Conference Speakers

 

Welcoming Dinner

Thursday, September 25, 6:30pm

Michael Marshall  (Master of Ceremonies)

Michael Marshall serves as Executive Director of the World Media Association (WMA). The World Media Association is an international forum for media professionals and opinion leaders dedicated to advancing the highest standards of journalistic ethics, promotion of press freedom in places where it does not exist, and encourages the responsible use of that freedom where it does. Since its founding in 1978, the WMA has conducted fact-finding tours to numerous hotspots around the world, as well as 19 major World Media Conferences and numerous symposia which have examined the media’s role in the larger context of society. Mr. Marshall also serves as Executive Editor of The World & I, a monthly, scholarly periodical with a 16-year history in publishing articles in the fields of current issues, the arts, life, natural science, culture, and currents in modern thought.

Tageldin “Taj” Hamad  

Mr. Taj Hamad is Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), having assumed this position in 2001. This post previously had been held by Dr. Wally N’Dow, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Secretary General of Habitat II. Prior to becoming WANGO Secretary General, Mr. Hamad served as WANGO’s International Executive Director. Mr. Hamad has also served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations, Executive Director of the Interreligious Leadership Seminar, and Executive Director for the Interdenominational Christians for Unity and Social Action.  He also serves as Chair of the Middle East Alliance for World Peace, and is a member of the board of several other international organizations. In his work with NGOs and projects related to world peace, security, women, youth and sustainable development, Mr. Hamad has traveled extensively worldwide, especially throughout Africa and Middle East. For his efforts, Mr. Hamad has received many honors, including being awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical Institute of Biblical Studies in 1990.

Dr. Pradit Chareonthaitawee

Professor Pradit Chareonthaitawee serves as Vice President for the Foundation for Development and Peace and as Commissioner for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. He has also served as a Member of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly, a Member of the Civil Service Commission of the Ministry of Public Health, a Member of the Civil Service Commission of the Ministry of Urban Affairs, and President of Mahidol University. A medical doctor, Professor Pradit was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Siriraj Hosptial, and Chairman of  the Department of Anesthesiology of the Faculty of Medicine of Siriraj Hospital. He holds degrees from The Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians of London, and the Faculty of Medicine of Siriraj Hospital University of Medical Science. Dr. Pradit serves as a Physician attached to the Office of the Royal Household. His professional association service includes being President of the Thai Society of Anesthesiology, President of the Council of the University Faculty Senate of Thailand, President of Mahidol University Faculty Senate, Secretary and Advisory to the Minister of Health, a member of the National Representative Assembly and member of the Standing Committee of the National Representative Assembly on Science, Technology, and Energy, and other prestigious positions. He has received numerous awards, including the Order of the Royal White Elephant, the Order of the Crown of Thailand, the Order of the Chulacnomkloa, among others.

 

Opening Plenary Session:
“NGOs as Advocates and Agents for an Ethical and Caring Society”

Friday, September 26, 9:00am

Tageldin “Taj” Hamad   (Chair)

Mr. Taj Hamad is Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), having assumed this position in 2001. This post previously had been held by Dr. Wally N’Dow, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Secretary General of Habitat II. Prior to becoming WANGO Secretary General, Mr. Hamad served as WANGO’s International Executive Director. Mr. Hamad has also served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations, Executive Director of the Interreligious Leadership Seminar, and Executive Director for the Interdenominational Christians for Unity and Social Action.  He also serves as Chair of the Middle East Alliance for World Peace, and is a member of the board of several other international organizations. In his work with NGOs and projects related to world peace, security, women, youth and sustainable development, Mr. Hamad has traveled extensively worldwide, especially throughout Africa and Middle East. For his efforts, Mr. Hamad has received many honors, including being awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical Institute of Biblical Studies in 1990..

Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan

Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan serves as Chairperson of the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (CPCS). CPCS is an autonomous, nonprofit center under the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA), a government institution of learning at the post-graduate level. The Center aimsDr. Vichit-Vadakan to strengthen the third sector as a significant force for the promotion of balanced and sustainable development and the achievement of a civil society characterized by equity and a shared concern for the common good. Dr. Vichit-Vadakan also teaches at the School of Public Administration of the National Institute of Development Administration. She had served as Dean, Vice President and President of the same institution. Dr. Vichit-Vadakan also serves as Secretary-General for Transparency Thailand, a chapter of Transparency International. She further serves as chair of Women for the Promotion of Democracy. Recently, Dr. Vichit-Vadakan was appointed as Chair of the Organizing Committee for Women Leaders Network Conference for 2003, which the Thai Government hosts in conjunction with APEC meetings in the same year. She also serves as Chair of APEC’s Gender Focal Point Network for 2003. In addition, she has been appointed to be the Head of the Thai delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak

Rev. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak serves as Chair of WANGO’s International Council. He also holds a number of prominent positions in the worlds of academia and media, as well as in non-profit and religious organizations. In academia, Rev. Kwak serves as Chairman of the Board for the Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT), Chairman of the Board for the World University Federation, and Chairman of the Professors World Peace Academy, an international association of university and college scholars. Previous to these positions, he served as Secretary-General of the Professors World Peace Academy. In the media realm, Rev. Kwak is the former Publisher and President of the daily newspaper Segye Times of Seoul, Korea. He is also former Chairman of the Segye Times daily of New York City, and former Publisher of The New York City Tribune. More recently, he became Chairman of the Board of News World Communications, the parent company that publishes The Washington Times. Rev. Kwak serves as Chairman of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, Chairman of the Citizen=s Federation for the Unification of North and South Korea, and Chairman of the Board for both the International Cultural Foundation and for the International Religious Foundation. Since 1978, he has served as President of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. Rev. Kwak completed his B.S. in Law from Kyungbuk University and Sangui University in Korea, and his M.A. in Western Philosophy at Kungook University in Korea. He has been widely recognized for his distinguished career and charitable work, receiving a number of Honorary Doctorates from universities in the United States and Asia.

