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Australia

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General
Chief Executive Coordinator - GENERAL

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
 
Brief History:
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation

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.
 
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific.  Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.

 


ACADEMIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algeria

Batna University, Lab of Dialogue between Civilizations
Prof.Dr.Abdelmadjid Amrani (Philosopher)
http://www.amrani-lab-aocd.org/

Professor of Philosophy since 1998

DEGREES :         

  • 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.

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India

Intercultural Open University (IOU),Nl
Prof. (Dr.) Subhash Chandra
Associate Professor.(Hon.)
http://globalpeacefoundation.org/index.php


GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India,
http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=583

Mission: To promote Global Culture of Peace & Harmony through
Peace & Harmonious Education and Transformational Leadership


Presently:


Education:

  • 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

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India

Maya Shahani
Global Dialogue Foundation
- Administrative Board of Directors
SAGE 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macedonia

Dr. Mirjana Maleska

Dr. Mirjana Maleska is a Professor at the Doctoral School of Political Science, University :Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje. She was long time Senior Fellow Researcher at the Institute for Sociological and Political Research, Skopje. From 2001 to 2012 she was a Full Professor of Political Science at the Southeast European University in Tetovo. Her specialties are political system, political parties and ethnic politics. She is the author or editor of a
number of books and numerous articles: ‘Ethnic Conflict and Accommodation’(1997); ‘Macedonian Old-New Issues’(BAN, 2001); ‘What kind of a political system did Macedonia get after the Ohrid Framework Agreement’(2005); ‘Painful Confrontation: Causes and consequences of 2001 deadly conflict’(BAN, 2002); ‘Power-Sharing-A new model of decision-making in the municipalities in Macedonia’(2007);‘Interethnic relations in Macedonia’ in ‘People Centered Analyses’ (2010); Professor Maleska is founder and editor-in chief of New Balkan Politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Mr. Qashif Bakiu

Holds a PhD of Political Science from Faculty of Low, Sofia University “Sveti Kliment Ohridski” Bulgaria, in the field of Political pluralism-Model of R. Macedonia. He has graduated from University of Sofia with a Master’s degree on Political Science, His Master Thesis was about Political Systems in Macedonia. He is a full time professor of Political Science at the Tetovo State University. His participation on different seminars and conferences, starting from Youth students movements till the civil society international conferences and forum have encouraged him in civil society sector in Macedonia. He has worked also as journalist, news editor in Macedonian national newspaper “Lajm”.
Mr.Bakiu is a co-founder of the Youth Balkan Forum – Sofia, Bulgaria, Founder of the NGO “The hand of Justice”-Skopje, Macedonia, Project manager of NGO “Tolerance”- Struga, Macedonia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russian Federation

Education Support Foundation NOOSFERA
Arzumanyan Sofia

Director


“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.
www.fondnoosfera.com

Professional background

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.

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BUSINESS CORPORATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Arab Emirates
 
Adv. K.K. Sarachandra Bose - GDF Chairman
Business lawyer for businessmen; Philanthropist for the downtrodden.

Professional Career:  a lawyer specialized in Corporate, Commercial & Contract laws; practicing in Dubai and other jurisdictions for the last over 30 years; handled over 10,000 cases during 1980-85 periods alone; a member of the International Bar Association; a visiting professor in International Business law; a legal columnist in several publications; addressed over 100 law seminars as a guest speaker; a partner at Dar Al-Adalah, Advocates & Legal Consultants, Dubai; travelled widely to represent his international clients; uncompromising to fraud and injustice.
Law is universal; Ignorance of law is no excuse, even for a layman, especially business law for businessmen.
Social Career: founder chairman of Gulf-Trivandrum Airfare Forum (1989), campaigned and got up-gradation of Trivandrum airport as the 5th International airport in India in the year 1991 after independence, introduced competition in the sector and hence dearly called as the 'Airport Bose'; organizer of the Onam festival for 'Global Peace & Friendship' under the banner Onam92,93,94,95 in Dubai, and Onam96&97 in Kerala, and hence dearly called as the 'Onam Bose'; over 11,000 guests at Onam92, over 15,000 guests each at Onam 93&94, over 25,000 guests at Onam95 and Onam lunch served to all guests at all festivals. Onam95 Car Rally was also held in Dubai. Onam96&97 in Kerala were followed by group marriages of several couples selected from orphanages and Onam lunch served to over 56,000 inmates of all the orphanages in Kerala; founder chairman of Overseas Indian Charitable Society (1995).

