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International House 2015 Gala

Gala April 30, 2015

Photos by Jennifer Hom Photography

Posted by International House, UC Berkeley on Monday, May 4, 2015

We proudly recognize our 2015 Honorees

Global Ambassador of Peace & Public Service

The Honorable E. Anthony Wayne (’72)
United States Ambassador to Mexico


I-House Alumni Couple of the Year

Gikas Hardouvelis, Ph. D.  (IH 1978-80)
Susan Bezjian Hardouvelis, MBA (IH 1977-81)


Thursday, April 30, 2015
6 pm
Music & Mingling   Dinner & Program Follow

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)

Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Valet Parking Provided

For more information, please call 510.642.4128 or email ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged   Catering provided by International House

We thank Ballet Folklorico for performing at our Gala

Ballet Folklorico

2015 Gala Honorees 

Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne


Ambassador Earl “Tony” Anthony Wayne

Ambassador Earl “Tony” Anthony Wayne was confirmed U.S. ambassador to Mexico by the United States Senate on August 2, 2011. A career diplomat since 1975, Ambassador Wayne leads the Mission in Mexico, one of the largest in the world, which includes 29 U.S. government agencies and over 2,700 employees.

Ambassador Wayne’s life-long commitment to service personifies the principles of International House. As ambassador to Mexico, he manages U.S. justice and anti-crime programs, and facilitates cooperation amongst the Government of Mexico, U.S. and Mexican business communities and academic institutions. His tireless efforts have served both Mexican and U.S. markets through initiatives such as the “Bilateral Forum on Education, Research and Innovation.”

He received the 2010 Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement for his work in Afghanistan, where he served as Deputy Ambassador (May, 2010 – June, 2011) and Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs (June, 2009 – May, 2010). During these roles, he managed relations with ISAF military forces, as well as oversaw the allocation of $4 billion in U.S. government non-military assistance. In 2008, he was awarded the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award for his work against trafficking in persons in Argentina. He has also received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service award, and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Wayne to the highest rank of “Career Ambassador” in 2010.

He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Princeton University and Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (’72).

In recognition of his dedication to raising the quality of life for all people and serving communities around the world, International House proudly recognizes Ambassador Wayne as the 2015 International House Global Ambassador of Peace and Public Service.


Gikas Hardouvelis Ph.D. (IH 1978-80)
Susan Bezjian Hardouvelis, MBA (IH 1977-81)


Gikas & Susan Hardouvelis
Like some thousand other couples, Gikas Hardouvelis, Ph.D. (IH 1978 – 80) and Susan Bezjian Hardouvelis, MBA (IH 1977 – 81) met and fell in love under the dome of International House.

Currently the Professor of Finance & Economics in the Department of Banking & Financial Management of the University of Piraeus, Gikas is most notable for serving as Finance Minister of Greece from June, 2014 – January, 2015. His extensive central banking experience includes previous roles as Chief Economic Advisor to two Prime Ministers (2011 – 12, 2000-04), Chief Economist at the National Bank of Greece, where he restructured the Economic Analysis Division, created the Risk Management Division, the Assets-Liabilities Management Department, and the Investors Relations Department (1996 – 2000), and Alternate to the Governor at the European Monetary Institute during creation of the Eurosystem (1994 – 1995).

Susan now serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Gaea Products SA, a producer and exporter of Mediterranean food products. Previously, she worked with Toyota Hellas and Inchcape over a period of 18 years, first as an adviser to the Board of Toyota Hellas, then as a member of the Board of Toyota Hellas, until eventually becoming the Director of four Inchcape finance and insurance subsidiaries. During her time in the US, Susan worked as Vice President in Corporate Banking at Chase/Chemical Bank, New Jersey and as an investment banker at both Chemical Bank and Goldman Sachs.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from U. C. Berkeley, and M.Sc. & B.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Gikas and Susan exemplify the spirit of International House through their dedication to intercultural respect and understanding, as well as to each other. We congratulate and proudly honor them as International House Alumni Couple of the Year.