Lloyd Axworthy P.C., C.C., O.M., is the chair of the World Refugee and Migration Council, an international body established to develop solutions to problems in the current refugee system.
Dr. Axworthy led Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine in 2019.
He recently served as Board Chair of CUSO International, a Canadian-based international development agency and is on the executive committee of the International Institute of Sustainable Development. He is past member of the Boards of the MacArthur Foundation and Human Rights Watch.
From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Axworthy was the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. In his ten years he pioneered community learning programs for Aboriginal and low-income youth.
He served seven years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and twenty-one years as an elected member of the Canadian Parliament, holding several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Employment and Immigration, Western Diversification and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In that position he was known for his work in advancing the Human Security agenda that included the Treaty on anti-personnel land mines, the International Criminal Court, and the Protocol on Child Soldiers.
In 1997, he was nominated by United States Senator Patrick Leahy for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on banning land mines.
In 2002, he was awarded The Order of Canada and in 2016, he was made a Companion – the highest rank of the Order.
In 2004, he published a book, Navigating a New World.
In August 2017, The American Political Science Association awarded him the Hubert H. Humphrey award for notable public service. The United Nations Association awarded him the Lester B. Pearson Pearson Medal.
Lloyd Axworthy holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, and Ph.D from Princeton University. In addition, he has received sixteen honourary doctorates since leaving government.
He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Denise Ommanney. They have three children.
Kehkashan Basu is a UN Human Rights Champion and the Founder President of the Green Hope Foundation. Iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children’s rights, TEDx speaker, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner and a passionate advocate of women’s rights, Kehkashan Basu is a trail blazer who has been challenging the status quo and breaking social strictures and taboos which impede the progress and rights of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, the youngest recipient of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and the Council Lead of the Toronto-St. Paul’s Constituency Youth Council, Canada. Kehkashan is the Founder-President of global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which is accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme and works in 16 countries, using Education for Sustainable Development as a transformative tool. Green Hope Foundation received the Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education out of the Top100 innovations in the world in 2019. Kehkashan is the first recipient of the Gorbachev-Shultz Legacy Award for her work on peace and nuclear disarmament.
Pramod is currently the Chairman of Clix Capital, a financial services business, focused on providing digital platforms and financial services across India. He is also the Chariman of ICRIER, one of India’s foremost Economic Research think tanks. He is also the co-founder of Asha Impact, a virtual social impact investment fund and advocacy platform.
Previously, Pramod founded Genpact, an NYSE listed company, in 1997 and served as the President and CEO until 2011 and is considered the pioneer of the Business Process Management industry. He led GE Capital in India and Asia, with a 25 year career with GE in the US , UK and Asia. He has also built a Skills business across India.
Pramod currently serves on several boards including DLF Ltd, as well as NGOs such as Help Age India, Vishwas, and Villageways. He serves as a Strategic Advisor to Kedaara, a Private Equity firm. He was voted IT Man of the Year, and has been the Chariman of Nasscom and TIE-NCR.
Dr. Esther Brimmer
Dr. Brimmer is the Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
She was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 2009 to 2013. She has served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff.
She was the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and previously was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a visiting professor at the College of Europe. She has published numerous articles and edited eight books. Her work has been translated into five languages.
She has been a senior advisor at McLarty Associates; and earlier an associate at McKinsey & Company.
She received her doctorate and master’s degrees in international relations from Oxford University and her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.
