Executive Committee

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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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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; 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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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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Zhanna Kryuchkova

Zhanna Kryuchkova, Acting Treasurer of WAAS, is a Ukrainian management consultant and entrepreneur.  She is founder and Managing Partner of business consultancy firm Jansen Capital Management, co-owner of Automobile Holding Almaz Group Co. and a construction company Stikon. She is Founder and editor-in-chief of Huxley, a non-commercial online and print journal dedicated to philosophy, business, art and science. The journal highlights the importance of science and the humanities in the development of society.  She also holds a number of important honorary positions dedicated to public service, including member of the program committee and regular speaker for the Kiyv International Economic Forum, Ukraine's largest international conference on political and economic affairs. She is also a member of the Aspen Club of Ukraine which is dedicated to promoting value-based leadership to address critical social and public policy issues.

Zhanna has high academic achievements and extensive international experience as an international management-business-economic consultant and entrepreneur. She received her MBA with highest distinction from International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, whose executive program has been ranked among the top three in the world.

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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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Mila Popovich

Mila Popovich is a Member of the Executive Committee at WAAS.

She is also the founder of EVOLving Leadership –program, consultancy and community for transformational leadership on the scale of personal excellence, organizational development, systemic innovation to planetary pathfinding.

As an independent academic, she is a humanities expert, systems thinker and futures consultant. She serves as a CPO (Chief Philosophy Officer) on board of multiple organizations, steering organizational visions and outcomes sourced in the highest values. An international lecturer and speaker, she specializes in ecological literacy and sustainability, value drivers of the new economies, peace and cultural diplomacy, new paradigm of human development and creative sides to future making.  She is the Chair of the Membership Communications Committee at the World Academy of Art and Science. Mila is a Global Member of Protopia Labs and a Global Collaborator at the Global Education Futures (GEF) Foundation and a co-author of the GEF Report, Educational Ecosystems for Societal Transformation.

Mila is the Co-Chair of the Global Blockchain and AI Council and a Founding Member of the Global Women in Blockchain. She is a Fellow of Vital Voices – Global Women’s Leadership and an Associate Expert on ethics and gender issues at the European Commission. As the proponent of eco-conscious business, Mila serves on the Executive Committee / Brains Trust of Hazel Henderson’s Ethical Markets Media. She is an Expert on the Gender Equality Impact Panel of the Katerva Award – the so-called “Nobel Prize in Sustainability.”

Mila’s work is sourced in three major domains: systems sciences, the psychology of transformation, and anticipation and future studies. Mila delivers lectures and talks; designs courses and webinars; organizes fora and conferences; creates cultural events, and leads and facilitates workshops and transformational labs. She draws on her cultural range from native Montenegro and the resident USA for her artistic expression as a performing artist in multiple dance forms, bilingual poet and experimental theatre art director.

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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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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.