Follow your heart.
 
 
 
Advocates & Legal Consultants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

Andrew Cass - Treasurer-General
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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States of America

Mr. Jim Swiger - Ambassador-at-Large, Director-General, Environment
Global Dialogue Foundation

Mr. Swiger has 25 + years of global corporate business experience in all matters of business development and compliance in cross border transactions working in and with West Africa, Brazil and South America, China, India, S.E. Asia, and the United States.  In addition to his business focus, Mr. Swiger has always been proactive in helping others less fortunate than himself and feels a compelling duty to do so.
 
His mantra is: “it is not all about me or money it is all about giving back to others in need.”  Mr. Swiger believes we can create jobs in many countries while bringing people together in common goals in intercultural societies.
 
Mr. Swiger is dedicated to creating a clean safe environment for all people in part by cleaning up oil spills, helping to create clean potable water and advancing developments in agriculture and animal feeds through his company EnvrioGlobal Solutions, Ltd. (www.enviroglobalsolutions.com), where he serves as founding CEO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia
 
Paula Scher - Director, Business-Corporate
 
Paula Scher is a Human Resources professional, with over 10 years of commercial experience developing and implementing human resource strategy.  Her industry experience spans professional services, consulting, outsourcing, retail and local government.  Qualified with a Masters in Business Administration, Paula has lived and worked in over 8 countries.  Currently the General Manager - Human Resources for a leading IT Consultancy in Australia, Paula has a passion for developing inclusion, tolerance and diversity in organizations.  Her recent career achievements have included leading the greenfields functional delivery into the ASEAN and China markets.  Her earlier career included public relations, media buying, advertising and IT which provided interesting opportunities such as the reintroduction of IBM to South Africa, the launch of a 5-star game lodge, as well as preparations and troubleshooting for Y2K for the worlds’ largest interactive games company in London.
 
Paula is inspired by innovation and entrepreneurship and has recently embarked on her own consulting business, ‘The People Side’,  which assists new and growing businesses with all things HR-related.
 
A Certified Professional with AHRI and member of the Golden Key Society, Paula can be found fund-raising for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, volunteering for Lort Smith Animal Hospital or travelling to new and exciting places in her spare time.  She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Craig, and adopted cat, Chow.

 

 

 

 

United States of America

Mr. Effenus Henderson
President and CEO - HenderWorks, Inc.

Previously, Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington where he advised the CEO and senior management team on diversity, inclusion and affirmative action related matters. He is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise.  
 
He has addressed members of the General Assembly of the United Nations on intercultural and interreligious diversity, and also addressed a high level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Spain in 2008, Istanbul Turkey in 2009 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this year.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austria

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

Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna

Previous:
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)

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Australia

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General
Chief Executive Coordinator - GENERAL

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
 
Brief History:
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation

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.
 
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific.  Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.

 

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Romania
Name: Wajiha Haris

Organization: Scheherazade Foundation

http://www.fundatiascheherazade.ro/en/ 


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.
http://www.fundatiascheherazade.ro/about-us/?lang=en

Previous
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.

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FAITH, RELIGION & SCIENCE- FAITH & REASON IN DIALOGUE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski, Director, Faith, Religion & Science


Dr. Najdovski has researched and written widely on bio-energy science and bio-energy therapy (energy medicine). His work provides scientific substantiation which may be considered necessary for the integration of scientific and spiritual knowledge of humankind.
He trained as a medical doctor in his native Macedonia, and worked as a medical doctor at Warrnambool Base and District Hospital in Victoria, Australia. He now lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia and works with the International Center for Research and Study of Bio-energy. 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.
“Central spiritual need for humans from every religion, faith and traditional faith, including atheists who believe in natural things, are faith prayer/ deep prayer and meditation/ deep transcendental meditation, in which and during which, believers / individuals or collective, are focusing, i.e., observing one bright reality out of many negative/ dark possibilities, and according to quantum physics, they are observers. So these practices are fundamental for human well-being, nature etc. ...“ Science, especially Quantum Physics and Religion/Faith, are part of one wholeness and with time they are / and they will form an inseparable wholeness and one unity for the benefit of mankind. So Darwin, Einstein and Genesis will come together as one inseparable unity. The publication "Light" - Second edition update is nothing but a doorway towards a higher level of human and spiritual consciousness, awareness and existence, based on scientific facts ...“
– Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski
“ Links (1), (2), (3).