Catherine Constantinides is a prominent South African activist focusing on climate change, food & water security, social justice and human rights. Constantinides’s work began at the age of 16, when she established her first business, SA Fusion, a social enterprise. She was crowned the first Miss Earth South Africa in 2003, and she currently serves as director of Miss Earth South Africa. Constantinides is also the co-founder of Generation Earth, a youth-led environmental organisation. She was the youngest of a group of 20 emerging Africans named as an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow in 2013, and she was chosen to be one of the Mandela Washington Fellows in 2016 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative at the United States Department of State. Constantinides received the South African Young Woman Entrepreneur Award for Women Empowerment in 2012, and in 2016 she received the Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy Award. She has also been recognized with the South African Youth Entrepreneur award at the South African Premier Business Awards.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and an inspiration to people around the world. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha N. Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies at its School of International and Public Affairs, and Chair of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought. From 1990 to 2012 Dr. Desai held a variety of positions at the Asia Society, initially as the Director of the Asia Society Museum and for the last eight years as President and CEO. In addition to several publications, Dr. Desai is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines in both the US and Asia, and her forthcoming memoir, “World as Family: A story of Multi-rooted Belonging,” will be published by Columbia University press in early 2021. Dr. Desai is the recipient of five honorary degrees and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.
Mohsin Mohi Ud Din
Mohsin Mohi Ud Din is an artist, activist, and founder of #MeWe International Inc. (#MeWeIntl), a global non-profit that builds communications and storytelling interventions for psychological wellbeing, leadership development, and community engagement for youth, caregivers, and community building organizations. His work has received honors from the United Nations, SOLVE MIT and Open Ideo. Mohsin’s innovative work has reached more than 5,000 people across more than 12 countries, beginning with his Fulbright Scholarship in 2010. He has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum, United Nations, MIT, TedX, and his work on #MeWeSyria has been published on UNHCR Innovation, VICE, and Al Jazeera.
Richard Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, where he taught for forty years. He currently serves as the director for the Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy project at the Orfalea Center of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he also directs the POMEAS Project on Politics in the Middle East after the Arab Spring project at the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University. Falk has worked with the United Nations in several roles, including serving on a UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories in 2001. In 2008, Falk also began a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 for the UN Human Rights Council. Falk is also the author or coauthor of over 20 books, and he has chaired or served on the board of several organizations including the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara.
Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal and leads on the development, in collaboration with GAIN, of the Food Systems Dashboard. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report, the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition, and the EAT Lancet Commission.
Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Winner of four Grammy® awards and the US National Medal of Arts, she has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée became the first classical artist ever to sing the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl. As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée launched a collaboration with the NIH, with participation by the NEA, focused on the science connecting music, health, and the brain. She has given presentations on this subject with scientists around the world, and in May, she launched a weekly live webinar seen by more than 500,000 viewers in more than 60 countries to date. Her other awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe — Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people.
These ideals have fueled the Mayor’s relentless drive to fulfill our common obligation: to give children and families of every race, faith, background, and income the chance to get a good education, live on safe streets, earn a decent wage, breathe clean air and drink clean water, receive affordable medical and child care, and build a future of their own choosing.
Angelenos are experiencing the remarkable results of his vision and leadership: the Mayor led and won a campaign to pass the boldest local infrastructure initiative in American history, funding a once-in-a-generation expansion of public transportation. He launched the L.A. College Promise, one of the most ambitious higher education access programs in the nation — serving more than 15,000 students, many of whom are overcoming poverty and are the first in their families to pursue the dream of higher education. He is confronting a homelessness crisis by leading an unprecedented regional alliance committed to getting people off the streets and ending chronic homelessness. He put more money in workers’ pockets by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and cut business taxes to help drive a historic economic recovery that has created a record number of jobs in legacy industries like entertainment and aerospace. And in 2018, he formed a historic partnership with the philanthropic sector to refurbish nearly 350 athletic courts across the city — to support his plan for universal sports and fitness programs that are both free and local for all children in Los Angeles.
While Mayor Garcetti has taken on these enormous challenges, he has also reimagined how city government delivers the most basic services. Since July 2013, L.A. has paved 14,750 lane miles of road; cut the average pothole repair time by half; implemented a $1.4 billion plan to repair every sidewalk in every community, and greatly expanded the number of trees in neighborhoods across the city. He created Clean Streets L.A. — a block-by-block assessment of 9,100 miles of streets that identifies neighborhoods with the most needs, and prioritizes delivery of resources. Under his leadership, L.A. has been rated the nation’s best-run city by the Bloomberg What Works Cities initiative and become the number-one solar energy city in America.
