HON. NORMAN INKSTER
CANADA
Past Interpol President
For his contributions in the International Law Enforcement and Peacekeeping
 
EX-PRES. AMOS C. SAWYER
LIBERIA
Former President of Liberia
For Peace Building in Liberia and in the African Continent
   
 
HON. THAKUR S. POWDYEL
BHUTAN
Minister of Education in Bhutan. Advocate of Educational, Academic, Institutional Integrity & Moral Literacy
For his contributions in Education / Academe
 
H.E. SHRI MAYANKOTE KELATH NARAYANAN
INDIA
Governor of West Bengal, India
For Governance and Peacekeeping
   
 
MR. VLADIMIR NIKOLAYEVICH MEGRE
RUSSIA
Author of the world renowned novel “Anastasia” which sold millions of copies worldwide
For Literature
 
DR. JAGDISH GANDHI
INDIA
Founder of the City Montessori School in Lucknow, the largest school in the world (Guinness Book of World Records) . Descendant of the great Mohandas Gandhi
For his significant contributions to world peace through Education
   
 
H.E. PHONGSAVATH BOUPHA
LAOS
Minister, Head of the President's Office; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao PDR to the People's Republic of China; instrumental in representing the Lao Govermentt Sub-regional and regional architectures as well as international arena.
For International Diplomacy
 
PHRA MAHA VUDHIJAYA VAJIRAMEDHI
THAILAND
Founder of online Dhamma Forum. Educator and one of the world leaders of Buddhism
For Social Services and Spiritual Leadership
   
 
ARCHT. FELINO PALAFOX, JR.
PHILIPPINES
World Renowned Filipino Architect
For Architecture with Global Excellence and Urban Planning
 
MADAM DIANA URIBE
COLOMBIA
Renowned Journalist in Latin America. Recipient of Simon Bolivar Award
For Journalism
   
 
EX-PRES. JAMES R. MANCHAM
SEYCHELLES
Founder and Former President of the Republic of Seychelles
For Statesmanship
 
REV. FR. RICHARD RYAN HO LUNG (M.O.P.)
JAMAICA
Founder & Superior General, Missionaries of the Poor, Kingston; Established four apostolic projects serving the poor in Jamaica, India, Philippines, Haiti, & Uganda, Africa
For International Humanitarianism, Social Services & Spiritual Leadership
   
 
PROF. VIKTOR MEDIKOV
RUSSIA
Contributed to a new understanding of the world’s economic processes (Macroeconomics); co-author of the strategic economic development program in Russia.
For Scientific Research
 
SEN. EMANUEL JONES
USA
Senator, Atlanta, Georgia
For Legislation and Peace Building
   
 
DR. THOMAS K. STERN
USA
Chairman, The One World Institute
For Social Services and International Humanitarianism
 
DR. YOLANDA O. STERN
USA
President, The One World Institute; Founder of “Pearls for Peace”
For Social Services and International Humanitarianism
   
 
OMAR ZULFU LIVANELI
TURKEY
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. One of the world's most outstanding cultural and artistic figures and film directors
For cultural heritage and cinematic excellence
 
ROLAND MOSL
AUSTRIA
Founder of Planetary Engineering Group Earth, dedicated on new concepts and inventions to lead humanity to the age of solar energy
For scientific research on solar power
   
 
HON. AYKUT EKEN
BELGIUM
Secretary General and Treasurer of TURKEY World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), Honorary Consul General of Jamaica in Turkey and Founder of several NGOs
For International Diplomacy and NGO's
 

EX-PRES. BEHGJET PACOLLI

KOSOVO
Former President and First Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo
For Economics and Governance
   
PROFILES
 
   
 
HON. NORMAN INKSTER
CANADA
Past Interpol President
 

Norman Inkster is President of INKSTER Incorporated. He is a recognized expert in national and international law enforcement.

Norman had a distinguished 36 year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s largest law enforcement agency. He rose through the ranks to become Commissioner, the highest ranking officer responsible for all aspects of the organization’s 21,000 employees and budget.

While serving as Commissioner, Norman was also Canada’s delegate to INTERPOL. He was elected as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee and as Vice President for the Americas. Norman became the President of INTERPOL from 1992 to 1994.

As Commissioner of the RCMP, Norman inaugurated the participation of the RCMP in Peace Keeping operations, a practice which continues today. Members of the RCMP act as support to the Canadian presence and the local civilian authorities.

Retiring in 1994 from the RCMP, Norman joined KPMG Forensic in Canada. He was appointed to manage KPMG Forensic for Canada and subsequently became the Global Managing Partner of KPMG Forensic. In 1003, Norman became a partner with the international law firm of Gowling, Lafleur Henderson LLP.
Norman acted as a Special Advisor to the Auditor General of Canada, and following 9/11 was appointed as a special advisor to the Government of Ontario.

In 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada as Chair of Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security appointed Norman.

In 2007, Norman participated in a review of structure of the RCMP and in 2009, he was appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to a Task Force reviewing the security of Canadian Missions overseas.
Norman was appointed by the Secretary of Public Safety of Mexico to an International Council of Experts.
Norman sits on the Boards of several companies in Canada and the USA.

Norman is an officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.

 
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EX-PRES. AMOS C. SAWYER
LIBERIA
Former President of Liberia
 

Professor Amos C. Sawyer is a Liberian citizen who has worked tirelessly for peace and the establishment of democratic governance in his home country as well as for the establishment and strengthening of institutions and processes of democratic governance and development in Africa.  He has a distinguished record of public service in Liberia and Africa and an impressive record of academic achievements. 

After the military takeover in Liberia in 1980, he was called upon to head the National Constitution Commission to draft a new constitution for Liberia, as a major part of the transition to civilian rule.  In 1990, when Liberia was engulfed in civil war, he was called upon to serve as President of the Interim Government of National Unity and tasked with the responsibility of leading the search for peace among Liberians.  Since Liberia’s return to constitutional rule, following the holding of democratic elections in 2005, Professor Sawyer has been active in the efforts to ensure that Liberia’s institutions and processes of governance are more accountable, participatory, efficient and effective, meeting standards of good governance. At the request of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he took up the position of Chairman of the Governance Reform Commission of Liberia (now Governance Commission of Liberia), the body charged with the responsibility of crafting reform policies and implementation strategies for good governance in post-conflict Liberia.

On the African continent, Professor Sawyer is well known for his work in promotion of democratic governance and socio-economic development through regional integration. He has led numerous missions on peacebuilding and elections observation and has been deeply involved in the strengthening of civil society and the building of African capacity to sustain institutions and processes of democratic governance.   He now serves as a Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an affiliate of NEPAD. The Panel of Eminent Persons, at full strength, consists of seven distinguished Africans. Members of the Panel have the responsibility of leading technical missions to review the performance of APRM member-countries in critical areas of political, economic and social governance.  He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS).   More recently, Professor Sawyer and a number of other distinguished Africans have become involved in an initiative to establish the Pan-African Centre for Youth Development. 

Professor Sawyer earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in the United States in 1973. As an academic, he served as Associate Professor of Political Science in the University of Liberia in the late 70s and as Dean of the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in the early 1980s. From 2000 to 2009, he was a professor at Indiana University, serving as Research Scientist and Co-director of the public policy institute called The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. A colleague of Professor Sawyer and fellow co-director of the Workshop, in the person of Professor Elinor Ostrom, is the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences. Professor Sawyer has published widely on issues and challenges of democratization, governance and peace building in Africa.  His book, The Emergence of Autocracy in Liberia, Tragedy and Challenge (published 1992) is still considered a seminal work on Liberian political economy. His more recent book, Beyond Plunder, Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia (published 2005) makes an important contribution to the analysis of governance breakdown as well as the formulation of post-conflict recovery policies in Liberia with significant lessons for other post-conflict African countries. 

Professor Sawyer is married to Thelma Duncan Sawyer, a professional social worker. They have four children.