... Science without Religion is Lame , ... Religion without Science is Blind...” Albert Einstein

 

CITIZEN DIPLOMACY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria

Nigeria Network of NGO's
Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi

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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand

Graziella Thake, Director-Cultures, Civilisations & Ethnicity
Global Dialogue Foundation

CEO & Founder of  ICP Conscious Academy
 
Graziella Thake, the founder and director of ICP Global Academy, its Leadership Institutes and the foundation for Social responsibility is an executive coach, and ex forensic and corporate psychologist who has come form a long history of philanthropy and professional work. Graziella brings much more to executive coaching than simply her extensive experience gained by the position of Director and CEO of various companies.  She also brings the knowledge and experience of many years practicing Forensic Psychology, Sports and Team Psychology and Organisational Psychology.

Graziella uses this knowledge not only to help individuals and organisations attain success but also to give back to the community in which we all operate.  Ten percent of Graziella's time, as aligned with our company philosophy, is dedicated to CSR and of recent times this has risen with the dedication to the development of the foundation for social responsibility,
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States of America

U.S Center for Citizen Diplomacy & President AOS International
Ann Olsen Schodde - Founder, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor
http://centerforcitizendiplomacy.org/                               

Ann Olsen Schodde has held leadership positions in higher education and international non-profit organizations for over 35 years  during which she has consulted or managed educational and international  programs for more than 21 private foundations, professional associations and government agencies, including the Stanley Foundation, World Food Prize Foundation, National Council for International Visitors, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, World Affairs Councils , Sister Cities, USAID, U.S. Departments of State and Education,  and the U.S. Ukraine Foundation. Her work has involved managing and directing educational exchange and technical assistance programs  in Tunisia, Ukraine, Malaysia, the Peoples Republic of China, Russia, France, the Middle East, Japan and Mexico.

Schodde has served on numerous boards and commissions including the National Continuing Education Association,  Association of American Community Colleges, the   Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy, the National Council for International Visitors, now Global Ties and has Chaired the Greater DM Sister Cities Commission. She has testified before Congress on behalf of continuing education and citizen diplomacy, worked with embassy staff from over 60 countries, and garnered financial support from the U.S. government and the private sector for citizen based international programs including the Johnson Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, American Express, Gallup, and VISA.  In 2007 Schodde founded the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and currently serves as President Emeritus and Senior Advisor for the Center which is a separate division of Pyxera Global, Washington, D.C. Her most recent article on citizen diplomacy occurred in the 2012 winter issue of the USC Public Diplomacy Journal.    Currently as President of AOS International, she is a frequent  speaker and consultant for non-profit international organizations in the United States and throughout the world.  Concurrently she serves on the boards of CultureAll, TaiInitiative, AEP Project and Hopeful Africa.   Schodde holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin and M.Ed. from Cornell University.  She resides in Des Moines, Iowa, is married to Dr. Stephen Schodde, J.D. and has three grown children.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States of America

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)
Patrick Sciarratta

Executive Director, since 1993.

Mr. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palestine

OneVoice Palestine
Samer Makhlouf - Executive Director
http://www.onevoicemovement.org/

Samer is from the West Bank town of Jifna. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Birzeit University in Palestine and has extensive international training in fundraising and non-profit management, including a c

ultural exchange mentorship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In addition to his work with OneVoice, Samer has 10 years of experience in a broad range of non-profit and business organizations in Palestine. Prior to his post in OVP, Samer served as the head of Ramallah’s Al Kasaba Theater & Cinematheque Programs & Development Department. As a member of the Palestinian Council for Young Political Leaders, he has established a wide network of connection with Palestinian politicians, organizations, and institutes. Samer is also the President of the Jifna Youth Club and the leader/organizer of the Jifna’s Apricot Cultural Festival, one of the largest, most popular and well known festivals in Palestine.

