The 11th GCGI International Annual Conference: Speakers’ CV Summaries
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“Imagine the Common Good
An Intergenerational Dialogue to Inspire a Creative Leadership”
Sunday August 25 - Wednesday August 28, 2013
Cité universitaire internationale, Paris
Speakers: CV Summaries
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Rev. Dr. Richard F. Boeke, currently lives in Horsham, West Sussex, UK, where he served as minister of the Unitarian Church and founding Moderator of the Horsham Interfaith Forum, With Rev Christopher Hudson MBE, minister of All Souls Church, Belfast, Richard serves as Co-Chair of the Peace Commission of the International Association for Religious Freedom www.iarf.net. He was founding President of the U.S. Chapter of the IARF and is author of many articles on the IARF, including one in the February 2013 issue of “The Interfaith Observer.” He is co-editor of Servetus – Our 16th Century Contemporary, published by the IARF. In the World Congress of Faiths www.worldfaiths.org Richard Boeke is currently a Vice President. He has served as both Chairman and Secretary. He coined the word, FIDEOLOGY, the study of faith as trust, for three conferences based on the work of Wilfred Cantwell Smith. He has served as Secretary for the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU), and lectured on Michael Servetus for the ICUU. For several years he was Vice President of a Shinto Shrine (Tsubaki America). His articles have appeared in "Dharma World," "Faith and Freedom," "Sacred Journey" and many Unitarian Publications. Early in his ministry he was a U.S. Air Force Chaplain, and served UU churches in the United States before moving to England in 1995. In 2005 He received the Louis Cornish award for service to International Liberal Religion. Richard Boeke is the author of GOD IS NO-THING, available from Amazon. He renews his soul with walks in the countryside and writing poetry. He has co-translated hymn texts of Norbert Capek and Toribio Quimada. Several of his own hymns are published in Hymns of the Spirit and Sing Your Faith. His wife is the Rev. Johanna Boeke. Their daughters are Elinore Boeke of Bethesda, Maryland and Diana Boeke of Madison County, Virginia. Their grandchildren are Zachary Ludwig, Juliana Ludwig and Alexander Ludwig of Bethesda.
Dr Peter Bowman is Head of the Economics Faculty of the School of Economic Science. The School is an educational charity offering courses in Practical Philosophy and Economics with Justice. Peter's background is in physical science. He studied chemistry at Oriel College Oxford 1975 to 1982 and obtained MA and D Phil. degrees. In 1983 he obtained his PGCE from the Institute of Education in London and spent a number of years teaching chemistry at secondary level, mainly at St. James Independent School in London. In 2005 he moved to what is now the Centre for Language & International Education at University College London as Chemistry Lecturer and then Science Coordinator on the University Preparatory Certificate in Science & Education, UCL's Foundation Programme for International students. Peter has studied and taught at the School of Economic Science for a number of years and became Head of Economics in September 2012.
Sesto Giovanni Castagnoli, has wide experience as an international entrepreneur, development consultant and spiritual bridge builder. The co-founder and founding President of the World Spirit Forum, Mr. Castagnoli was also a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”. He co-founded and chaired the WTI World Transforming Initiatives. He is also an International Ambassador of Cities of Light, and a Founder Member of the Swiss-African Chamber of Commerce. He co-founded the Förderverein Humanitas, an organization building schools in Westafrica. He is Presidium Member of the World Forum for Spiritutal Culture. He is member of the Gradido Academy, for implementing the natural economy of life. By the end of last year he reduced his commitments and moved with his wife to an apartment in a monastery near Lucerne. He has had a commercial education and extensive management training. www.evolutant.com
Dr. Evgeniya Chernova graduated Moscow State University, faculty of Sociology. She has a PhD in Social Sciences. Her dissertation work was on «Corporate Social Responsibility and Features of its Realization in Management of the Modern Russian Organizations». At the moment, she works at the YT representative office in Moscow as a project manager. Among her responsibilities are organization, coordination, and holding various conferences, roundtables, special open lectures, and other events for young people from all over the world.
