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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 Romanian Academic Forum, President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin), Trustee of the World Academy of Art & Science and Director of the Academy’s Initiative on Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East, 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.
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, currently the 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
Garry Jacobs is Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Federico Mayor Zaragoza
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.
Winston Nagan
Winston Nagan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art & Science; Professor of Law, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida; Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development; and Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts. He is also Editor of the Academy’s journal Eruditio, member of the Editorial Board of Cadmus Journal, and International Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Law and Politics. He served as Chairman of Amnesty International USA (1989-91) and as a member of the Board (1986-92). He also served as President of Policy Sciences Center, Yale Law School (1986-1991) and on numerous groups of international experts on issues related to human rights, biodiversity, indigenous rights, and traditional knowledge. He is an alumnus of the University of South Africa, where he did his B.A (Law), Brasenose college, Oxford, where he got an M.A (Juris), Duke School of Law where he did LL.M. and later Yale School of Law, where he obtained his Doctorate degree in law.
Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin is Director of Library of Alexandria, and chairs the Board of Directors for each of the Library’s affiliated research institutes and museums. He 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 (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), 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).
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).
Ivo Šlaus
Ivo Šlaus is Honorary President of the World Academy of Art & Science, former President of the Academy (2011-13) and Director of South East European Division of the Academy (SEED). He is Dean, Dag Hammarskjold University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, a member of the international advisory council of the Club of Rome, and former president of the Croatian Association of the Club of Rome, a member of the Pugwash Council and former President of Croatian Pugwash, a founding Fellow of Academia Europaea, a member of the managing board of the Balkan Political Club, Chairman, International Network of Centres for Sustainable Development, founder and former Executive Committee member of the European Physical Society, Fellow, World Innovation Foundation, and a former member of the Parliament of Croatia. A nuclear and particle physicist, he has held academic teaching posts as a nuclear and particle physicist at Ruđer Boškovic Institute, Croatia, UCLA, Georgetown University, Duke University, and the Jozef Stefan International postgraduate school, Ljubljana (since 2003).
Alberto Zucconi
Alberto Zucconi is 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 Trustee of the World Academy of Art & Science, 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 35 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).
Sigmund Harald Grønmo
Sigmund Harald Grønmo is a Norwegian sociologist. In his younger days he was the chairman of the Socialist Youth Association (SUF) from 1968 to 1969. In 1971 he graduated in sociology from the University of Oslo. He later became a professor at the University of Oslo and at the University of Bergen. In Bergen he has been both dean and prorector, and in 2005 he was elected as rector.His notable books include Militære meninger (1975), Sosiale nettverk og økonomisk makt (2003) and Samfunnsvitenskapelige metoder (2004). He has edited the journal Sosiologisk årbok. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.He has also been a board member of NIFU-STEP.