Samer Makhlouf is currently holding the position of the Executive Director of OneVoice Palestine. In this position, Samer oversees the different programs and activities of the movement in Palestine, maintains the strong network of volunteers and activists, and works toward building a coalition of civil society organizations in support of the two-state solution. Through OneVoice, Samer has organized grassroots campaigns, training seminars, and discussion panels throughout the West Bank. He also regularly engages with elected leaders across the political spectrum—both national and local officials—through town hall meetings, which bring together leaders and Palestinian citizens to discuss the issues of the conflict. Under Samer’s leadership, OVP has grown to become the second largest youth movement in Palestine with over 500 core activists in all the governorates of the West Bank. Through OVP’s Youth Leadership Program, these activists are empowered to be young moderate political leaders capable of leading their communities in achieving a comprehensive peace agreement according to the international resolutions through the two-state solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal

North-South Centre - Council of Europe
Miguel Carvalho Da Silva

Graduated in International Relations (Diplôme de Recherche et Etudes Internationales,  INALCO-Sorbonne University, Paris)

Global Education Programme Manager
Coordination of Global Education PEDAGOGICAL support scheme

  • Global Education Guidelines
  • Global Education on-line training course 
  • Global Education & Youth Training for Trainers

(GE Guidelines drafting, revising and translation process;
GE e-learning scheme content creation under the topics of Human Rights Education, Intercultural Dialogue and Democratic Citizenship;
GE training for trainers content creation)

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South Africa

Zandile Nkosi
Eneegma

Zandile is an outspoken, enterprising networking specialist with a proven record in team leadership, training facilitation, project management and creative direction. Demonstrating an analytic mind augmented by an artistic touch, Zandile has the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, top management, vendors, suppliers and investors in coordinating overall project and business related efforts. Her desire to co-create a better world, lasting value and promoting unity in diversity has inspired her involvement in a number of philanthropic activities. Zandile is a co-founder and director at Eneegma Unlocked, a South African based company that provides leadership developmental training, success coaching and wellness consulting.

"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda

Ray of Hope Africa (RAHA)
Moses Bwambale Kyamakya

Executive Director/Founder.
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.
www.rayofhope-africa.org

Recent project/s:
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

Previous
Action For Children - Research, M&E Officer (2005 - 2007)

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France

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).

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Pakistan

Muhammad Asif Noor

Organization: Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
www.ipd.org.pk

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.


Eduction:
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)

Previous:
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)

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Switzerland

Name: Joel Atitsogbe
Organization: CO-HABITER

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
  • 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.

Recent projects

  • 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
 

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Australia

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General
Chief Executive Coordinator - GENERAL

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
 
Brief History:
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation

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.
 
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific.  Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.
 

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Australia
 
Scott Leckie, Director-Climate Change, Global Dialogue Foundation

Director and Founder of Displacement Solutions (www.displacementsolutions.org), an organisation dedicated to resolving cases of forced displacement throughout the world, in particular displacement caused by climate change and conflict. In 2009 Scott founded Oneness World (www.onenessworld.org), an institution dedicated to developing alternative forms of global governance grounded in global citizenship. He is also Founder of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE - www.cohre.org), an organisation he headed from 1991-2007. He regularly advises several United Nations agencies and has worked on human rights issues in 65 countries. He was the driving force behind more than 50 international human rights standards, and has published 12 books and over 100 articles and reports on issues including housing rights, economic, social and cultural rights, forced evictions, the right to housing and property restitution for refugees and internally displaced persons and other human rights themes. He frequently lectures and regularly teaches several human rights courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong

Doug Woodring - Director, Environment - Marine
Global Dialogue Foundation
 
Doug was born in California, but has worked in Asia for over 17 years. He is an environmental and technology entrepreneur, as well as a water sports enthusiast. Prior to working with start ups, he created a framework for a global environmental technology fund at Merrill Lynch in1998.
He is currently working with a variety of renewable energy technologies,including micro wind, wave, and for buildings, living vertical green walls. He is the chairman of the Environmental Committee at the American Chamber in Hong Kong, organizer of two open water swim races, and well connected throughout the region in the areas of the environment and new media technologies. He has a BA from UC Berkeley,an MA in Environmental Economics from Johns Hopkins (SAIS), and an MBA from Wharton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States of America

Mr. Jim Swiger - Ambassador-at-Large, Director-General, Environment
Global Dialogue Foundation

Mr. Swiger has 25 + years of global corporate business experience in all matters of business development and compliance in cross border transactions working in and with West Africa, Brazil and South America, China, India, S.E. Asia, and the United States.  In addition to his business focus, Mr. Swiger has always been proactive in helping others less fortunate than himself and feels a compelling duty to do so.
 
His mantra is: “it is not all about me or money it is all about giving back to others in need.”  Mr. Swiger believes we can create jobs in many countries while bringing people together in common goals in intercultural societies.
 