 
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HON. THAKUR S. POWDYEL
BHUTAN
Minister of Education in Bhutan. Advocate  of Educational / Academic / Institutional Integrity & Moral Literacy
 

Some 45 odd years ago, when Thakur S Powdyel gingerly took the first reluctant steps through the gates of the village primary school in the extremely remote Maney village of Dorokha sub-district in south-west Bhutan, he had no inkling of what fate had in store for him. Today, decades later, he sits at the helm of the “noble sector” in Bhutan. He is a Member of Bhutan’s Cabinet and the serving Minister of Education, the first to be democratically elected after Bhutan became a parliamentary democracy in 2008.

Foregoing many other opportunities Thakur S Powdyel became a teacher in 1984, primarily following the persuasions of his heart. A good part of his teaching career, thereafter, was spent in Sherubtse College, until recently the only premier academy of general tertiary education in Bhutan. As the formidable and legendary Vice Principal of the College for a decade and a half he played a critically instrumental and seminal role in shaping the identity, character and vision of the institution and in molding the lives of hundreds of young Bhutanese among whom are teachers, lecturers & professors, doctors, engineers, scientists, journalists, actors and filmmakers, administrators, lawyers, judges and justices, parliamentarians and ministers.

Charged with a deeply-held conviction that a nation is only as good as its education system and its teachers, Thakur S Powdyel has persevered consistently all throughout his career to reclaim the “nobility” of the teaching profession by building and enhancing the image of teachers and by encouraging and motivating all teachers to discover the soul behind their role.  

Thakur S Powdyel, who was most recently Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, is a philosopher politician, a thinker and intellectual, an unabashed patriot and nationalist, a passionate environmentalist and lover of nature, a teacher, academician and scholar extraordinaire, a deeply convinced and unquestionable humanist and a man of wholesome goodness, honesty and virtues.

Powdyel is also a passionate and erudite proponent of the deeply humanizing and profoundly elevating concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a development philosophy conceived, promoted and implemented as an instrument of state policy by the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Reign 1972-2006). He has spoken and written extensively on the subject within Bhutan and to a larger international audience abroad. As the Minister of Education, Thakur S Powdyel has been striving hard to enhance, promote and advance GNH through the education system primarily by spearheading the concept of “Green Schools” – encompassing the natural, intellectual, academic, social, cultural, spiritual, aesthetic and moral dimensions. Powdyel sincerely believes that if all the nations in the world are able to cultivate these different dimensions of a green school, the world will be so much greener, so much more chaste, so much better and, to that extent, SO MUCH STRONGER.  

Besides teaching and education Powdyel’s other major abiding interest is in the life of nations and the idea of nationhood, national integrity, social harmony and human dignity. He writes regularly on these themes and has shared his ideas and hopes at home and abroad. Thakur S Powdyel’s soul-stirring big little book, As I am, So Is My Nation, is a statement of his dreams and deepest beliefs. It is Powdyel’s idea of Bhutan, and the world, at its best.
Thakur S Powdyel is married to Bhakti and has three children: Bunu, Bubun and Asheek.

 
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H.E. SHRI MAYANKOTE KELATH NARAYANAN
INDIA
Governor of West Bengal, India
 

Mayankote Kelath Narayanan was born in New Delhi in 1934. He had his early education in Delhi and Shimla before he went to Madras for his High School and University education. He is an alumnus of the Loyala College, Madras, and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Madras.After a brilliant academic career, Mr. Narayanan joined the IPS in 1955. He passed out as the best all-round officer of the 1955 batch.  After a brief spell in the erstwhile State of Madras, he spent the rest of his career under the Government of India.  During this period, he dealt primarily with Intelligence, Security and Strategic matters. Mr. Narayanan was the Director of the Intelligence Bureau and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee from 1987 to 1992.  He superannuated in 1992. 

Mr. Narayanan is the recipient of several Distinguished Service Medals, including the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.  He was also awarded the prestigious National Award, Padma Shri, in 1992 for his services to the country. 

Mr. Narayanan has spent a lifetime – over 35 years – in the field of Intelligence, Strategic matters and Security. During this period, he has dealt extensively with a whole range of issues concerning internal, national and global security, including aspects such as Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, Strategic Analysis, etc.

At different stages of his career, has been involved in the revamping and restructuring of the Intelligence and Security structures of the country.  More recently, he was a key member of the Task Force for revamping the Intelligence Setup constituted in 2000 and in 2009 oversaw as the National Security Advisor the work of the Task Force on the Intelligence Mechanism (2008-2009).  He also headed the Prime Minister’s Task Force (2009) on Developing an Integrated Capability to address Internal Security Challenges.  Apart from this he has been on several expert panels and is frequently consulted on all security issues. 

Mr. Narayanan was appointed in May 2004 as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.  In January 2005, he assumed charge as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.  As National Security Advisor, his responsibilities included assisting the Prime Minister on Foreign Policy and Defence matters, National Security issues, including Internal Security and Intelligence, and nuclear and space matters.  He also led India in institutionalized security and strategic dialogues with several countries including Brazil, France, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA.  He was also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for boundary talks with China.

Mr. Narayanan took over as the Governor of the State of West Bengal on January 24, 2010.

 
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MR. VLADIMIR NIKOLAYEVICH MEGRE
RUSSIA
Author of the world renowned novel “Anastasia” which sold millions of copies worldwide
 

Vladimir Nikolayevich Megre (born 23 July, 1950 in Kuznichi village, Gorodnyansky District, Chernigov Region in Ukraine), the author of The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series, was a well-known entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother Efrosinia Verkhusha, a village healer.
As a teenager Vladimir occasionally visited Father Feodorit, a priest of the Trinity-Sergiyev Monastery. Later he was shown there the picture «The One and Only» which he described in his second book before the picture was revealed to the world.

Vladimir started an independent life early and left the parents’ house at the age of 16. Since 1974 he lived in Novosibirsk and worked as a photographer with Novosibirskoblfoto, a service company.

At the beginning of Perestroika (reforms of the late 1980s) he was the president of the Inter-Regional Association of Siberian Entrepreneurs. In 1994-5 he organized two large-scale trade expeditions with a fleet of river steamers along the River Ob along the route Novosibirsk — Salekhard — Novosibirsk at his own expense. On this trip, an encounter with Anastasia in the Siberian taiga changed his entire life.

It had been a secret for a long time for relatives and friends what made him, an entrepreneur with ten years experience, to pledge his property and spend his savings on unprofitable trading trips. The mystery was revealed in his books with Anastasia as the main character. Vladimir Megre brought something really invaluable from the trips.
Throughout 1996-2006 nine books were written by Vladimir Megre (The Ringing Cedars of Russia Series: Anastasia, The Ringing Cedars of Russia, The Space of Love, Co-Creation, Who Are We?, Book of Kin, The Energy of Life, The New Civilization, Rites of Love).

By now 11 millions copies of the books translated into 20 languages have been sold. In 1999 Megre established the Anastasia Foundation for Culture and Creative Support in the city of Vladimir and launched the site www.anastasia.ru. Readers’ and press conferences take place in Russia and abroad.

The most active readers of the Ringing Cedars Series are united into non-profit organizations aimed at establishing kin estates. The last book «Anasta» came out in 2010. The author is planning to write a script based on his books.

 
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DR. JAGDISH GANDHI
INDIA
Founder of the City Montessori School in Lucknow, the largest school in the world (Guinness Book of World Records) . Descendant of the great Mohandas Gandhi
 

The life of Jagdish Gandhi, founder of the City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow (winner of the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education and recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as world’s largest school by pupils with now over 41,000 students on roll) has been marked with a single- minded dedication to his self-chosen mission in life — promotion of world unity and world peace as enshrined in the ancient Indian tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World is One Family) through meaningful and value-based education to children.

Born on 10 November 1936 in a poor peasant family, Dr Gandhi was inspired since early childhood, to work in the service of society by his Uncle Prabhu Dayal, a well known social worker and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Another person who left a deep impression on Dr Gandhi was Raja Mahendra Pratap, a great crusader of the World Federation, who inspired young Jagdish. The third person to deeply influence the thinking of young Jagdish Gandhi was Saint Vinoba Bhave, disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. Later in life, Dr Gandhi personally met Saint Vinoba several times and was so inspired by him that he chose Vinoba's clarion call Jai Jagat (Glory be to the World) as the school motto for CMS.

