Conference Speakers

 

 

Welcoming Dinner

 
Thursday, October 21, 6:30pm

 

Dr. Kathy Winnings (Master of Ceremonies)

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. She serves as WANGO’s Secretary of the Association.

 

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, Executive Director for the Interdenominational Christians for Unity and Social Action, and was the Organizing Chair for the Summit of World Muslim Leaders conferences held in the Middle East. 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. He is co-editor of the books Culture of Responsibility and the Role of NGOs (Paragon House 2003), Islam and the Future of World Peace (Paragon House 2001), and State of the Muslim World Today (Paragon House 2003).

 

Dénes Bank

Mr. Dénes Bank serves as Vice President of the Hungarian Children and Youth Parliament, an umbrella organization with over 100 children and youth NGOs as members. He has held this position since 1999. He also is Founder, and President in Deputy, of the Board Members of Broadcasting Companies Association, President of the Hungarian Youth Telecommunications Association, and serves as Hungarian National Representative for the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. In the for-profit world, Mr. Bank serves as CEO of Arion Silver Consulting and Service LTd. and deputy CFO of Közlekedés Consulting and Planning Engineers, Ltd. In 1996, at the age of 17, Mr. Bank founded the Youth Integration Society, and by 1998 he was an ambassador for the European Youth Parliament and co-editor and anchor of Repeta TV Programme. He is also a founding member of the Student Consulting Body for the Ministry of Finance, and was co-president of the Hungarian Children and Youth Convention, among other positions. Mr. Bank received a degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. Among his many talents, he also was a chair umpire for the International Tennis Federation and Hungarian Tennis Association.

 

 

 

Opening Plenary Session: “The Role of NGOs in Healing a Hurting World”

 

Friday, October 22, 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, Executive Director for the Interdenominational Christians for Unity and Social Action, and was the Organizing Chair for the Summit of World Muslim Leaders conferences held in the Middle East. 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. He is co-editor of the books Culture of Responsibility and the Role of NGOs (Paragon House 2003), Islam and the Future of World Peace (Paragon House 2001), and State of the Muslim World Today (Paragon House 2003).

 

Dr. Katalin Szili

Dr. Katalin Szili serves as President of the Parliament of Hungary and as Deputy Head of State. She has held the position of President of the Parliament since May of 2002. A member of the Hungarian Socialist Party, she was elected as a member of Parliament in 1994, 1998 and 2002, and was elected as Vice President of the Hungarian Socialist Party in 2000. Previously, Dr. Szili served on the City Council of Pécs, and is a member of the ground organization of the Hungarian Socialist Party at Pécs. Also active on environmental issues, Dr. Szili was head of the South-Danube Region Environmental Protection Conservancy, and former Political State Secretary at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Land Development. She also is an advisor on environmental issues to the Hungarian Socialist Party. Dr. Szili has played an important role in the formulation of laws on environmental protection. Dr. Szili graduated from the Law Faculty at Janus Pannonius University, as well as the Faculty of Human Ecology of ELTE University, and the Political Faculty of Pécs University.

 

Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis

Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, Ph.D., is Senior Adviser to the Managing Directors Office of the World Bank. In this capacity, he focuses mainly on human rights and the social aspects of globalization. He has also served as Special Representative of the World Bank to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. During his nearly 29 years at the World Bank, Dr. Sfeir-Younis also has served as Director of the World Bank Office in Switzerland and Director of the World Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development, representing the World Bank. Earlier in his career he served as President of the School of Economics at the University of Chile. Dr. Sfeir-Younis has also worked as an assistant professor at the University of Chile, the Catholic University of Santiago, and the Catholic University of Valparaiso, served as Regent of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, and was a macroeconomist with the Research Department of the Central Bank of Chile. Dr. Sfeir-Younis publishes articles and lectures internationally on global issues and spirituality. He is currently involved in developing a new paradigm based on the non-material and spiritual dimensions of economic and social development. He is particularly interested in developing approaches that include the spiritual dimension of sustainable development, the role that human values play in national and global policy, and the elements that enliven the soul of business. He has received numerous awards including Lifetime Ambassador of Peace, World Healer Award, 2002 Peace, Merci and Tolerance Award, and the Social Corporate Responsibility Award. Dr. Sfeir-Younis is an economist graduate of the University of Chile, and holds a Master and a Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Rhode Island (USA).