Mr. Swiger is dedicated to creating a clean safe environment for all people in part by cleaning up oil spills, helping to create clean potable water and advancing developments in agriculture and animal feeds through his company EnvrioGlobal Solutions, Ltd. (www.enviroglobalsolutions.com), where he serves as founding CEO. 

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand

Mike Handcock - Senior Director, Global Dialogue Foundation
Administrative Board of Directors

From a background as a financial planner, senior manager of New Zealand's largest financial institution and Master Wealth Coach for XL Results Foundation, the leading entrepreneur organization in the world Mike Handcock is an innovator, author, musician and professional international speaker and coach. He has written six books including a best seller nominated for self improvement book of the year. His books are available in 6 countries.

Mike has spoken and coached more than 30,000 people in twenty countries. He has been called Asia's leading Edu-Tainer and one of the Top Ten Coaches in Asia Pacific. He consistently scores over ten out of ten on the quality of his coaching.

With a background in senior management for a leading corporate, Mike is an entrepreneur. He currently owns no less than five businesses globally and is a board member of SAGE Foundation committed to assisting underprivileged children in India. Mike is a passionate musician with nine albums to his credit and is a life member and master wealth coach of XL Results Foundation now the world's largest entrepreneur network.

Rock Your Life- is driven by Mike's passion to assist others to play a bigger game for themselves and the planet through attaining wealth,purpose and to have an extraordinary life, with a social conscience. It is an incredible life shaping experience that combines music, education and philosophy.

 

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Australia

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General
Chief Executive Coordinator - GENERAL

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
 
Brief History:
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation

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.
 
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific.  Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.

 

FAITH, SPIRITUALITY, RELIGION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Australia
Venerable Lobsang Tendar (Tibetan Buddhist Monk), Director-Religion, Faith & Traditional Faiths, Global Dialogue Foundation

Ven. Lobsang Tendar comes from Kham, Eastern Tibet.  Ordained at Dego Samdupling Monastery at the age of 12, Tendar left for Lhasa shortly after where he joined Gyuto Monastery and trained as a monk for 7 years.  In 1989, he made the journey across the Himalayas to join the Tibetan community in India.  There, he continued his studies at the Gyuto Tantric University in Northern India, specializing in tantric chanting, meditation and butter sculptures and sand mandala.  
 
During 30+ years of study and training, Tendar obtained specialty skills certificates in these fields.

Tendar started touring Europe and Australia in early 2000 and 2001 with the monks of Tibet as Chant Master, spreading the message of love compassion and peace.  He returned to Australia in 2002 as a resident and became an Australian citizen shortly after in 2005.  His contributions in Australia are numerous where he is most recognized for his chanting and practice of Tantric Healing.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

Kevin Meese Director - Religion, Faith & Traditional Faiths
 
Kevin is an Executive Officer of Catholic Mission Melbourne. 
 
Catholic Mission works in partnership with local Church communities in the Majority World.  It provides support through spiritual, pastoral care and building programs. 
 
Catholic Mission works to educate Australians about mission and justice, encouraging engagement with global mission.  It focuses on the development of local Church leadership, and provides support to children of the Majority World. 
 
Education, health care, shelter, food and personal development programs form the basis of our outreach programs. 
 
Kevin Meese's involvement in Catholic Mission stretches over 10 years.  The challenge of engagement with local communities in need form the inspiration for his work, which strives to make real the Gospel message of hope and transformation for all people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Australia
 
Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn, Director - Religion, Faith & Traditional Faiths
Global Dialogue Foundation
 
In addition to being the Chief Minister of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation and past President of the Orthodox Rabbis of Australia and New Zealand, Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn is also a highly gifted cantor and vocal artist of international reputation. He sings and collaborates with some of the world's greatest cantors and choirs on a regular basis.

Prior to his arrival in Melbourne, Rabbi Heilbrunn was a Rabbi and popular Cantor of several large Jewish congregations in South Africa, the North Shore Synagogue (Sydney) and subsequently Chief Minister of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. He has enjoyed much success as a Rabbi, Cantor, lecturer, educator and counsellor. Rabbi Heilbrunn has involved himself in all aspects of the Cantorial and Jewish Liturgical art and the promotion of Jewish Synagogue music throughout the Community.

Rabbi Heilbrunn's involvement in Synagogue life dates back to his youth: he was encouraged to take an active role in the services at his Boarding School and later at the Linksfield Senderwood Synagogue. Later he became the Junior Minister (Chazan Sheni) of that Synagogue while at the same directing the Jewish Activities Program at the King David Schools Hostel.
 