Mechai Viravaidya

Mr. Mechai Viravaidya is a Member of the Senate of Thailand’s Parliament, the National Assembly of Thailand. As Senator, he serves on the Committee on Privatisation of the State Enterprises and on the Committee on Public Participation. Previously, he has held positions of Deputy Minister of Industry, Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1991 and 1992, as a Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister, he assisted Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun in establishing a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS prevention policy and program. He has also served as Governor of the Provincial Waterworks Authority, Chairman of Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited and Telephone Organization of Thailand. He was appointed as the Ambassador for UNAIDS in 1999. Mr. Viravaidya also is the founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a nongovernmental organization dedicated to serving and assisting the rural poor of Thailand. Founded in 1974, PDA is one of Thailand’s most well established and diverse non-profit organizations, and is headquartered in Bangkok, with 16 regional development centers and branch offices in rural Thailand. PDA’s programs are based on the belief that local people are best suited to shape and sustain their own development. From its beginning point in promoting family planning in urban and rural areas of Thailand, PDA has branched out to include integrated rural development, water resource development and sanitation, medical and health services, population control and AIDS care activities, income generation and training and technical expertise assistance, promotion of women’s and children’s rights, forestry, and environmental conservation. For his service to the public, Mr. Viravaidya has received numerous awards, including four honorary doctorates, the 1997 United Nations Population Award, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, the United Nations Gold Peace Medal and the Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant. He has been granted decorations from the Governments of Thailand, Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Plenary Session II:
"Human Security and the Role of NGOs"

Friday, September 26, 11:00am

Dr. Noel Brown (Chair)

Dr. Noel Brown is President of Friends of the United Nations. Previously, he served as Director of the United Nations Environment ProgramPanel Two (UNEP), North American Regional Office. Among other positions currently held by Dr. Brown are Chairman of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, and Vice Chair of the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. He is a founding member of the Aspen Global Change Institute and the International Council for Local Environment Issues, is Chairman of the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Rivers Environmental Educational Network, the Climate Institute, the Earth Communications Office, the Rainforest Alliance, Global Education Associates, Trust for the Americas, and other environmental and educational organizations. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Seattle University, an M.A. in International Law and Organization from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations from Yale University. He has been a Visiting Professor at both U.S. and foreign universities, and has a number of publications to his credit, including serving as Editor of Ethics and Agenda 21: Moral Implications of a Global Consensus. Among the numerous awards acknowledging Dr. Brown’s service to the environment is his being honored with the 1998 World Academy of Arts and Science for Distinguished Public Service.

Dr. Sarah Michael

Dr. Sarah Michael serves as a Research Fellow for the Global Equity Initiative of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Dr. Sarah Michael Global Equity Initiative conducts basic and applied research into all aspects dealing with global equity or “fairness,” with a Human Security Program as one of its three main programs. Dr. Michael is a political scientist with a special interest in the role of non-governmental organizations in development. She has conducted field research on the organizational and operational strengths and weaknesses of NGOs in Bangladesh, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, and has written on power structures within the African NGO community. Her Master’s thesis took her to South Africa, where she researched the importance of credit to female entrepreneurs in the Eastern Cape province. Dr. Michael has also worked as part of a rural medical team in northern Ghana and as a community development planner with the Vuntut Gwitchin in Old Crow, the northernmost settlement in the Yukon Territory, Canada. More recently, she provided research support to the Commission on Human Security and is currently working with the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health and Development. Within the realm of philanthropy, she has worked for Toronto’s Maytree and Walter and Duncan Gordan Foundations. Dr. Michael received her Ph.D. from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of The Role of NGOs in Human Security.

Francois Fouinat

Mr. Francois Fouinat is Executive Director of the Commission on Human Security. The Commission on Human Security was established in January, 2001 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, which was inspired with the United Nations Secretary General’s call at the 2000 Millennium Summit. The Commission held official meetings in New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Bangkok, and presented its 159-page Final Report, Human Security Now: Protecting and Empowering People, to the UN Secretary-General on May 1, 2003. The Commission also engaged in two major research projects, focusing on conflict and development. Previous to becoming Executive Director of the Commission on Human Security, Mr. Fouinat held a number of posts with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Among these, he served as Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Head of Operations for Kosovo Emergency, Chief of the Cabinet of the High Commissioner, Coordinator of the UNHCR Special Operation in the former Yugoslavia, UNHCR Representative in Honduras, Djibouti, and Cambodia, Senior Programme Officer in Somalia, Chief of Mission in Brazil, and other positions within the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. He has also served as Programme Officer for the International Secretariat for Volunteer Service.

Dana Robert Dillon

Dana R. Dillon is Senior Policy Analyst for the Heritage Foundation Asian Studies Center. The Heritage Foundation is one of the United State’s premier public policy research institutes. Dana Dillon served 20 years in the U.S. Army, the last six years at the Pentagon, where he specialized inDana Dillon Army intelligence and Army foreign affairs.  He served 12 years as a Foreign Area Officer, specializing in Southeast Asia political and military events. During his long military career, Dillon’s expertise in military relations took him to Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, where he assisted with U.S. efforts to strengthen and modernize fighting forces in Southeast Asia. In one of his first research projects for The Heritage Foundation in September of 2000, Dillon called for a new course of action in dealing with one of the world’s hot-beds of terrorist activity, Indonesia. Dillon has also written extensively on how to protect the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He is the author of numerous articles on international and national security and foreign policy, including those dealing with security challenges in southeast Asia, and he is a frequent commentator on American television, such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, and has been widely quoted in the major print media, including the New York Times, USA Today and the Associated Press.  Dillon graduated from the Indonesian Language-Defense Language Institute, and served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. He also attended the National University of Singapore. Fluent in Indonesian, Dillon earned his master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1994.