 

Thomas Glaser

Mr. Thomas Glaser is Head of Representation for the Representation of the European Commission in Hungary. Previously, he served as Head of the Press and Information Section of the European Commission Delegation in Budapest (2001-2004), and as Head of the Enlargement Information Office for DG (Directorates-General) Enlargement (1993-2001). His roles with the European Commission, where he has worked since 1975, also include running the Information Unit in DG XVI, Assistant Editor, and working with the Management and Organization Division, among other posts. He has also served as Deputy Editor of Esso Magazine for Esso Petroleum, Director of a PR company specializing in musical public relations, and Assistant Principal with the UK Home Civil Service of the Ministry of Defence. He holds a M.A. in International Relations and Political Sciences form the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in History form the University of Cambridge.

 

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 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, 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, The Middle East Times, and Tiempos del Mundo, and owns United Press International, a leading, global provider of news since 1907. Rev. Kwak serves as Chairman of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, Chairman of the Citizens 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.

 

 

 

Interactive Sessions: “Practical Avenues Towards Government-NGO Cooperation”

 

Friday, October 22, 2:00pm

 

Session Moderators & Discussants

1. Conflict Resolutions, Peace and Security

 

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie (Moderator)

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.

 

Dr. Elsadig B. E. Abdalla (Discussant)

Dr. Elsadig Abdalla serves as Press and Cultural Counselor for the Sudan Embassy in London, UK. In this role, he supervises all media functions at the Embassy in London. He also is media and information advisor to the Sudan embassies in Europe and North America. Previously, Dr. Abdalla served as Director of the Asia Department for the Council for International People’s Friendship (CPIF), which was founded in 1990 to strengthen the role of popular, civil society organizations, and friendship societies. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Press Advisor to the President of the Sudan, and the Director of the President’s Office for Media and Information. Dr. Abdalla’s distinguished career also includes posts as a Diplomat, Information Attaché with the Embassy of the Republic to the United States, Information Advisor to the President of Sudan, and Director of the Political Studies Center of the National Congress in Khartoum, Sudan. He has also served as Information Director for the Prime Minister’s Office in Sudan, Director of the Political and Information Department for the Council of Ministers, Director of the President of the Republic’s Office, and a Research Assistant with the International Institute of Islamic Thought. Dr. Abdalla received his Ph.D. from the Political Science Department of the University of Khartoum, Sudan, doing his doctoral work on “Globalism: Media and Foreign Policy.” He also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism of the University of Missouri in the United States, and did doctoral work in the Political Science Department of the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. He has also studied at Georgetown University, the University of Khartoum, and Cairo University. He has represented Sudan at the United Nations General Assembly meetings, and led delegations to represent Sudan in several countries. Dr. Addalla has published numerous article on issues related to Sudan, media and foreign policy.

 

 

2. Human Rights

 

Dr. Kashinath Pandita (Moderator)

Dr. Kashinath Pandita is General Secretary of the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum. Dr. Pandita received his Ph.D. from Teheran University in the field of history and civilization of Central Asian peoples. He taught at the University of Kashmir (India) for over 32 years and had risen to be a Director and Professor of the Centre of Central Asian Studies. He has numerous publications to his credit. With a long-term interest in human rights, Dr. Pandita has been involved with the Commission on Human Rights, and actively participating in various briefings of U.N. bodies, NGOs and other organizations at the UN Human Rights Commission. He also has been participating in the Working Group on Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Refugees. The African Commission for Health and Human Rights Promoters, an NGO with ECOSOC status, has made him in charge of its Asian chapter, and he regularly contributes in that capacity. Dr. Pandita will be the editor of the first volume of Asian Commentary, a new quarterly journal to be published by the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum.

