WAAS Board of Trustees

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Saulo Bahia

Saulo Casali Bahia is a federal judge in Brazil and member of the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador. He has extensive experience with regard to constitutional law and public international law, and also with regard to public policies and Judicial Power.

A member of the Editorial Board of three journals, Saulo has published many books and articles and is a recipient of several awards. He joined the University of Florida (USA) as a visiting professor four times, and also in France (University of Tours).

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Zbigniew Bochniarz

Zbigniew Bochniarz became a WAAS Fellow in 2004 nominated by Harlan Cleveland. His interests within WAAS focus on environmental, economic and social problems and collaboration with South European Section. Zbigniew joined the Evans School faculty as a visiting professor in 2007. His teaching and research focus on sustainable development, comparative environmental policies, microeconomics of competition, and sustainability assessment of the transformation processes in post-communist countries. He is the author, co-author and/or editor of over 100 publications, including 15 books published on three continents in 12 languages. Since 2005, Zbigniew has been affiliate member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program at Harvard Business School. He has previously served as a visiting professor and senior fellow from 1986 to 2006 at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He also served on the faculty at the Warsaw School of Economics from 1968 to 1985. He is the founder of the Center for Nations in Transition at the Humphrey Institute, which has initiated more than 20 projects raising $38 million and training 44,000 people in the countries of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Zbigniew served as chairman of Environmental Partnership for Central Europe (Polish Chapter) Board of Trustees, honorary president of the ETP Foundation in Romania, and founding member of the ETP foundations in Bulgaria and Slovakia, the Center for Environmental Studies in Budapest, the Institute for Environmental Policy in Prague, the Institute for Sustainable Development in Warsaw, and the Energy Efficiency Foundation in Poland. Zbigniew holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and honorary doctorate from the Miskolc University.

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Stefan Brunnhuber

Stefan Brunnhuber is a socio-economist and psychiatrist who has been actively engaged in the activities for WAAS for the past five years.

As an active member of the New Economic Theory Working Group, he has introduced new approaches to fund the UN Sustainable Development Goals by the creation of complementary cryptocurrencies specially designed for investment to achieve the Agenda 2030 targets.

He is currently Medical Director & Chief Medical Officer at the Diakonie Kliniken Zschadrass, Colditz and Chief Medical Officer Department of Integral Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy. Mr. Brunnhuber is a Senator elected of the European Academy of Science and Arts (EASA), an Endowed Professor for Psychology & Sustainability, Member of the Board of Trustees World Academy of Science and Arts since 2018 and a Full Member of the Club of Rome since 2019. Another current position is the Institutional and corporate counceling (GENCAPGroup, UN, WHO, EU) and a Member of the German liberal Party (FDP) and the national economic board since this year.

Previous positions include Deputy Head of the Institute for Psychology, Medicial Sociology, Psychotherapy at the University Würzburg, a Visiting Professor „Finance and Sustainability” at University Budapest, a Medical Consultant at the department for Psychiatry II in Salzburg, and other Visiting Professorships in South Corea, Hungaria, Japan, China, India, etc. in variety of disciplines, including Finance, Medicine, Sustainability.

He has made seminal contributions to the Academy’s work on Mind, Thinking & Creativity and on a New Paradigm in Education to improve learning outcomes and promote creative thinking.

Mr. Brunnhuber studied Medicine at the Medical School of Ulm. He further holds a Master's degree in MA Philosophy – Social and Economic Science Ulm München and a doctoral degree in Psychiatry, also from the University Ulm.

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Emil Constantinescu

Emil Constantinescu is currently professor at the Bucharest University Doctoral School and was Romanian President from 1996 to 2000.

From 1966, he was assistant, lecturer, at the Faculty of Geology at the University of Bucharest. He is author of 12 specialty books. He published over 60 studies in the most important scientific magazines from Romania and abroad.

Within his civic activities, he engages in the effort to set up the democracy in Romania, to defend human fundamental rights and freedom, and in building the civil society.  Proposed by the University Solidarity and the Civic Alliance, as unique candidate of the RDC for the presidential elections in 1992. After this first political experience, the Democratic Convention elected him as its president. Their party won in 1996 the local and parliamentary elections and Emil Constantinescu was elected through direct vote President of Romania on a four-year term. During his presidential mandate (1996-2000) Romania has engaged in a large-scale process of reform in economy, justice and administration. He opened the crucial way for Romania towards NATO and EU.