 

Interactive Sessions:
 
“Fostering Greater Cooperation Between Governments and NGOs”

Friday, September 26, 1:45pm

Session Chairs


Human Rights                                                 

Dr. Thomas J. Ward    (Chair)

Dr. Thomas Ward is Vice President for International Programs and Dean of the International College of the University of Bridgeport. Prior to this, he served as Assistant to the Provost and as a Visiting Professor of International Studies.  Dr. Ward assisted Dr. Stoyan Ganev, 47th President of the United Nations General Assembly, in creating the University’s New England Center for International and Regional Studies. Dr. Ward has also served as an Human Rights Commissioner in Dutchess County, New York. Dr. Ward began his career in International Banking. He worked as an International Representative for Equibank, and later for the Bank of America. He did his doctoral studies at the Catholic Institute of Paris and at De La Salle University in the Philippines. Dr. Ward has been a guest lecturer on comparative political systems at institutions of higher learning in Latin America and Asia. 

Conflict Resolution, Peace and Security          

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie has spent over a quarter of a century as a leader of international non-governmental organizations – articulating the voices of civil society before international agencies and national governments. Dr. Kittrie is Chairman of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace. HeConflict Resolution Interactive Session is also University Professor and Edwin A. Mooers Scholar at American University's Washington College of Law. Dr. Kittrie formerly served as counsel to the United States Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the United Nations Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations on Crime and Justice. Founder and chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on the Status of Minorities and other Communities, Dr. Kittrie has also served as director of research for the American Bar Association and past President of the American Society of Criminology, and is currently chair of the executive committee of KVK Communications Ltd.  Dr. Kittrie has served as a consultant to the United States Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism, and a consulting delegate to the Interpol General Assembly. He was designated a Senior Fellow by the National Endowment on the Humanities in 1974, and 1979-80 Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, US Department. Dr. Kittrie is the author of numerous books, including The War Against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy To a New Social Contract, Rebels With A Cause: The Political Offender and the Rules of Resistance, and International Crimes and Punishments: Selected Documents on International and Transnational Criminal Law and Procedure. Kittrie's other works include The Right To Be Different: Deviance and Enforced Therapy, Crescent and Star: Arab and Israeli Perspectives on the Middle East Conflict, Sanctions, Sentencing and Corrections: Policy, Law and Practice and The Tree of Liberty: Rebellion and Political Crime in America. Dr. Kittrie's writings have earned him two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, and a 1987 award for The Best Book in Law from the Association of American Publishers.

Families, Women and Youth                                      

Ms. Yvonne Hinds  (Chair)

Mrs. Yvonne Zereder Hinds nee Burnett is the wife of the Honorable Prime Minister of Guyana.  For the past nine years, she has also been the head of the Guyana Relief Council, a non-profit, non-governmental charitable organization established to render assistance to persons in Guyana affectedFamilies, Women and Youth Interactive Session by man-made or natural disasters. In August 2003, the Guyana Relief Council completed the establishment of the Guyana Relief Council Temporary Shelter, a facility to house temporarily families and persons made homeless as a result of a disaster. This shelter is the first of its kind in Guyana. Mrs. Hinds is someone who cares deeply about the strengthening of families and the uplifting of women and children in Guyana. For over 25 years she has been intensely involved in voluntary community work, including early childhood education, charitable work, and community development. In 1990, she and her husband, Samuel Hinds, joined the campaign for free and fair elections in Guyana. In 1992, the PPP/CIVIC won the general elections with her husband becoming Prime Minister. After the death of the President, Cheddi Jagan, Mr. Hinds then became the President of Guyana. Following the 1997 elections, her husband was once again elected as Prime Minister. As wife of a Head of Government, Mrs. Hinds has represented her country at numerous functions, including the Spouses of Heads of Government of the Americas, Wives of Heads of Government of the Caribbean, and the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank. Despite a full schedule of social activities, Mrs. Hinds remains very active in charitable work. In addition to serving as Chairperson of the Guyana Relief Council, she is also a Committee Member of the Guyana Chapter of St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.

Environmental Affairs                                    

Dr. Frederick A. Swarts  (Chair)

Dr. Frederick Swarts is WANGO’s Assistant Secretary General for Administration and Finance.  He is also President and Senior Research Scientist for Aquatic Ecology with the Waterland Research Institute for Water and Land Resources, a non-profit, inter-disciplinary, research, education, and conservation organization primarily active in the Paraguay River Basin in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Dr. Swarts has served as Secretary General of the World Conference on Preservation and Sustainable Development in the Pantanal (2000), and Secretary General of the International Conference on Agriculture and the Environment in the Paraguay River Basin (2001).  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Swarts received his M.S. in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his doctoral studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College and the Graduate School of the Union Institute, graduating with a Ph.D. in Biology and Education. Dr. Swarts has published widely in the fields of aquatic ecology, education, and environmental biology. His environmental research endeavors include an extensive field study of brook trout in streams affected by acid-mine drainage in Pennsylvania and an exceptional tolerance of some tropical blackwater fish to low pH. Dr. Swarts is the editor of The Pantanal: Understanding and Preserving the World’s Largest Wetland (Paragon House Publishers), the most comprehensive, English-language text on this region. He serves and has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations.

Development Issues (Poverty, Health, Education, Trade)

Dr. Kathy Winnings  (Chair)

Dr. Kathy Winnings is Vice President of the Board and former Executive Director of the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF), a non-profit agency working to eliminate poverty, malnutrition, and disease. IRFF seeks to accomplish these goals by creating and sponsoring development projects that stimulate an exchange of knowledge, skills, and service between developed and developing countries. Since its founding in 1975, IRFF has provided humanitarian aid in the form of food, medical supplies, school supplies and clothing to people hit by catastrophe around the world, as a result of wars, natural disasters, and famine. IRFF has also focused on long-term development projects in the areas of health care and nutrition, literacy, and vocational and agricultural education.  The IRFF networks and cooperates with other NGOs and agencies that provide some level of humanitarian aid and assistance worldwide. Dr. Winnings also serves as President of Educare, an educational consulting firm and teaching training service.  She is the author of Building Character through Service Learning       

Plenary Session III:
 
“NGOs & Ethics: Toward an Ethical Culture in the Governmental, Corporate, and Civil Society Sectors”

Saturday, September 27, 9:00am

William D. Lay   (Chair)

William D. Lay has a distinguished background in law, non-profit organization, and academia. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he also served as Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. His legal practice for a New York City law firm includes complex multi-state litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution, commercial law, international transactions, and corporate finance, among other matters. He also teaches courses in Business and International Law and Settlement of International Business Disputes at the University of Bridgeport.  In the non-profit sector, Mr. Lay served as Vice President and Director of Research for the American Leadership Institute, a think-tank involved in study of competing political and economic systems, as well as national and international security. He has lectured throughout Latin America and traveled to over 40 nations in his responsibilities with the non-profit sector.  Recently, Mr. Lay also assumed the responsibility of serving as Chair of WANGO’s NGO Code of Ethics Initiative.