The Mayor’s leadership is making an extraordinary impact on the national and international stages: he rallied more than 400 mayors in cities across America to adopt the Paris Climate agreement after the Trump Administration pulled out of the pact. He led the first National Day of Action on Immigration, and has put unprecedented local resources toward providing Dreamers and others with legal aid to fight deportation. He signed America’s strongest earthquake retrofit law to protect thousands of people’s lives from natural disaster. And he successfully led the bid to bring the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States for the first time in more than 30 years. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and Africa and appointed Los Angeles’ first Deputy Mayor for International Affairs to expand L.A.’s global ties and bring more jobs, economic opportunity, culture, education, and visitors to the city.
The Mayor’s government service began on the L.A. City Council, where he spent four terms as Council President before being elected Mayor in 2013 and winning re-election in 2017 by the widest margin in the history of Los Angeles.
Beyond his time at City Hall, Mayor Garcetti has served his country as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and taught at the University of Southern California and Occidental College.
The Mayor received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and later at the London School of Economics. He is also a jazz pianist and photographer.
He and his wife, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, are the proud parents of a daughter, Maya, and have been foster parents for more than a decade.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017, Dr. Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO.
Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. The transformation he led as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health improved access to health care for millions of people. Under his leadership Ethiopia invested in critical health infrastructure, expanded its health workforce, and developed innovative health financing mechanisms.
Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. Dr. Tedros is globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics.
He received the Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag in 2016, and was awarded the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health in 2011.
Mateo is a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax with a proposed major in Political Science with a focus in international politics. Mateo is an administration and events coordinator with OneShared.World.
John Hewko is the General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International, one of the world’s largest service and humanitarian organizations with 36,000 clubs and 1.2 million members throughout the world, and of its foundation, The Rotary Foundation. He oversees the operations of both entities and manages a combined operating budget of almost $500 million and assets of more than $1 billion. Hewko also manages Rotary’s relationship with strategic partners and governments and leads a staff of almost 800 at Rotary’s world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois and in 7 offices outside the United States.
Hewko holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from Oxford University (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar) and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He speaks four languages besides English: Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
A founder of the Women’s Coalition, Bronagh participated in Northern Ireland’s 1996-1998 peace negotiations; then, as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the new Equality Commission, steered implementation of the peace agreement’s equality and good relations provisions.
Bronagh’s career spans public service, academia and non-governmental organisations: Commissioner in Local Government; Northern Ireland Commissioner on the UK Women’s National Commission; Senior Fellow in Governance & Honorary Fellow in Law in Queen’s University Belfast; CEO of several NGOs. She was awarded UK Woman of Europe in 1999Work has taken her across the globe and into international fora. Drawing on the principle of inclusion her work on conflict, democracy, governance and leadership pays attention to empowering women’s participation and leadership in matters of peace and security, political and public life.
Bronagh has facilitated women, peace and security (WPS) planning for multi-lateral bodies, conducted several reviews of Ireland’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and co-authored a WPS guide for Northern Ireland. A UNW senior expert on women’s engagement in peace processes, she serves as senior advisor to the Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy on Syria.
Arnav Jalan is a second-year student at Krea University’s School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is the founder of Moqqua, a collaborative start-up club based in India, alongside a Director of a Home-schooling start-up called Flexi-Ed. Arnav focuses on impact and collaborative growth through strategy and research and is eager to bring his skills to the OneShared.World community.
At university, he enjoys being a part of the Student Government in the position of a Representative of the Academic Committee alongside being a member of the Work-Study Committee at Krea, where he takes on administrative work to set up and aid setting up of different work-study programs on campus. He was recently announced as the winner of the Prospect 100 Global Tech Competition and will be working to implement his idea with his team in the upcoming months.
Arnav is excited and committed to working with a global community at OneShared.World and aims to propel impact through the organization.