Whilst continuing his studies towards Law and Arts degrees, he became a lecturer at the Jewish Students University Program, an institution which had been founded by his fellow Rabbinical students and himself. 

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Fiji

Methodist Church of Fiji & Rotuma
Mosese Naluwau Koroimata

Church Minister/Reverend
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.

 

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Austria

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

Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna

Previous:
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)

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Romania

Name: Wajiha Haris

Organization: Scheherazade Foundation

http://www.fundatiascheherazade.ro/en/

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.
http://www.fundatiascheherazade.ro/about-us/?lang=en

Previous
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.

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YOUTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azerbaijan

Great Silk Way
Aydan Karimli

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.
http://gswyouth.org/

Education:
Azerbaijan State Economic University - MBA - International Business

Previous
2011-2012: OGAE Azerbaijan (Official Eurovision Fan Club in Azerbaijan) Position: PR manager, Copywriter.

Volunteer work
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

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Cameroon

Country: Cameroon
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.
http://www.actionsvitales.org/

Previous
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).

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Serbia

Name: Miomir Rajcevic
Organization: Media Education Centre


http://www.mediaeducationcentre.eu/eng/
 
CURRENT OCCUPATIONS:
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States of America

Unity in Diversity Peace Garden
Kiran Thawardas - Project Manager
https://www.facebook.com/UnityInDiversityPeaceGardenAtScarrittBennettCenter

Kiran began to work on the project at age 14, bringing the peace garden project to America, eventually creating the first inaugurated Unity in Diversity Peace Garden in the world at age 17. Thawardas has a great passion in the Unity in Diversity project and its mission with the hope of encouraging intercultural dialogue and understanding around the world and in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Volunteerism plays a great role in his life, being the service coordinator of his school’s National Honor Society and a chair member of his school’s Service Club. Graduating high school in May of 2015, he plans on pursuing a degree and career in engineering.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macedonia
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.

Previous:
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.

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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/

Ms. 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.

EDUCATION
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)
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  • 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

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MEDIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia

Media Education Centre
Miomir Rajcevic

http://www.mediaeducationcentre.eu/eng/
 
CURRENT OCCUPATIONS:
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

3ZZZ - Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio
George Silloum - President
http://www.3zzz.com.au/

I was born in Syria and migrated to Australia in 1974 as a young man

I have studied Aeronautical engineering in Melbourne and worked in that field till about 1985 and after that I have completed various studies in building and architectural studies and started my business in designing  and building various construction projects the business still operating till now.

Married with 2 children’s boys both university graduates.

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CULTURE, ETHNICITY, DIASPORAS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Maya Shahani
Global Dialogue Foundation
- Administrative Board of Directors
SAGE 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Australia
 
Carolyn Briggs is an elder of the Boon Wurrung people, who are the traditional owners of the country that starts at the Werribee River and extends east, through part of the city of Melbourne and as far east as Wilson's Promontory.  

Carolyn has devoted most of her working life to advancing the cause of her people and inheriting traditional and customary responsibilities associated with her country, people and culture.

She has been actively involved in significant community development projects, in advocacy,native title, social reform and cultural promotion. She has been involved in negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreement [under the Native Title Act] and establishing and managing education & support programs at University level.
 
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Austria

Name: Michael Wimmer, PhD.
Organization: EDUCULT

2003 - present: Director of EDUCULT, Head of Scientific Research
Priorities: Cultural Policy, Cultural Development, Education Policy, Arts and Cultural Education and Cultural Participation
http://www.educult.at/

Education: Full profile

1988 - 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

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Australia

Vasan Srinivasan - Chairperson, Steering Committee

- Director, USS Australia Pty Ltd - providing assistance to overseas students. The organisation promotes and facilitates the enrollment of overseas students in Victoria, Australia from around the globe.
 
- President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV) 
o Since FIAV's establishment in 1989, actively participated in its activities
o Former Chairman of Advisory board 
 
- Member - Livingstone Primary School Council: Vermont South - VIC
o Living locally for the past 22 years
o Concerned about the education at primary school council 
 
- Member - Melbourne Lord Mayor's Charitable Funds Grants Committee
o Member of Family Panel since 2003
o Actively involved in Grants & Funding preparation for the family panel
 
- De Attaché - 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games - Indian Contingent
 
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Australia

Vincent Chow

Born Malaysia 1955
Migrated to Melbourne in Melbourne 1975
Accountant; Property Developer
Chairperson, Federation of Chinese Association of Victoria
Chairperson, Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival Organising Committee
Chairperson, Glen Waverly Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival Organising Committee
President: Chinese Association of Victoria (2002 –2004)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia

Name: Miomir Rajcevic
Organization: Media Education Centre


http://www.mediaeducationcentre.eu/eng/
 
CURRENT OCCUPATIONS:
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.