Later, Emil Constantinescu resumed his academic career and made further steps to consolidate the nongovernmental organizations role. He launched the XXI European Generation Forum and founded the Romanian Academic Forum. In 2008 founded the New Democracies Forum. He is awarded several prizes, among others the Prize of Romanian Academy; Palmas Academicas; Golden and Honorific medals from Comenius University in Bratislava. He was president of the international commission for supervising the parliamentary elections (2001) and presidential elections (2007) in Senegal and of the parliamentary elections in Tunisia (2011).

He graduated in judicial studies from the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest and is assigned as probationer judge at Pitesti Local Court. The political climate forced him to attend the courses of the Geology. He became a doctor in Geology from the University of Bucharest; Doctor ès Sciences from the Duke University, USA.

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Momir Djurovic

Momir Djurovic was born in Montenegro. He has graduated at University of Belgrade, obtained M.Sc., Ph.D. and DIC at Imperial Colledge, D.Sc. from University of Zagreb and holds few Dr. h. c. He has been working in the field of electromagnetism, electrical machines and energy. He has published many professional papers, as well as many papers on topics concerning science and education, delivered many invited lectures and published many books(38). He has consulted many companies (Westinghouse, GE, Rade Koncar, Farrant, Crompton Greeves, GEC Alston France, …), as well as few governments ( P.R.Chine, Moldova, Yugoslavia, Montenegro, ISCU Asia). He is member of many science academies worldwide (16, – president of Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts) and other institutions (The Club of Rome, IEE…). He holds many awards and was visiting on many grants among which Fullbraith. He has been member of editorial board in few periodicals and edited many books and organized many international conferences. He lives in Podgorica, Montenegro.

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Fadwa El Guindi

Dr. Fadwa El Guindi, Retiree UCLA, former Distinguished Professor at Qatar University, graduated from the American University in Cairo, BA, Cum Laude, in 1960, and, in 2017, was its selected honoree as a Distinguished Alumna. She holds a Ph.D. in 4-field anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin (1972). El Guindi had joined the Social Research Center (AUC), and its research team on the Ford Foundation-funded Nubian Research Project. 

El Guindi’s analysis of her data attracted the attention of eminent US anthropologists leading to a limited scholarship to the US to pursue her doctorate. At UT, Austin, she followed her ‘love’ of anthropology conducting field research in Oaxaca, Mexico, for 23 months of total immersion throughout the period of more than 12 years.

She resigned from the SRC to accept her first faculty position at UCLA.  Her fieldwork experience spans three cultural regions: Nubia, the Zapotec, and the Arabian Gulf.  She has published 8 academic books, 3 award-winning visual ethnographies, and more than 140 research articles, many in high-impact factor scientific journals, and public Op-Ed pieces in major venues. She was interviewed globally and is the recipient of many awards and honors. Her expertise on the Middle East brought her to the Clinton White House, and she frequently gave lectures to diplomats assigned to the Middle East at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State. Her publications appeared in English, Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, and Indonesian. She is elected Trustee at the World Academy of Art & Science and Research Expert Consultant at Qatar National Research Fund.

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Jüri Engelbrecht

Jüri Engelbrecht (born 1.08.1939), Dipl. Eng. (1962), PhD (1968), and DSc (1981) in Mechanics.  Joined the Institute of Cybernetics in 1969 (Tallinn University of Technology) and founded the Centre for Nonlinear Studies (1999-2015), now professor emeritus. His main scientific interest is in mathematical physics: nonlinear wave motion, complexity and coupled fields, modelling of nerve pulse dynamics, he has authored several monographs in these fields. President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (1994–2004), Vice-President (2004-2014), now an adviser. President of ALLEA (All European Academies) for 2006–2011, he was also a member of the ESF Governing Council and a member of the EASAC. From 2013 on, he is a Trustee of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). His activities in science policy are reflected in his numerous papers and essays, mostly published by ALLEA and WAAS.

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Rodolfo Fiorini

Prof. Rodolfo A. Fiorini’s interests within WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science) focus on global leadership education for human security and safety, environmental, sustainable, economic, and social responsibility problems. His teaching and research are centred on sustainable development, comparative environmental policies, competition and cooperation, multilateral systems, and sustainability assessment of the transformation processes. He is Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano, Italy, and received his Ph.D. in Energetics (Economy of Energy) in 1984 and in Bioengineering in 1989. He is the founder and scientific director of the Research Group on “Computational Information Conservation Theory” (CICT). Since 2009, he has been responsible for teaching courses on personal and social wellbeing. He is the author, co-author and/or editor of over 400 national and international publications and presentations, including several books. Currently, he is devoted to chairing and organizing international conferences, working groups, meetings etc., for cultivating young minds to be ready for the transformation to the incoming wellbeing society.

