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. 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. 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.

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Emil Constantinescu

Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania (1996-2000) and leader of the Romanian Democratic Convention (1992-1996), is currently the President of the Romanian Academic Forum, the Honorary President of the Bucharest University Senate and Professor at the Faculty of Geology at the same university. He graduated from the law school of the University of Bucharest and started his career as a geologist. Formerly he served as Rector of the University of Bucharest, President of the Romanian National Council of Rectors, member of the Steering Committee of the European University Association, and the International Association of University Chairmen. Emil is currently a member of the Board of the Institute for East-West Studies in New York, of the Balkan Political Club; co-chairman of World Justice Project and of several geological and mineralogical societies. He has delivered lectures at many universities worldwide, acting as Chairman and Key-Speaker at prestigious international congresses and conferences. He studied Law at the University of Bucharest, and obtained a PhD in Geology from the University of Bucharest, a Sc.D. from Duke University, USA, and honorary doctorates from universities in several other countries. A scientist, researcher, active politician and committed civil servant, Emil has published extensively on mineralogy as well as on political, economic and educational issues. He has been awarded numerous distinctions and awards.

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Momir Djurovic

Momir Djurovic is Former President of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and an active Fellow of the Academy since 2002. In 2012 he hosted a conference, 'Humanities and the Contemporary World', which WAAS co-sponsored in Podgorica where a permanent regional center was established for the Academy. Apart from his theoretical publications on electrical engineering, he has contributed to, authored or co-authored more than 20 books. He has also been a consultant to many leading electrical companies, governments and professional associations around the world. He has been elected to many institutions, national scientific academies and professional associations. Previously, he was dean of the Electrical Engineering faculty at the University of Montenegro, and served on many committees related to electrical engineering, informatics and energy issues worldwide. He has also been involved in public affairs concerning general issues the society currently faces. He is convinced that the problems we face today can be solved only by a mutual understanding of the world community. No isolated solution can work in a globalized world, regardless of the different types of nationalities that are growing worldwide. Thus, he thinks WAAS can play the needed role to build an understanding and tolerant world.

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Fadwa El Guindi

After graduating in 1960 from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor of Arts in political science (cum laude), Fadwa El Guindi embarked on a distinguished career in the field of anthropology and on the lecture circuit a public intellectual. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

El Guindi served as distinguished professor and head of department of Social Sciences at Qatar University. El Guindi published more than 90 scholarly publications in English, Italian, French, Russian, Arabic, German and Spanish and several award-winning documentaries. She is currently Retiree Anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, previously having served as faculty at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Georgetown University.

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 U.S. Department of State. She is elected member on the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art & Science

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Jüri Engelbrecht

Jüri Engelbrecht, former President (1994-2004) and Vice-President (2004-2014) of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, is currently a Board member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and Head of the Centre for Nonlinear Studies (an Estonian Centre of  Excellence in Research) at the Tallinn University of Technology. His  research interests have shifted from mechanics to mathematical physics and biomechanics and are presently related to complexity and nonlinear dynamics. He has authored about 200 papers in refereed journals and several monographs. He served his home Academy as President from 1994–2004. Holding such a key position in national science policy, he initiated quality-based research funding in Estonia, the national programme for centres of excellence in research, etc.

He is one of the authors of the Estonian R&D Strategy for 2002–2006 and chaired the committee for shaping the next R&D Strategy for 2007–2013. He has been actively involved in scientific policy in Europe and worldwide. He was a member of the Governing Council of the ESF, EURAB and the Identification Committee of the ERC, and is an Estonian delegate to ICSU, an OECD expert, etc. An active member of ALLEA since 1995, he served as its President for two periods, chaired several WGs and was a member of the Steering Committee. A recent  book published by ALLEA in 2011 describes his ideas about the role and responsibility of academies of sciences and humanities in this complex world. Jüri has received several national and international awards and recognitions, is a Member of several national and international academies including Academia Europaea and WAAS.

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Rodolfo Fiorini

Rodolfo A. Fiorini is Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano University, Italy. He had joined research projects with Stanford University and University of California at Los Angeles. He has received prestigious awards and honors from Italian National Research Council, University and Research Ministry, U.S.A DOL, etc. R. A. Fiorini is the founder and coordinator of the Research Group on Computational Information Conservation Theory (CICT). His research activity has concerned collective/personal intelligence, evolutive cognition, evolutive information, knowledge representation, modeling and simulation, bio-inspired system, intelligent networking, cognitive computing, human-machine interfaces, computational reasoning, business process management systems, energy management systems, wellbeing, and the use of intercultural transdisciplinary approaches for the creation of reality levels where engineering and life sciences can synergistically interact to promote scientific discovery. Prof. R. A. Fiorini is WAAS Trustee, IEEE, EMB, AAAS, and JtiBS Editorial Board Member.

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Heitor Gurgulino de Souza

Heitor Gurgulino de Souza was the President of the Academy & is the President of 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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Erich Hoedl

Erich Hoedl is a quality assurance consultant on education and former rector of the University of Wuppertal and the Graz University of Technology. His career has spanned five decades in diverse fields ranging from aircraft development to political economy and university administration. He has been an active member of the WAAS New Economic Theory Working Group and a frequent speaker and panelist at the Academy’s PG courses and roundtables at IUC Dubrovnik. He is currently Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, member of the Austrian Accreditation Council for private universities, and member of the editorial board of Cadmus Journal.

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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 a Member of the Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and is the WAAS Representative to the UN in Geneva.

Donato Kiniger Passigli is an expert in crisis resolution, development cooperation, public and labou affairs. He currently serves as Senior Advisor for Peace and Security at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Until recently, he coordinated the Fragile States and Disaster Response Group at the International Labour Organization (ILO). He specialized in promoting crisis response programmes and initiatives in the wake of major humanitarian crises, addressing governance and employment deficits.

In his experience of over 30 years at the United Nations, he was spokesperson for 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). He 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. He also served as head of office in Belgrade for the UN peacekeeping mission and managed large UN development programmes.

Donato Kiniger Passigli is an expert in humanitarian action and governance, conflict analysis, risk management, disaster needs assessment, business continuity and partnership-building. He authors articles, delivers lectures and conducts training on these subjects. He is a journalist, and has been a member of the Italian Press Federation for the last 40 years.

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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.

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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. Results have been communicated in twelve books and 140 articles, and numerous conference panels and keynotes. Prof Reuter’s current interest lies in fostering global cooperation for a sustainable future.

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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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Tibor Tóth

T. Tóth has been actively involved in multilateral international issues for three decades. He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland (1990-1993 and 2003-2005), and in Vienna, Austria (1997-2001). In those capacities, he was also dealing with the Office of High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Meteorological Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the International Committee of the Red Cross, etc.). Between 2005 and 2013, he was the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna, the international organization tasked with monitoring complience with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which ban all nuclear explosions.

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Marcel Van de Voorde

Professor, University of technology Delft, Netherlands; Executive Advisor to Minister for Education and Research, Serbia; Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the French National Assembly & Senate

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Alberto Zucconi

Psychologist, psychotherapist, educator, trainer and consultant. President Person Centered Approach Institute (IACP), Chair Board of Trustees World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), Secretary General World University Consortium (WUC), Board of Directors Sustainability University, Santa Fé, New Mexico.; Co-founder and Co-Director 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).