Mohamed Abdullahi Jimale
Mohamed Abdullahi Jimale is a humanitarian journalist and storyteller based in the Dabaab Refugee Camps in Kenya. Through his work, Jimale seeks to give refugees around the world a voice and to change the narratives associated with refugees, and he started the only studio in the Dabaab camps in order to give youth the platform to present their talents to the world. He is an editor at Radio Gargaar, a community radio station broadcasting throughout the Dabaab camps. Jimale is an alumni of FilmAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization that uses film to educate and entertain displaced people around the world, where he was a media training assistant. He has also served as the editor of FilmAid’s Refugee Magazine, and he has worked with the UNHCR as a fixer and freelance journalist.
Saran Kaba Jones
Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, an organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa. In late 2014, FACE Africa was at the forefront of Ebola response efforts in Rivercess County, Liberia, where they conducted social mobilization, prevention and awareness and community engagement programs.
Saran is a Board Member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group West/Center Africa, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a TED Fellow. Saran is currently a 2018 Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin focusing on migration from Africa to Europe and German development cooperation with Africa. Most recently she worked on a UNDP migration report (Scaling Fences) that explored the perspectives and experiences of individuals who migrated through irregular routes from Africa to Europe, capturing personal stories of migrants from 39 African countries.
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She is the author of several collections of poetry and prose, including Dark Traffic, which is forthcoming in the 2021 Pitt Poetry Series. She currently teaches poetry and creative nonfiction in the Department of English at Harvard University, is a lecturer in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts University, and was founding faculty of the graduate creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received a 2009 Whiting Writer’s Award for The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, and the 2012 Donald Hall prize for Hyperboreal. She was a 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellow, the Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research in 2014, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, and the 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a 2020-2021 Visiting Fellow of Race and Ethnicity at The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.
Manoj is the founding CEO of Naandi Foundation — one of India’s largest non-profits impacting over 6 million lives across India.
In the last 20 years, Naandi has impacted many of the SDGs through programs like providing nutritious midday meals to 1.3 million government school going children; safe drinking water to over 600,000 people across India; education support to empower over 400,000 young girls; and working with thousands of farmers to make them profitable and come out of abject poverty.
Manoj is also the co-founder of ARAKU Coffee, a globally-acclaimed premium coffee brand. This venture has helped over 100,000 tribal lives to fight climate change and come out of poverty. The agroecology model created here and eponymously named Arakunomics was selected recently by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the Top Ten Vision for Food for 2050.
A Fellow of the World Bank & the Aspen Institute Colorado, USA, Manoj is a laureate of the John P McNulty Prize and was named by The Financial Times London as one of the 25 people to watch out for in India.
L-FRESH The LION
Born and raised in South West Sydney, L-FRESH The LION is one of Australia’s most important Hip Hop artists. From live music venues, stadiums and arenas, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, his music is a powerful statement which speaks of purpose.
In late 2018 he addressed the United Nations Headquarters in New York and shared a stage in London with the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Pakistani human rights and female education activist Malala Yousafzai. L-FRESH The LION was selected as an ambassador for YouTube’s Creators For Change global initiative, with his resulting video RACI$T / OUR WORLD premiering at the Tribeca TV Festival in New York.
Breaking ground and exceeding expectations is a recurring theme of this South West Sydney artist, having performed alongside hip hop icons such as Nas, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and Sir Elton John.
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez is the market leader for Europe and Latin America at Family Office Exchange (FOX). He is responsible for delivering FOX services to current members, and also actively works to expand FOX’s network in Europe and Latin America. He is based in Madrid, but spends half of his time in Latin America. Previously, he worked at UBS Wealth Management in New York, Chile, and other locations in Latin America. He began his career at Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in London and Madrid. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a healthcare visionary, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon.
Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the proud recipient of two of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). She was also honoured with the Order of Australia, Australia’s Highest Civilian Honour in January 2020. In 2016, she was conferred with the highest French distinction – Knight of the Legion of Honour.
She has recently been named as the winner of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades. She has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and also serves as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA.
Jamie Metzl is the Founder and Chair of OneShared.World and a leading technology and geopolitical expert. A science fiction novelist, faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, he was appointed in 2019 to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing global issues and his syndicated columns and other writing are featured in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and the recent bestseller, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, Jamie holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University.
