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Mount Announces 2016 Scholarship Tribute Dinner Honorees


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent will honor M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment and Development and Chairman of the Shafik Gabr Foundation, and Pamela J. Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Newman Team at Aon PLC, as part of its annual Scholarship Tribute Dinner, Wednesday, May 11 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Mr. Gabr is a renowned leader in international business and an accomplished philanthropist. He is the chairman and a founding member of Egypt’s International Economic Forum, member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Zurich Financial Services, Stanhope Capital, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, and the Global Advisory Council of the Mayo Clinic.

He has been featured among Arabian Business and The Middle East magazines’ most important influencers across the Arab world and he has been presented with the Foreign Policy Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the Meridian Global Citizen Award, the Middle East Institute’s Visionary Award, and the American University in Cairo’s Global Impact Award. Mr. Gabr holds a B.A. in economics and management from the American University in Cairo and an M.A. in economics from the University of London.

Dr. Newman is an international insurance broker specializing in Fortune 500 clients worldwide. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Women’s Medical Center Advisory Board of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, the Business Executives for National Security, and the Associate Committee of the Juilliard School. She is on the board of the Police Athletic League of New York, the Corporate Board of Carnegie Hall, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Brain Trauma Foundation, the New York Citizens Budget Commission, and PCI Media Impact. She was also a past president of the Financial Women’s Association.

She has been honored by the UJA-Federation of New York, the Arthritis Foundation, has received the Humanitarian Award from the New York Center for Living, and the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded her “Distinguished Woman of the Year” in 2009. Dr. Newman earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Scholarship Tribute Dinner honorees are recognized for their personal, professional, and civic achievements that uphold the College’s mission, “To foster an understanding of our common humanity, a commitment to human dignity, and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other.”

Last year, the College honored William M. O’Connor, a partner in the New York office of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the Real Estate Capital Markets Practice Group, and Sgt. Cheryl C. Shea, of the New York City Police Department’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Training, along with all of the men and women of the New York City Police Department.

Proceeds from the Scholarship Tribute Dinner will support student scholarships. For more information, and to reserve tickets, please visit

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.