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The Institute for Education (IFE) presented Christopher G. Caine ’78, president and CEO of Mercator XXI, with the IFE Leadership Award on May 15 at its leadership dinner held at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Caine '78

Caine was honored for his leadership locally, nationally, and in the world community. “In each of his endeavors–teaching at Lafayette College, his work at IBM Corp., founding his own company, and playing a crucial role in just about every IFE program–Chris exemplifies all of the attributes that we strive to foster in tomorrow’s generation of leaders,” said Kathy Kemper, the founder of IFE.

IFE recognizes, encourages, and promotes civility and leadership locally, nationally, and in the world community. The group convenes political, business, media, and community leaders at the highest levels to encourage collaboration and greater global understanding.

Mercator, a professional services firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Cairo, helps clients navigate areas where the global economy and governments intersect by using expertise in government relations and public policy, market access and market research, and innovation-driven economic development. He was vice president, governmental programs, for 13 years of his 25-year tenure at IBM Corporation. He was a key player in the passage of the America Competes Act and served as primary staff supporter to Sam Palmisano, IBM CEO and co-chair of the National Innovation Initiative (NII).

Instrumental in the establishment of the College’s Policy Studies Program, Caine also founded the Caine Scholars Award for Global Leadership, Business, and Policy.

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