 

Dr. Muhammad Habib Chirzin (Discussant)

Dr. Muhammad Habib Chirzin serves as Commissioner of Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights. He also serves as President of the Islamic Millennium Forum for Peace and Dialogue, Indonesia. Dr. Chirzin is on the board of directors of the South East Asia Regional Institute for Community Education (SEA-RICE), Manila, of which he is a Founding Member. In addition, Dr. Chirzin serves on the International Advisory Panel for the International Movement for a Just World, the International Advisory Board for Global Citizen Diplomats, and the International Advisory Board for the Global Ethics and Religion Forum, among other board responsibilities. Previously, he was a member of the Steering Committee for the International NGOs Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), a Member of the Coordinating Team for the Asian Cultural Forum on Development (ACFOD), and served as a Consultant for the Netherlands Organization for International Development Cooperation (NOVIB). Furthermore, Dr. Chirzin was a member of the Commission of Peace Human Rights Education of the Asia and South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education (ASPBAE).

 

 

3. Families, Women and Youth

 

Dr. Gordon Anderson (Moderator)

Dr. Gordon Anderson serves as Secretary General for the Professors World Peace Academy, an international association of university and college scholars. He is also the Executive Director of Paragon House Publishers, and publisher of the International Journal on World Peace. Dr. Anderson has published numerous articles and books related to religion and society, including The Family in Global Transition, and Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from the Claremont Graduate School.

 

The Honorable Dr. Teodoro Ulsino Reyes (Discussant)

Dr. Teodoro Reyes is serving his second term as a Deputy of Congress (Diputado Al Congreso) in the Dominican Republic, representing Provincia la Romana. He was first elected to the House of Deputies in 1998 and was reelected to a second four-year term in 2002. Dr. Reyes is one of the most prestigious political leaders of Romana and is a leader of the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), which currently heads the Dominican government. He has also served as President of Romana’s Municipal House (Presidente de la Sala Municipal). Dr. Reyes has also been prominent in civil society, being President of the Francisco del Rosario Sanchez Sports and Cultural Club, Secretary General of the Asociación de Est. Romanences de la Universidad Central del Este, and President of Avanzada Estudiantil Romanence (AVERO), among other roles with NGOs. Dr. Reyes holds a doctorate in law, with a postgraduate degree in criminal law.

 

 

4. Environmental Affairs

 

Karl W. Oppermann (Moderator)

Mr. Karl Opperman serves as President of ANDECO (International Network of Promoters of Ecotourism in Andalucia), a non-profit, non-governmental organization located in Spain, and with a national and international membership. The mission of ANDECO is to preserve the living heritage of Andalucia, its biological, cultural and ethnic diversity, demonstrating that it is possible to live harmoniously with the environment, and its principle focus is through the promotion of ecotourism. Andalucía is situated at the south of the Iberian Peninsula between two seas, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and two continents, Europe and Africa. Twenty percent of its territory is protected in natural reserves of extraordinary value and beauty. The richness of its natural diversity is unique and exceptional. The regions of Andalucía have a very wide range of flora and fauna thanks to their geographical position, climatic variety and geological history. In Andalucía it is possible to pass from high, snow covered mountains where there exist glacial lakes to a North African style desert. Prior to serving as President of ANDECO, Mr. Opperman served as Director of Studies of English American College in Malaga, Spain. A native of Ireland, he graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, and has eighteen years of experience working as a software engineer in Ireland, Germany and Spain.

 

 

5. Development Issues (Poverty, Health, Education, Trade)

 

Charles Abbey (Moderator)

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.

 

Vincent W. S. Yang (Discussant)

Mr. Vincent W. S. Yang is Assistant Director General of the NGO Affairs Committee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China. Previously, he served as Director of the Taipei Representative Office in Edinburgh, Scotland, and First Secretary of the Taiwan Embassy in the Gambia. He has also served as Special Assistant on Home Assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Secretary for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Third Secretary in the Taiwan Embassy in South Korea. Before his diplomatic career, Mr. Yang worked as an Investigator with the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Taiwan, and as a Lieutenant for the Taiwan Provincial Police Administration. He studied at the Central Police University in Taiwan, Dong-Koo University in South Korea, and Hawaii Pacific University in the United States.

