World Civil Society - Presidency: Office-holders / Executives:
WCS President / GDF Founder
Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski
Organizations: Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF)
Vasko M. Najdovski is trained as a medical doctor in his native
Macedonia. He worked as a medical doctor in Macedonia and in Australia.
He is the founder of Global Dialogue Foundation and various other organizations in Australia and abroad through which he expresses over 20 years of active humanitarian and philanthropic work. Working in this area, Dr. Najdovski developed a model with 3 major sectors for modernizing, transforming, remodeling and strengthening the global governance through UN systems. The model incorporates an "organized" civil sector on local, regional and global levels. Through dialogue and citizen diplomacy, which was widely used by Dr. Najdovski, it will help strengthen and pave paths for developing law and order in the wider community, coming from the needs of ordinary citizens, faiths, cultures and civilizations in years to come.
Using "Dialogue" as a means towards the future, Dr Najdovski's work aims at building pathways and increased awareness for cooperation and dialogue among humans, nations, cultures, civilizations, religions, science and religion, also building bridges for cooperation, understanding and friendship. Also, working towards a brighter and safer sustainable environment while protecting our planet and opening wide avenues for space exploration and inhabiting space for common good.
Dr. Najdovski has researched and written widely on bio-energy and bio- energy therapy over many years. At present, his focus and interest is scientific research and new technologies, particularly in the area of Bio-energy. He is promoting and initiating dialogue among faith and reason, where Bio-energy/Bio-energy Science will be a 'vehicle' for establishing long-awaited friendly dialogue among science and religion and bringing their thoughts closer for common good. Also, based on his 20+ years research and experience in the bio-energy/healing field, to offer mankind ground breaking/cutting-edge technologies.
WCS CEO / Chief Executive Coordinator - General / Dir. General
Name: Peter (Pece) GorgievskI
Organization: Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF)
2007 - Current: Chief Executive Coordinator - General
2011-14: CL Network Vic Inc. / Whittlesea Community Leadership Network (WCLN) - Founding Vice Chairperson & Secretary. WCLN is a not-for-profit community association working under auspices of the City of Whittlesea, Victoria. It provides leadership training and capacity building via access to resources for community-based organisations and cultural and ethnic groups. WCLN facilitates intercultural dialogue and integration with mainstream society. http://whittleseacln.org.au/
2001-2007: Managing Director, DGX - Asia Pacific.
Name: Andrew Cass
Since graduating in 1983 with a degree in Accounting, Andrew's professional life has encompassed the provision of financial advice to individuals and businesses of varying size.
In 1994, Andrew established the accounting practice Cambel Cass (Melbourne), to continue and expand his involvement in the finance industry through the provision of a quality and timely advice.
In more recent years Andrew has endeavored to increase his involvement in local community based organizations that require the assistance of professionals without the associated cost.
Name: Mr. Rhys Roberts FIA MAICD
Managing Director Roberts Gray Pty Ltd
Senior Partner Roberts Gray Lawyers
Agile commercial law and dynamic international legal advisory
ACUMEN AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Mr Rhys Roberts has rapidly built an international reputation for concise legal advisory to the highest levels of the corporate world.
At age 31 he was already Private Senior Legal Counsel to Australia's wealthiest families. Mr Roberts quickly developed a reputation for trusted relationships, sharp analysis and solid advisory.
He has never lost a legal case.
Some years later, Mr Roberts and his elite staff now provide legal advisory and counsel to Australia's wealthiest families, protecting family assets and investments across many continents.
His business networks extend throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Israel.
Roberts' advisory extends throughout dispute resolution, real estate
and property development, family law, banking and finance, intellectual
property, wills and estates.
While his extensive professional experience covers all aspects of the law, Mr Roberts' experience also extends to Government liaison, tender negotiation, buy side and sell side engagement, and cross cultural networking and introductions.
WCS Vice President - Science
Name: Prof.Dr.Abdelmadjid Amrani (Philosopher)
Organisation: Batna University, Lab of Dialogue between Civilizations
Professor of Philosophy since 1998
- Baccalauréat :1976, Lettre and Human Sciences Blida, Algeria
- BA Philosophy :1981,University of Algiers
- M.Litt:1986, University of Glasgow G.B
- Ph.D :1990, University of Glasgow G B
Jobs and responsibilities
- Honored with recognition by the university of Batna.June 25,2014.
- Award/ Gusi Peace Price International/ Laureate/November 27,2013 Manila, Philippines.
