Houston: American citizen of Pakistani origin S. Javed Anwar was honored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston with the “Outstanding International Philanthropist Award” at its 25th annual Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon.
Former US President George W Bush presented the award to Anwar at a special ceremony organized at the Presidential Reception.
He was nominated for this prestigious recognition for his international influence, exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to Houston’s international spirit over more than 25 years.
Announcing the award, World Affairs Council CEO Maryanne Maldonado paid tribute to Anwar.
In a statement, the council called Anwar a testament to the relationship between diplomacy and philanthropy, saying he represents a lifelong mission of dedication and service. In Texas, his contributions have influenced numerous initiatives such as support of the University of Texas and education through service as a board member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Following Hurricane Harvey, Anwar contributed generously to rebuilding efforts in the Greater Houston community. His many philanthropic works speak about his unprecedented efforts in improving the community.
Bush also praised Anwar’s generosity, which he demonstrates as an incredible example of citizenship and leadership, and said that is why he profiled and portrayed him in his book “Out of Many, One”.