Main interests: complex systems science; global arbitrary multiscale system science (GAMSS); quantum field arithmetic theory; quantum resonance; quantum entanglement; deep learning; machine learning; collaborative innovation; cooperative intelligence; artificial intelligence; natural stupidity; social sciences; neuroscience; cognitive systems; brain-computer interface; hybrid reality; digital twin; phygital ecosystem; systems thinking; autonomous system; symbiotic system science, human-centered symbiotic systems science. Prof. R. A. Fiorini is WAAS Board of Trustees, IEEE, EMB, AAAS, and JTiBS Editorial Board Member.

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Erich Hoedl

Erich Hoedl, Austrian, education in mathematics and economics in Paris and Vienna, Habilitation at Darmstadt University of Technology, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University/New York (1973/74), Guest Professor at Heidelberg University and University of Vienna, Professor at Kassel University and Wuppertal University, since 2005 Emeritus. Rector of Wuppertal University (1991-99), Rector of Graz University of Technology (2000-03), Vice-President of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2005-15), and actually Trustee of World Academy of Art & Science. Since the 1970s divers consultancies for the German Government, European Union, and United Nations. Publication of a dozen of books on political economy, economic policy and European Integration.

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Garry Jacobs

Garry Jacobs is President and 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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Yehuda Kahane

Yehuda Kahane is the treasurer of the Academy. He a recognized expert in the global insurance industry and a very successful multi-entrepreneur, was the author of a proposal to the world association of insurance and pension funds at the Rio Environmental Conference to invest a major portion of their resources into sustainable development projects that promote long-term human welfare, as a result of which an accord was signed by the participating companies to redirect trillions of dollars of their investment portfolio and a special award was issued to him. He is currently the chairperson and co-founder of YK Center, senior member of the faculty at the School of Management, Tel Aviv University.

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Donato Kiniger-Passigli

Donato Kiniger Passigli is Vice President of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and is the WAAS Representative to the UN in Geneva. He currently serves as Senior Advisor for Peace and Security at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

He is a journalist and a member of the Italian Press Federation. Donato is an expert in crisis resolution, development cooperation, public and labor affairs. Until recently, he coordinated the Fragile States and Disaster Response Group at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Donato specialized in promoting crisis response programs and initiatives in the wake of major humanitarian crises, addressing governance and employment deficits.

In his over 30 years at the United Nations, he was also a spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) and head of the Media and Public Affairs branch of the Hague-Based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Donato also served as chief of staff for the UN mission in Western Sahara and was head of external relations at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former-Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Previously, he acted as head of office in Belgrade for the UN peacekeeping mission and, as an economic affairs officer, managed large UN development programmes.

Donato specialized in humanitarian action and governance, conflict analysis, risk management, disaster needs assessment, business continuity and partnership-building. He authors articles, delivers lectures and training on the above subjects.

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Nebojša Nešković

Nebojša Nešković is a theoretical physicist also involved in accelerator technologies. Currently, he is Member of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Serbia, Member of the Scientific Council of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, and Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest, Romania. Also, he is Trustee and Secretary General of the World Academy of Art and Science, Associate Member of the Club of Rome, and President of the Serbian Chapter of the Club of Rome.

He has been Director of the Laboratory of Physics of the Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia, and Associate Director of the Vinča Institute responsible for making and implementing its long-range research program. He has also been Head of the TESLA Project, in the Vinča Institute, which comprised the construction and use of a large-scale facility for science and medicine with ion beams, and Director of the TESLA Scientific Center, an association of 15 scientific and educational institutions from South Eastern and Central Europe, whose joint program has been focused on science with accelerators and accelerator technologies.

Besides, he has been the main organizer of a number of international scientific meetings related to materials science, nanoscience, radiation research, biomedicine, nuclear physics, physics of elementary particles, nuclear medicine, sustainable development, future education, etc. He has authored or coauthored numerous scientific publications.

