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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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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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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Jonathan Granoff

Mr. Granoff is the President of the Global Security Institute.

He is an attorney, author, and international advocate emphasizing the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address international security and the threats posed by nuclear weapons.

He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including: Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Fortune Forum, Jane Goodall Institute, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and Middle Powers Initiative. He is a recipient of the Rutgers University School of Law’s Arthur E. Armitage Distinguished Alumni Award and a 2014 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the Senior Advisor and United Nations Representative of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, Ambassador for Peace, Security and Nuclear Disarmament of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, former Adjunct Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law, and Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Advisor to the Committee on National Security of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation and a prolific author. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on numerous radio and television programs and has presented expert testimony in the Parliaments of Canada and the United Kingdom as well as the US Congress and the United Nations.

Mr. Granoff earned his BA (cum laude) from Vassar College and his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.

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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; 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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Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra K. Pachauri is the President, World Sustainable Development Forum and Former Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India, a major independent research organization providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. He is recognized internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 and remained the Chairman of this organization from April 2002 to February 2015. He was the Founding Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, during the period from July 2009 to June 2012 and then Senior Adviser to this Institute between July 2012 and June 2014. He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the Padma Vibhushan, by the President of India in January 2008 and received the Officier De La Légion D'Honneur from the Government of France in 2006. Also, he was conferred with the Commander of the Order of Leopold II by the King of the Belgians in July 2009; the Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the Prime Minister of Finland in February 2010; the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by His Majesty Akihito, the Emperor of Japan, in April 2010; the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle by the President of Mexico in June 2012; and the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of the Republic of Italy in February 2014. He has been awarded 25 honorary doctorates from the universities across the globe.

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Ketan Patel

Mr. Patel is a co-founder and the CEO of Greater Pacific Capital, where he is responsible for overall firm strategy, leads the firm’s research and ideas team and heads the firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to founding Greater Pacific Capital in 2005, Mr. Patel was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, where he founded the firm’s Strategic Group. Based in London and New York, he also covered clients in Asia, developing and providing strategic advice to the firm’s corporate, investing and government clients across multiple industries.  The activities of the group included geo-political and thematic work focused on policy, thematic work related to global capital flows and investment, industry restructuring strategies related to numerous industries including high tech, telecoms and media and specific corporate strategic counsel for high priority clients.

Prior to that, Ketan Patel was a partner at KPMG, a member of the Board and a member of the European Strategy Management Team. At KPMG, he helped build and then led a team that focused on business transformation. These were large scale projects encompassing strategy, change management and implementation across multiple industries mobilising large multi-disciplinary teams. He started his career as an analyst at Hewlett Packard in London.

He has written and spoken extensively on the rise and fall of civilizations and in particular on the intersection of geopolitics, conflict, economics and social change. Greater Pacific Capital’s research team works under his leadership in influencing thinking on matters related to political, military, social, technological and economic policy and awareness. The recent work of the team includes the shape of the emerging new world order; cyber-attack, defence and security in the making and preserving of superpowers; the evolving US-China relationship; the most important factors that will determine collaboration or competition between India and China; the nature of the digital shock that is changing the world; the transformation of India’s slums.

Mr. Patel graduated with a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics has an MBA from the City University Business School.

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Remus Pricopie

Remus Pricopie is a professor and Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, since March 2012.

His activity within the Romanian Ministry began in 1996, and includes positions such as Spokesperson, Director, Secretary-General and Deputy Minister (Secretary of State) for Higher Education, International Relations and Teacher Training. Also, he has extensively collaborated with many international organizations – UNESCO, UNICEF, EU, OECD, World Bank, United Nation University, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – and ministries of education / higher education and research from more than 100 countries. From December 2012 to December 2014 he served as Minister of Education and Research in Romania.

Prof. Pricopie holds a Ph.D. in Political Science at the SNSPA and he is a Fulbright New Century Scholar alumnus, a World Academy of Art and Science Fellow, a member of the Romanian Chapter of the Club of Rome, and a member of the Atlantis Group.