As a student, Dr Gandhi sold newspapers and gave private tuitions so that he could continue his studies and attend Lucknow University, from where he graduated. As a university student, Dr Gandhi organised many conferences, seminars and debates with the objective of bringing about a change in the mindset and mental outlook of students. His helpful nature and cooperative spirit saw him get elected as the President of the University Students Union.

As a committed social worker dedicated to serving humanity for life, Dr Gandhi, had made up his mind to stay unmarried forever as he thought he would not be able to find a suitable wife equally dedicated to his cause. However, when he saw his future wife Bharti at a religious gathering singing devotional songs, dressed in simple cotton saree, he recognised his soul mate. After the ceremony the bride and the groom publicly swore to dedicate their lives to serving the society by educating children to become world citizens and to continue striving for world unity and world peace.

Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi together established the City Montessori School (CMS) in 1959 in rented accommodation and with only five students on roll. The first words written on the slates of the first batch of five students were Jai Jagat.. Over the last 51 years, hundreds of thousands of students have passed out from of the portals of CMS, reinforced with virtues and values of World Unity and World Peace, and equipped with a global perspective to successfully face the challenges of tomorrow.

Under Dr Gandhi’s inspiration, CMS has developed an extensive peace education programme aimed at building the defenses of peace in the minds of children, because wars first begin in the minds of men. The tools used to attain this objective include daily prayer assembly, all religion prayers, World Peace Prayer, Peace Poles and the World Citizen’s Dress, a CMS novelty created to inculcate awareness about oneness of humankind and our common cultural roots.
Under the leadership of Dr Jagdish Gandhi CMS organizes 32 international events regularly. At these events children not only match wits and wisdom against each other in various competitions, but are also exposed to CMS philosophy of world unity, world peace and interfaith dialogue.

Since 2001, Dr Gandhi has been convening annual International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World wherein CMS students present ‘Children’s Appeal to World Judiciary’ on behalf of world’s two billion children and generations-yet-to-born, asking them to safeguard children’s right to inherit a safe and healthy ecology by ensuring enactment of enforceable international law by a duly-constituted world law making body. These conferences have drawn massive support worldwide with 405 chief justices and judges from 95 countries have attended these annual International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World.

Dr Gandhi also introduced the concept of Quality Circles in Education, for which he was presented Quality Pioneer Award by H.E. Cassam Utteem, the then President of Mauritius. Incidentally, Student Quality Circles have been mandatory in all schools in Mauritius.

When India's premier Board for Public Education, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi, decided to commence a national award in memory of the great Indian visionary, educationist and poet, Henry Vivian Derozio, Dr Jagdish Gandhi was the unanimous choice of the Jury as the first recipient of the honour.
In 2009, Bashkir State Pedagogical University, Ufa, Russia awarded honorary Doctorate to Jagdish Gandhi for striving to create ‘a World Fit for Children and Generations yet-to-be born’.

 
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H.E. PHONGSAVATH BOUPHA
LAOS
Minister, Head of the President's Office; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao PDR to the People's Republic of China; was instrumental in representing the Lao Govermentt Sub-regional and regional architectures as well as international arena.
 

Phongsavath BOUPHA was born on 10 June 1946 in Luang Prabang Province, has graduated with Master Degree in Laws from People’s Friendship University in Moscow in 1972. Soon after returning to his home country, he joined the Lao Patriotic Front (LPF) in Huaphanh Province during which he was handed responsibility to mobilize local people’s involvement and support for improving the social and economic livelihood at the grassroots level from 1972-1973.
He served as official at the External Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Lao Patriotic Front in Viengsay, Huaphanh Province from 1973-1975. During this same period, he frequently accompanied the leaders of the LPF to visit some friendly countries and to receive foreign guests visited the liberated zone. After the foundation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975, Phongsavath BOUPHA was assigned to the post of Deputy Chief of Cabinet to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane and supervised all routine work. From 1977-1981, he was appointed as First Secretary and Chargé d’Afaires a.i. of the Lao PDR Embassy in Moscow . After concluding his mission abroad, he returned to Vientiane and assumed the position of Deputy Director General, then Acting Director General of the Department No. 1 (in charge of Socialist Countries) in the Ministry from 1981-1982. He was then promoted as Director General of the same Department and concurrently held the post of Director General of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 1984-85. During the same period, he was also responsible for a variety of portfolios including the preparation of different principle document on bilateral and multilateral cooperation related to political, economic, cultural and social schemes. Likewise, he was actively involved in the negotiation process for the normalisation of bilateral relations between the Lao PDR and the People’s Republic China.

From 1988-1992, Phongsavath BOUPHA assumed his term of office as the First Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao PDR to the People’s Republic of China after normalization of bilateral relations. At the same time he has accredited as Ambassdor Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the D.P.R Korea with Residence in Beijing. Upon the termination of his term of mission, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was appointed to the post of Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs . Through out his long-standing tenure as Vice-Minister(18th years), Phongsavath BOUPHA has served as Standing Vice Minister and as Acting Minister, actively involved in implementing foreign policy of the Lao Government under which, many inportant initiatives have been undertaken including the Lao PDR’s accession into ASEAN and the preparation for integration into regional and global spheres. He has been in charge as chairman of the Lao National border commission with Vietnam, P.R.China, Myanmar and Cambodia from 1993 to 2007. He has also been instrumental in representing the Lao Government at sub-regional and regional architectures including Triangle Development Cooperation, Greater Mekong Sub-region as well as at international arena involving the areas of political, security, international laws and human right, among others. Within the United Framework, he has led the Lao delegation to several global events including meetings on LDCs and UNESCAP sessions.

Since August 2010, Phongsavath BOUPHA has been appointed as Minister, Head of the President’s Office. Apart from his formal duties, Phongsavath BOUPHA has been a regular guest lecturer on Global Affairs at the National University of Laos, Institute of Foreign Affairs and also served as facilitators at different international forums. He has also published many articles on some important political event and a book entitle “The Evolution of Lao State” in 1996 in Lao language, which was translated and published in English in 2002. He has received numerous medals and honors from the Lao Government as well as from some friendly country and in 2010, he was awarded the Academic Title as Honorary Doctor and Professor of the Moscow international Higher Business School “MIRBIS”(Institute), Phongsavath BOUPHA is married and has 2 daughters. His language proficiency includes English, French, Russian and Spanish.

 
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PHRA MAHA VUDHIJAYA VAJIRAMEDHI
THAILAND
Founder of online Dhamma Forum. Educator & one of the world leaders of Buddhism
 

Phra Maha Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi, widely known by his pseudonym V. Vajiramedhi, is currently the Director of the Vimuttayalaya Institute, an alternative educational establishment for the promotion of Buddhism and World Peace. He is a notable clerical scholar, thinker, writer, spiritual leader, visionary and revolutionary “who has given a face-lift to the course of the dissemination of Buddhism in Thailand”.

Phra Maha Vudhijaya was born on January 29th, 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Buddhist Studies and the ninth level of formal Buddhist ecclesiastical study. He has since dedicated himself to a new approach of Buddhist dissemination called ‘Applied Buddhism’ using an integrated variety of ‘dhammic innovations’ resulting in accessible, easy-to-understand, trendy, rational and non-superstitious teachings.
For this purpose, he founded, in 2007, the ‘Vimuttayalaya Institute,’ the missions of which include (1) Education (2) Dissemination (3) Social development, and (4) Fostering of world peace. He is a thinker and writer with more than 120 titles in publication, some of which have been adapted into a popular television series and translated into other languages, such as English, French, Chinese and Indonesian Bahasar, etc. Moreover, he is a well-respected international figure who has his place among the prominent spiritual leaders.

