The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

This year’s event – which will take place at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City will honor long-time IRC supporters Cliff and Laurel Asness and Ken and Vickie French with the Humanitarian Leadership Award.

The evening will feature a special performance by opera sensation and IRC Voice Danielle de Niese and appearances by IRC President and CEO David Miliband and CBS Evening News anchor, Scott Pelley. Additional guests slated to attend include IRC Voices Piper Perabo and Nykhor Paul.

Cliff Asness became a supporter of the IRC in 2005 and a Board Member in 2009. Prior to co-founding AQR Capital Management, Asness was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Managing Director and Director of Quantitative Research for the Asset Management Division. He has authored articles on many financial topics including multiple publications in the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Financial Analysts Journal. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management, the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU and is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute and the Atlas Society.

Kenneth R. French became an IRC Board Member in 2009 and currently sits on the Finance Committee. He works at the Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. French is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies, and a former President of the American Finance Association. French is also a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before joining Dartmouth, French was on the faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, the Yale School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Maurice R. Greenberg, Starr International Foundation/The Starr Foundation, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd, Eduardo G. Mestre, Kathleen and Omar Saeed and Catherine and Tracy Wolstencroft. Vice Chairs include The Partners of AQR Capital, Katherine Farley, Jerry I. Speyer, Marie and Joseph Field, Evan G. Greenberg, ACE Group, Judy and Josh Weston, Maureen White, and Steven Rattner.

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