 

 

Roundtable: “Toward an NGO Certification Process”

 

Saturday, October 23, 4:00pm

 

Dr. Frederick A. Swarts

Dr. Frederick Swarts is WANGO’s Assistant Secretary General for Administration and Finance, and Chair of the Technical Program Committee for WANGO Annual Conference 2004. He is a co-editor of Culture of Responsibility and the Role of NGOs (Paragon House 2003), and one of the architects of WANGO’s Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs. An aquatic biologist, Dr. Swarts also serves as President of 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). He presented the keynote address at the 1999 Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Conference. 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 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.

 

Cyril Muller

Mr. Cyril Muller serves as Vice President for Products and Strategy for Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), the global leader in inspection, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS now has 37,000 employees and operates a network of almost 840 offices and subsidiaries and over 320 laboratories around the world. Recently, SGS launched an NGO Benchmarking product to provide an independent assessment of an NGO’s performance. Previous to this position, Mr. Muller was the World Bank’s Lead Country Officer for the Caucasus countries, coordinating World Bank programs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. He has also served as Senior Country Officer and Economist for the World Bank, with responsibility for identification and supervision of institutional building projects and structural adjustment loans (Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, as well as country assistant strategies and donor relations. Mr. Muller has also served the World Bank in the capacity of building support from donors to newly independent, former Soviet Union countries. He has also served as Senior Economist in the Development Policy Service of Switzerland’s Ministry of the Economy (Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs, Berne). In this capacity, he represented Switzerland in international organizations such as UNIDO, UNCTAD, and OECD. Mr. Muller holds a M.A. in economics (international trade and finance) from New York University, and a degree from the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

 

 

Plenary Session II: “Beyond A Hurting World”

 

Saturday, October 23, 9:00am

 

Michael Marshall (Master of Ceremonies)

Michael Marshall serves as Editor-in-Chief for United Press International’s worldwide editorial operations. UPI is a global news provider headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo. Founded in 1907 by E.W. Scripps as the United Press (UP), it became known as UPI when UP merged with the International News Service in 1958, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst. Mr. Marshall is also Executive Director of the World Media Association (WMA), 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 encouragement of 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 has also served 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. He was also editor of The London Rising Tide, a biweekly publication of social and political commentary, and The New Tomorrow, a monthly general interest magazine. A native of England, Marshall is a graduate of Christ’s College in Cambridge

 

Jerome Clayton Glenn

Mr. Jerome Glenn serves as Executive Director of the American Council for the United Nations University. He also serves as director of the Millennium Project. The American Council for the United Nations University (AC/UNU) is a U.S. non-profit organization that provides a point of contact between Americans and the primary research organ of the United Nations, the United Nations University, which focuses intellectual resources from all nations on world problems. The AC/UNU is the non-profit organization that helps support the UNU in the United States. The Millennium Project of the AC/UNU is a global network and futures research think tank of over 500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers from 50 countries, who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. These futurists and scholars assist in organizing futures research to continuously update and improve humanity's thinking about the future, and make that thinking available through a variety of media for consideration in public policy, advanced training, public education, and systematic feedback. The Millennium Project produces an annual State of the Future, a Future Research Methodology series, and specialized works, such as Scenarios for Africa, Lessons of History, and Environmental Security.

 

Natalie Ambrose.

Ms. Natalie Ambrose is Director of Emerging Issues and Strategic Planning for the Council on Foundations. Before joining the Council, Ms. Ambrose worked extensively in international sales and marketing management. She has lived, traveled and worked in Canada, Western Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Ms. Ambrose worked in Puerto Rico as Marketing Director for SkyTel International, as part of their start-up team in the launch of paging services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before Skytel, she worked in international and special sales for the National Academy Press. She has worked with the A.T. Cross writing instrument manufacturer in Providence, Rhode Island, first as Regional Sales Manager for Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America and later as their Manager of Intellectual Property Protection. Ms. Ambrose has an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management ("Thunderbird") in Phoenix, Arizona and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has obtained continuing education certificates in e-Commerce Management and Entrepreneurship.Her professional affiliations include the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and the World Future Society (Board Member, DC Chapter).