Jamshid Damooei is Professor and Chair of Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting and Co-Director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University. Prior to joining California Lutheran University, Dr. Damooei was the Director General of the Department of Economic Studies and Policies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance of Iran. He served as Senior Economist for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). During the last fifteen years he has become more focused on the economic analysis of social issues and published in professional and popular journals as well as books edited on such subjects/issues. His research endeavors on the topic of investing in youth resulted in publication of multiple pioneering studies on the economic impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a number of states and metropolitan areas within the USA. His earlier scholarly work includes a broad spectrum of current social and economic issues such as: project design and evaluation, methods of capacity building during time of crisis, crisis prevention and recovery, causes of economic imbalances, aid coordination, privatization of industries, monetary and financial problems, and economic and social impact assessments of policies or institutional establishments. While he worked at UNDP and later as an international consultant with UNDP and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) he conducted a number of studies on economic issues of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. His studies relate to the economic and political issues of the area faced with political instability and economic crises. In where he lives: Southern California, he is often interviewed and quoted in the local papers, radio and television channels on economic issues affecting the regional and the national economy. He is the president of Damooei Global Research; a consulting company focused on program and project evaluation, economic impact studies, needs assessment, and policy analysis.
Nebojsa Nick Djeric, as a trainer of non-formal education I am actively involved in NGO sector from 1995. Through projects that are related to the youth work and human rights education, (as a creator of projects, project coordinator and trainer/educator) I have done cooperation with many national and international youth non-governmental organizations. From 2000 I am working as a trainer of non-formal education using Youth Programme (Youth in Action Programme). I love to work as a trainer/educator. I really like to work with people (especially young people). All my life is connected working with youngsters, what really inspires and motivates me. The work (trainings) with people gives me positive energy and it also represents a challenge for me. Everything is about education. Education is a powerful tool. Combining non-formal and formal education, experience + theory make a people different.
Dan Alexandru Florea is in charge with Partnership development at Youth Time Movement. His experience in project management, identity and values building, helped him to see the social environment as a interconnected and interdependent system. Being abstract or practical, we are the system. And what is the purpose that drives the system? This is Alex’s professional and personal question.
Dr Violaine Hacker, European Studies Department, Sorbonne, and President, Common Good Forum- Paris, holds a PhD in EU law and a Master in Political Science. She specialises in the governance of common public goods (in particular education, culture, health, and environment). In that respect, she also focuses on the place and the role of the Law, following institutionalist theories (developed notably in France with Maurice Hauriou). She is used to behaving both as a researcher (public and private institutes and think tanks) and as a consultant in public policies, as well as a lecturer at Master Levels. She also has experience on governance issues within the European Commission (task force Future of the Union and institutional issues) and on self regulation (at Afnor and CEN).
Professor Ann Hallock, former professor of behavioral medicine for Michigan State University medical school, was trained in bio-energetic and transactional analysis. In addition to working in Family Practice, she was a pioneer in the field of domestic violence and child abuse (1972-86). Lansing, Michigan was a first city to scientifically identify and treat child abuse and she worked closely with the authors of their ground breaking book, “The Battered Child”: Henry Kemp and Ray Helfer. They, with others, transformed the oppression of children into the recognition of the rights of children and freed many adults from their battered pasts with the recognition of what abuse does to the human psyche. Ann’s goal was to alleviate children’s most difficult issues of persecution while also helping to heal the source of many social ills which arise in the family and community. America with its history as a haven for the persecuted but also as a country with a horrific history of slavery has more than its share of wounded and dysfunctional human beings, yet America also has a history of unwarranted optimism which often leads to amazingly creative insights among the diversity of its people. From this background she found a niche which translated into an understanding of the unity of the world through the common needs and dignity of each individual: no one is free until all are free and human rights are protected. In recent years Ann has founded Hope Consulting Institute which works to assist individuals and small businesses to succeed using the principles she learned from her years of helping children and families.