- Man of The Year 2011 for Algeria (ABI) web//www.abiworldwide.com
- Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities , University of Batna : 1999-2010.
- Director of Laboratory Research of Dialogue Between Civilizations and Globalization, since 2003.
- Member of the High Council for the Arabic Language, Algiers : 1998-2003
- President of the committee scientific research Dept of Political Science . university of Batna : 1992-1999.
- President of a research project on “the Future of Civilization Between Conflict and Dialogue”, 2005-2008.
- President of a research project on “The end of Philosophy and the Beginning of Modern History”, 1998-2001.
- Member in the Arabic Philosophy Society : Jordan 1995-2000.
- Member of Chinese Philosophy Society : 2007-2010.
- Member in the Sartre’s Philosophy Society for the North America 1997-2000.
- Full Professor in Political philosophy , University of Batna since 1998.
- Lecturer in Political Philosophy, University of Batna:1991-1994.
- Assistant teacher in Human Sciences, University of Batna 1998-1991.
- Proposed as UNESCO Chair of Philosophy , 2010 , Batna University.
WCS Deputy Director General
Vice President - Business / Corporate
Name: Iliana Schmatelka, MBA
Organization: INTLI, International Leadership Institute
2012 - Present: Founder & Managing Director
Strategic consulting, Business Coaching, Interim and change management, Training and workshops
Education: Master of economics University of Economics, Sofia,
Master Diploma, 1. US MBA Diploma (AACSB accredited) 2. EMBA Diploma
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna
October 201 - ongoing: Senior Adviser - Mattig Management Partners, Vienna, Austria www.mattig-management.at
August 2011 - ongoing: Freelance senior finance consultant: M27 Finance GmbH, Vienna www.m27.eu
2009 - 2011: General Manager Immorent Slovakia and the Slovakian subsidiaries of S IMMO AG and Immorent AG (more than 20 companies)
WCS Vice President - Culture, Civilisations & Ethnicity
Name: Michael Wimmer, PhD.
2003 - present: Director of EDUCULT, Head of Scientific Research
Priorities: Cultural Policy, Cultural Development, Education Policy, Arts and Cultural Education and Cultural Participation
Education: Full profile
- 2012: Lecturer - Austrian, European and International Cultural
Policy Institute for Political Sciences/Institute for Theatre, Media
and Film Sciences
1995 - today: Consultant, International Cultural Policy, Austrian Minister for Culture, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission
1987 - 2003: Director, General Manager, OKS - Austrian Culture Service
WCS Vice President - Youth
Name: Aydan Karimli
Organization: Great Silk Way
2012 - Present: Acting Secretary-General
2011 - Present: MP Fuad Muradov Position: Assistant
The “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union was established for the purpose of coordination of activities of youth organizations, as well as representing and protecting common interests of the countries historically located on the silk route. The main objective and scope of activities of the organization is intercultural and interreligious dialogue, globalization issues.
Azerbaijan State Economic University - MBA - International Business
2011-2012: OGAE Azerbaijan (Official Eurovision Fan Club in Azerbaijan) Position: PR manager, Copywriter.
2011-2013: Council of Europe - “Youth Peace Ambassadors” project
2009 - Jun 2012: NAYORA (National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan), Member of the International Relations Department
WCS Vice President - Women
Name: Stanimira Hadjimitova
Organization: Gender Project for Bulgarian Foundation
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) was set up in 1995 as NGO in public benefit. There are 2 people working full time and 4 people part time. GPF is an advocacy group for promotion of gender equality in all spheres of the private and social life in Bulgaria, Europe and globally.
GPF is a member of the European Women’s Lobby and the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministries of Bulgaria. The main spheres of work are: Development Education and ODA policy; Economic Rights of Women; Political Empowerment of Women; Media and its Role for Overcoming Gender Stereotypes; Roma Women Empowerment; Domestic Violence.