 Dr. Alan Fowler

Dr. Alan Fowler is President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), a major international association promoting researchDr. Alan Fowler and education in the fields of civil society, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy. ISTR publishes an interdisciplinary academic journal, Voluntas, the International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations, conducts international conferences, conducts research, and publishes reports, among other activities. Dr. Fowler is also Co-Founder of the International NGO Training and Research Centre in Oxford, Great Britain, and Honorary Professor for the Centre for Civil Society of the University of Natal, South Africa. Dr. Fowler has published extensively on civil society, non-governmental organizations and the international aid system, and is author of the acclaimed book Striking a Balance: A Guide to Enhancing the Effectiveness of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Development.  He received his Dphil in development studies form the University of Sussex, England. In addition to numerous consultancy assignments with international and national development organizations in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia.

Robert John Dobias

Robert John DobiasMr. Robert Dobias serves as NGO Administrator for the NGO Center of the Asian Development Bank. He has lived and worked in Asia for 25 years, beginning as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand in 1978. During the following years, he spent most of his time in rural Asia working for governments and national and international NGOs to promote integration of economic development with environmental conservation and social protection. Mr. Dobias joined the Asian Development Bank in 1994 as an Environmental Specialist. He was selected to head the Asian Development Bank’s newly established NGO Center at the end of February 2001.

 
Tunku Abdul Aziz 

Mr. Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim serves as Vice Chairman of Transparency International (TI) and President of TI’s  Malaysian Chapter. Transparency International is the only international non-governmental organization exclusively devoted to combating corruption. With its International Secretariat and more than 90 independent national chapters around the world, TI brings civil society, business and governments together in a powerful global coalition to curb both the supply and demand of corruption.  Rather than expose individual cases, TI focuses its effort on prevention and reforming systems, in order to make long-term gains against corruption.  In addition to his position with TI, Mr. Aziz has held senior management positions in a number of large private and public sector organizations in Malaysia, Hong Kong and the UK.  He has worked with the Guthrie Corporation, the Central Bank of Malaysia, Dunlop Malaysian Industries, Sime Darby Limited, and as a director with Commonwealth Secretariat.  He was for two terms Chairman of the Asian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Working Group on Industrial Complementation.  He initiated, with the support of like-minded individuals, the setting up in Malaysia of the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International, known locally as The Kuala Lumpur Society for Transparency & Integrity.  In October 1997, he was elected to the international board of Transparency International and in March the following year, he became Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transparency International.  He was re-elected Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in October 1999.  Mr. Aziz is also a member of the World Bank High Level Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption in the East Asia and Pacific Region, and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Public Policy Networks, a project of “Visioning the UN,”an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation.  He also serves as a member of the Asian Pacific Advisory Panel on Good Urban Governance, and is a member of the Board of the International Institute of Public Ethics.  He has just been appointed to the UNDP Advisory Panel for the Human Development Report 2002.

 

Special Symposia A:
“Trafficking in Women and Children in Asia”

Saturday, September 27, 11:00am

Sudarat Sereewat   (Chair)

Sudarat Sereewat is Founder and Director of FACE, “Fight Against Child Exploitation,” as well as serving as the organization’s Secretary General of the Executive Committee. FACE is involved in such activities as monitoring the cases of arrested pedophiles in order to help victimized children obtain justice; advocacy for laws and closing of loopholes in the legal apparatus; advocacy for mechanisms that deal more appropriately and effectively inSpecial Symposium A terms of child abuse and trafficking in children and women, and raising awareness of the issues among the general public and authorities involved in tackling these kind of problems. Prior to this position, Ms. Sereewat served as Founding member and First Executive Secretary of the well-known organization, End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT).  Ms. Sereewat has also served as co-director of the project, “An Advocative and Comparative Study on Tourism and Child Prostitution in Asia: Thailand, Sri Lank, and the Philippines,” as well as co-organizer of an international consultation in Chiang Mai on the theme, “Caught in Modern Slavery: Tourism and Child Prostitution in Asia.” Among other activities of Ms. Sereewat is research in Germany, Switzerland and Holland on the problems of Thai women in the sex business in these countries, and doing a feasibility study toward setting up a center to help solve the problems of Asian women living an working in Germany. This later activity led to the establishment of the “Counseling Center for Asian Women,” a center which she later served as Director.  She also was a co-founder of “AGISRA,” a German women’s organization working on the issue of exploitation and trafficking of women from Third World countries to Germany. Ms. Sereewat holds a M.A. from Chulalongkorn University.