He has initiated the use of information technology to be applied effectively in the dissemination of Buddhism. Among his multiple accomplishments, he has established the website www.dhammatoday.com, created online social networks of Facebook, Twitter, Ebook, YouTube and Podcasts pages, and made integrated use of the mass media, radio and television broadcast, print media and cultural attractions such as drama, music, commercials, animation, yoga and sports, as effective and attractive channels of communication. Academically, he initiated and set up an educational peace programme called ‘Humanised Education’ in order to lay firm foundations for world peace, based on the Buddhist philosophy “Individual peace makes for the universal peace for mankind.”

 
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ARCHT. FELINO PALAFOX, JR.
PHILIPPINES
World Renowned Filipino Architect
 

On 16 March 1950, Felino Palafox, Jr. was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. His father, Dr. Felino Palafox, is a UST Medical Alumnus and his mother is Natividad Albano.

At the age of 13, he entered the Christ the King Seminary where he had a Classical Secondary Education. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Two years later, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning at the University of the Philippines through a scholarship from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In 2003, he graduated in Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) for Real Estate at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He worked at the Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of the Department of Public Works Transportation and Communication (DPWTC). He was a Project Officer for UNDP Manila Bay Region Strategic Planning Project, and a Senior Planner/Team Leader for Development Planning of the World Bank-funded MMetroplan (Metro Manila Transport Land Use and Development Planning Project) - a joint project of the Government of the Philippines and Halcrow Fox of London.

In 1975, he married Wilma Villanueva; they had their first daughter (Chin) a year later. In 1977, at age of 27, he was name-hired to work in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the Town Planning Department of Dubai Municipality. He collaborated with multinational and professional staff for four years. Karmi, their second daughter was born in Dubai in March of 1981.

Their last child, Philip Khalil was born in Manila in 1982. Upon Architect Palafox’s return to the country, he worked with Henry Sy, Sr. of the SM Group of Companies and with the Ayala Corporation where he was an Architect, Urban Planner and Assistant Vice President of the Technical Planning Staff. Eventually in July 1989, he founded Palafox Associates where he works both as an architect and urban planner. Among his first clients were the Sys, the Ocampos, Taipans and Sheiks.

He has led Palafox Associates to be included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World (London-based World Architecture Magazine-no. 94 in 2006); awarded BCI Asia’s Leader in Architecture for 7 consecutive years, and the only ISO 9001 and 14001 certified design firm in the Philippines for Architecture, Planning and Design by TÜV Germany. He is registered as an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect.
He is a recipient of several local and international awards such as the Ambassador for Peace from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace given in New York, Most Outstanding Architect given by the City of Manila, and Most Outstanding Resident for Community Development given by the City of Makati. Recently, he was included in People Asia’s People of the Year (2010) and BizNews Asia’s The Best of the Best in 2010.
 He is also an active officer of various organizations: Environment Committee Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Member and Past Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Manila, Governor of the Global Peace Association-Philippines, Member and Past Chairman of FIABCI Philippines, Member of the National Real Estate Association, Lifetime Member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines, Member and Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Philippines-UAE Business Council; international associate/member of international organizations like the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers; and Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - all based in the USA.

Throughout the 22 years of Palafox Associates, he continues to guide his company with the utmost of integrity.  In 2011, he was elected President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), a 60-year-old management organization whose members represent a cross-section of CEOs, COOs and other top management practitioners from various multinational companies in the Philippines. As the President of MAP, he proposed to undertake the theme “MAPping a Culture of Integrity,” which aims to address corruption for good governance, criminality for better peace and order, and climate change for protection and enhancement of the environment.

 
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MADAME DIANA URIBE
COLOMBIA
Renowned Journalist in Latin America. Recipient of Simon Bolivar Award
 

Diana Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied philosophy and became very interested with history. For several years she was a schoolteacher, from there she started teaching in universities as well. This experience later helped her to explain historical events in an interesting and fun way. In the late 90’s she started working in national radio as an international analyst. Due to her success, in the same year she was given a radio show for herself. “Word History” grew in popularity over the years and today, more than a decade later, there is still a new episode aired every week.
Henceforth she has received many invitations to see for herself many different countries so that she may latter tell their stories. For instance, she was invited by the European Union to travel to Germany and research about its reunification. She was also invited by the UNESCO to tour the Golden Route and the patrimonial towns of Brazil. In addition she accepted an invitation by the Japan Foundation to travel to Japan to learn much more about their culture.

Diana Uribe, thanks to her particular style, has become a kind of window for the Colombian people into the world. She is constantly learning about different cultures to introduce them to mass audiences. For this reason, whenever there is a mayor event happening in another part of the world, the local television stations make sure to ask for her analysis of the situation. This began with the invasion of the United States in Irak. Her historical explanations of the situation were broadcasted on national television live during the first weeks of the attack. In recognition for this kind of work, she was awarded the Simon Bolivar award for journalism in the category of best cultural emission, the most prestige award in Colombia of that sort.

Recently she has embarked on new projects, such as cultural and research travels to a great range of places: from Mali to Vietnam, including Eastern Europe, Russia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and more. With her as the cultural guide, she gives the travellers a historic perspective on what they’re experiencing. Meanwhile, she herself studies and learns new things about the places that she is visiting. On the other hand, Diana Uribe has recently published two books that include audio tapes. “La historia de las civilizaciones” (The history of Civilizations), a book that seeks to provide some perspective into the configuration of our world, and “La historia de las independencias”, a work destined to commemorate the bicentennial of South America’s independence. The former was an immediate bestseller in Colombia and, at that, it was the first best-seller in several years that was neither a foreign book nor a sordid story about mafia wars.

Nowadays it is clear that the work of her life is the search of expanding knowledge to all people. She has worked for many years to provide a bridge between the public and the academia and, in doing so she has become increasingly interested in the specific subject of peace making and reconciliation methods. Her work as a historian could be described as the process of teaching about peace processes to mass audiences. With these in mind, she created a cultural centre in which civilization may come together in search to expand the cultural diversity. In early 2010 the House of History, directed by her, met its inauguration.

 
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EX-PRES. JAMES R. MANCHAM
SEYCHELLES
Founder and Former President of the Republic of Seychelles
 

Sir James Mancham, KBE born on 11th August 1939, Mahe ,Seychelles,  was the first President of the strategically-located archipelago when it became an independent sovereign republic on 29th June 1976. Before that, when Seychelles was still under British Colonial rule – he was for four years Chief Minister and five years Prime Minister.
Whilst Sir James was in London attending a Commonwealth Heads of government Summit, which coincided with the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II – his Prime Minister F.A. Rene staged a coup d’état on the 5th of June 1977 which forced him to live in exile for more than 15 years.

During his exiled years, Sir James became active in promoting joint-ventures and transfer of technology from hid London-base. He was also for over eight years President of the Berlin Airways Company.
In April 1992, the man who led the coup against him and introduced one-party rule, was pressured to return the country to multi-party democracy – invited Sir James to return to contribute his share. More than half of the population was in the airport to welcome him on his return but instead of adopting a confrontational posture, Sir James said that he had returned as the “Apostle of National Reconciliation”. Of course this was not unexpected because whilst in exile, he was an active advocate of reconciliation within nations and between nations.

Sir James is today an influential actor on the international stage. Once President of the Global Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation, he is today co-Chairman of the Global Peace Festival, which is very active in Kenya, Nepal, Cambodia and Korea. He is also a member of the Academic Council of the European Center for Peace Development, which focuses on bringing peace and reconciliation within the Balkans. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy based in Berlin and the World Future Council based in Hamburg. He is also Vice-President if the International Jurists Association which conferred on his last year the Association’s Peace Award. He is also a pioneer member of the World Entrepreneurs Forum, which promotes the notion that “entrepreneurs must not only be creators of wealth but also promoters of social justice”. Sir James is also a member of the Committee of the Wise and Elders of COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), in which capacity he recently participated in a Pre-Election Assessment Mission on behalf of the Organization of African Unity in Cairo, Egypt.
Sir James has written several books including:- Paradise raped, Adages of an Exile, Peace of Mind, War on America –Seen from the Indian Ocean.