Peter M Holland, BSc., CEng., FIET- An honours engineering graduate with an economics subsiduary, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and life-long economics student at the School of Economic Science. Completed many years in major corporations in the telecoms industry as a Vice President in Nortel Networks, then helped a start –up company from infancy to prosperity, now an independent consultant and responsible for economics events at the School of Economic Science .These events include an annual all-day colloquium which has featured land, taxation, the environment, industry, money, trade, energy, economics for the common good, progress with prosperity and One World One Wealth, and also a number of papers have been given at these and other events*. The faculty also holds an annual, international Economics and Law week which has been held mainly in the UK but also in Holland and South Africa. *Europe, Locational Advantage and the Euro *One World One Wealth –Is there enough? *A Fair System of Public Revenue *Industry Counts-the Current Situation *Economics for the Common Good-Happiness and Economics *Energy Counts-What Should We Do? *Land Matters-Better Livelihoods for Poor People
Lorenz Insam is Member of the Youth Time community since its inception in 2010 in Prague (Czech Republic). He currently works as European Development Coordinator for the Brazilian NGO Global Attitude where he conducted different global outreach projects and youth related events in several countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Lorenz’s past experience includes having worked for the United Nations in Geneva and New York and for the German International Cooperation Agency in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). He holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.
Humera Javed, Education & Inclusion Coordinator at the Diversity & Equity Office, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and Board of Director of Spiritual Heritage Education Network (SHEN). She is a PhD Candidate studying Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto.
Harold Kasimow is the George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. He is the author of Divine-Human Encounter: A Study of Abraham Joshua Heschel (1979) and The Search Will Make You Free: A Jewish Dialogue with World Religions (2006), published in English and Polish by Wydawnictwo Wam, the Jesuit publishing house in Krakow, Poland. He coedited No Religion is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue (1991), John Paul II and Interreligious Dialogue (1999), and Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha (2004). He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, and his articles on Abraham Joshua Heschel and on interreligious dialogue have been published in England, Belgium, China, India, Japan, Poland, and the United States. He has presented papers at the 1993, 1999, and 2004 Parliaments of the World’s Religions. http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/religious/faculty/kasimow
Pavel Kamynin is Head of the Moscow Office in International Movement Youth Time founded in 2010 in Prague (Czech Republic). In 2004 he earned Master of HR Management degree in State Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), obtained a degree in methodology and game development (International Methodology Association, Moscow, Russia). Intellectual affairs, R&D specialist. He took part in wide range projects: society and politics, education, business, management, strategy development, cinema, urbanism, future studies projects. Since 2012 he became fully involved in international youth-led projects development in different spheres.
Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is Director and co-founder of the Humanistic Management Center (www.humanisticmanagement.org), an independent think–tank, learning institution and non-profit advisory firm. He is also a lecturer in leadership skills at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, a director of the Humanistic Management Network, co-editor of the Humanism in Business book series at Palgrave Macmillan, board member of the Impact Investing Platform in São Paulo, Brazil and a senior ambassador of the UK based Globalization for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI). Ernst’s specializations include corporate responsibility, business and economic ethics, development theory and impact investing. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK and has worked in strategy consulting with a leading management consulting firm based in London, England. Subsequently he went to the University of St Gallen in Switzerland where he earned an award winning Ph.D. from the University’s Institute for Business Ethics. Ernst frequently speaks at conferences, lectures at universities around the world and is consulting businesses as well as international organizations on questions regarding the generation of positive social and environmental impact through business.
Julia Kinash is President of the International Movement Youth Time and editor-in-chief of Youth Time Magazine. Julia graduated from Moscow State Humanitarian University with a major in Management. She is currently doing a PhD in Conflict Management. The theme of her PhD work is «Role of Media in Political Conflicts». In 2010, the Youth Time Movement was established; also the Youth Time Magazine went to print. Since that time, Julia has been responsible for the general management of them both.
Audrey E. Kitagawa, BA, cum laude, University of Southern California, JD, Boston College Law School, is the Founder/President of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, and a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, Emerita Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, New York, an Emerita Trustee of the Council for A Parliament of the World’s Religions, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, and a Co-Facilitator of the United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle at the United Nations. She hosts a weekly radio program, Our Sacred Journey, on World Talk Radio, VoiceAmerica’s 7th Wave Channel. She has published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled, The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. A chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, has been published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian women entitled, Learning In The Light. Her chapter, Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book, Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship. She has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.
Olesya Lilikovich works as project manager at the YT representative office in Moscow. A member of the Youth Time International Movement since September, 2011. Obtained Master´s Degree in Philology in 2012 (PFUR, Russia), completed internship course in Public Relations (URJC, Spain, 2011). Currently is doing her Phd at PFUR in Romance studies. Spheres of interest: linguistics, youth policy, education, multicultural environment. Languages: Russian, English, Spanish.