Dr. Jyotsna Chatterji

Dr. Jyotsna Chatterji serves as Director of the William Carey Study and Research Center (Calcutta), as well as director of the center’s Joint Women’s Programme (JWP). JWP was started in 1977, and is a movement of women for their freedom and the creation of a new society with equal partnership of women and men. Since it is open to all those who believe its objectives, it includes men as part of the struggle for women’s human rights. Dr. Chatterji has served as the Director of JWP since 1978. JWP works in 14 cities and areas in India. Its activity encompasses such concerns as violence against women and children, human trafficking, law, health, education, socio-economic programs, political participation, gender sensitization, and the rights of the girl child (including issues such as child marriage, violence, and sexual abuse, and female foeticide). JWP pioneered action in India on the issue of Human Trafficking. Beginning with studies conducted in 1981, it has taken up the issue of trafficking in women and girls for commercial sexual exploitation in different parts of the country. Activities include research studies, prevention of second generation prostitution, providing services like early childhood care and education, health facilities, and protection of victims rights in red light areas, advocacy for legal reform and rights of trafficked persons and networking for positive action. JWP is part of several national and international networks such as Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Campaign Against Child Trafficking, and so forth. JWP has also initiated Anti-Trafficking Network in Delhi.  In addition to serving as Director of JWP, Dr. Chatterji serves as Vice President of the YWCA of India, and Chairperson of Madhyam, Bangalore and Initiatives: Women in Development, Madras.  Dr. Chatterji was a professor of English Literature at the University of Calcutta until 1978.  Dr. Chatterji has taken up several issues related to women, where there has been a denial of justice -- questions of property rights, equal pay for equal work, changes in personal laws, dowry-related questions and other atrocities on women, questions of bonded labor, especially where the girl children are involved, questions of prostitution, and so forth.  Among Dr. Chatterji’s edited books are Good News for Women, Authority of the Religions and the Status of Women, Status of Single Women, Status of Rural Women, Trafficking of Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation, and Partnership of Women and Men in Church and Society.

Nop Sarin Sreyroth

Ms. Nop Sarin Sreyroth is Monitoring Coordinator for the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC). CWCC is a non-profit organization based in Phnom Penh, and founded with the objective of providing assistance services to victims of gender-based abuse and their children.  Its vision is to eliminate all forms of violence against women, such as trafficking, rape and domestic violence, in order to achieve peace, development and well-being. CWCC has three regional offices and shelters. CWCC provides such services as a drop-in center, a confidential crisis shelter, a counseling program, vocational training, services for children and youth, health care, and legal representation. It also monitors violence against women, does community organizing, and advocacy activities, among other initiatives. Previous to taking the post of Monitoring Coordinator, Ms. Sreyroth served as the Provincial Coordinator in Siem Reap province for the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre. She has also served as Administrative Staff at the Association of Human Rights for Cham-Khmer Islam, and Women’s Rights Trainer at Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Association.

Special Symposia B:
“Toward an Inter-religious Council at the United Nations

Saturday, September 27, 11:00am

Dr. Christopher B. W. Kim  (Chair)

Dr. Christopher Kim serves as the Chairman of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, Asia (IIFWP-Asia). The IIFWP is a worldwide, not-for-profit organization and global peace movement consisting of volunteers, activists and leaders from diverse religions, nations, and professional fields joined together to build a worldwide culture of peace rooted in the moral and spiritual transformation of individuals, families, societies, civic institutions, nations and international organizations. The proposal to establish an inter-religious council at the United Nations is a central goal of IIFWP. Dr. Kim received his doctorate from De LaSalle University in the Philippines, where the offices for IIFWP-Asia are headquartered. He has received numerous awards for his over two decades work in Asia, and his accomplishments in the fields of education, culture, media and public service, including the Asian Father and Mother Award from the Philippines government, the Peace Award from President Ramos of the Philippines, and the U.S. Congress Award for Public Service.

H.E. James R. Mancham

Sir James R. Mancham became Seychelles first president when the country gained its independence on June 29, 1976. But he was overthrown a year later by a Marxist coup while attending the Conference of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth in London. In 1992, at the invitation of the current president, Sir James returned to Seychelles as the “Apostle of National Reconciliation,” where his position as Seychelles first president was constitutionally recognized. Educated in both Seychelles and England, Sir James was called to the bar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London, 1961. After having attended law faculty of the University of Paris, he returned to the Seychelles and served as barrister and attorney-at-large at the Supreme Court of Seychelles from 1963-1970. Besides being a Knight of the British Empire (KBE), Sir James is also an Officer de la Legion d”Honneur of France. He also has been awarded other medals, such as Medal of the City of Pusan in the Republic of Korea and the Quaid-I Azam of Pakistan. He is co-editor of The Future of Peace in the Twenty-First Century.

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie has spent over a quarter of a century as a leader of international non-governmental organizations – articulating the voices of civil society before international agencies and national governments. Dr. Kittrie is Chairman of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace. He is also University Professor and Edwin A. Mooers Scholar at American University's Washington College of Law. Dr. Kittrie formerly served as counsel to the United States Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the United Nations Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations on Crime and Justice. Founder and chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on the Status of Minorities and other Communities, Dr. Kittrie has also served as director of research for the American Bar Association and past President of the American Society of Criminology, and is currently chair of the executive committee of KVK Communications Ltd.  Dr. Kittrie has served as a consultant to the United States Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism, and a consulting delegate to the Interpol General Assembly. He was designated a Senior Fellow by the National Endowment on the Humanities in 1974, and 1979-80 Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, US Department. Dr. Kittrie is the author of numerous books, including The War Against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy To a New Social Contract, Rebels With A Cause: The Political Offender and the Rules of Resistance, and International Crimes and Punishments: Selected Documents on International and Transnational Criminal Law and Procedure. Kittrie's other works include The Right To Be Different: Deviance and Enforced Therapy, Crescent and Star: Arab and Israeli Perspectives on the Middle East Conflict, Sanctions, Sentencing and Corrections: Policy, Law and Practice and The Tree of Liberty: Rebellion and Political Crime in America. Dr. Kittrie's writings have earned him two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, and a 1987 award for The Best Book in Law from the Association of American Publishers.

Imam Ameer Salahuddin

A member of the American Society of Muslims, Imam Ameer Salahuddin is Cofounder of the Islamic Center of Passaic, the oldest Islamic Institution in the City of Paterson, New Jersey. He also serves as President of Sadaqa Community Development Corporation, Taqwah Investors Corporation, and Sadaqa OutReach Corporation, a charitable organization with a focus on feeding and clothing the needy. Imam Salahuddin is also a Commissioner on the Martin Luther King Commemorative Commission, appointed by New Jersey Governor Whitman. He sits on the executive board of The Paterson Village Initiative Program in partnership with The Superior Court of New Jersey. He is the Vice Chair of the 4th Ward CDC in partnership with Christian clergy, the Mayor of the City of Paterson, and the department of Community Development, with focus on revitalizing the City of Paterson. Imam Salahuddin has received many honors and awards from government, and non-Government organizations, including faith-based organizations, and the former mayor of the city of Paterson, Bill Pasccrelli, who now holds the office of United States Congressman, designated February 28, Imam Ameer P. Salahuddin day.