In 2013 GPF started to work on a 3-year project “Minorities Realities in the News” under Call EuropeAid/131141/C/ACT/Multi, as a partner of Minorities Rights Group International, UK. The specific objective of the project is: Journalists serving EU audiences are better equipped with the necessary tools and skills to shape public & decision maker opinions in new ways through achieving high quality, well informed, analytical & sensitive stories concerning the specific development needs, progress & problems of minority & indigenous communities in the global South. In September 2013 a new project “Support for Empowerment of Women from Northwestern Rural Region of Bulgaria”, financed by the NGO Programme in Bulgaria of the EEA Financial Mechanism will be started. GPF participates in the Working group on next planning period 2014-2010 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. As a member of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID), GPF took part in the CONCORD PCD Annual Seminar on January 30-31 2013 and its representative was included in a special TRIALOG Study visit to Brussels with PCD Focus, May 27 – 30, 2013.Full profile
WCS Vice President - Youth
Name: Jean Paul Brice Affana
Organisation: Vital Actions for Sustainable Development
2008 - Present: Coordinator
Youth and Action Instructor trained by the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Cameroon. His fields of interest and experiences include social development, climate change, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, peace-building, youth empowerment and development, and human rights.
2011:Focal Point of youth NGOs at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
National Coordinator of MasterPeace in Cameroon
Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network: Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Head of Youth Programs of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)
African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC).
Name: Mosese Naluwau Koroimata
My name is Mosese Naluwau Koroimata
I’m from Solevu village at Malolo Island, Fiji Island.
I was born 20.05.1986
I’m married with one son.
1992 – 1999 Attending Malolo District School – Grade 1 to Grade 8
2000 – 2002 Attending Ba Provincial High School – Form 3 – Form 5
2003 – 2004 Attending Fiji National University (Studying Business Management), Part-time in Carrier Management Training System (Studying Certificate and Advance level in Computer Studies).
2005 – 2007 Attending Jansen Bible Institute (Studying Certificate in Theology), Part-time in Service Pro Vocational Studies (Studying Hotel Management and Tailoring).
2010 – 2012 Attending Davuilevu Theological College (Studying Diploma In Theology)
2013 – 2017 At this period I am doing my field studies. After this five year period and I’ll be posted to another part of Fiji to continue my vocation.
WCS Vice President - Citizens, Organisations & Community
Name: Mrs. Violaine Hacker, PhD
Organization: Common Good Forum
2009 - Present: President
The Common Good Forum represents an initiative to bring together experts and practitioners in various fields to reconsider economics and other areas of human enterprise with an emphasis on the common good. This supposes to take into account cultural issues. It aims to empower people to engage in actively re-thinking economic, political and cultural issues for the benefit of the global and local common good. http://www.commongood-forum.org/
Education: Phd in Law and Public Policies, European Studies Department, Sorbonne, summa cum laude. Thesis on the political Identity and the European Integration (Institutionalist analysis of decision-making).
Master, Political Philosophy and Sociology, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lille, Cum laude. Thesis on the building of Political Identity.
Consultant in Project Management: Development/Philanthropy and Public Policy within: Fondation JDB-Ligue contre le Cancer; UFSBD-World Health Collaborative Centre, Afnor (CEN/ISO), SFDO.
2001-2013: Research for: Think tank Lépac, Institut de recherche et formation en géoéconomie (cf. Programme Le Dessous des Cartes sur Arte), CNRS (Institut Communication et Politique), Think Tank Confrontations Europe.
Lecturer: European Law and Public policy, international relations, within: Sorbonne (European Studies Department), Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris; I.E.S.E.G., Ecole supérieure de Commerce ; Université Charles, Prague ; Université du Temps Libre; Institut Communication et Politique).
WCS Vice President - Education
Name: Maya Shahani
Organization: Global Dialogue Foundation
Vice Chairperson - (www.globaldialoguefoundation.org)
Chairperson of SAGE Foundation (www.thesagefoundation.com)
Chairperson of Centre for Management (www.centreformanagement.com)
Trustee of Shahani Trust(www.shahanigroup.com).
Governing Board Member of the HSNC Board (www.hsncb.ac.in)
Founder Trustee of Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (www.wmpp.org) under the aegis of Times Foundation (www.timesfoundation.org)
World Wide Wealth Ambassador for XL Nation (www.xlnation.org).
Education Board member of Sadhu Vaswani Mission (www.sadhuvaswani.org) and Priyadarshni Academy (www.priyadarshniacademy.org)
Patron of Cancer Patients Aid Association (www.cpaaindia.org)
Governing Board Member of the Bombay Mothers' and Children Welfare Society (www.bmcws.com)
Chairperson, of the Justice H.K. Chainani Elder's Home.
Maya fulfills her duties with compassion, love and commitment.
WCS Vice President - Science
Name: Prof. (Dr.) Subhash Chandra Associate Professor.(Hon.)