A colorful and energetic figure, he has been dubbed as the “Trudeau of the East” and “The Hemmingway of the Indian Ocean”. This is what Alan Baily of the Times of London Wrote about him – “James Mancham is the first President of Seychelles, on of the several firsts achieved by the remarkable man. He is ambitious, politically shrewd, and a devoted Seychellois. He has the flamboyance of a Trudeau, the political determination of a Lee Kuan Yewm and the stamina for travel of a Kissinger”.

“I admire Sir James’ tenacity and even more than that, his historical reflections as an objective view rather than subjective. I have great admiration for his achievements; best of all, his devout interest in global peace.” –Reverend Delmer Tripp Robinson, ThD, PhD, EdDM; Archbishop (Emeritus) – The Anglican Church USA
“Sir James R. Mancham, the first President of the Republic of Seychelles, has become a visionary and passionate spokesman for the peoples of the Small Island States, a trail-blazer for peace across the oceans for he is truly a ‘Global Citizen’ and a powerful advocate for our vision of ‘One Family Under God’” –Jose De Venecia; Five-time speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives

“Sir James is a unique Seychellois and global citizen. The traces left behind by his journey show he is a man of grandeur d’esprit, joie de vivre, compassion, insight, inborn charisma and leadership. When a man of such caliber speaks, wise men listen.” –J.C. Ahweng, PhD; University of Nagoya, Japan

Sir James today publishes a bi-monthly magazine, “Voice of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea (VIOAS). With the big powers certainly engaged in an intriguing political chess game in the Indian Ocean – there is no doubt that VIOAS is a magazine whose time has come.

 
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REV. FR. RICHARD RYAN HO LUNG (M.O.P.)
JAMAICA
Founder & Superior General, Missionaries of the Poor, Kingston; Established four apostolic projects serving the poor in Jamaica, India, Philippines, Haiti, & Uganda, Africa
 

Fr. Richard Ryan Ho Lung was born on September 17, 1939, the son of Buddhist parents William and Janet Ho Lung, in St. Mary, Jamaica. He joined the Society of Jesus in August 1959, and remained in the Jesuits until July 19, 1981, when he founded the Missionaries of the Poor. As a Jesuit, he attained Master’s Degrees in Philosophy, English and Divinity and a Doctorate in the Humanities from Universities in the USA. He was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood on July 04, 1971. As a Jesuit he taught literature, theology and psychology at the University of the West Indies, St. Michael’s Seminary and St. George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica and at Boston College, in Boston, USA.

As founder of the Missionaries of the Poor, Father Ho Lung gathered and formed young men from the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, East Africa, Indonesia and the USA into a religious society of Brothers and Priests, which became the first Male Religious Order in the Catholic Church founded in the Caribbean. As Founder and Father General, he operates and maintains projects of housing the homeless, educating, feeding and healing the poor and needy, and provides spiritual nourishment to tens of thousands of people at 23 mission centers in eight countries. Today Missionaries of the Poor has over 600 Religious Brothers and Priests providing a powerful witness to countless people through the inspiration and leadership of Father Richard Ho Lung. He has also formed groups of Lay Associates in these countries who augment and extend the Spirituality and the Works of the Missionaries of the Poor.

As a young priest, Father Ho Lung launched Father Ho Lung and Friends in 1971, an ensemble of talented singers, dancers and musicians, which has staged numerous religious and cultural concerts and operas in theatres in Jamaica, USA, Canada, Europe and around the world. This great cultural feat and the hundreds of liturgical songs he has composed have been a powerful response, to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization.

In August 1993, during his memorable visit to Jamaica, Pope John Paul II singled out Father Ho Lung in a gesture of recognition of his Charisma and outstanding apostolate at the Cathedral of Kingston, Jamaica. Needless to say, Father Ho Lung has received numerous awards in his long, passionate, career of sterling service to humanity. Some of the more prominent accolades are: The Martin Luther King Awarded for “outstanding Individual of Jamaica” towards the contribution and dedication to caring for the poor and commitment to the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, 1993; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) awarded by the University of the West Indies, 2007 in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the field of humanitarian and educational programs and works of compassion. Also, the Order of Jamaica (OJ) award, the highest national award of honor given to Jamaican citizens by the Government of Jamaica for outstanding contributions to religion, and the service of the poor and the disenfranchised people of Jamaica. In addition, in 2010, Father Ho Lung was numbered among the 10 heroic priests of the year by the German Catholic Church spearheaded by the Aid to Church in Need Catholic Organization in Germany.

Father Ho Lung has been in the forefront of the modern media especially the Tele-Evangelism of EWTN which has offered hundreds of hours of interviews, homilies and portrayals of the mission and the vision of the Missionaries of the Poor since the year2000. Father Ho Lung appears regularly on EWTN in the Program: “Church and the Poor” witnessing to the words of Jesus: “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it unto to Me” – Mt.25:40.

 
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PROF. VIKTOR MEDIKOV
RUSSIA
Contributed to a new understanding of the world’s economic processes (Macroeconomics); co-author of the strategic economic development program in Russia.
 

Viktor Medikov was born on September 16,1950 and grew up in Siberia in Stalinsk (nowadays Novokuznetsk) Kemerovo region, a huge mining-metallurgical centre of Russia. He successfully studied in the secondary school in his native town. In 1973 graduated from the Siberian State Industrial University as an economical engineer. After graduating he stayed in the University to work at the Department of Economics and Production Organization. He passed through all steps from Assistant to Professor.

In 1974 Viktor entered postgraduate courses in the Ural State University of Economics, Yekaterinburg, Russia. Thesis on "The use of production capacity in the rolling mill” performed under the direction of the Nikolai Grigoryevich Veselov, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Principle of the Ural State University of Economics and just a wonderful person. He graduated brilliantly in 1977 before the appointed time. Then he came back to the Siberian State Industrial University and worked in the native Department as an associate professor, senior staff scientist.
Actively engaged in research and teaching work, wrote his doctoral thesis. To finish the dissertation Viktor Medikov graduated from the Institution of Doctoral Candidacy of the Ural State University of Economics in 1982. He defended Doctoral thesis in 1987 in the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering Practice of the Siberian Department of the Academy of Sciences USSR.

In 1987 the USSR Higher Classific Committee awarded the scientific degree of Doctor of Economic sciences. Next year

in 1988 the USSR Higher Classific Committee awarded the scientific Degree of Professor to Viktor Medikov. 
He worked in the Siberian State Industrial University as a Professor at the Department of Economics and Industrial Engineering Practice and vice-chancellor of science work until in 1989 he was elected a member of the USSR Parliament and Member of the Supreme Soviet of the  Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
There Viktor Medikov successfully worked as a Vice-Chairman in the Committee on Economic reforms, where they worked with all main bills, which regulated economic activity of the country and its regions. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR for Soviet Germans. 

In 1992 collapse of the Soviet Union, returned to the University and was invited as the Deputy Director for strategic development of the Kuznetsk metallurgical factory. Member of the Board of Directors of the Kuznetsk metallurgical factory.
When elections were announced to the Russian Parliament in the first State  Duma people  from native  Kuzbass  nominated  Victor Medikov for election as a member of Parliament. In 1993-1994 Viktor Medikov became a Deputy of State Duma 1-st convocation, a member of the Committee on the property support, privatization and economic activity.
Then again, in 1995-1999 he was elected a Deputy of State Duma of the 2-nd convocation, a member of the Committee on budget, banks, tax and finance, Chairman of the Subcommittee on budget planning and Committee on health.
Viktor Medikov took active part in the work of these Committees. Professor   participated in the formulation, discussion and adoption of all assigned to the 1-st and 2-nd State Duma laws and legislative acts.

After work in State Duma Viktor Medikov returned to Novokuznetsk, to Siberian State Industrial University, where he is successfully employed up to the present, as a Professor. Since 1994 to 2010 the Professor was a Member of the Academic Council of the Moscow Institute of steel and alloys.
In 2000 Viktor Medikov became a Trustee candidate of Vladimir Putin. In 2005 he founded Interregional public organization “Academia RA”-Academy of Family Estate Development and became its President. Professor Medikov is also a President of the Slavyanskaya World Academy founded in 2010. Academician of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences, Academician of the Academy of International Sciences, International Academy of Industrial Engineering Science and Practice, Academician of Noospheric Academy of Science and Education.

