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Peabody Award Winner Fareed Zakaria Headlines Greater Des Moines Partnership Annual Dinner!

July 24, 2014

The host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, Editor-at-Large of TIME, and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria will be the keynote speaker of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s 126th Annual Dinner program on Jan. 27, 2015. The topic of Zakaria’s speech will be “The Culture and Politics of the Global Economy” with a focus on how greater Des Moines positions itself internationally.  The dinner will take place at the Iowa Events Center in Downtown Des Moines.

One of Jon Stewart’s favorite guests on The Daily Show, Zakaria is known for his good humor, wit, and unique approach to international relations that combines the knowledge of a historian and the theoretical command of a political scientist. Described by Esquire magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation,” Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends.  Winner of a 2012 Peabody Award, Zakaria’s columns and cover stories — ranging from the future of the Middle East and America’s role in the world to the politics and culture of the global economy — reach more than 25 million readers weekly.

Born in India and educated at Yale and Harvard, where he received his PhD, Zakaria became the youngest managing editor of Foreign Affairs at 28. From 2000-2010, he was the editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all of the magazine’s overseas editions. His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and SlateForeign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Zakaria’s international bestseller The Post-American World is about the “rise of the rest,” analyzing the growth of China, India, Brazil, among others, and what it means for the future. The New York Times called it “a relentlessly intelligent book,” while the Boston Sunday Globe praised Zakaria for having “more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” His previous New York Times bestseller, The Future of Freedom, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was called “a work of tremendous originality and insight” by The Washington Post.

The Partnership’s Annual Dinner is the Greater Des Moines business community’s celebration of the past year’s economic and community development successes. The dinner includes a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The program includes the presentation of the 2015 Inclusion Award(s) and presentation of the Partnership’s Annual Report, summarizing the accomplishments of the organization’s work in 2014.  Reservations are now being accepted online at DSMpartnership.com/events. Center stage seating is $150 per person or $1,500 per table, and general seating is $125 per person or $1,250 per table. A table seats ten. 

Reservations may also be directed to Katie Hernandez, (515) 286-4913 or khernandez@DSMpartnership.com.  Members of the media are asked to contact Susan Ramsey, Senior V.P. of Communications/Marketing for the Partnership, at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@DSMpartnership.com.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 330 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.