Organisation: Intercultural Open University (IOU),Nl
GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India,
Mission: To promote Global Culture of Peace & Harmony through
Peace & Harmonious Education and Transformational Leadership
- Founder Board of Trustee - Global Peace Foundation (GPF), New Delhi, India. http://www.globalpeace.org/
- Vice President- Global Harmony Association (GHA) , Nagpur, India http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=583 and
- Director: GHA Science - CSSS 2013 One Step up to World Peace. Research Program http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579
- Project Director – Global Peace & Interfaith Harmony Project, India https://www.facebook.com/pages/GPF-India/542821939098670 and
- International Coordinator, WWA- World without Anger Kathmandu, Nepal www.worldwithoutanger.org
- Ph.D. - Doctorate of Philosophy in’ Peace Education & Human Development Management from Inter-cultural Open University (IOU), Opeinde, NL.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology & Environment from I.I.E.E New Delhi, India.
- Post Graduate Diploma in 'Industrial Engineering ', from NIBM, Sri Lanka
WCS Vice President, Citizens, Organisations & Community
Name: Peris Nyambura Muiruri - C.E.O and Founder
Peris Nyambura Muiruri is the founder of World Radiance International and serves as the secretary and C.E.O. At World Radiance International–WRI which is not for profit-making NGO, Peris leads the efforts through a comprehensive strategic leadership in the training of the youth through one of a kind World Radiance International Clubs of Good Governance, sports ,talents and youth Parliament which are designed to increase youth participation in governance and equip them to effectively participate in decision making and assume leadership positions to shape the future of governance, leadership and economic growth and development across the globe. She has served at Chrisco fellowship as a youth leader, Founded Aiming high investment project self help group. She has also worked as a youth Director at Tabibu Ministries and later as the Personal assistant to the C.E.O Tabibu Cures International Ltd. Peris is on admission pursuing BA in Development studies at University of Eastern Africa Baraton. Her media appearance on advocacy include television interview and features on Kenya Television Network News Dini na Ndoa topic episode (Marriage And Religion) on KIMASOMASO SHOW.
She strongly support Unity in Diversity and culture of peace and coexistence.
WCS Vice President - Youth
Name: Enisa Murseli-Gjokaj
Organisation: Youth Organisation "Shpresa"
Founder: Working in NGO sector on Women Empowerment, Youth Development and Leadership, achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Enisa holds a bachelor's degree from the New York College Thessaloniki-Greece, Empire State Collage USA from the department of Political Science in the field of International Relations.
Project Coordinator of Drugs, Aids and Prostitution – IOM; Better think than act! IOM and USAID; “Women in politics” - Robert Schumann Foundation; Women Rights Campaign– Municipality of Tetovo and OSCE; The Women Votes and the Gender Gap- US Embassy Skopje.
WCS Vice President - Citizens, Organisations & Community
Name: Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi
Organisation: Nigeria Network of NGO's
Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGO's, the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Set up: 1992 with over 1000 members. The main area of activities is Networking. www.nnngo.org
Recent project/s - local or international: Raised awareness on Unity in Diversity events of UNAOC in Nigeria.
Previous employer UNICEF, www.unicef.org
As the Global Coordinator, UNICEF Rural Voices of Youth. Oyebisi has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Youth Mentoring, Volunteerism, Poverty, Rural Development, Child Rights, Gender, Education, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the MDGs through the Nigeria Network of NGOs and has also been contributing to the global development space through participation and speaking engagement at various national and global events including advocacy and campaigns which has seen him visiting all continents of the world except the Antarctica.
WCS Vice President - Citizens, Organisations & Community
Muhammad Asif Noor
Organization: Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
Building Bridges through Informed Dialogue,
Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit think tank that aims to provide strength to global peace through dialogue and diplomacy by sharing knowledge, research, analysis and policy development in the areas of, peace-diplomacy, peace-building, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and conflict management. The main objective is to provide neutral space to stakeholders to share ideas, exchange views, experiences, understanding of the issues through innovative research and practices worldwide.
Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-I-Azam University and another M.A in Pakistan Affairs and Diploma in Peace & Futuristic Studies.
