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Board of Directors

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Hon. President
Federico Mayor is Chairman of the Fundación Cultura de Paz (Foundation for a Culture of Peace) and former Director General of UNESCO (1987-1999). During his tenure as Director General of UNESCO, he launched the Program for a Culture of Peace, among other initiatives. Formerly he was professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Rector of the University of Granada (1968-1972), Minister of Education and Science of Spain (1981-1982), and Deputy Director General of UNESCO (1978-1981). He has also served as a Member of the European Parliament and as advisor to the Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez. In October 2005 he was appointed by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as co-chair of the High-Level Group for the “Alliance of Civilizations”. Holding a doctorate in Pharmacy, he served in prominent faculty positions in the field of biochemistry. He co-founded the Centre of Molecular Biology in Madrid, was Chair of the Autonomous University of Madrid, was the Rector at the University of Granada, and conducted research at Oxford. More recently he chaired the European Research Council.
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, Honorary President and former President of the World Academy of Art & Science and President of the Brazilian Chapter of the Club of Rome, recently retired as Vice-President of the Club. Formerly he served as Rector of United Nations University (1987-1997), Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO (1988-1989), Vice-Rector of UNILEGIS, of Brazil’s Federal Senate, Rector of the Federal University of São Carlos, S. Paulo, Director of the Department of University Affairs in the Ministry of Education, Director of the National Research Council (CNPq) and, by Presidential appointment, was a Member of the Federal Council of Education, both in Brasilia. Earlier in his career he was Professor Emeritus of Physics at the State University of São Paulo, Brazil, conducted research work in the Department of Physics at the Universities of Kansas (USA) and S. Paulo, and worked in the Department of Scientific Affairs at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC (USA) to set-up its large Regional Programs of Science and Technology.
Garry Jacobs, Chaiman of the Board and CEO
Garry Jacobs is President and Chief Executive Officer of World Academy of Art & Science; Managing Editor, Cadmus Journal; Vice-President, The Mother's Service Society (MSS), a social science research institute in Pondicherry, South India; and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Person-Centered Approach, Italy. Formerly he served as Chairman of the Board of the World Academy (2011-13) and Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. In 1989 he co-founded the International Commission on Peace and Food, served for 5 years as its Member-Secretary, convener of ICPF’s working groups on Employment and on Transition in Eastern Europe, coordinator of the research team that evolved a strategy to generate 100 million new jobs in India, and editor of the Commission's report to the UN entitled Uncommon Opportunities. Following completion of the Commission’s report, he became President, International Center for Peace & Development in California. He is an American born consultant on management and economic development conducting research on economic, social development, employment, business strategy, organizational theory, psychology, education and psychology and development strategies.
Alberto Zucconi, Secretary General
Alberto Zucconi is Chairman of the Board of World Academy of Art & Science and President of the Person-Centred Approach Institute (IACP), a non-profit international organization, co-founded with Carl Rogers and Charles Devonshire dedicated to research in human behaviour, the promotion of health and the training of professionals. A clinical psychologist, he is a former student and collaborator of the late Carl Rogers one of the founding fathers of Humanistic Psychology and originator of the Client-Centred Therapy and the Person Centred Approach, a scientifically formulated paradigm that has impacted the fields of psychology, education and management. He is also a Fellow of the International Leadership Forum (ILF), and a senior staff member of the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace. He has been working internationally for 40 years as a trainer, lecturer and consultant for public and private organizations and is currently teaching Client Centred Therapy and the Person Centred Approach at the post graduate level at the University of Siena (Italy).
Emil Constantinescu
Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania (1996-2000) and leader of the Romanian Democratic Convention (1992-1996), is currently the President of the Institute for Advanced Studies on the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, President of the Romanian Academic Forum, Trustee of the World Academy of Art & Science, Honorary President of the Bucharest University Senate and Professor at the Faculty of Geology at the same university, a member of the Board of the Institute for East-West Studies in New York, of the Balkan Political Club, and co-chairman of World Justice Project. Formerly he served as Rector of the University of Bucharest, President of the Romanian National Council of Rectors, member of the Steering Committee of the European University Association, and the International Association of University Chairmen. He graduated from the law school of the University of Bucharest and started his career as a geologist.
Remus Pricopie
Remus Pricopie is Rector of National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest since 2014, Vice President and Treasurer of the International Association of Universities since 2017, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, Bucharest, and President of Board of Directors of the Romanian-US Fulbright Commission. He was formerly Minister of Education in Romania (2012-14). In 2018, he was elected President of the Permanent Academic Forum Latin America and the Caribbean - European Union. He was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Romanian Research Strategy (2012-2014) and also contributed to the development and implementation of EU research policies (2012-2014).
Kakha Shengelia
Kakha Shengelia is the President, International Association of University Presidents and Caucasus University. Apart from his administrative responsibilities he teaches courses in Management Concept and History of Georgia. He was formerly a Member of Parliament of Georgia, Deputy Chairman of Committee of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and Committee of Foreign Affairs. He was a Vice-Mayor of Tbilisi in Social Affairs. He was awarded the Presidential Order of Excellence by the President of Georgia and the Ring of Honor by the University of Applied Sciences (Upper Austria). He is also a Member of the Steering Committee of NISPAcee (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe).
Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin is Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center in Baku and former Director of Library of Alexandria. He is Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Library and serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which includes the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), US National Academy of Sciences (Public Welfare Medalist), the American Philosophical Society, TWAS (World Academy of Sciences), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is former Chairman, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000), Founder and former Chairman, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995-2000) and was Professor of the International Chair Savoirs contre pauvreté (Knowledge Against Poverty), at Collège de France, Paris, and Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992-1998), and for Special Programs (1998-2000).serves on the Advisory Committee of the World Social Science Report for 2013 and 2016, as well as the UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios (2013) and the executive council of the Encyclopedia of Life (2010) and Chairs the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010). He also co-chaired the African Union's high level panel for Biotechnology (2006) and again for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in 2012-2013, and was a member of the ICANN Panel for the review of the internet future (2013).