Tom Mahon has written about technology for over 40 years, most of that time from California’s Silicon Valley. He is an essayist, publicist, journalist, novelist, dramatist, and activist. Since the early 1990s, he has spoken and written widely on the need to reconnect technical capability with social and moral responsibility. Speaking venues have included MIT, the International Solid State Circuits Conference, the United Religions Initiative, the Embedded Systems Conference, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, assemblies sponsored by the U.S. State Department, as well as to local congregations, senior centers and middle school students. His writings have appeared in such divergent publications as The Wall Street Journal, Electronic Engineering Times, National Catholic Reporter and Business 2.0. In addition, his work has been covered in The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, CNN, CNET and Business Week, among others. Mahon is the author of “The Fandango Involvement,” the first novel set in Silicon Valley (1980); and “Charged Bodies: People, Power and Paradox in Silicon Valley,” recognized as a Book of the Year in 1985 by the Computer Press Association. He has also written and performed two one-man plays about man’s mixed history with technology: “At Home in the Universe” and “Are We Having Fun Yet!” He holds an MBA in International Business, and has had his own public relations consultancy since 1984 representing leading firms in electronic and genetic engineering. His e-book, Reconnecting.Calm: Finding common ground for science, technology and wisdom, is available from major e-bookstores. More information is at www.reconnectingcalm.com
Raymond Makewell has lived and worked in Australia, Europe, the United Sates and the Middle East. The majority of his professional life has been spent in banking and the computer industry. He had senior roles in the design of new technologies for banks by multinational companies and in the application of these technologies by banks. He discovered the economic teaching of Leon MacLaren in the late 1970s and has run public courses teaching these ideas for many years. In 2001 he published 'Economic Wisdom' a collection of of writing regarding economics from ancient spiritual and philosophic traditions. In 2007 he undertook a Bachelor of Economics degree and found what that was taught in universities about how people and business behaved was completely unlike what he had observed during 40 years of international business experience, and that economics was being considered devoid of history, politics and ethics. Although there was material in print which challenged many of the ideas of economists there was very little available that presented a comprehensive, cogent, alternative view of the economic system. To address this vacuum he has Published 'The Science of Economics'.
Rajesh Makwana is the executive director at Share The World’s Resources (www.stwr.org) - a UK based civil society organisation campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources within and between nations. Rajesh writes regularly on global justice and environmental issues, and has co-authored numerous publications including 'Financing the Global Sharing Economy' and 'Sharing the World's Resources - An Introduction'. He has chaired panel discussions and advocated the concept of economic sharing in various high-profile debates and presentations in the UK and overseas. After completing a BSc in psychology at Sussex University (UK) and postgraduate studies in Chinese medicine thereafter, Rajesh worked in the private sector as an acupuncturist and later as a legal advisor. Having always maintained a keen interest in social justice issues, he eventually worked with Mohammed Mesbahi, STWR’s founder, to formally establish Share The World’s Resources as a civil society organisation in 2003. In 2009, STWR was recommended Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Lucie Markova, since July 2012 she has been working as an Event Manager at the International Movement Youth Time Head Office in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work includes conducting research on youth activities and approaches, working on various projects (International open lectures, International conferences and much more). She is good at planning and organization of events. Since the beginning of her studies, she has been receiving a government scholarship for talented students and in May 2009 she became a National Ambassador of World Civic Youth Forum the South Korea.
Ian Mason is a barrister practising in landlord and tenant, housing and property law and is also Principal of the School of Economic Science in London. Before becoming Principal in 2008 he was Head of Law and Economics in the School and led a team developing courses offered to the general public in Economics-with-Justice. The courses aim to show the effect of bringing an ethical dimension to understanding the natural laws of economics. Ian has also worked with the Gaia Foundation and an international group of lawyers and others developing Earth Jurisprudence, an approach to law, governance and personal practice that aims to support mutually enhancing and harmonious relations between humanity and nature. In April 2013 he was a panellist at the United Nations Dialogue on Harmony with Nature at UN headquarters in New York. He is a Senior Ambassador of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative and has written widely on the ethical dimensions of law, economics and Earth Jurisprudence.