David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. From March 2020, David is appointed Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19. He secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations programs.
David worked for the British government in the 1990s as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. From 1999 to 2017 he held leadership roles in the UN system on disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development. In October 2018, David received the World Food Prize together with Lawrence Haddad for their leadership in raising the profile and building coalitions for action for better nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals.
Joseph S. Nye
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State, and won distinguished service awards from all three agencies. His books include The Future of Power, The Power Game: A Washington Novel, andDo Morals Matter? He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2014, Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun.
Mary Papazian has enjoyed a long career in higher education, as a professor of literature and an academic administrator, and currently serves as president of San Jose State University. Throughout her long career in higher education, she has been committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunity for all, as well as to supporting education’s mission to engage with the significant problems facing our community and our world. She draws her strength from the spirit of her grandparents and their generation of survivors of the Armenian genocide who, despite profound suffering, drew on their internal faith to rebuild their lives and create a foundation for the future.
Ricken is the CEO and Founder of Avaaz, a global civic movement for social change which has rapidly grown since 2007 into the largest online activist community in the world, with over 60 million members in all 194 countries. Ricken was voted “Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics” by the Huffington Post, and named a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum. He was also among Foreign Policy’s 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan and Sudan, working on conflict resolution for various organizations including the International Crisis Group and the International Center for Transitional Justice.
A retired career diplomat from the U.S. Department of State, Annie is a Senior Non-Resident Associate at CSIS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a public commentator on foreign policy. She was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world. Her thirty-year diplomatic career focused on security, rule of law, and human rights policy, and included working in the National Security Council on Central American migration. She was the Director of the $700 million security assistance program in Mexico and the lead human rights officer in Turkey and South Africa. Ms. Pforzheimer received the State Department’s 2001 recognition for human rights reporting, as well as numerous Honor Awards. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the National Defense University, and speaks Spanish.
Jairam Ramesh is presently a Member of Parliament in India and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He has been Minister between 2006 and 2014 handling various portfolios like Rural Development, Commerce, Power and Environment and Forests. He played a key role at the UN Climate Change negotiations at Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun in 2010. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of UNEP’s International Environmental Technologies Centre in Osaka and also been associated with Future Earth and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution. He has held several important positions in the Indian Government and is also a well-known author.
Dr. Naveen Rao is Senior Vice President of the Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation. He leads a team focused on advancing Precision Public Health, empowering community health workers with actionable insights from data and analytic tools to accelerate progress on health outcomes in their communities.
For decades, Dr. Rao has led efforts to equip health care providers with the skills, tools, and technologies necessary for success. He joins the Foundation after 25 years with Merck & Co., Inc., where he led Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality globally and worked as Head of Medical Affairs for Merck’s Asia-Pacific region and Managing Director of Merck’s subsidiary in India.
Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, an American College of Physicians Fellow, and sits on the Medic Mobile Board of Directors. He represents The Rockefeller Foundation on Global Fund ATM’s Private Foundation constituency.
Paula M. Rayman is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts. She served as Chair Advisory Council of SEAChange, American Association for Advancement of Science, and Founding Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2008-2014) at Queens University, Northern Ireland and University of Haifa, Israel. She is the author of Nonviolent Action and Social Change, The Equity Equation, Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work, and numerous research and research-action publications linking economic justice, gender equity and human rights. Professor Rayman has been a lifelong activist and trainer for nonviolent movements in the United States, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. She was named a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Award from UMass Lowell.
Albie Sachs is an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994 – 2009). He began practising as an advocate at the Cape Bar at the age of 21, defending people charged under the racial statutes and security laws of apartheid. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for over five months, Sachs went into exile in England, where he completed a PhD from Sussex University. In 1988, he lost his right arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car in Maputo, Mozambique. After the bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. When he returned home from exile, he served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress. He is the author of several books, including The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law and We, the People: Insights of an activist judge. His latest book is Oliver Tambo’s Dream.