 

Special Symposia C:
“Micro-credits and NGOs”

Saturday, September 27, 11:00am

Dr. V. Mohini Giri   (chair)

Dr. V. Mohini Giri has been serving as Chairperson of the Guild of Service since 1979.  Guild of Service is a social service organization, which among its projects is helping the displaced widows of India. Dr. Giri has also been serving as Founder President of the War Widow Association since 1971 and as Founder Trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia since 2000.  A social activist and leader in the women's movement, specializing in human rights and gender justice, Dr. Giri is renowned both nationally and internationally for her committed work in empowering women politically, socially, legally and economically.  She has held many public positions such as Chair of the National Commission for Women (1994-1998) and Chair of the Delhi State Social Welfare Advisory Board (1987-1990). As Chair of the National Commission for Women, Dr. Mohini gave a new direction to NCW and successfully implemented several schemes for empowering women. Belonging to an illustrious family of scholars, civil servants and musicians, Mohini Giri is the daughter-in-law of Late Shri V.V. Giri, former President of India. Proficient in nine languages, Dr. Giri holds the doctorate from G.B. Pant University and a post graduate degree in Ancient Indian History, University of Delhi.  Her publications include Kanya: Exploitation of Little Angles (1998) and Emancipation and Empowerment of Women (1996). She has received many awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in 1996 and the Mahila Siromani Award in 1998.

Dr. D. S. K. Rao

Dr. D. S. K. Rao serves as Asia Organizer for the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a position he has held since July, 2000. The Microcredit Summit Campaign has the goal of reaching 100 million of the poorest families by 2005. Soon after joining the Summit Campaign, Dr. Rao was closely involved in organizing the mega event of the Asia-Pacific Regional Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils at New Delhi in February 2001. Since then he has visited Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Bangladesh, besides almost all the states of India, and interacted with 100s of NGOs, with the objective to expose the NGO practitioners of microcredit to the cutting edge work of the Summit Campaign and to acquaint himself with the environment in which these non-governmental organizations were operating. Dr. Rao has practiced Cashpor House Index (CHI) and Participatory Wealth Ranking (PWR), the two efficient and cost-effective tools of identifying the poor and poorest, in different developing countries. He has so far introduced the concept of these two tools to more than 1500 NGOs in Asia. Before joining the Microcredit Summit campaign as their Asia Organizer, Dr. Rao worked for more than two decades in the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. He also worked as a Faculty member in Bankers Institute of Rural Development, the apex institute for training, research, and consultancy in rural development banking, and he was actively involved in training and action research in microfinance. His research findings have been published and he is co-author of New Middle Women. He has also served as a Visiting Scholar at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., where he compared the cost of NGOs and banks promoting and monitoring the SHGs, and served as Secretary of the Lucknow Chapter of India Collective for Microfinance. He also has more than three years experience of working as a consultant to NGOs on different projects of empowering farmers in managing irrigation projects on their own.

Sheila Rao

Shiela Rao is a technical assistant in the office of Regional Organiser for Asia, Microcredit Summit Campaign. Her work mainly involves collection and analysis of data from nearly 2000 NGO practitioners of microcredit in the Asia Pacific region. One purpose for this is in order to monitor the progress of these members in achieving the four core themes of the campaign: reaching the poorest families, reaching and empowering women, building financially self sufficient institutions, and ensuring a positive and measurable impact on the lives of clients and their families. Mrs. Rao is also a qualified teacher of special education for the mentally challenged. Besides her involvement with Microcredit Summit Campaign, she works as a coordinator of  Nirman Association for the Mentally Handicapped, an NGO involved in training mentally challenged wards, who are being trained for various vocations and also for holistic development. As the Coordinator of Nirman, she works closely with different parent groups to empower them. She is also making efforts to integrate mentally challenged individuals into the mainstream by planning activities that will bring them into informal contact with other boys and girls.

 

Panel Session Chairs

Saturday, September 27, 4:30pm

Development and Environment

Dr. Matthew Kuofie  (Chair)

Dr. Matthew Kuofie is the CEO of Motivational Centers International, Inc. (MCII), a non-profit organization in the United States. MCII was founded in 2002 as a non-governmental organization to address poverty and unemployment in developing countries as well as the economically depressed areas (inner cities) of the USA. Dr. Kuofie is also a professor: he teaches business, computer science, and engineering subjects at The University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering form the Oakland University, Michigan in 1999, and earned his Master’s in Computer Science from the Old Dominion University, VA, in 1984. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Ghana. He has worked o a number of projects for companies such as General Motors and Daimler Chrysler.    

Children & Youth              

Charles Abbey  (Chair)

Mr. Charles Abbey is the Executive Director of the African Development Programme, a non-governmental organization in Ghana.  He has held this position since 1993. In 2002, Mr. Abbey also was elected to the position of Chairman of the Executive Council for the Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organizations in Development (GAPVOD), a network of NGOs in Ghana. In 2002, he also became Chairman of the National Consultative Group on Draft National Policy for Strategic Partnership with NGOs, as well as a member of the Conflict Prevention Working Group’s Steering Group for the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee (Canada).  Mr. Abbey has served as WANGO’s representative in Ghana since 2001. He served as Associate Organizer for the First West Africa Sub-regional Meeting of Africa Network on Education for All. He also is affiliated with the Children’s Rights Information Network (United Kingdom), Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, the International Institute for Democracy (France), the Society for International Development – World Food Programme Project (Italy), the Inter-NGO Consortium for Relief and Rehabilitation (Ghana), and USAID.   Among his publications are Preliminary Study on Civil Society and Good Governance and “A Comment on NGOs, Ownership and Participation in Ghana” in The Reality of Aid.