Derek McAuley has been Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in Great Britain since 2009. He received a BSSc in Political Science and Economics from the Queens’ University of Belfast in 1981 and a MA in Welfare Organisation and Management from the University of Liverpool in 1997. He is a healthcare manager by profession and worked in NHS mental health and community services. He was honoured with an award of Companionship of the Institute of Healthcare Management in 2005. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. As well as involvement as a Trustee of several Unitarian institutions, he is a trustee of the Cutting Edge Consortium and of Dr Williams’s Library, London. He has recently been elected as a trustee of the Inter Faith Network of the United Kingdom. An active campaigner for same sex marriage, he gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Public Bills Committee during the scrutiny process of the legislation as it passed through Parliament. He has been quoted in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Huffington Post.com. He has recently prepared a worship pack for Unitarians on the 200th Anniversary of the Unitarian Tolerance Act which removed penalties against holders of Unitarian beliefs.
Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. He studies the religious and spiritual sources of social change activism, and is the author of four books: Identifying the Image of God (2003), Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society (2007), The Catholic Worker after Dorothy (2008), and Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition (2011). Currently, he is completing a research trip focusing on the economic and ecological practices of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and related currents of Western esotericism. Dan lives with his spouse and daughter in Somerville, Massachusetts, and is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts.
Dr. Nina Meyerhof, Ed.D., President and Founder of Children of the Earth has made a life of advocating for our world's youth. She co-authored, Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom and the handbook and training manual, Pioneering Spiritual Activism. Her work stresses the creation of an “Inner Revolution for Social Evolution” - in order to build a better, more peaceful world, we first must begin with self-awareness. She is recognized as an innovative educator committed to global responsibility through authentic learning. She is the recipient of The Mother Theresa Award, the Citizens Department of Peace Award, and The International Educators Award for Peace. The State of Vermont also passed a Resolution honoring her life's work. Nina advocates for young people to go beyond cultural, ethnic and religious differences and strive for altruistic ethics. She moves around the world assembling adults and young people to focus on the potentials of bringing ethical living skills into world consciousness. Her focus is on realizing that peace must come from within our interwoven unity. www.coeworld.org
Prof. Kamran Mofid is Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (founded at an international conference in Oxford in 2002) and Co- founder/Editor, Journal of Globalisation for the Common Good, hosted at Purdue University, USA, member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilisations, and Founding Member, World Dignity University, and Global Advisory Board, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. Mofid received his BA and MA in economics from the University of Windsor, Canada in 1980 and 1982 respectively. In 1986 he was awarded his doctorate in economics from the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2001 he received a Certificate in Education in Pastoral Studies at Plater College, Oxford. From 1980 to 2000 he was Economic Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Universities of Windsor (Canada), Birmingham, Bristol, Wolverhampton, and Coventry (UK). Mofid's work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on Economics, Business, Politics, International Relations, Theology, Culture, Ecology, Ethics and Spirituality. Mofid's writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers. His books include Development Planning in Iran: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic , The Economic Consequences of the Gulf war, Globalisation for the Common Good, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalisation for the Common Good , Promoting the Common Good (with Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, 2005), and A non-Violent Path to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building (Co-authored, 2008) www.gcgi.info
Adam Parsons is the editor at Share The World's Resources. Before joining STWR, Adam worked as a journalist and editor for national and regional newspapers in England before spending a number of years in South Asia and Australia as a freelance writer on travel, spiritual and development issues. He previously studied for a BA in English literature and philosophy before completing various diplomas and courses in journalism and international development. Since joining the team at STWR in 2007 Adam writes and talks regularly on global justice and environmental issues and has specialised in issues of food insecurity, urban poverty and people’s movements. Among other publications, he is the author of ‘Megaslumming: A Journey Through sub-Saharan Africa’ (www.stwr.org/megaslumming), ‘The Seven Myths of Slums’, and ‘When Will Ordinary People Rise Up? How a United Voice of the Public could Transform the World’.
