Every fall, the Baker Institute hosts a private reception for Roundtable members to meet and chat informally with institute policy fellows and scholars. On Sept. 27, more than 100 people turned out for an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and conversation -- among them, the institute's newest fellow, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who will lead the Latin America Initiative.
In his remarks, founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian touched on highlights of the past year, including timely reports on tax reform and energy policy as well as the recently published 2011 Baker Institute annual report.
Looking ahead, Djerejian noted the institute's plans to co-host speakers such as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and an event in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference.
￢ﾀﾨ"The institute supports a wide range of major and sometimes controversial issues. Every [fellow] I spoke with was intelligent, well-informed and enthusiastic about his or her project," said Richard A. Evans, one of the Roundtable's newest members.
His sentiment was echoed by Subhi Khudairi, a member of the Associate Roundtable, which is open to young professionals under the age of 45. "It"s important to stay informed on current policy trends that affect my personal life and business decisions. Additionally, the Roundtable provides me very unique networking opportunities with fellow members."
From left, Roundtable chair Beth Robertson with honorary co-chairs Susan Baker and Y. Ping Sun.
Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, with Board of Advisers chair Bill Barnett, right, and a Roundtable member.
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the institute's newest fellow, with Rice University students Sam Hile '12, left, and Myles Bugbee '12, president of the Baker Institute Student Forum. Richardson will lead the institute's Latin America Initiative.
A Roundtable member meets Robin Doody '14, a development intern at the Baker Institute.
Chris Bronk, right, fellow in information technology policy,
converses with Roundtable members.