 

Ellen Hayakawa

Ms. Ellen Hayakawa is author of The Inspired Organization: Spirituality and Energy at Work, and a Director of The Centre for Spirituality and Sustainability, an NGO that co-sponsored The 2001 Summit on Spirituality and Sustainability, a global peace summit that took place in Vancouver, Canada. For over a decade she has coached executives and employees in both the public and private sectors to uncover spirituality at work. Ellen Hayakawa, who is also President of Spirit Unlimited, has been featured on national radio and television shows. Ms. Hayakawa coaches “children and youth of peace,” helping them to discover their psychic, intuitive and healing abilities for the purpose of achieving global peace. Trained as a wildlife biologist, she worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service prior to working in the area of spirituality and sustainability. She was an initiator of the Conference on Ethical and Spiritual Values and the Promotion of Environmental Sustainable Development held at the World Bank, and was on the Steering Committee of the Spirituality in Sustainable Development Conference held by the Canadian International Development Agency.

 

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.

 

 

Symposium A: “European Integration and NGOs”

 

Saturday, October 23, 11:00am

 

Miklos Barabas (chair and speaker)

Miklos Barabas is Director of European House, a Hungarian civil society organization based in Budapest, promoting European integration and providing various services to NGOs . He is the initiator of the European House project and has served as its director since its founding in March 1990. Mr Barabas is also the Director of the CIVICUS European Regional Office. In addition, he is the Organizer of Civiliada, an annual showcase of Hungarian civil society organizations, a platform to promote dialogue on the national level. Mr Barabas graduated from the University of Debrecen where he studied history and international relations. His hobby is the comparative analysis of airline companies' timetables.

 

Dr. Aurora Martin

Dr. Aurora Martin is a Professor in the International Relations and European Studies Department of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest. She also serves as President of the Association Euro-Atlantic Partnership for a Sustainable Development, and is a member of the Romanian Association for European Integration and Development and the association Romanian Women’s Future. Dr. Martin did her Ph.D. studies at the Research Institute of History and Literary Theory, and received a Masters Degree in Public Policies and NGO Management at the University of Bucharest. She has a number of publication to her credit and has spoke at many international conferences.

 

Dr. Alain Calmes

Dr. Alain Calmes serves as General Secretary of the Union of European Federalists Luxembourg (UEFL) and is a member of the UEF (Union européenne des fédéderalistes) federal committee. He is also expert in charge of technical assistance for European Social Fund in Luxembourg at the Ministry of Labour. Previously, he served as a member of the executive committee of ALTA (Association Luxembourgeoise pour les Télé-Activités). He has also served as an information development manager at CEPS/INSTEAD research center in Luxembourg, and “Attaché d’administration” with CLT Multi Media (RTL radio and TV). Dr. Calmes holds a doctorate in econmics from Paris X University, and a baccalaureate in mathematics from Lycée Chateaubriand Rome.

 

 

Symposium B: “Healing the Family”

 

Saturday, October 23, 11:00am

 

Dr. Thomas G. Walsh (Chair)

Dr. Thomas Walsh is Secretary General of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. With academic training in the field of Religious Ethics, Dr. Walsh has been a teacher, author and editor, with specialization in areas of theology, character ethics, social theory, and religious studies.  He has served in a number of administrative capacities and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations that work to promote international understanding and peace.  His current responsibility as Secretary General of the IIFWP has him involved in guiding and supervising its worldwide activities. Among his many works for which he is the Editor or Co-Editor are included Governance and the Role of Religion in Peace and Security, Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace, Religion and Social Transformation in Southern Africa, Middle East Peace Initiative, Global Violence: Crisis and Hope, and Establishing a Culture of Peace: Worldviews, Institutions, Leadership and Practices.

 

Dr. Wajeeha Al-Baharna

Dr. Wajeeha Al-Baharna is President of the Bahrain Women’s Society, which focuses on women empowerment programs, environmental awareness, and anti-child abuse programs. She is also Vice President of the Innovation Cultural and Social Society, and is a member of the Arab Thought Forum of Jordan. Dr. Al-Baharna holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Madison University in the United States. She also holds a MSc in Environmental Science from Madison University, a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Kuwait, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Bahrain University. Among her publications, Dr. Al-Baharna is author of Fishes of Bahrain, a comprehensive taxonomy of fishes found in the regional waters of Bahrain, and Dangerous Fishes of Bahrain, a taxonomy of dangerous fish species in the regional waters of Bahrain.