Prof. Mar Peter-Rieux – activist-academic; Faculty, Dept of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Marist College; co-founder and Co-Projectkeeper, The Marist Praxis Project for Public & Global Citizenship; established global praxis sites in Haiti, Kenya, Kolkata (sending 40+ children to school from a City dump); teaches courses on resistance, human rights, socio-political events, public praxis, liberation theology; author, book chapters, articles, and books on Christian apologetics and U.S. Liberation Theologies; recent article: Peter Maurin – Pedagogy from the Margins, Peace & Justice Studies Journal; completing manuscript Occupy Pedagogy: Praxis, Solidarity, & Conscience – Equipping All Students to Make & Occupy a Better World; treasurer of International Philosopher for Peace; founding resident of the Better World Beloved Community; formal education: B.A in Philosophy with Psychology, Harpur College, Binghamton University; M.A. in Social Science, B.U.; M.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, with Social Criticism &Third World Theologies, B.U.; Certificate in Advanced Religious Studies in Justice & Peace, Maryknoll School of Theology; Certificate in Religious Studies, Oxford University; mother & MaMa’ of numerous progeny, co-conspirators for the common good.
The Revd Canon Dr Alan Race is a priest in the Anglican Church and author of numerous works in the theology of religions. His book ‘Christians and Religious Pluralism’ (1983) became a classic in the literature and provoked much discussion of its now well-known typology ‘Exclusivism, Inclusivism, Pluralism’ for responses to religious plurality. His most recent book is ‘Making Sense of Religious Pluralism: Shaping theology of religions for our times’ (SPCK 2013) and is published as part of a series with the liberal-minded Modern Church movement. He has degrees in Chemistry (B.SC.) and Theology, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester in 2006 for contributions to theology and work in interfaith dialogue. He is currently Rector for St.Margaret’s Church, Lee, in south London, which also has the tomb of the Astronomer Royal Edmund Halley). He is a member of the World Congress of Faiths and Editor-in-Chief for the journal Interreligious Insight, the foremost international journal for interfaith theology ad engagement. He is well-known as a speaker at interfaith conferences and gatherings.
Florence Rizzo is the co-founder of SynLab, an independent organization with a mission to bring great and innovative ideas to life in the field of education (www.syn-lab.fr). SynLab promotes innovation in France and works as a citizen Research and Development body that mobilizes researchers, educators, private and public sector networks to co-create projects with a potential of systemic change. Previously, she worked with Ashoka, a global network of innovative Social Entrepreneurs and contributed to its launch in France, Belgium and Switzerland. She founded a training program called « Challenge IMPACT » in order to support Citizen Sector Organizations to scale up and generate more social impact. She was nominated in June 2011 at the French National Council for New technologies to lead a working group on e-education. She was also part of the team of a parliamentarian to handle a report to the French ministry of Research on the impact of new technologies on education. She holds a Master in Political Science and International Relations and a MBA from ESSEC Business School with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh is third in line of Spiritual Leaders of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (Birmingham) UK since 1995. GNNSJ is a religious charitable organisation with sister organisations in Leeds and London and branches in India and Kenya. Having executed several conservation and restoration projects of sacred Sikh shrines in India, he is the first British Sikh to be bestowed upon the title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ in June 2010 by the Jathedars of the five Takhats (seats of Sikh temporal/religious authority – Miri-Piri) of the Sikh Dharam, as well as the President of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee – an ‘apex’ organisation representing some 24 million Sikhs globally. In the interfaith context, Bhai Sahib is a member of the Elijah Board of the World’s Religious Leaders and European Council of Religious Leaders; Trustee of Religions for Peace International and President of Religions for Peace UK; supporter of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; Trustee and Chair of the Museum of World’s Religions (UK) working group; and patron of United Religions Initiative (UK) and Divine Onkar Mission. Bhai Sahib received the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding in 2010 for intra- and interfaith work internationally. In 2012, he received a Papal Knighthood of St Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict XVI. For his services to religious faith propagation, community service, education and research, Bhai Sahib has two honorary doctorates from Birmingham’s Universities. He also serves as Patron of the Nishkam School Trust which is pioneering multifaith values based education.