Women in the 21st Century    

Dr. Zenaida Pangandaman-Gania  (Chair)

Dr. Pangandaman-Gania is Senior Faculty of Mindanao State University and Director of MSU System Manila Office, and serves in positions with a number of non-governmental organizations in the Philippines. She is Secretary General of the prestigious Royal Mindanao-Malaysia Friendship Society, and President of three women’s organizations. She also works with the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Philippine Chapter, and All Nations Women’s Group. A Muslim scholar, Dr. Pangandaman-Gania holds a Doctorate of Education on Comparative University Management from the University of the Philippines, as well as a Masters of Education and Master of Home Economics from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Philippine Women’s University. She is the author of The Making of Filipino Muslim Women Leaders in Contemporary Society, as well as the book The Art of Maranao Cookery. Her father, Hon. Mohammad Abdel Col. Sambulayang T. Pangandaman is the only Muslim military official elected member of the Unicameral Legislative Assembly.

NGO Networking                             

Mohammed B. Attah  (Chair)

Mr. Mohammed Attah is Executive Director of NGO Guide 2000, a Nigeria based NGO-Service Consortium and organizer of the Annual All Nigeria NGO Summit & Exposition.  He also serves as Chairman of the Editorial Board of NGO Network, a general interest magazine for the third sector in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Attah also is the Nigeria National Representative for the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. He has served in various capacities in the private and non-profit sector in Nigeria and abroad, among which are State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, and Associate Member of the Institute of Management Consultant of Nigeria; he also is a member of several international networks of NGOs. A poet and playwright, he won the Europe 1998 Contemporary Poet of the Year, and authored Ordeal of Innocence.  Mr. Attah served as a delegate to the UN/University of Amman Leadership seminar in June 1998. Mr. Attah is the holder of many international awards and is listed in Who’s Who Historical Society. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity.

Human Security I: Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights                         

Anne R. Smart   (Chair)

Anne Ranniste Smart is the WANGO Regional Coordinator for Africa and the Director of Publications. Formerly she worked as the Creative Projects Director of Bridges to Community, a US-based nonprofit that takes volunteers from the United States to the developing world for community development and relief projects. Together with her husband Robert, they serve on a volunteer basis as the North American consultants of the Family Federation for World Peace in Guinea, West Africa.

Human Security II: Health Issues, Crime, and Miscellaneous                        

Hon. Phyllis Bennett  (Chair)

A former Judge and government administrator, Ms. Phyllis Bennett now serves the non-governmental community as National Spokesperson for The Empowerment Network, Founder and Director of F.E.E.D, and on the board of directors of the American Family Coalition. She is also an on-air radio personality for over ten years. Ms. Bennett has also held the position of Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Income Maintenance in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. As Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals, she was the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Ms. Bennett also was Director of the Susquehanna District Office of the Allegheny County Assistance Office. Ms. Bennett holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Bennett attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, where she also worked as part time faculty and taught an Administrative Law Fair Hearings Course. Ms. Bennett has received many awards for outstanding leadership, including the prestigious Distinguished Woman of Color in the Judiciary from the American Bar Association in l992, and the 1993 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award given by the Alleghenians, a social action organization. Ms. Bennett is former President of the National Association of Hearing Officials, and the former Vice President of the American Society of Public Administrators and Vice President of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. Ms. Bennett also is a member of former U.S. Vice President Albert Gore's Welfare To Work Coalition to Sustain Success. In January 1998, Ms. Bennett was appointed by the Deputy Secretary on behalf of the Governor’s office as Pennsylvania's liaison to the faith community.

Awards Banquet

Saturday, September 27, 6:30pm

Dr. Noel Brown (Master of Ceremonies)

Dr. Noel Brown is President of Friends of the United Nations. Previously, he served as Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), North American Regional Office. Among other positions currently held by Dr. Brown are Chairman of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, and Vice Chair of the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. He is a founding member of the Aspen Global Change Institute and the International Council for Local Environment Issues, is Chairman of the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Rivers Environmental Educational Network, the Climate Institute, the Earth Communications Office, the Rainforest Alliance, Global Education Associates, Trust for the Americas, and other environmental and educational organizations. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Seattle University, an M.A. in International Law and Organization from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations from Yale University. He has been a Visiting Professor at both U.S. and foreign universities, and has a number of publications to his credit, including serving as Editor of Ethics and Agenda 21: Moral Implications of a Global Consensus. Among the numerous awards acknowledging Dr. Brown’s service to the environment is his being honored with the 1998 World Academy of Arts and Science for Distinguished Public Service.

 

Special Symposia:
“Humanitarian Efforts and NGOs”

Sunday, September 28, 8:30am

John Dickson  (Chair)

Co-founder of the World Trade Center Kabul, Mr. John Dickson is the Vice President of the Afghan Development and Reconstruction Group and a Director of the Afghan Institute for Peace. Mr. Dickson was a Founding Director of the World Trade Center Okinawa and consulted for several companies and government agencies there, including the Governor’s Tourism Task Force. He currently serves on the Committee on Tourism and Cultural Exchange for the World Trade Centers Association. He initiated the Committee’s Forum on Globalization and Cultural Identity in 1999 which has developed into a series of conferences held throughout the world. Mr. Dickson has taught at several universities in Japan and was Vice President of the American University Extension, Okinawa. He is the Program Director of the Oregon Multicultural Education Association and Chairs the Committee on Education for the Refugee and Immigrant Consortium of Oregon.  He is also the Director of the American Family Coalition of Oregon. John has a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Masters Degrees in Theology and in Human Relations.

Zia Rizvi

Mr. Zia Rizvi is Director General of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues (IBHI), and was formerly  Secretary General of the Independent Commission for International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI). The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1981 calling for the promotion of a “new international humanitarian order” and the following year the General Assembly referred to the desirability of an independent body to look into the question of the proposed order. In 1983, the ICIHI was established, being composed of eminent persons of world renown in the humanitarian field or having wide experience of government or world affairs. The ICIHI completed its mandate in 1987 and issued its final report. The Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues was established in 1988 as the successor body to the Commission. The IBHI studies specific humanitarian issues that have been inadequately dealt with to date, or call for solutions in line with new realities, and it works to enhance public awareness of the conditions that create and perpetuate human suffering, and to strengthen efforts, at the governmental and non-governmental level, to bring about changes that will help make the world a more humane place.