 

Cheryl Wetzstein

Ms. Wetzstein is a national reporter for The Washington Times, covering welfare, family and social issues. She has been a reporter for more than two decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. She's been with The Washington Times since 1985. Since 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein has worked exclusively on welfare and family issues, covering the United States’ successful 1996 welfare law, including its fundamental changes to the 60-year-old social services program, its broad changes in child support enforcement and introduction of abstinence education grant program. Mrs. Wetzstein also writes frequently on adoption, foster care, poverty, responsible fatherhood, faith-based social services, teen pregnancy, sex education, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting, same-sex marriage, and some education issues. She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

 

Dr. V. Mohini Giri

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. Thomas L. Christensen

Dr. Tom Christensen is co-Founder of United Families International (UFI), one of the world’s leading, non-governmental organizations devoted to maintaining and strengthening the family. He has also served as Chairman of the board of UFI. Currently, he is also a 20-year veteran in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in Utah, United States. Dr. Christensen received juris doctorate from the University of Arizona. He was twice elected to the city council. Dr. Christensen has spoke at UN conferences in New York, Istanbul, Geneva, the Hague, Nairobi and Lisbon. He and his wife of 23 years are parents of 14 children, including two sets of identical twins.

 

 

Symposium C: “Healing Societies in the Aftermath of Conflict”

 

Saturday, October 23, 11:00am

 

Dr. Nicholas Kittrie (Chair)

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.

 

Nancy G. Bermeo

Dr. Nancy Bermeo is Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University. She is also an Associate with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Dr. Bermeo specializes in causes and consequences of regime change. Her publications include Unemployment in the New Europe (ed.), Unemployment in Southern Europe (ed.), Liberalization and Democratization (ed.), Civil Society Before Democracy (ed., with Philip Nord), and Federalism and Territorial Cleavages (ed. with Ugo Amoretti). Her latest book, titled Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times (Princeton, 2003), is on the role of the citizenry in the breakdown of democracy in Europe and South America; it is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Best Book Award (Democratization Section). Among her articles is a 2003 paper on “What the Democratization Literature Says – or Doesn’t Say – About Post-War Democratization” in Global Governance. She has been a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and the Center of Advanced Study in Madrid.


Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh is a Professor with the Department of Women’s Studies of San Diego State University (United States). She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Women's Studies from Syracuse University, New York. She received her M.A. and M.Phil from Jawaharlal University in New Delhi. She has done research in the areas of women in development in India and now in Afghanistan. She is also doing research on immigrant Muslim women from South Asia to the USA, and on Islam and feminism. Her current interests are in the deconstruction of the human rights discourse and the inclusion of Afghan women in such a discourse. She has received numerous grants to travel to Afghanistan, to conduct workshops for Afghan women, and to engage in research in that area. She has also published in the areas of women and development, Muslim immigrant women, domestic violence in India, and human rights as women's rights in Afghanistan.

 

Dr. Michelle L. Stevens

Dr. Michelle Stevens is a restoration ecologist and ethnobotanist for the California Department of Water Resources and teaches ecology at San Francisco University, as well as having national and international speaking and writing engagements on the restoration of Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marsh. She is the author of Healing the Land, Healing the People. Dr. Stevens holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her dissertation (on the ethnoecology and autecology of white root, Carex barbarae, a plant that is very important to California Indian basketweavers) won the Barbara Lawrence Award from the Society of Ethnobiology in 1999. Her major field of interest is applying Traditional Resource Management and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Wisdom to cultural and ecological restoration. Michelle was the project manager for the Eden Again project with the Iraq Foundation from 2002-2003, working with a blue ribbon International Technical Advisory Panel to recommend approaches to eco-cultural restoration for the Mesopotamian Marshes of Southern Iraq. Michelle is currently initiating a non-profit organization, “Fountain of Hope Environmental Scholarship Fund,” to raise scholarship funds for Iraqi students.