President Community Support Programme (CSP)
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Pakistan’s First Multilingual Magazine, The Diplomatic Insight, www.thediplomaticinsight.com
National Coordinator, Pakistan National Club for United Nations (PNCUN)
President: Community Support Programme(CSP) (www.csppk.org)
Chief Coordinator, Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association, Pakistan (www.qaualumni.org)
Director, Quaidian Commoners Academy, Pakistan (www.qcacademy.com.pk)
Board Member, Liberal Forum Pakistan. (www.lfp.org.pk)
WCS Vice President - Children
Name: Wajiha Haris
Organization: Scheherazade Foundation
President and Founder
Scheherazade Foundation’s mission is to serve children from all backgrounds irrespective of their race, religion or gender through building enduring partnerships with the government, the corporate sector and civil society. Scheherazade endeavors to improve healthcare, promote life saving advancements and sponsor protection of children, and is of the belief that true success comes through sharing of ideas, aspirations, convictions, and problems.
UNICEF, UNDP and UNHCR. Wajiha has implemented projects with significant impact in Pakistan, Dubai, Czech Republic and Romania (where she currently resides).
Projects successfully completed include raising € 3 million for the complete renovation of the largest children’s hospital in Romania, renovation of a children’s ambulatory section in the city of Constanta which serves a population of 45,000 children around the region. She also raised funds for the renovation and vocational training seminars of a facility that houses abandoned/abused and drug addicted children.
WCS Vice President - Education
Name: Arzumanyan Sofia
Organization: Education Support Foundation NOOSFERA
“NOOSFERA” was established as Education Support Foundation in 2003. Its activity focuses on working out various educational projects for children and youth. The main project is tolerance education. During 10 years the employees of the foundation created and held educational projects in such areas as art, applied science, business, religions, foreign languages, ecology, children’s charity, ethnography, astronomy etc.
Expert in methods of teaching and organizing a teaching process.
Author of the first text-book for Russian Customs “English for Customs”
Author of a number of books on teaching tolerance (Religious culture of the world, World kids’ games, Simulation game “UNESCO” etc)
Author of a book “Fairy-tails for grown ups” on the basis of Hindu Mahabharata.
WCS Vice President - Media
Name: Miomir Rajcevic
Organization: Media Education Centre
President of the Media Education Centre, President of the Global-TION, Head of Media Laboratory; Balkan PLUS International Film Festival, Artistic Director; Executive Director of the International Youth Media Summit…
Miomir Rajcevic is Director, Cinematographer and Scriptwriter, working as an author/co-author on serials: At The Edge of Permitted ; The Color of my Life; Author of TV serial for youth PORTRAITS, Author of TV serial TRIPTYCH about young people with handicap... He has more than 35 years of experience in filming and producing 16mm and 35mm films for TV in several hundred projects covering documentaries, educational, theatrical, art and news reports, short and animated films etc., as well as of ENG , Digital and HD productions. Always very much involved in work with young people (Young directors, presenters and actors) specially producing for young people in many serials.
Name: Joel Atitsogbe
1. Personal information:
- Social Worker, Fachstelle für sexuelle Gesundheit
- International Co-coordinator, Alliance de la Francophonie pour le Post 2015, la Migration et le Développement
- National coordinator, No Hate Speech Movement http://act4hre.coe.int/no-hate
- Master in Social work – Master in Demography
CO-HABITER is an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which positions itself as a mediator for a "better living together" of multicultural societies. http://www.co-habiter.ch/index.php?lang=en
It intends to involve itself in the promotion of a harmonious and peaceful coexistence of the majority and minority groups in general, and also of established persons and newcomers in the European and Swiss societies in particular.
CO-HABITER works particularly towards this objective through actions establishing intercultural dialogue among the components of the society that will have to live together.
In its commitment, a singular emphasis is put on the young people and their acquisition of intercultural skills.
CO-HABITER also contributes to the National and European debates on issues of living together.
On the extra-European level, it initiates and supports activities which aim at improving knowledge and a better understanding of Africa.
It also participates in the democratization process and development of the continent through various activities.
The organization has national representative in more than 15 countries across Europe and Africa.
- Swiss civil society for High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, International
- No Hate Speech Movement, 2012 – 2014, European level
- Alliance de la Francophonie pour le Post 2015, la Migration et le Développement, international
- European youth Intercultural dialogue training, 2010, 2011, 2012, Switzerland
WCS Vice President - Citizens, Organisations & Community
Moses Bwambale Kyamakya
Organization: Ray of Hope Africa (RAHA)
RAHA was established in 2007 and has 4 full time Staff and 10 Volunteers. The main area of activities are: Human Rights and Peace, Economic Empowerment, Health and HIV&AIDS.