Maria Semenova is an active member, participant and trainer of Youth Time Movement. Graduated from St.Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Studied in Berlin High School of Economics and Law, now making post graduate research studying course at St.Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. Work as a lecturer and professor assistant of economy and finance in St.Petersburg State University of Technology and Design.Took part 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rhodes Youth Forum, 2nd and 3rd YT Summer School, World Public Forum Dialog of Civilizations since 2008. In 2008-2011 worked as a moderator of the international youth camp “Commonwealth. The Memory of Generations”.In 2008 – 2012 worked in a PR Department of VTB Group. Currently works in start up business, mobile App “Look My Way”.Professional interests: music, marketing, networking, entrepreneurship, travel. Jazz singer, songwriter and band leader in St.Petersburg, Russia. Knows Russian, English and German languages.
Dr. Uli Spalthoff , Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) is Director of Project Development and System Administration, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (http://www.humiliationstudies.org) Director of Operations, Dignity Press (http://www.dignitypress.org) After studying chemistry in Mainz and Münster, Germany, Uli Spalthoff worked some years in industrial research on optical communication technologies. Later he held various positions in marketing, quality management, technology strategy and innovation management at Alcatel-Lucent in Germany and France. As Director Advanced Technologies - as a member of a truly global team – he mentored start-ups and consulted high-tech companies in IT, telecommunication and semiconductor industries from countries all over the world. He has expertise in a broad range of technical, economic and social matters. After his retirement he still wants to nurture innovative ideas to shape our future. Among his various volunteering activities for the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network, he is co-founder of the World Dignity University. He also created Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press; both affiliated with the World Dignity University and the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. Since 2012, he publishes books related to human dignity from a global perspective. Uli is married with Brigitte Volz, a painter and sculptor as well as a teacher with strong therapeutical and psychological background.
Professor Steven Paul Francis Szeghi is currently Professor of Economics at Wilmington College in the state of Ohio, in the USA. He has served on the faculty of the college since 1987. At various times Professor Szeghi has been Department Head and also Area Coordinator for Accounting, Business Administration and Economics. Professor Szeghi is presently the Vice President of the Wilmington College chapter of the AAUP. In 2009 Steve Szeghi co-authored, together with Peter Brown, Geoffrey Garver, Keith Helmuth, and Robert Howell, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. In 05-06 Szeghi’s article, Lessons in Sustainable Development on the Navajo Nation, appeared in the Journal for Economics and Politics. He has also been the author of many articles on social justice, environmental economics, primers in economics for social activists, and the economies of indigenous and aboriginal peoples as alternative economic systems, in numerous on-line journals such as Journal of Globalization for the Common Good as well as printed journals such as Kosmos. Starting at the age of 15, Steve Szeghi began working ardently for social justice as an activist doing substantial work with the United Farm Workers Union (Cesar Chavez) until his mid-twenties. Steve Szeghi continues to work for social justice, equality, and the environment; working with or consulting for on a pro-bono basis, environmental and labor organizations, candidates for political office who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and ecology, as well as indigenous groups and tribal governments.
Dr. Ghoncheh Tazmini is a political scientist, educated in Canada and the UK. She obtained her degree in international relations at the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics. She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Author of Khatami’s Iran: the Islamic Republic and the Turbulent Path to Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2009, 2013) and Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran (I. B. Tauris, 2012), Dr. Tazmini has written numerous scientific articles and opinion pieces, and has presented her work at numerous conferences. Her latest publication is a chapter titled, ‘Genuine dialogue requires not only talking but a great deal of listening’, in 22 Ideas to Fix the World (NYUP, forthcoming). She has collaborated with research centers and think tanks in Europe and Iran and is visiting scholar at the Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais in Lisbon. She will shortly begin a fellowship in Iranian studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her area of interest includes Russia, Iran, the Middle East, the Arab revolts, Islam and modernity, social movements, reform and modernisation, cross-cultural diversity, and the ambivalent relationship between western models and non-western traditions in the twenty-first century.