 

 

Symposium D: “Youth NGOs and Volunteerism”

 

Saturday, October 23, 11:00am

 

Dénes Bank

Mr. Dénes Bank serves as Vice President of the Hungarian Children and Youth Parliament, an umbrella organization with over 100 children and youth NGOs as members. He has held this position since 1999. He also is Founder, and President in Deputy, of the Board Members of Broadcasting Companies Association, President of the Hungarian Youth Telecommunications Association, and serves as Hungarian National Representative for the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. In the for-profit world, Mr. Bank serves as CEO of Arion Silver Consulting and Service LTd. and deputy CFO of Közlekedés Consulting and Planning Engineers, Ltd. In 1996, at the age of 17, Mr. Bank founded the Youth Integration Society, and by 1998 he was an ambassador for the European Youth Parliament and co-editor and anchor of Repeta TV Programme. He is also a founding member of the Student Consulting Body for the Ministry of Finance, and was co-president of the Hungarian Children and Youth Convention, among other positions. Mr. Bank received a degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. Among his many talents, he also was a chair umpire for the International Tennis Federation and Hungarian Tennis Association.

 

László Prácser

Mr. László Prácser serves as Co-President of the Hungarian Children and Youth Convention. This is an umbrella organization for children and youth organizations, having 278 NGO members. The Convention was founded to provide services and research for the different stakeholders in order to facilitate development in living standard and the general situation of youth. Mr. Prácser previously served as President of Around 18 Foundation, President of Hungarian Children and Youth Parliament, and President of Alliance of Christian Students. He was president of Hungarian Children and Youth Parliament at the age of 20. Mr. Prácser graduated from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Eötvös Lóránd University.

 

László Földi

Mr. László Földi serves as Director of Research and Training of Mobilitás. Mobilitás is a service and research center in the field of youth work, drug prevention, and sport under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. A major service of Mobilitás is to manage funds to support national and international programs including national projects of the Children and Youth Fund; projects of the Ministry of Youth & Sports in the field of drug prevention, sport and youth programs; and the Youth Programme of the European Commission. Mr. Földi also coordinates the Youth Programme of the European Commission in Hungary. He has also served as Acting Director General of the Youth Programme of the European Commission and as the Director of International Affairs for Mobilitas. Mr. Földi has also worked as a Vice Chairman with the National Children and Youth council, with responsibility for international relations. His extensive education background includes a Master of Arts .

 

András F. Tóth

Mr. András F. Tóth serves as Director of the Volunteer Centre Foundation. He also serves as President of Youth Action for Peace. Previously, Mr. Tóth served as Program Officer at the Nonprofit Information and Training Center (NIOK) Foundation, and as Office Manager and Program Assistant at NIOK Foundation. He has also served as President of the CEE-wide VolunteerNet Volunteer Center Network, on the Steering Committee for Youth Action for Peace, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Democratic Youth Foundation and a member of the Hungarian National Committee for the International Year of Volunteers. Mr. Tóth holds a B.A. for Ferenc Kölcsey Teacher Training College, and did the Masters Course in Social Policy and Nonprofit Management at Debrecen University.

 

 

Panel Session Chairs

 

Saturday, October 23, 4:00pm

 

Culture of Peace

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 Dignity

Marian Barnes (Chair)

Ms. Marian Barnes serves as Co-Founder and Secretary General of ANDECO (International Network of Promoters of Ecotourism in Andalucia). ANDECO is an NGO with a national and international membership whose principal objective is the promotion of ecotourism in Andalucía, a region of great ecological diversity and natural beauty located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Ms. Barnes was responsible for the creation of an “International Ecotourism Centre” for Spain, and for the “Discovery Trail of Natural Andalucia in the Sierra de las Nieves,” an ecotourism program that is developing a model ecological trail in the region. Ms. Barnes also serves as WANGO’s National Representative in Spain. She previously served as an ecotourism guide for IUSC: Centro de Estudios Superiores in Barcelona, Spain. She studied Tourism and Hotel Management at the University of Navarra in Spain, as well as Family Counselling at that University.

