Executive Committee

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Heitor Gurgulino de Souza

Heitor Gurgulino de Souza is the President of the Academy & World University Consortium, the President of the Brazilian Chapter of the Club of Rome, and recently retired as Vice President of the Club. He was appointed to the Council of the United Nations University (UNU) in 1986 and was selected by the UN Secretary General as UNU’s Rector the following year. He served in Japan (1987-1991 and 1992-1997) in the truly global and interdisciplinary University, was a Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO (1988-1989) and Vice-Rector of UNILEGIS, of Brazil’s Federal Senate. He worked for 16 years as Rector of the Federal University of São Carlos, S. Paulo, and as Director of the Department of University Affairs in the Ministry of Education, Director of the National Research Council (CNPq) and, by Presidential appointment, was a Member of the Federal Council of Education, both in Brasilia. Earlier he was Professor Emeritus of Physics at the State University of São Paulo, Brazil, and conducted research work in the Department of Physics at the Universities of Kansas (USA) and S. Paulo, and worked in the Department of Scientific Affairs at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC (USA) and helped set-up its large Regional Programs of Science and Technology. Heitor was nominated to WAAS by former President Harlan Cleveland.

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Garry Jacobs

Garry Jacobs is Chief Executive Officer of the Academy; Chairman of the Board & CEO of World University Consortium; Managing Editor of Cadmus Journal; Vice-President of The Mother's Service Society (MSS), a social science research institute in Pondicherry, South India; and Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy. Garry is an American-born international consultant on management and economic development. He has been a Fellow of WAAS since 1995 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005, serving as Chairman of the Board 2011-2013 and as CEO since 2011. From 1972 he has been engaged in research at MSS on economic, social development, employment, organizational theory, psychology, education and psychology and development strategies for the Government of India. In 1989 he founded the International Commission on Peace and Food and served for five years as its Member-Secretary, convener of ICPF’s working groups on Employment and on Transition in Eastern Europe, coordinator of the ICPF research team that evolved a strategy to generate 100 million new jobs in India, and editor of the Commission's report to the UN entitled Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace and Equitable Development. Garry is also a management consultant and partner since 1987 in Mira International, a consulting firm providing management guidance to firms in a wide range of industries in the USA, Europe and India. His work includes assignments for small, medium and large corporations on strategies to elevate corporate values, accelerate growth, and improve profitability. He is author of hundreds of articles on economic, business and global affairs and co-author of two business books on the process of corporate growth, a book on Indian development and a novel on spirituality and business. He is also member of the Club of Rome. 

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Alexander Likhotal

Alexander Likhotal is President of Green Cross International (GCI). He holds doctorates in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (1975) and History from USSR Academy of Sciences (1987). In addition to an academic career, he served as a European security analyst for the Soviet Union leadership. In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Spokesman and Advisor to the President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. After Mr. Gorbachev’s resignation, he served as his advisor and spokesman at the Gorbachev Foundation. Alexander Likhotal is actively involved in furthering sustainable development principles as President of GCI. He has launched internationally acclaimed initiatives such as the Earth Dialogues Forum and Green Cross International’s global campaign for the Right to Water. He is also a member of the Club of Rome (Executive Committee), a Councilor at the World Future Council, Board member of the World Culture Forum and serves as advisor to the Club of Madrid. He has held academic positions at Northeastern University (Boston), the Institute of European Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and Security Dialogue Journal (Oslo). He has authored numerous publications and articles on environment, global politics and education.

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Winston Nagan

Winston Nagan is a Professor of Law, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida; Visiting Professor, Al-Farabi Kazakh National university, Kazakhstan; Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development and Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts. A member of the Editorial Board of Cadmus Journal, Winston Nagan is also the International Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Law and Politics. He served as Chairman of Amnesty International USA (1989-91) and as a member of the Board (1986-92). He also served as President of Policy Sciences Center, Yale Law School (1986-1991) and on numerous groups of international experts on issues related to human rights, biodiversity, indigenous rights, and traditional knowledge. Winston Nagan is an alumnus of the University of South Africa, where he did his B.A (Law), Brasenose college, Oxford, where he got an M.A (Juris), Duke School of Law where he did LL.M. and later Yale School of Law, where he obtained his Doctorate degree in law.

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Nebojša Nešković

Nebojša Nešković is the Secretary General of the World Academy of Art and Science. He is a physicist and engineer working in the Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia. He is the Head of the project of construction and use of the TESLA Accelerator Installation, being a regional large scale facility for science and medicine. The programs of use of the Installation include basic and applied research in physics, chemistry and biology, development of materials technologies, production of radiopharmaceuticals, and proton therapy. He has obtained his PhD degree at the University of Belgrade and completed his post-doctoral study in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA. His most important scientific contributions belong to the field of theoretical solid state physics and his engineering contributions to the field of accelerator technologies. He was the Associate Director for Science of the Vinča Institute. Besides, he was the Director of the TESLA Scientific Center – an association of 15 scientific and educational institutions from South Eastern and Central Europe. In that capacity, he organized many international meetings focused on establishing and intensifying scientific and technological collaboration in the region and with the rest of Europe and the USA. Presently, he is the Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Academy.

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Ivo Šlaus

Ivo Slaus is a nuclear and particle physicist and director of South East European Division of the Academy (SEED). He is also a member of the international advisory council of the Club of Rome and former president of the Croatian Association of the Club of Rome; a member of the Pugwash Council and former president of Croatian Pugwash; a founding Fellow of Academia Europaea; a member of the managing board of the Balkan Political Club; Chairman, International Network of Centres for Sustainable Development; founder and former Executive Committee member of the European Physical Society; Fellow World Innovation Foundation, and a former member of the Parliament of Croatia. Professor Slaus has held academic teaching posts at Rudjer Boškovic Institute, Croatia, UCLA, Georgetown University, Duke University, and the International postgraduate school Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana (since 2003). He has received national awards for research in 1962 and in 1969.

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Alberto Zucconi

Alberto Zucconi is Treasurer of the Academy and the Secretary General of World University Consortium. He is a clinical psychologist, a former student and collaborator of the late Dr. Carl Rogers, one of the founding fathers of Humanistic Psychology and originator of the Client-Centred Therapy and the Person Centred Approach, a scientifically formulated paradigm that has impacted the fields of psychology, education and management. He is the president of the Person-Centred Approach Institute (IACP), a non-profit international organization, co-founded with Carl Rogers and Charles Devonshire and dedicated to research in human behaviour, the promotion of health and the training of professionals. IACP is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for research, training and consulting in Health Promotion at the workplace in Italy and the Host Institution for the SOLVE programs of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Italy. Alberto Zucconi was a faculty member of the Western Behavioural Science Institute (WBSI) in La Jolla, CA., and is a fellow of the International Leadership Forum (ILF), an online global think thank, a senior staff member of the Carl Rogers’ Peace Institute that has organized with the United Nations University for Peace cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution meetings with heads of state and diplomats. He has been working internationally for 35 years as a trainer, lecturer and consultant for public and private organizations and is currently teaching Client Centred Therapy and the Person Centred Approach, at the post graduate level at the University of Siena (Italy), faculty of medicine. He has authored several articles and books focused on psychology, psychotherapy and health promotion and designed and directed various research projects.