 

Australia

Ordan Andreevski

Director of Australian Outreach - United Macedonian Diaspora
http://www.umdiaspora.org/index.php/en/

 

SCIENCE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia
 
Mihajlo (Michael) Najdovski - Director
Biotechnology graduate, currently working as a Microbiologist for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies in the plasma industry. With a strong interest in genetics and life extension techniques, Michael will be undertaking further studies in the field of Biomolecular principles. Michael is also a strong believer in well-being and disease prevention through proper eating habits and an active lifestyle. He has commenced his further Biotechnology/ Bio-molecular studies. He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.

-In my lifetime, I want to see a world where people are treated equally, where people who have give to people who don't, where more capable nations help those less fortunate ones - without a hidden agenda. A world united, without borders, race, religious conflicts and a monetary system that cripples nations and holds back anything that won't profit a certain few insatiable autocrats. We are all the same, when this is realised and we begin to work together as one rather than compete as many, we will achieve advancement beyond our belief.-   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Australia
 
Dr. Ilija Najdovski PhD Nanotechnology - Director
A graduate in Nanotechnology with Honours in Chemistry in researching a novel pathogenic sensor; Ilija is currently working as a Validation Officer for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies in the plasma industry. Interested in future technological advancements in the fields of renewable energy and medical devices, Ilija is developing his career within the medical industry with future plans in research & development and he has completed his PhD in Nanotechnology.
 He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.

-If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed- - Albert Einstein

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austria

Name: Michael Wimmer, PhD.
Organization: EDUCULT

2003 - present: Director of EDUCULT, Head of Scientific Research
Priorities: Cultural Policy, Cultural Development, Education Policy, Arts and Cultural Education and Cultural Participation
http://www.educult.at/

Education: Full profile

1988 - 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

Full profile

 

CITIZENS, ORGANISATIONS & COMMUNITY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
United Arab Emirates
 
Adv. K.K. Sarachandra Bose - GDF Chairman
Business lawyer for businessmen; Philanthropist for the downtrodden.

Professional Career:  a lawyer specialized in Corporate, Commercial & Contract laws; practicing in Dubai and other jurisdictions for the last over 30 years; handled over 10,000 cases during 1980-85 periods alone; a member of the International Bar Association; a visiting professor in International Business law; a legal columnist in several publications; addressed over 100 law seminars as a guest speaker; a partner at Dar Al-Adalah, Advocates & Legal Consultants, Dubai; travelled widely to represent his international clients; uncompromising to fraud and injustice.
Law is universal; Ignorance of law is no excuse, even for a layman, especially business law for businessmen.
Social Career: founder chairman of Gulf-Trivandrum Airfare Forum (1989), campaigned and got up-gradation of Trivandrum airport as the 5th International airport in India in the year 1991 after independence, introduced competition in the sector and hence dearly called as the 'Airport Bose'; organizer of the Onam festival for 'Global Peace & Friendship' under the banner Onam92,93,94,95 in Dubai, and Onam96&97 in Kerala, and hence dearly called as the 'Onam Bose'; over 11,000 guests at Onam92, over 15,000 guests each at Onam 93&94, over 25,000 guests at Onam95 and Onam lunch served to all guests at all festivals. Onam95 Car Rally was also held in Dubai. Onam96&97 in Kerala were followed by group marriages of several couples selected from orphanages and Onam lunch served to over 56,000 inmates of all the orphanages in Kerala; founder chairman of Overseas Indian Charitable Society (1995).

Follow your heart.
 
 
 
Advocates & Legal Consultants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General
Chief Executive Coordinator - GENERAL

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
 
Brief History:
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation

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.
 
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific.  Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austria

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

Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna

Previous:
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)

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Bulgaria

Name: Stanimira Hadjimitova
Organization: Gender Project for Bulgarian Foundation

http://gender-bg.org/

Position: Director 

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.

Recent projects

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.

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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/

Ms. 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.

EDUCATION
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)
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  • 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

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Macedonia

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.

Previous:
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.

