Her Excellency Rosalia Arteaga Serrano
Rosalía Arteaga is the former President and Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador (1997). She is a Doctor in Jurisprudence and Lawyer, Graduate student of the School of Journalism and has a Master's degree in Anthropology. Positions she has held include: General Secretary, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization ( ACTO ) 2004 – 2007, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports (1994), Member of the Board of Directors of Catie – Agronomic Tropical Center of Investigation and Education in Costa Rica, President of the Latin American Foundation for the Integration and Development – FIDAL, and President Executive of "Arteaga - Serrano" Productions.
His Excellency Stjepan Mesic
Stjepan "Stipe" Mesić (born 24 December 1934) is a Croatian politician who served as the second President of Croatia from 2000 to 2010. Before serving two five-year terms as president, he was the first Prime Minister of Croatia (1990) after multi-party elections, the last President of the Presidency of Yugoslavia (1991) and consequently Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement (1991), as well as Speaker of the Croatian Parliament (1992–1994), a judge in Našice and mayor of his home town of Orahovica.
His Excellency Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka
Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka is a reputable Kenyan-born global leader. His down-to-earth nature and myriad of humanitarian causes, have earned him the title servant-leader. He is the immediate former Vice President of the Republic of Kenya where he served for a five-year term running from 2008 to 2013. Hon. Kalonzo is the current party leader of the Wiper Democratic Movement - Kenya, and a co-principal for the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), which is the opposition coalition in Kenya.
His Excellency Khil Raj Regmi
Khil Raj Regmi is the Former Prime Minister of Nepal. He also served as Chairman of Council of Ministers and Chief Justice of Nepal. Khil Raj Regmi born 31 May 1949 was de facto Prime Minister of Nepal from 2013 to 2014. Regmi has served as Chief Justice of Nepal since May 2011, having been appointed by President Ram Baran Yadav after the expiry of the term of his predecessor, Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha. In early 2013, the main political parties agreed to install Regmi as chairman of cabinet on a short-term basis, to oversee elections. He was sworn in on 14 March 2013 by President Yadav.
His Highness Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Saud
His Highness Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud is a member of the House of Saud and a Saudi Arabian businessman. He is the founder of Saudi American Exchange - a non-profit association founded in the year 2002 after the events of September 11th. Before obtaining his bachelor's degree, His Highness served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of "FAMA Holding Company Ltd.", which was founded in 1994 in order to unify and integrate the family investments and other commercial activities of his family. Prince Faisal also founded and chaired the Board of Directors of F6 Holdings and chaired the governing bodies of the following companies under the umbrella of FAMA Holding: Mahmadiya Dates Factory Company, FAMA TALLES Technology Services Comapany (FTTS), INOVx Company (American based Co.), Top Travel for tourism and air freight, FAMA Trading Company, Sunset Beach Resort and FAMA Technology.
Honorable Senator David Carlucci
Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) currently represents 38th District in the New York State Senate. This encompasses the Towns of Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown in Rockland County along with the Town of Ossining in Westchester County. In just a short period of time, the Senator has distinguished himself as an influential legislator with a reputation of getting results and delivering for his constituents in the Hudson Valley. The Senator also has played an instrumental role in standing up for progressive issues. This includes being an outspoken voice against hydrofracking in New York, fighting to protect a woman's right to choose, and being a key supporter of passing marriage equality in New York.
Jean-Victor Nkolo has worked at the United Nations for over 20 years. He held managerial positions in 10 United Nations peacekeeping missions. Moreover, he has previously served as Spokesperson for two Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly, namely during the 64th and 65th sessions. He has also served as Spokesperson for the Security Council during some of the Council’s missions outside New York. A music and film critic, Mr. Nkolo is a member of several cultural foundations and was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations International School.
Binod Chaudhary is a Nepalese businessman, industrialist and philanthropist. He is the current chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG), a conglomerate that consists of nearly 80 companies. Chaudhary is also the first, and only, Nepali billionaire as listed by Forbes. Besides business, Chaudhary has been involved in various other government and social sectors. He worked as a member of constituent assembly and parliament of Nepal from April 2008 to May 2012. His CG Foundation works for the social welfare and he often contributes in the areas of art, music and literature as well.
Stephen Shaya, MD
Stephen Shaya, M.D. graduated from Birmingham Brother Rice High School Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded a Merit Scholarship to attend Wayne State University. During his time at WSU, Dr. Shaya won many leadership awards including the Outstanding Student Leader in 1991 and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant Awardee. He was selected to serve on the Wayne State University Board of Governors from 1991 to 1993. He attended Wayne State University Medical School and graduated in 1996. Since 2004, Dr. Shaya has been the Chief Medical Officer of J & B Medical, a global healthcare solutions company.
Professor Dr. Gregory Payne
Dr. J. Gregory Payne is Chair and Associate Professor of Emerson College's Department of Communication Studies. He is Director of the Center for Ethics in Political and Health Communication, and has taught at Yale and Tufts University. Dr. Payne received his B.A, M.A. and Ph.D at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also earned an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has authored books, chapters, articles and proceedings and has lectured internationally on topics related to political communication, public diplomacy, health communication, media, ethics, leadership, negotiation, crisis and risk communication. Payne is the co-founder and General Director of the Saudi-Global Exchange, the first grass roots, people to people public diplomacy effort in the wake of 9/11.