Published twenty five monographs, more than 200 scientific works and  500 publicistic articles.

In the 2002-2011 25 books by Medikov were published including: Elections of the President and the future of Russia; Production facilities and their use; Economy and the power of the past and the future; Oligarchs and Presidents; National idea; The ABC of Economist and Historian; Mysteries of the rulers of the world; Russian Sorcerer and the Grand Duke; President and Sorcerer; The foundations of demography; Sorcerer. The practice of creating the future; Vedic truth of ancient Russians;  The Sorcerer and the President.
Scientific, practical, political and social activities of Victor Medikov leaded the problem of human survival, rescue the Earth in period her quantum transition to the successful further development. It is connected with the global problem of the transition of humanity from the technocratic world to natural, noospheric world. The World based on the God’s Laws, developing according these laws.

The results of his work are widely presented in different publications, presentations, and lectures. It is well known in society in Russia and abroad.

The author represents the knowledge, which was available neither in tutorials nor in thesis. It was not taught in universities or academies. Even Presidents and oligarchs were not aware of it.

But without this fundamental knowledge, no person can become an expert. Moreover, nobody can be a truly happy person. Not a single economy and entire society could be effective without this knowledge.

The author represents a new understanding of the World arrangement, new interpretations of accomplishing the economic and politic processes taking place in the world.

The simple examples show who rules the world, who and what financial and credit systems were created for. Why there are so many, inevitable wars, robbery, terrorism, defaults and crises, violence and many other negative phenomena  recently taking  place in the World, and why the whole planet is under the unavoidable danger of disaster.
But the most important thing is that reasonable ways out of this desperate situation for the entire humanity are represented. There is also a strategy for every single country and for humanity as a whole.

The author proves that the global changes on Earth during the period 2012-2020 are inevitable, as well as a daily sunrise and an annual spring. And Governments of all countries without exception should urgently change strategy and tactics in all spheres of activity: ecological, economic, political, social, demographic, etc. We need to move up to creative, high-energy, high-vibration ideology and practice.

It is suggested to all world's leading countries in the shortest possible time to come to a peaceful agreement in case of global disaster to save hundreds of millions of human lives.

The works of Professor Medikov are based on well known science of Masters and scientists, the Bible, Veda and other Scriptures; predictions of the prophets who lived on the Earth in different times.

Results of his work are intended for all people who value the fortune of his family, their homeland and the whole Earth.

 

 
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SEN. EMANUEL JONES
USA
Senator, Atlanta, Georgia
 

Senator Emanuel Jones is a Democrat and was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 10th District in 2004.  Sen. Jones serves portions of DeKalb and Henry County.  He is currently the secretary of the Interstate Cooperation Committee.  He also serves on the Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security, Special Judiciary and Retirement Committees.

Sen. Jones has been a leader in global peace efforts as the Chairman of the Georgia Global Peace Festival Foundation (GPFF) Chapter. In this distinct leadership role, he has served as a presenter and keynote speaker on global peace initiatives in the U.S.A. as well as working with officials in Nairobi, Kenya as GPFF and the Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister as all three co-hosted a global festival and convention that promoted best practices in conflict resolution and peace developments. In addition, Sen. Jones was a lead delegate that traveled to Mindanao and Manila, Philippines and spoke as a panelist and interacted with officials and NGO’s who are promoting peace initiatives throughout Asia.  

His leadership, volunteerism, commitment and passion to serving people of diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds has been recently recognized by the Honorable Ambassador Andrew Young who nominated Sen. Jones for the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Sen. Jones is a deacon of the Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough and was named one of the 50 Most Influential People from Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Sen. Jones is a former trustee for Henry Medical Center, past finance chairman of Henry Medical Center, past chairman of Henry County YMCA, past chairman of Henry County’s United Way Campaign and Partners in Education of numerous elementary, middle and high schools.  He was also chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and a board member of the James Bristor Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sen. Jones is president/owner of Legacy Ford of McDonough, Legacy Chevrolet Cadillac of Columbus, GA, Legendary Ford-Mercury of Marion, N.C. and ANSA Automotive of Macon and Los Angeles, CA.

He is the owner of one of the countries largest African-American owned businesses.  Sen. Jones received his MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia University in 1986, preceded by a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.  Sen. Jones was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1980 and rose to the rank of captain.  He graduated class valedictorian from West Fulton High School in Atlanta in 1977.  Sen. Jones had career positions with IBM (1981-1984) and Arthur Anderson & Co. (1986-1988), prior to entering the automobile business in 1988.

Sen. Jones has received awards from the Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer of the Year, Ford Motor Minority Dealer Executive Director’s Award, Henry County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Black Enterprise Top 100 Minority Owned Company’s, Georgia Trend Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, Governor’s Proclamation Entrepreneur of the Year and from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Service Firm of the Year.  Sen. Jones was also named Legislator of the Year in 2010.

Sen. Jones was born and raised in Atlanta and currently resides in Ellenwood with his wife Gloria and their three children – Elam, Emani, and Emanuel II who is currently a senior at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

 
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DR. THOMAS K. STERN
USA
Chairman, The One World Institute
 

A busy medical doctor in America for almost forty years, including thirty years as a Professor of Medicine, I have taken care of the entire spectrum of humans, ranging from society’s rulers to the common man to the destitute, from famous athletes to unfortunates born with health problems that make their lives short and brutal. Facing the unanswerable question of why our Creator organized life on earth so that some men live in health and riches while others struggle merely for daily food, water, and safety,even while young I felt a duty to use myself in the service of all people.
I grew up on the prairies of North Dakota, where steady winds and endless farmland horizons lead naturally to urges for self-reliance and freedom.   

To make ends meet with four children, father had a second job as a janitor at our Lutheran church, where we all cleaned and swept on weekends.  Through this, I learned that no job, sincerely done, lacks dignity; and that no person is too good to work intensely.My hard-working parents stressed the importance of service to mankind as a suitable goal for a man’s life, with my Norwegian mother emphasizing the importance of lifelong education.

Later, my father moved us to California’s great Central Valley, 50 million acres of the richest farmlands on earth.  We lived in small towns where I first encountered the difficult lives of migrant farmworkers who lived in tin shacks at the edge of village.  Always an outstanding student, I applied my ethic of hard work to competitive swimming, and became national champion in several events, which helped me obtain a scholarship at Stanford University.  Later, to earn money for Medical School, I picked fruit in the fields with migrant workers and worked on Southern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman and switchman, riding the rails throughout California.  My friends always said of me, “Tom, you have the knack for being able to communicate with anyone, rich or poor.” And I answered, “To me, all men are created equal. There rests something wonderful in almost everyone,” by which I meant some spark of the divine.

Almost 30 years ago, my remarkable wife, Dr. Yolanda Ortega Stern, and I decided to share our many blessings with the people of the Philippines and Cambodia.  We organized surgical projects that repaired more than 1,000 children with cleft lips or palates at no cost. We donated medical equipment and hospital beds, and millions of dollars of antibiotics. After working with many other charitable organizations, we formed the One World Institute in 2005.  With the help of literally hundreds of volunteers in the Philippines and Cambodia, we have distributed about 20,000 free wheelchairs.  Most recently, One World Institute completed a much-needed water project and a large seaweed plantation in a conflict area in Jolo, Philippines, where most people fear even visiting.

At the same time, our work inevitably led me to geopolitics, particularly regarding the search for peace in Mindanao and Sulu.  Out of this came my appointment as a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, where I formulate policy suggestions aimed at promoting peace inside the Philippines and in the West Philippine Sea. Still, I see patients almost daily and finished #12 in the World Masters Swimming Championships, and #4 in America.

We have worked with little fanfare or publicity because service, not recognition, has been our goal.  But with success comes not only completion but also new requests for help, thus we invite you to join us for our next phase of activities.