Carlos Ventura Brazil – St. Paul Kyasenda Partnership
Community Sports competition
Inter School Debate, Painting and Essay Writing Competitions
International Day of Peace event
Village Women self help Groups for Income Generation
Youth effort for community transformation
Stay Safe from HIV&AIDS
Household sanitation for a healthy community
Education for Orphans and war victims
Peace Clubs for School and local communities
MasterPeace Uganda, www.masterpeace.org - Country Coordinator (2009 - present)
Education / Professional background
Msc. Population Studies, Makerere University Kampala
Bsc. Population Studies, Makerere University Kampala
ICT Policy and Strategic Planning, Diplo Foundation
Project Design, Planning and Implementation, Makerere University Kampala
Monitoring and Evaluation, Makerere University Kampala
Action For Children - Research, M&E Officer (2005 - 2007)
WCS Vice President - Religion, Faiths & Traditional Faiths
Name: Kiran Bali MBE JP
Kiran Bali MBE JP has carried out action around interfaith cooperation
and community relations for many years, She was awarded the MBE honour in the UK, and her interfaith efforts have been recognised globally.
has addressed the UN general assembly on women's empowerment and
interfaith dialogue and been the keynote speaker at environmental
conferences as an Ambassador for Climate action.
She brings strength at both a leadership and a grassroots level as a global Hindu interfaith leader.
WCS Vice President - Culture,
United States of America
Name: Patrick Sciarratta
Organization: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)
Executive Director, since 1993.
Sciarratta cofounded and currently leads the Youth Assembly at the UN
as well as a variety of specialized conferences and cultural exchanges
worldwide. Mr. Sciarratta has addressed conferences and universities
throughout the world on topics related to cultural exchange and
development as a means of global peace building. Patrick is active at
the United Nations as their co-editor for the NGO Reporter, disseminated
to all NGOs affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information; he
also works on the preparation of major DPI conferences worldwide.
Mr. Sciarratta traveled to Morocco through a special invitation from King Mohammed VI to the FEZ Noble Laureates conference in 2012; while there, he met with leaders of the League of Arab States and brought many youth leaders from the Arab Spring throughout the MENA region to the UN in summer, 2011, with support of PepsiCo International in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, Patrick was guest of King Abdulla and Elie Weisel to the 4th Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates. In 1995, he served as then-President Clinton’s Presidential Delegate to the first White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. In the same year, he was selected by the U.N. to be an official observer at the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing, China. In March 2010, Patrick was back in China to address the large World Summit on the Innovation Economy, as well as delivering keynote speeches at several universities throughout the country during that month. Mr. Sciarratta received the first MacArthur ‘genius’ award ever given to an organization, Palenville Interarts, under his direction. Patrick is the cofounder of the Bond Street Theatre, which performs worldwide in areas recently emerging from conflict; for the theatre in conflict work he began with the company, Bond Street has received major support from NEA, USAID, UNICEF, US Institute for Peace, US State Department, and others.
WCS Vice President, Culture
United States of America
Name: Yin-Chu Jou
Organization: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF)
Artistic Director (since 2005) & International Programs Director
Representative to UN & UNESCO
FAF is an NGO established in 1973 by Fulbright Scholar Harry Morgan and Cappy Devlin and the founders of Readers Digest Lila and DeWitt Wallace, with formal affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information and associate in Operational Relations with UNESCO http://faf.org/main/
Jou organizes and develops all FAF’s music programming worldwide
including international music exchanges, some of which involve dance,
theater or other related art forms, its Feel the Music! Project for the
families of the victims of 9/11 (2005), the United Cultures Peace (UC
Peace), Performing Arts Festival that takes place during the Annual
Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and The Rhythms of One World
International Choral Festival in New York City (2012 and 2013). Senator
Hillary Clinton (NY), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY) and Congressman
Christopher Shays (CT) had formally endorsed her work.
Manhattan School of Music Post Graduate, Piano Performance, 2002 – 2004
University of the Philippines - Masters of Music, Piano Performance, 2000 - 2002
St. Scholastica's College Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 1993 – 1998,
Graduated Magna cum laude honors
Ms.Jou was :
- Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006)
- Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India & "Women, Water, & Food Security" Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009)
- Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA's Haiti Relief through a combined choral & orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010)
- Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN Headquarters in New York (4/2010) -
- Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/2011)
- Founder & Festival Manager of the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter “We the Peoples”, at the UN Headquarters, NY and at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center