Ochoro E. Otunnu

Ochoro E. Otunnu is the Executive Director and a founding member of Africa AIDS Initiative (AAI), a New York-based not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.  Mr. Otunnu has played an important role in mobilizing international public awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.  He has advocated for the creation of a special AIDS fund for Africa similar to the $15 billion fund that U.S. President George Bush recently established., including publishing an article on “The AIDS Fund for Africa” for the Connecticut Journal of International Law in Spring 2002. Mr. Otunno called for the establishment of a market-driven community health care system in Africa that combines elements of micro-credit financing and health reinsurance.  He initiated and worked closely with the Lowenstein Human Rights Center at Yale Law School to draft model HIV/AIDS legislation for Africa, with active participation from African civil society leaders, lawyers, and parliamentarians. He is also working with a group of African scholars, international journalists, and documentarians to develop a unique Internet-based multimedia project to document the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and to promote best practices.  As part of his advocacy work, Mr. Otunnu has given presentations at the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the World Health Organization, the Arco Forum at Harvard University, and the Global Citizens Circle, among others.  He has appeared on radio and  television, including on Africa Journal (Voice of America), Radio Africa International, WLIB, and National Public Radio (NPR).  Previous to his work for AAI, Mr. Otunnu worked for Oxfam America in Boston, where he was the program coordinator for development and relief work in Southern Africa.  He has also practiced corporate law in New York, with specific focus on Africa, and has been a consultant to many international organizations, including the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Born in Uganda, Mr. Otunnu received his university education at Dartmouth College, Oxford University, and Columbia Law School.

Closing Luncheon

Sunday, September 28, 12:00pm

Tageldin “Taj” Hamad   (Master of Ceremonies)

Mr. Taj Hamad is Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO), having assumed this position in 2001. This post previously had been held by Dr. Wally N’Dow, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Secretary General of Habitat II. Prior to becoming WANGO Secretary General, Mr. Hamad served as WANGO’s International Executive Director. Mr. Hamad has also served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations, Executive Director of the Interreligious Leadership Seminar, and Executive Director for the Interdenominational Christians for Unity and Social Action.  He also serves as Chair of the Middle East Alliance for World Peace.

Hon. Roy Innis

The Honorable Roy Innis serves as National Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Congress of Racial Equality. Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the “Big Four” civil rights groups in the United States. As the “shock troops” and pioneers of the civil rights movement, from the protests against “Jim Crow” laws of the 40’s to the “Sit-ins” of the 50’s and the “Freedom Rides” of the 60’s, through the cries for “Self-determination” in the 70’s and “Equal Opportunity” in the 80’s, to the struggle for community development in the 90’s, CORE has championed true equality for all people.

Mr. Innis’ involvement with CORE began in 1963, when he joined CORE’s Harlem chapter.  In 1964, he was elected Chairman of the chapter’s education committee and led CORE’s fight for an independent Police Review Board to address cases of police brutality. In 1965, he was elected Chairman of Harlem CORE, after which he mounted a vigorous campaign for establishment of an independent Board of Education for Harlem.  In the spring of 1967, Mr. Innis was appointed the first resident fellow at the Metropolitan Applied Research Center (MARC), headed by Dr. Kenneth Clark. In the summer of 1967, he was elected Second National Vice-Chairman of CORE. Also, in 1967, Mr. Innis and nine other black men formed the Harlem Commonwealth Council (HCC), an investment corporation whose long-term goal was to create independence and stability in Harlem. As the first Executive Director at HCC, Mr. Innis laid the ground work for what has become a highly successful model of economic development in a black community. 

Mr. Innis was elected National Director of CORE in 1968. In the same year, he drafted the Community Self - Determination Bill of 1968 and garnered bipartisan sponsorship of this bill by one-third of the Senate and over 50 congressmen. This was the first time in U.S. history that a bill drafted by a black organization was introduced into Congress.  Seeking to enhance and build on the black pride movement of the mid-60’s, Innis and a CORE delegation toured seven African countries in 1971, meeting with several Heads of State, including Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta, Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere and Liberia’s William Tolbert. In 1973, Mr. Innis became the first American to attend the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in an official capacity.  In 1973, he participated in a televised debate with Nobel Physicist William Shockley on the topic of black genetic inferiority. 

Mr. Roy Innis’ involvement in criminal justice matters spans his entire career in CORE. Mr. Innis’ investigation in the early 80’s led to the uncovering of evidence that Wayne Williams was not solely responsible for the Atlanta Child Murders. His defense of victims’ rights to defend themselves led to his support and involvement in highly publicized cases such as: the "subway gunman," Bernhard Goetz; "subway token booth clerk", James Grimes; the "candyman good Samaritan", Andy Fredericks; the "black Bernie Goetz", Austin Weeks; and the accused "remember me subway shooter" Clemente Jackson. Some of his activities include: investigating and exposing the Tawana Brawley hoax; overseeing and participating in a citizen’s anti-drug campaign, "One Street At A Time"; championing the rights of immigrants; and fighting against public indecency and predatory crime in an all-out effort to clean up New York’s crime-ridden streets and subway system. Mr. Innis is currently pioneering a multifaceted on-the-job training program for welfare mothers geared to reducing the 1,100,000 welfare roll in New York City. In 1993, he ran for mayor in the New York City.  Mr. Innis led teams of prominent Americans to Nigeria in 1996, 1997 and 1998 to monitor the elections, which were part of the transition process from military to civilian rule. He also filed election-monitoring reports to both the U.S. Congress and President Clinton. He visited Liberia to assess events during and after the inauguration of President Charles W. Taylor. He visited Sierra Leone to assess recent conditions with ECOMOG troops. A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island, Mr. Innis moved to New York City in 1946.  A student of chemistry in college, Mr. Innis has also held positions as a research chemist at Vick Chemical Company and Montefiore Hospital.