Saskia Troy- I am a Corporate Social Responsibility, strategy and marketing expert. During my studies in Economics and Business, Business Administration and Philosophy I have specialized in international relations, sustainability, human rights, strategy, marketing and investment. In the past I have been working for various companies and institutions which are amongst others Shell, KPN, ABN Amro, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the past months I have been working on a proposal for a PhD-thesis on Sustainable Leadership for which I have followed a PhD-D for the CEMS program in Budapest in Sustainability and Collaborative Enterprises and have done a PhD-internship on the topic of sustainable leadership at Shell International. In this way I hope to become more and more of an outstanding academic sustainability specialist in business and economics and be able to contribute to the business of multinational enterprises and the management of their stakeholder issues. Currently I am Chapter Leader of Children of the Earth Netherlands, which is part of an established foundation of the United Nations that offers education and training in sustainability, intercultural learning, leadership, ethical living and spirituality. From within this position I am also a member of the United Nations Development (UNDP) for worldwide youth (under the age of fourty) while being a member of the theme group Health Care including Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health, as well as Quality, Education and appropriate Technology . Also from within being a member of the board of UNICEF Rotterdam I am dedicated to the health care and education of young children within the world.
Princess Ogechi Ukaga was born in a royal family of umubazo,Nekede kingdom on the 18th October 1979 in Nigeria. She attended her primary education Level at uzii Layout primary school Owerri and did her Secondary education at Our Lady of Mercy Junior ate Amapu Ntigha,also further her University Level at University of Calabar in cross River State Nigeria were she studied Public Administration Diploma and Political science bachelors degree (BSC)and did one year Program in computer science. And now studying international Relations for her Masters degree program at Abuja University. princess is well know as COE NIG as her friends calls her, she has gone a long way in life as she has made a lot of en part in the lives of not only women in IMO state whom she gives loan at the PEACE center which she opened in 2005,CHILDREN OF THE EARTH at the peace center have done a lot of projects like the YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT,THE WATER BALL HOLE PROJECT,GIRL ART WORK PROJECT.etc Princess is one of the Founding members of World Youth Spirit Council. And a founding member of Architects of the Future. Also princess has been representing COE INT in many countries, as they say there is always a starting pointing ,Princess in many years ago started from Nigeria where she took the position of the following: (a) Vice president university of calabar association for Aids prevention, (b) Imo-State secretary civil liberties organisation, (c) vice chairwoman Democratic Alternative, (d) Founder Youth Action network Nigeria, (e) Member African youth Parliament, (f) Member Ecowas Student Association, (g) Tunza UNEP Nigeria Representative 2003. Finally,Princess is part of a global project of the CHILDREN OF THE EARTH call ONENESS.
Nikolas Voluntary engagements include the founding of a magazine on European matters and Youth opportunities (), for which he was rewarded the De Laan Prize of his University. He further undertook the organization and moderation of the Social Media Roundtable of the India Youth Forum in Delhi, India in March 2012. From June until August 2012 Nikolas held the position of the Secretary General of Cafebabel Brussels. He is currently volunteer for the organization AFS giving intercultural trainings for young people going to developing countries. Nikolas is fluent in German and English and has a professional working proficiency of French, Greek, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Thomas Wanker is an active member of Youth Time. He received a BA in International Law from Trento University in Italy as well as a BA in Socialeconomics from Hamburg University in Germany. Further, he holds a MA in Law from Trento University. Thomas did profound research on the WTO, international trade relations and is particularly interested in the anti-dumping regime. He regularly takes part in international conferences in Europe, Asia and the USA and delivers speeches about current legal, economical and social topics.
Rosie Waygood graduated from King's College London in 2011 with a BA in Geography focusing on Urban, Bio-, and Development Geography. Since her European School Baccalaureate she has been involved in humanitarian work and teaching in India, South Korea and her hometown, Oxford. She has been a European Ambassador for the United Nations accredited NGO Children of the Earth since 2009, where she co-founded the European Youth Hub in Switzerland. As part of her work with Children of the Earth, she has presented at conferences in Geneva and London and has been part of the core organisers of international youth summits dedicated to leadership and intercultural collaborations.
Anthony Werner, a participant of the first GCGI conference in Oxford, is managing director of Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd, a tutor in Economics at the School of Economic Science in London, and a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town (Law) and Oxford (Geography). Before joining Shepheard-Walwyn in 1973, he had worked at Oxford University Press, Pergamon Press and Mitchell Beazley. Websites: www.ethicaleconomics.org.uk and www.shepheard-walwyn.co.uk
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