presents the 23rd Annual Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon honoring the 2021 International Citizens of the Year. We are pleased to honor bp’s Starlee Sykes and Alistair Vickers for their accomplishments in promoting Houston’s standing on the international stage as the Energy Capital of the World. Both Starlee and Al represent the city's past, present, and future, and we are delighted to dream about the future alongside them at Houston's international leadership luncheon. Sykes and Vickers join past honorees including Noble Energy's Dave Stover, Chevron's Jeff Shellebarger, and Jeff Miller of Halliburton.
The 23rd Annual Jesse H. Jones Awards is the Council’s premier event of the year, bringing together leaders in education, business, finance, global affairs, and more. This year, we are pleased to present David M. Rubenstein – Philanthropist, Television Host, Author, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group – as the Jones Award Keynote Speaker. Our dialogue with David Rubenstein will be moderated by Occidental Petroleum's President and CEO Vicki Hollub.
Our shared passion for world affairs is what brings us together; we hope you’ll join us.
2021 International Citizens of the Year
2021 Global Leaders of Influence
The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston annually recognizes Houston’s Global Leaders of Influence, a cohort of community leaders from a variety of backgrounds and fields all contributing to Houston’s standing as an international city.
Co-Founder & Co-Chairman
The Carlyle Group
The Council on Foreign Relations
President and CEO
Host Committee Co-Chair
Leslie Beyer | The Energy Workforce & Technology Council
Host Committee Co-Chair
Galen Cobb | Halliburton
Saba Abashawl | Houston Airport Systems
Mark Anderson | RSM US
Amb. Christopher Ashby | Fmr. U.S. Amb. to Uruguay
Sandija Bayot | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston
John Brantley | Bracewell
Vivek Chidambaram | Accenture
Suzan Deison | Greater Houston Women's COC
Phil DeLozier | EnerVest
Antony D'Souza | DNV GL
Michaela Greenan | Infosys
Lynn Hughes | Board Member
Cyndi Hunter | United Airlines
David Jones | Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Arthur Kaplun | EY
Stephen Kramer | Board Member
Christine LaFollette | Board Member
Elizabeth Matthews | Total
Sid McClendon | Board Member
Patrick Moran | Moran Exploration
Sallie Morian | DX Service Co. Inc.
Frank Mount | Chevron
Maureen O'Driscoll-Levy | M.D.
Kevin O'Gorman | Norton Rose Fulbright
Christopher Olson | Mayor's Office of Trade & Intl. Affairs
Emeka Oyolu | LyondellBasell
Daron Peschel | Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Revati Puranik | Worldwide Oilfield Machine, Inc.
TJ Raguso | Amegy Bank
Martha Rocks | Martha Turner Sotheby's Realty
Jennifer Smith | JMS Arbitration
Soma Somasundaram | Champion X
Linda Toyota | Community Advocate
Nick Tran | Schlumberger
Stephanie Tsuru | Literary Advocate
Kenneth Tubman | PPA Resources
Jesse Tutor | Board Member
Amb. Chase Untermeyer | Fmr. U.S. Amb. to Qatar
We are ecstatic to present not just one, but two, International Citizen of the Year Awards at the 2021 Jesse H. Jones Awards, Houston's premier international leadership luncheon. Starlee Sykes, the first female recipient, is a well-respected leader in the oil and gas sector, and her husband, Alistair, is on the cusp of innovation in the wind industry. They represent the past, present, and future of our city.
Continue the Legacy.
The Jones Awards honors individuals who, like influential Houstonians Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, have contributed to Houston's international spirit.
The World Affairs Council’s network is the doorway to Houston’s global community, connecting you with tomorrow’s leaders, today. The Jones Awards offers an exclusive networking opportunity for local leaders who want to cultivate connections across sectors, all with a common interest in international affairs and understanding.
This year’s Jones Awards reflect on how the Energy Capital of the World steps into the future. This Houston leadership luncheon will equip you and your organization with the information and connections you need to be a global citizen.