Dr. Tariq Butt, Chair of the Lahore, Pakistan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), was selected by the Advisory Board of CSCI to receive the Second Annual CSCI Volunteer of the Year Award. Dr. Butt was selected by his CSCI peers for showing leadership, talent, passion, enthusiasm and tenacity in promoting the work of CSCI locally and abroad.
The award recognizes a CSCI volunteer committee member who has played an important role in furthering CSCI’s mission to promote Chicago as a global city, develop international partnerships and networks, and share best practices through citizen-to-citizen connections, particularly in the areas of business, culture, education, immigration and tourism.
“As Co-Chair of the Lahore Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, Dr. Tariq Butt has been the driving force of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Lahore since its inception in 2007,” said Samuel C. Scott III, Chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International. “He was integral to the formation of the relationship eight years ago and has diligently worked each year to grow and nurture the bond between Chicago and Lahore. We are proud to present him with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award.”
The CSCI Volunteer of the Year Award was presented at The 2015 Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue).
In addition to honoring Dr. Butt, three other awards were presented at the gala: the Global Citizen Award to W. James McNerney, Jr., Chairman of the The Boeing Company; the Corporate Ambassador Award to Walgreens Boots Alliance; and the ChicagoNEXT Award to kCura.
The gala’s international guest list included members of the 80+ foreign and honorary consulates in Chicago and leaders in Chicago’s business, civic and cultural communities. The proceeds from the event support the work of Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago and fund Chicago Consular Corps scholarships to the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, and Consul General Patricia Maza-Pittsford and Mr. Philip Pittsford served as Honorary Chairs of the Gala.
Co-hosts of the gala were Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions; Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and CEO of Ventas, Inc.; Christopher M. Crane, President and CEO of Exelon; Pin Ni, President of Wanxiang America Corporation; Michael J. Sacks, Chairman and CEO of GCM Grosvenor; Samuel C. Scott III, Chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International; Glenn F. Tilton, Chairman of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Miles D. White, Chairman and CEO of Abbott.
Dr. Tariq Butt
Dr. Tariq Butt has chaired the Lahore Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International since 2007 and has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Chicago Sister Cities International since 2015. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a 30-year medical career. He is a leader in influential health policy, heads numerous physician committees, is a founding member and Deputy Medical Officer of Access Community Health Network and has teaching appointments at various medical schools. In addition to his passion for health care, Dr. Butt is an education advocate and champion, having mentored hundreds of students across the world and serving for 20 years on the Chicago Board of Education and as director of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
Dr. Butt is also a devoted and well-known member of Chicago’s civic and philanthropic communities. His strong ability to connect people and leverage resources have gained him international prestige as a global healthcare thought leader and visionary, with a strong commitment to addressing health disparities. He has extensive experience working with government leaders and key officials building international partnerships to develop systems of care for medically underserved communities and to facilitate global health care collaborations.
Dr. Butt is an active voice in the Asian American community. He is a founding member of the Asian American Institute and is often invited by government leaders and senior officials to represent the Asian American community on city, county and state commissions.