 

Children and Youth

Sheri Reuter (Chair)

Ms. Sheri Reuter serves as Vice President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, USA. She also serves as National Director of the Interracial Sisterhood Project, coordinating projects that promote racial harmony and “sisterhood” among diverse women across our nation. A public health nurse for many years, Ms. Reuter worked in several states as health educator and administrator for Project Volunteer and the National Council for Church and Social Action. She has also served as an instructor in the community education department of Pasadena City College and she is currently employed as a School Nurse for the Alhambra School District. Ms. Reuter graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, United States) with a degree in nursing and psychology.

 

 

Awards Banquet

 

Saturday, September 27, 6:30pm

 

Dr. Noel Brown (Master of Ceremonies)

Dr. Noel Brown is Chair of the WANGO Awards Committee and 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.

 

 

Symposium E: “Women NGOs and the Peace Process”

 

Sunday, October 24, 8:30am

 

Dr. Mihaela Dimitrescu (Chair)

Dr. Mihaela Dimitrescu serves as Vice President of the Romanian Association for European Integration Democracy. She is also a professor at Technic College Buchares, a position she has held since 1995. Previously, she served as an Associate Professor at Athenaeum University, and was a Administrative Specialist for a USAID Project for Governmental and Parliamentary Assistant, a Consultant for the Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights and Equal Chances, and a Project Manager for Political Dialogue Between Youth and Central Administration. A specialist trainer on Educational Management, she is also completing a manual for women political candidates on the theme of a step-by-step international successful guide for women entering politics. She received her DrD in Human Resources Management for Romanian Academy.

 

Sylwia Spurek

Ms. Sylwia Spurek serves as Expert in the Secretariat of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status for Women and Men, in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. In this position, she works on cooperation with NGOs, on women’s health issues, and provides opinions on government projects. Previously, she worked with the Women’s Rights Center Foundation in Lodz, Poland. Among her publications is the book Women, Parties, Elections. She is a graduate of the Legal Department of Lodz University, completing her MA thesis in “Participation of Women’s NGOs in Civil Proceedings.”

 

Liliana Pagu

Ms. Liliana Pagu is President of the Women’s Association of Romania, and National Coordinator of the Women’s NGOs Network of Romania. She also is an initiator of The Women’s Democratic Movement in Romania, organizing the Women’s Democratic Front in December of 1989. A participant in the December 1989 Revolution, she has been certified with the Diploma for Fighter with Distinguished Merits. The Rochester New York Project recognized her as one of the “100 Heroines of the World” – one of the 100 fighters for women’s rights in the world. Prior to the 1989 revolution, Ms. Pagu was the first opera singer as soprano of the Opera and Ballet Theatres in Braslov, National Opera House in Bucharest and Volksoper and Riamund Theater in Vienna. For political reasons, she was forbidden to continue her artistic activity abroad from 1979 to 1984. After 1989, she became a “trainer of trainers” for civil society, and the owner and manager of the Alhambra Musical Theatre and Artistic Agency, in addition to her work with women’s organizations. She has also served as Vice President for the Alliance for Peace in Romania.

 

Elisabeth Riedl

Ms. Elisabeth Riedl serves as International Liaison for the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Europe (WFWP, Europe), as well as the Vice President of the Austrian Chapter of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP, Austria). WFWP is an international women’s organization, with chapters in over 150 countries, and holding General Consultative Status at the United Nations. Previous to these positions, Ms. Riedl served as President of the German chapter of WFWP. She is a member of the founding parents group for Platform for Quality in Education and Integration. She has also worked as a freelance journalist traveling extensively in East Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. Recent projects of Ms. Riedle include a medical project for Albania and a Charity Project for Rwanda.

 

 

Closing Luncheon & Closing Plenary Session

 

Sunday, October 24, 12:00pm

 

Dr. Gordon Anderson (Rapporteur)

Dr. Gordon Anderson serves as Secretary General for the Professors World Peace Academy, an international association of university and college scholars. He is also the Executive Director of Paragon House Publishers, and publisher of the International Journal on World Peace. Dr. Anderson has published numerous articles and books related to religion and society, including The Family in Global Transition, and Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from the Claremont Graduate School.

 

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.

 

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.