 
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DR. YOLANDA O. STERN
USA
President, The One World Institute; Founder of “Pearls for Peace”
 

At the hub of Filipino American Businesses for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs),  Yolanda O. Stern,  a “Daughter of Mindanao”,  is a quiet but formidable force in coalition building  and partnerships.  Handpicked as “Professional of the Year 2011”  by Cambridge Who’s Who for the Non Profit Management Industry, Ms. Stern is the charter founder and Chairman Emeritus of the largest business organization of Filipino Americans in the United States– the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce. She is also the co-founder, along with her husband, Dr. Thomas K. Stern, of the One World Institute (OWI), a private charity for Health and Education that benefits  Cambodia through the Sobhanna Foundation and in the Philippines, through the Department of Health and various NGOs.

Ms. Stern is widely remembered for spearheading the global campaign to win the Reacquisition of Citizenship and the Absentee Voting  Laws of 2003, in partnership with Mr.Jose Molano Jr. of the CFO. Together, they cobbled the global coalitions that collected the signatures through her Federal Express account. Ms Stern also obtained the joint bi-national and bi-cameral Phil-US  resolutions that won the Filipino Veterans their additional supplemental health benefits. Hers was also the first foreign organization to  forge a Memorandum of Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) after the signing of the Peace Pact between President Fidel V. Ramos and Chairman Nur Misuari. She is the key link to the Philippine US Business Council (PUBC),  an arm of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (PCCI) and has been a presence since 1987 when she was president of the  Filipino Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco and later of the California Coalition of Fil-Am Chambers. She values and maintains these connections today.

In 2011, she is leading the following campaigns:  the “No Kidnap Zones” ; the “One Health Card” to direct hard earned overseas Filipino income toward providing  their families with affordable primary health care  (this is a joint project with PUBCs Dr Hernan DeLizo). She has also been the biggest supporter of the Lakbay Aral Program , the oldest program of FPACC (15 years)  to bring foreign born young adults back to the Philippines to discover their roots.  In 2012, a sports component will be added. OWI  is managing a Water Reservoir in Indanan, Jolo, as well as a 10 hectare Seaweed Farmers cooperative in Siasi, Sulu, jointly funded by OWI and the International Committee for the Red Cross. OWI’s ongoing wheelchair program has delivered over 20,000 wheelchairs to the Philippines from Aparri to Jolo. Its partnership with US Books for the Barrios by Don and Nancy Harrington has brought libraries to the very poor areas, the latest one at Tara to serve three baranggays.

Ms. Stern has written a book on natural pearls, to honor the people of Sulu who traded pearls with the British East India Co. in Balambanggan, Sulu,  for the crowns of Europe and Asia. She is researching for a new book about the Women Warriors of the Philippines. She was educated at Zamboanga Normal College; St Mary’s Colllege;  LaVerne University; UC Berkeley and holds a California Teaching Credential and degrees in Administration and Education with emphasis in Asian Studies. She is currently the president of One World Institute Philippines/USA; the Chairman of the  Board of West Bay Multiservice Center of SF for disadvantaged students. She is a dual citizen of the USA and the Philippines.
 
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OMAR ZULFU LIVANELI
TURKEY
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. One of the world's most outstanding cultural and artistic figures and film directors
 

Born in Ilgin, Turkey in 1946, O.Z. Livaneli is one of the most outstanding figures in the cultural, artistic and political life of Turkey. He achieved prominence and success not only as a writer and a musician but also as a film director. His books, compositions and films brought him national and international acclaim, and more than 30 international awards.

Livaneli's latest novel "Leyla's House" was published in Turkey in May 2006; it made 43 editions and became a number 1 best-seller. His third novel "Bliss", published in 2002 in Turkey, made 40 editions becoming almost a cult work and has recently been adapted to cinema. A number 1 best-seller in Turkey, “Bliss” also became an international best-seller. In 2005, it was published in Greece and Sweden, and in 2006, it was published in France by Gallimard and in the United States by St.Martin's Press. Immediately after its publication in the latter, Bliss was awarded due to its “superior literary value” by Barnes & Noble, the biggest bookstore chain in the world. It became the second-place winner of the 2006 “Discover Great New Writers Awards” annually given by Barnes & Noble to books written in English. Originally written in another language than English, Livaneli’s novel is the first such book to receive this award. Livaneli’s second novel “Memory of Snow” (2001) received the Yunus Nadi Novel Award in Turkey, and it was published in Greece, Serbia, Iran and Switzerland. The publishing rights of the book are held by Gallimard in France. Livaneli’s first novel “The Eunuch of Constantinople”, which reinforced his fame as an internationally acknowledged author, received the Balkan Literary Award in 1997, and it was published in Spain, Korea, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria. Livaneli's first published work was a collection of his stories published under the title "A Child in Purgatory" in 1978. His stories were later published in Germany in 1983, in Iran in 2004 and the story that gave the book its title was filmed by Swedish and German televisions. Livaneli has also published a number of books comprising of his short essays and the scores of his compositions. His latest non-fictional work is "Conversations with Gorbachev on Revolution" which consists of his comprehensive interview with Gorbachev and Livaneli's essays.

Alongside his brilliant artistic career, Livaneli has been a highly influential political figure for the past thirty years. In accordance with the ideas and ideals that he expressed in his creative works, Livaneli has been nationally and internationally active in promoting human rights, the culture of peace and mutual understanding between people. In 1986, he became one of the founding members of the Issyk Kul Forum initiated by Gorbachev in which the participants discussed problems concerning our planet’s future such as the arms race and environmental pollution. Being one of the foremost defenders of Turkish-Greek friendship, in 1986, he founded the Greek-Turkish Friendship Committee together with the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. In 1995, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO in recognition of his contributions to world peace. He still continues to work on UNESCO's Culture of Peace programs worldwide. In 2002, he was selected a Member of Parliament from the Republican People's Party (CHP). Since 2005 he has been an independent Member of the Parliament. In 2005, he presented a legislative proposal for amending Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code under which a group of writers and journalists were prosecuted. Being an ardent defender of women’s rights, he’s actively involved in the struggle for the prevention of honor crimes. He is one of the founders of the Turkish-Kurdish peace movement. In 2005, Livaneli received the Soranos Award for Friendship. He has been writing editorials for different Turkish dailies since 1989. He gave a series of lectures at the universities of Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Stuttgart, Harvard and Princeton.
 
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ROLAND MOSL
AUSTRIA
Founder of Planetary Engineering Group Earth dedicated on new concepts and inventions to lead humanity to the age of solar energy.
 

I was born in July 9th 1958 in Innsbruck, Austria in the center of Europe, but what makes the difference to be now here? I think it's best expressed with the latin word „relegere“, to think again and again about an important theme. It's so easy to draw simple friend-enemy pictures, it's so demanding to analyze until there is a real understanding and a real solution.

In 1991 I wanted to change from a small apartment to my own house. This private project
quickly turned into a study of solar energy and construction. The targets to solve became more and more demanding. What will be the demands for a house in 100 years? All the energy for usage inside the house, mobility by electric cars, an adequate contribution to the total energy consume of an industrial country with high energy demand like Germany, more than 48 degree north and with high population density.

I named the solution „GEMINI inhabited solar power plant“, dual use on the ground for a house and a solar power plant. When I realized that this is far more than only extreme solar architecture, it was the beginning of PEGE – Planetary Engineering Group Earth, and I started to write my first book „Advance to solar age“, published 1993. I was honored 1993 by the EUREKA world innovation fair in Brussels with the „Merite de l'Invention“ and 1994 in Brussels with the European Order of Merit“. 2001 was the Styria (part of Austria) country exhibition about energy. The first GEMINI inhabited- solar power plant was the main attraction there.

In 1991, I envisaged millions of houses producing more electric power than their own consumption by 2001, but there were only very few. Why was the progress so slow?