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Australia

Vasan Srinivasan - Chairperson, Steering Committee

- Director, USS Australia Pty Ltd - providing assistance to overseas students. The organisation promotes and facilitates the enrollment of overseas students in Victoria, Australia from around the globe.
 
- President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV) 
o Since FIAV's establishment in 1989, actively participated in its activities
o Former Chairman of Advisory board 
 
- Member - Livingstone Primary School Council: Vermont South - VIC
o Living locally for the past 22 years
o Concerned about the education at primary school council 
 
- Member - Melbourne Lord Mayor's Charitable Funds Grants Committee
o Member of Family Panel since 2003
o Actively involved in Grants & Funding preparation for the family panel
 
- De Attaché - 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games - Indian Contingent
 
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Australia

Vincent Chow

Born Malaysia 1955
Migrated to Melbourne in Melbourne 1975
Accountant; Property Developer
Chairperson, Federation of Chinese Association of Victoria
Chairperson, Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival Organising Committee
Chairperson, Glen Waverly Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival Organising Committee
President: Chinese Association of Victoria (2002 –2004)

 

Australia

Ordan Andreevski

Director of Australian Outreach - United Macedonian Diaspora
http://www.umdiaspora.org/index.php/en/

 

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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/

Ms. 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.

EDUCATION
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)
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  • 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

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Australia

Cultural Infusion
Peter Mousaferiadis
http://www.culturalinfusion.org.au/

Since 1988, Peter has had an extensive career in the arts as a creative director, producer, artistic director, music director, composer and a champion of intercultural understanding. He has established himself as one of Australias leading cross cultural directors. Some memorable events include:

  • Producer/Director of the “Australian Christmas Show” in Jinan, China – 21st Dec 2013.
  • Producer/Director of the Interfaith Showcase “Colors of Ugnayan” United Religious South East Asia Conference in Manila, Philippines 10th November, 2013
  • Producer/Creative Director and Composer of the Australia Day Concert, 2004 to 2012.
  • Creative Director and Producer of countless ceremonies including the most recent being the Opening and Closing Ceremony for the UN World Model Games Conference March 2013 in Melbourne.
  • Artistic Director of the Red Earth Arts Festival, WA, 2012.
  • Creative Director of the arts and cultural program and concert “Towards Oneness” for the United Religious South East Asia Conference in KL, Malaysia, October 2011.
  • Creative Director/Producer of the Beyond DifferenceConcert in Manilla, Philippines, for the United Religious Initiative South East Asia Conference, Nov 27, 2010.
  • Producer/Creative Director of the Welcome Concert, Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the United Nations Advance Global Healthconference, streamed to 250 million people worldwide, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

Colin McKinnon-Dodd

Colin is Mia Mia Gallery’s founder, as well as its principle artist, educator and curator.

Over the past 15 years, Colin has been a founding member of many Indigenous initiatives throughout Australia including the Aboriginal Actors Corporation, Wadamba Bic, One-Fire Dance Troope and the Aboriginal Arts Development Trust. In addition, he initiated a Community Theatre Diploma Course for Indigenous actors and production designers at the Victorian College of the Arts in response to television and theatrical agents request for more trained Indigenous actors.

Colin is a lecturer in cultural awareness, Indigenous art and education. He has delivered significant performance and visual arts exhibitions as part of the Indigenous component of over 44 festivals and events. He is also a visual artist having exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, Manningham Gallery, Narana Creations and at many group shows both private and public.

Colin has curated collections of significant Indigenous art works for TEAC and many other corporations, councils, shires and private collectors.

He liaises with Indigenous visual artists and the corporate and government sector in both advocacy and commercial transaction activities to achieve the best outcomes for his community. Many Aboriginal people who wish to participate more fully in the visual arts industry consider him their mentor.

Colin actively seeks out opportunities for Indigenous artists to exploit their own imagery on their own terms, enabling income streams that consolidate their longevity in the industry; one that will benefit the artists, their families and their communities.

Whilst setting up the Aboriginal Artists Development Trust, Colin was responsible for the introduction of the Lin Onus Award into the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. The award was given out for an outstanding work by an Indigenous artist aged 30 years and under. Through Colin’s efforts The Peter Brock Foundation sponsored the award for two years and it became not only an integral part of the ceremony but it also acted as a testament to Lin Onus’ legacy.


 

United States of America

Macedonian Arts Council
Pavlina Proevska
http://www.macedonianarts.org/