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Janani Ramanathan

Janani Ramanathan is engaged in research in a range of topics spanning the social sciences. She has been working with educational institutions in India, implementing active, collaborative, person-centered, and values-based education. She is engaged in an exploration of the relationship between literature, psychology, history, and social development. This project is part of her larger career goal to evolve new criteria for literary criticism based on an understanding of the process of social evolution. She is also a management consultant to nonprofit and business organizations, implementing strategies to improve their efficiency and ensure sustainable growth.

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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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Aleksander Zidanšek

Aleksander Zidanšek is a physicist and sustainability scientist who has been actively involved in the activities of WAAS for the last decade. As an active member of the SDEWES Centre, he organized several special sessions at SDEWES Conferences about fundamental sustainability issues in cooperation with WAAS and in particular with the WAAS Honorary President Ivo Šlaus. His main contributions to WAAS are innovative sustainability ideas in the fields of energy and the development of competencies.

He is currently Vice Dean of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Professor of Physics at the University of Maribor, a senior researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, President of Slovenian Association for the Club of Rome, Head of the National Competence Center Factories of the Future, Associate Member of the Club of Rome since 2005, and Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science since 2012.

Previously, he was a Fulbright fellow at Montana State University with Prof. V. H. Schmidt and a visiting researcher at the Trieste Synchrotron.

He studied at the University of Ljubljana and holds Ph.D. in Physics, a Master's Degree in Condensed Matter Physics, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration, with a specialization in sustainable development management.

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Moneef Zoubi

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Dr. Moneef R. Zou’bi has been an advocate of Science and Technology for Development for around 30 years. Born in Amman, Jordan, he studied for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering Technology and Management Brighton and Loughborough Universities in the United Kingdom, 1980 - 1987. After becoming involved in global development issues, he successfully pursued further post-graduate work at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Malaya. 

Moneef joined the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) (an international scientific NGO based in Jordan and affiliated to the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC)) in 1990, embarking on a career in international scientific and technological collaboration involving more than 57 countries. After serving in various capacities at the IAS, he was appointed by the IAS Council as Director General, IAS, in May 1998. He also serves as the Science Advisor to the InterAction Council (IAC) which is an independent international organization that mobilizes the experience and international contacts of a group of statesmen who have held the highest office in their own countries.

Over the last three decades, he has been involved in scientific missions in more than 30 countries. He has, since the mid-1990s, devoted all his energies to science and innovation advocacy at all levels, and to promoting the role of science and academies of sciences in particular in bridging scientific and technological, development, and evenpolitical divides between countries, cultures and civilizations. 

He has written extensively on science and technology issues, science education and sustainable development, as well as on water issues from a Middle Eastern perspective, and has given lectures on such topics in over 25 countries including Canada and the United States. He has published over 60 publications and edited and co-edited 10 books on topics suchhigher education,the environment as well transformational technologies. In 2010, he co-authored the ground-breaking Arab States Chapter of the 2010 UNESCO Science Report that foresaw the advent of the Arab Spring and the associated turmoil in the Middle East. In 2015, he was commissioned again to be lead author of the Arab States Chapter of the 2015 UNESCO Science Report, which has been published in English and Arabic.

Apart from his work-related interests, he is interested in the history and politics of the Middle East, the history of science especially the history of academies of sciences, the science and religion nexus, science diplomacy as well as sustainable development and water issues in the developing world.

Moneef has visited more than 60 countries and enjoys high-level contact in most; he speaks Arabic, English and some French, and is a member of many international organizations including the UNESCO International Centre for South-South Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation (ISTIC), Malaysia; the New York Academy of Sciences; World Academy of Art and Science and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology; and is a Founding Fellow, of the Academy of Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (AETDEW), based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Rosenberg International Water Forum, USA, since 2007; member (Ex-Officio) of the Council of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, since 2009; member of the Advisory Board, Muslim-Science.Com, since 2011, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), since 2013; member - Board of Judges for the Templeton Prize involved in the selection of the Templeton Prize Laureate for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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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.