In 2004 the political part of PEGE.org started. The western political and economic system is only for some decades more stable than the Eastern Bloc which crushed in 1989. Both systems had very low taxes on resources and high taxes and dues on human work. All problems, social problems, unemployment problems, environment problems up to the climate change can be solved by changing the tax system towards taxes only on resources, human work should be free of taxes and dues. The task of PEGE then was to prove all the technical possibilities for the change towards renewable energy and electric mobility and demand a fast political change. I visited many fairs and projects.

I wrote a lot. In 2008, I wrote “The storage demand of renewable energy“ as the big overview, and I initiated a house project „Building standards 2020“ as a concrete example. Most difficult is to make something more simple. The „GEMINI structural village“ from 1992 was simplified to the „Land for Energy“ concept 2011. Maximal possible solar yield, combined with a comfortable settlement. Since September 2006, I tested personal electric scooters to prove how useful they are. My online publication of www.pege.org was awarded 2008 with the Eurosolar Austria prize. But with the tax reform, I was running 6 years against the wall of silence in Austria and Germany. In July 2010 a
big surprise, government invitation from China. September 1st 2010 at the „World Emerging Industries Summit“ in Changchun I gave a key note about the „PEGE tax transition concept“ to increase the growth of the emerging industries, mainly renewable energy and electric mobility.

In 2011, the second government invitation from China. For the first time, I proposed an International Organization for the Oil Exit in June 2008 on my web site and in my regular newsletter. Now I had the opportunity to bring a key note about this theme at the Global Economic Leaders Summit September 5th in Changchun, China, the center of all the oil replacing industry.

During the preparation of my key note, I realized several severe omissions in the commonly used economic models. Omitting leeway and ocean currents at the navigation of a ship can lead straight to a reef. Omitting several economic effects can lead straight to the current situation of USA+EU. My first book “Advance to solar age“ 1993 was to show that the whole mankind can have a high standard of living by using renewable energy. Now it's the right time for my second book to expose the obstacles on the way to solar age and to describe the failures causing all the problems in USA+EU.

 
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HON. AYKUT EKEN
BELGIUM
Secretary General and Treasurer of TURKEY World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), Honorary Consul General of Jamaica in Turkey and Founder of several NGOs
 

Born on September 9, 1947 in İstanbul, Turkiye, Aykut Eken was an ardent member of student clubs during his lycée years at Galatasaray and during his university years at İstanbul Devlet Muhendislik ve Mimarlik Akademisi. His interest in international community started as early as his school years. He was fascinated by the opportunity tourism sector offered to meet people from all over the world and he decided to become an official tourist guide. This was student Aykut’s first job.

In 1975, as a young architect, he moved to Brussels to pursue his masters studies in urbanism at L’Université Libre de Bruxelles. As NATO and EEC (EU) were based in Brussels, he met and made friends with diplomats from different countries. Year after year, the number of his friends grew and the ties of their friendship deepened. Four years later, in 1979 he founded his own company, Beta International, in Brussels. A highly successful entrepreneur, he soon expanded the company into Turkiye, forming Beta Dış, and into the United States, forming Beta Worldwide. As the tourism sector continued to fascinate him, he purchased Kontuar Turizm, a well-established agency in Istanbul and the general sales agencies for Turkish Airlines in Argentina, Tirana, Prisitne and Sarajevo. In 2000 he created a joint venture with Acerinox S.A., the Betinoks steel service center. Throughout his working life, Aykut took active part in NGOs such as Rotary Club Karakoy, TÜSİAD/Turkish Industry and Business Association as Vice President of Tusiad International, DEİK/Foreign Economic Relations Board as the Chairman of Brazilian-Turkish Business Council and Responsible for South America. He founded the Caribbean and Latin American Trade Association, Turkiye and the Turkish-Belgian Luxemburg Commerce Association.He is also in education side and since 2010 Aykut became Chairman of Latin America Project Advisory Board of Bahcesehir University American Studies Center.

His strong belief in the establishment of peace through friendship and mutual understanding among countries led him to serve as the Honorary Consul General of Jamaica in Turkiye, as well as the Honorary Consul of St.Kitts & Nevis in Belgium. He soon became member of FICAC/World Federation of Consuls, a worldwide organization, aiming to expand the influence of Consuls in the diplomatic community. FICAC also aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding among nations through humanitarian, educational and environmental projects. In 2003-2009 he became Treasurer and 2009 Aykut was elected Secretary General and Treasurer of FICAC. He presided the Organization Committee of the World Congress of Consuls the same year in Izmir, Turkiye. The Congress was attended by the representatives of 62 countries and was a big success. He is the Vice-President of the Executive Council and also a Member of the Board of Directors at a prominent strategic and social research foundation called The Marmara Group Foundation.

For his sustained contributions to the international relations, he was awarded as Officier de l’Ordre de La Couronne by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium in 2004 and with the Eminent Services Shield of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009. He travels constantly in order to discover new countries, cultures and peoples, strengthening his relations with friends and colleagues and forming new friendships with the international community.
Aykut is married to Gonul, has two children and four grandchildren.

 
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EX-PRES. BEHGJET PACOLLI
KOSOVO
Former President and First Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo

 

Endowed by the greatest human values of his nation, Behgjet Pacolli is characterized continuously throughout his activity as a remarkable human spirit, worldly evaluated. From building hospitals, orphanages, universities, hostage rescue in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Mr. Pacolli has institutionalized mercy, solidarity and commitment at the highest level towards poor in his country and the world.

In his entrepreneurial activity throughout the world, from West to East, in Kosovo and abroad, Behgjet Pacolli is distinguished for his genuine creativity, global approach, technology innovation relying mostly in his compatriots’ abilities. He is remembered as a pioneer in using information technology in textile production, using of 3D technology for architecture projects, etc. Constructing was his primary activity, which is worldly known for, magnifying Kosovo name in the world. He has chaired MABETEX for a long time, a big international company, situated in Switzerland but very proactive in all over the world, one that he established himself. Recent years he considered fit to resign the position due to evading the interest conflict in his public duties.

As founder and president of AKR in 2006, the only political party in the Republic of Kosovo with adequate economic program, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli was the surprise of 2007 parliamentary elections. In 2010, he was head of a broad coalition, which, today is political ally in the government run by Mr. Hashim Thaçi.

As a first Deputy Prime Minister, since April 2011, with the mandate for recognition and foreign investments, Mr. Pacolli has presented a creative approach in his duties. Focusing in African region, in influencing countries, changing of institutional and regulation framework for foreign investment, with aim of creating attractive and liberal environment for business, are two distinctive features in the first months of his engagement. Great benefit in this direction was also his wide social circle of friends and acquaintances in all Continents.

Mr. Pacolli has had a short experience as a Kosovo President. In this position Mr. Pacolli offered a new and proactive model of highest level of institution in the state of Kosovo. He will be remembered for very active agenda within the country, successful visits in neighboring countries and, above all, his idea, expressed in the Albanian Parliament, fro creating a national market for goods, ideas, capital etc, as a precondition for all integration processes in region and within Albanian nation.
Mr. Pacolli has been awarded many decorations by many countries. He received evaluations and awards by Rochester Institute for Technology (Rochester); Decorations by AUK (American University in Kosovo); High decorations by the State of Peru, President of Peru; High Decorations by Russian Federation (evaluation on architecture), second foreign citizen after ARMAND HAMMER to receive this decoration.

He was also awarded theses titles: Honorary Citizen of Astana, Global Honorary Council of Liberia (2002-September 2010), in 2009 he was declared Ambassador of Peace (Universal Peace Federation) and in 2010 was declared Knight of Global Peace of Century, given by Centro Internazionale per la Pace fra I Popoli ( International Center for Peace amongst nations), award given also to Mikhail Gorbachev, Perez de Cuellar, S.S Giovanni Paolo II, Luciano Pavarotti, Helmut Kohl, Mother Theresa, Koffi Anan, Bill Gates etc. He also received acknowledgments from the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as Clinton Global Initiative Foundation. In 2010 he was declared Honorary Citizen in Lezha, Albania. On March 22 2011, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli was awarded the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the senate of one of the most prestigious universities in Albania, European University of Tirana.
 
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