Ravi Karkara is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships to the Assistant Secretary General of the UN Women. With over 20 years of experience, Ravi is an acknowledged expert in various development related fields. He has been driving innovation and advocacy as well as building strategic partnerships in the areas of human rights, participation, inclusion and gender equality, accountability, and social justice. Recently, Ravi developed a partnership between UN Women and the City of New York and organized a unique gender equality march with over 20,000 participants from the UN Headquarters to Times Square. Ravi has been the recipient of the prestigious NOVUS Award.
Mr. Ben Lai is the President of China-US Business Association and Vice-President of Asian Business Expo (Asian-U.S. Business Summit and Expo). He is also the President of Greater Asia Business Federation (with 23 Asian Chambers ,Organizations ), Advisor of California State University Fullerton, mainly responsible for International Asian studies , training and reception of Chinese officials and companies and Director of China program in Hope International University. He served as the President of Anaheim Cinco De Mayo 2006-2010
Founder of the first Chinese Language School in North Orange County 1986.
Founder of the first Chinese Language School in North Orange County 1986.
Amir Dossal is Founder and President of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide change makers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges. Amir is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, and Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Alon Ben Meir
Dr. Alon Ben Meir is a professor and Senior Fellow at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. Dr. Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in international negotiations and conflict resolution. In the past seventeen years, Ben-Meir has been directly involved in various negotiations between Israel and its neighboring countries and Turkey. Ben-Meir hosts "Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir," a speaking series of debates and conversations with top policy-makers from around the world held each semester at NYU.
John L. German
At United Nations Headquarters in New York, he represents People to People International (founded by President Eisenhower) and other civil-society organizations, and serves as the NGO (non-governmental organization) representative to the Technical Subgroup of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Informatics (informally, the Working Group on Informatics) of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and as Senior Advisor to the United Nations Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development, and as a Member of the High-Level Panel of Advisers of the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development.
Barry Didato is Chief Investment Officer of The Innovation Institute and senior advisor to The Saudi royal family. The Innovation Institute is a for-profit company was launched in 2003 with a $40 investment from St. Joseph Health. The Innovation Institute is structured to support innovators to grow and become a positive force to meet the needs of a rapidly changing global healthcare industry. The Institute is composed of three distinct elements – an innovation laboratory, an investment fund, and an enterprise development group. Barry’s background and experience in investments, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), startups, and global business perspective enable him to assist The Institute in reaching its highest potential in terms of volume of ideas and inventions, as well as mission, impact, value, and access to care for vulnerable populations globally.
George Abang Tawoh
George Abang Tawoh is the founder of the Association for the Protection of Women's and Children's Rights (APWCR) which was founded and registered in 1999 as a human rights development organization headquartered in Limbe - Cameroon. George is dedicated to the organization's mission after witnessing countless human rights abuses within his own community, particularly the pervasive practice of forced marriage of young girls to older men in order to pay off a family debt. This was the case for Mr. Abang Tawoh's beloved aunt. George seeks to serve all of Cameroon, but currently serves in the South West, Littoral, North West and Central Regions of Cameroon.
Ambassador Anthony Chima
Anthony Chima was born in Umueze Akabor, Oguta a local Government in Nigeria and attended Emmanuel College Owerri Imo State, Nigeria. He took specialized technical engineering course at Uwani Enugu sponsored by then Nigeria Post and Telecommunication and has worked as a Senior Technician Officer in P and T Engineering Session Owerri Imo State. He obtained Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications at Texas Southern University, Houston Texas and later obtained Master’s Degree in Clinical Sociology at Texas Southern University. He was awarded the International Honor Award while in TSU and achieved CASAC five years after relocating to New York. He then received International Awards at ICADC- in New York State.
Victor Kannan is the Global Director of Heartfulness Institute, USA. He is a Evangelist, Thinker and Speaker who has extensively travelled to over 20 countries across the world and inspired diverse audiences (leaders, corporates, students, family person etc) to help them inculcate a spiritual outlook to their own life. He has been an avid practitioner of Heartfulness Meditation and also been a trainer in this field for the last 30 years. As a lifelong spiritual volunteer committed to individual peace and world harmony, he has been persevering to help integrate meditation with mainstream living.
Junko Ishikawa is a visionary entrepreneur and international education expert. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship with a specialty in marketing, outreach, management, student life and activities, as well as youth leadership development. Junko also participates in various conferences including NAFSA and IIE. Junko boasts over 25 years of work experience within the field of Marketing and International Education. Within her current position as International Student Program Specialist at Santa Ana College, Junko serves as an advisor for the International Student Association as well as the International Student Mentor Program.
Kenneth K Hansraj, MD
Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D., Chief of Spine Surgery, is a premier spinal surgeon operating in the United States. He is a spinal and orthopedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar procedures for example laminectomies and spinal fusions. Dr. Ken believes in whole body wellness, preventative care and that the spine is a principal indicator of general health impacted by “human software and hardware.”
Murthy Gokula, MD
I am a regional expert in Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care/Hospice. I am board certified in Family Medicine with two Certificates of Added Qualifications: Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. I have also achieved the level of Certified Medical Director (CMD). Of the 7,162 board certified geriatricians in the United States, I am one of 2,700 who is also a Certified Medical Director, signifying expertise in long-term care (LTC) medical direction.
Mr. Yongmin Shin is currently the U.S. East Coast Director of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization dedicated to world peace and the cessation of wars. Mr. Shin has experience in working together on a governmental and civil society level, national and international, gathering leaders and organizing numerous events both inside and outside of the United Nations. He has also been invited to international peace conferences in Israel and Vienna, and was a speaker in the Parliament of the World's Religions this past October. Mr. Shin speaks several languages, including English, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.