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Thomas Reuter

Prof Thomas Reuter was born in Germany in 1961 and migrated to Australia in 1981. After BA studies at the University of Melbourne (UoM), he obtained a PhD from the Australian National University in 1997. He first taught at Heidelberg University in his native Germany, before taking up post-doctoral and QE-II Fellowships at UoM, a Research Fellowship at Monash University, and an ARC Future Fellowship back at UoM. He is currently a Professor in Asian Anthropology at UoM’s Asia Institute. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005), executive member and chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (2004/2008-2012), Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (2008-2018), and has been a leading figure in the internationalisation of his discipline. He then was elected to the executive of the International Social Science Council (2013-2018), as it merged with ICSU to form the new International Science Council (ISC). He has served as an expert advisor to IPCC, IPBES, WSDR, UNESCO and several national governments. He is currently a member of the board of WAAS and also of Future Earth (Asia Regional Center), as well as a fellow of the European Academy of Science (EASA) and Academia Europaea (EA). Twenty-five years of research in Asia (Indonesia) have focused on indigenous people, social movements, religious change, political and economic elites, ecology, climate change, food security, and globalisation. Prof Reuter has published fifteen books and over 150 articles.

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Ivo Šlaus

Ivo Šlaus, honorary president World Academy Art & Science (since 2013, 2011-2013 president, chairman Board of Trustees 2011, fellow 1994), professor of physics (1967: UCLA, Georgetown, Duke, Kyoto, Amsterdam), professor of diplomacy and International relations (2015), chair ‘Open to the World’ European Commission RISE High-Level Advisory Council (2016), member Pugwash Council (since 2003), honorary member Club of Rome (2017,  member 1987), member Academia Europaea (1988), Croatian Academy Sciences & Arts (1977), corresponding member Montenegrin and Macedonian Academies Sciences & Arts (2006), member of the European Leadership Network (2010). Member Croatian Parliament (2000-2003).President Croatian Social-democratic Party Council – Zagreb and member of the General Council. Secretary-General and cofounder Croatian Movement for Democracy. Research: nuclear, particle, and medical physics, science policy, sustainable development, and human capital. Publications: monographs 11, books 5, articles over 400, citations over 4,000.

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Tibor Tóth

Ambassador Tóth is a Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees of the WAAS. He is Executive Secretary Emeritus of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).  From 2005 to 2013, was the executive head of the CTBTO that is an intergovernmental organization with some 180 member states, operates a global system of around 500 monitoring and communication facilities supported by 5000 contact points around the globe, representing a 1 billion dollar investment. He was the first-ever head of a global intergovernmental organization elected from the Eastern European region.

Ambassador Tibor Tóth has more than three decades of leadership experience in UN, multilateral matters and critical technologies. Tóth served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (1990–1993 and 2003–2005), Vienna (1997–2001) and The Hague (1993). In between 1986 and 2013, Tóth participated in all sessions of the UN General Assembly and its subsidiary bodies in New York. Tóth served as Deputy State Secretary of Defense responsible for international affairs (1994–1996).

Ambassador Tóth chaired several global intergovernmental diplomatic conferences and fora, including on all types of weapons of mass destruction, for an accumulated period of  25 years. He was a member and Chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (2011-2013) and member of the High-Level Peer Group of the EU Science and Knowledge Service  (JRC). 

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Marcel Van de Voorde

Prof. Marcel Van de Voorde has Ph.D. degrees in natural and technical sciences. He is a professor from the University of Technology, DELFT (NL), and visiting professor at recognized universities worldwide. He also had research direction functions at CERN (European organization for nuclear research), Geneva in Switzerland, European Commission Research in Brussels, and Max Planck Institute at Stuttgart in Germany. He is co-founder of IMEC, a technology Centre in Leuven, Belgium with 2000 science employees. Prof. Van de Voorde is a senator of the European Academy for Sciences and arts in Salzburg and a trustee at the world academy for sciences in the US. He is a member and/or chairman of multiple research councils and management boards all over the world. He is an expert in nanoscience and nanotechnology and recently edited an encyclopedia of 15 volumes published by Wiley Germany in 2017. He also co-authored a study book on Engineering, Medicine, and Science at the nano-Scale with prof. Stephen Fonash of Pen State University and director for nano-education at US-NSF in Washington

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Alberto Zucconi

Alberto Zucconi is a psychologist, psychotherapist, educator, trainer, and consultant. 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.

He is one of the Board of Directors of Sustainability University, Santa Fé, New Mexico, Co-founder and Co-Director of World Sustainability Forum, Member of the Global Clinical Practice Network, World Health Organization (WHO), External scientific advisor of the European Office for Investment for Health and Development (WHO/EURO).

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 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-Centered Approach, a scientifically formulated paradigm that has impacted the fields of psychology, education, and management.

He has authored several articles and books focused on psychology, psychotherapy, and health promotion and designed and directed various research projects.