James Dignan will be recognized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
He's being honored for his work in promoting U.S. diplomacy and development programs.
"If those developing countries don't have stable and secure water, stable schools, safe areas, of course, then the ports and the infrastructure and all that, then we are not going to be able to sell our goods there," Dignan said.
The summit and award presentation take place on Monday.