The Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman

Until his retirement in 2003, former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman served as a U.S. Representative for New York for thirty years. His involvement in foreign affairs for the U.S. government is highlighted by his appointment as chairman of the House International Relations Committee, formerly known as the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also served as a congressional delegate to the United Nations in 1981.

Mr. Gilman is considered a pioneer in human rights issues in the international arena. He assisted with the interventions in the late seventies for the successful release of prisoners through prisoner exchanges in East Germany, Mozambique, Cuba and other nations. He also received acclaim for his successful intervention in the release of U.S. citizens imprisoned in Cuba for political reasons.

Mr. Gilman is also the chairman of the Gilman Group in Washington D.C., which specializes in advocacy for international and domestic projects. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants to U.S. undergraduate students, as a means to present opportunities to study abroad for students with limited financial means.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Laws from the New York Law School.