Sachs has travelled to many countries sharing his experiences in order to help heal divided societies.
Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.8 million square km. 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, and 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Omar Sana is the founder of Inveniam Consulting, a Toronto-based consultancy firm working with individual and institutional clients, primarily from the asset management industry. Prior to that he worked in property development, where he was involved in project forecasting, strategic development, and financing. Building off a background in financial analysis, research and analytics, and corporate development, Omar is eager to bring those skillsets to the OneShared.World community.
His passion for sustainability stems from prior experience working on green development projects, and more recently through consultancy work with leaders in the ESG investment space. Omar is also keenly interested in non-profit work. He is a member of the Global Sustainability Network, a coalition of business leaders and institutions, including the Vatican and the Church of England, which is focused on achieving goal 8 of the UN SDGs with a particular focus on the eradication of modern slavery. He is also a member of SWAaT — the Social Welfare Academics and Training Trust — a non-profit focused on providing psychological treatment, educational opportunities, and vocational training to deradicalized Pakistani youth.
Omar graduated with distinction from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University with a Bachelors in Finance.
Shagun’s interests lie at the intersection of social development, globalization and business. She recently graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York, with a Masters in Global Thought, where she was awarded a merit-based fellowship. Shagun currently works as a consultant for corporate social responsibility and not-for-profit work at Grant Thornton and is based in India. Shagun has experience as a researcher and consultant on social impact and developmental projects and has worked for consultancies, policy think tanks, government bodies and nonprofits in this capacity. In 2016, Shagun was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Young Achievers Award.
At OneShared.World, Shagun has been working as a Co-Leader for the Coordinators program, Managing Editor for the weekly newsletter and Coordinator for our engagement team. While working with the young people in our community, Shagun focuses on ensuring inclusivity and diversity in our thoughts, voices and actions.
Jack Sim is the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore, the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Day initiative and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. Jack was named one of 2008 the Heroes of the Environment by Time magazine.
Damdin Tsogtbaatar is a Mongolian politician who served as the country’s Foreign Minister from 2017 to 2020 after his appointment by The State Great Khural. His previous positions in the Mongolian government include State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Nature, Environment, and Tourism, and Minister of Construction and Urban Development. He has served as a member of the Mongolian parliament since 2016. Tsogtbaatar’s governmental service goes back to 1994, when he served as a desk-officer in charge of Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries in the Asia and Africa Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which he worked as the WTO desk-officer for the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation as well as a foreign policy advisor to two different Presidents of Mongolia. Outside the government, he was appointed the CEO of Xillion LLC and BOD Chairman of Lynx Power Core in 2012, where he worked until 2015.
Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is a career diplomat. Before joining the Croatian MFA in 1999, she worked for the UN and the US Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC. She served in embassies in Washington (Head of Political Section) and Belgrade (Deputy Ambassador) ; as the Head of Strategic Analysis and Policy Planning at the MFA (2000-2004); as a Political Director of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (2006-2007); and as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Croatia. She was posted as the EU Ambassador to Albania (2014-2018). As of March 2019, she has been appointed Special Coordinator and Ambassador at Large for Connectivity in the European External Action Service. She is a graduate of Zagreb University (Faculty of Philosophy) and Harvard University (J.F.Kennedy School of Government) and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her scientific work places special emphasis in the areas of reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. The Dean has a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.
For over a decade, Sam Worthington has served as CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations focused on people around the world. At InterAction, Mr. Worthington strengthens the impact and collective voice of the U.S. NGO sector and leads its engagement on a wide range of policy and programs with the highest levels of the U.N., governments, philanthropies, and civil society actors.
Previously Mr. Worthington served as CEO of Plan International USA (1994-2006), and on the executive leadership of Plan International, a large global child rights NGO with programs in 62 countries. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Van Leer Foundations; sits on the U.N. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC); USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aide (ACVFA); Brown University’s Advisory Board on the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and Vice Chair of Forus, a global alliance of NGO platforms.
He was recently a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.