Scientific and Academic Board

  • Mrs. Cecile Guidote Alvarez

    Mrs. Cecile Guidote Alvarez

    Director Earthsavers, UNESCO Dreamcentre, Manila

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    CECILE GUIDOTE-ALVAREZ is the youngest Filipina to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award as early as 1972 and the first in the world to be honoured with a UNESCO Artist for Peace Award for the collective work of a socially integrated performance group of differently-abled, out-of-school and indigenous youth she has developed. She is an internationally acclaimed artist, the first Filipina to be elected in the International Theatre Institute (ITI)–UNESCO board, the Primos Interpares NGO in consultative status with UNESCO and based in UNESCO, Paris. She is the foremost exponent of dynamically applying cultural diversity for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) In September 2010; she was designated as spokesperson of the International Theatre Institute in the UNESCO High-Level Roundtable Meeting on Culture and Development in the United Nations in New York City. She was part of the delegation to the United Nations of President Benigno Aquino III as adviser. She first served UNESCO during the administration of President Corazon Aquino where she invited UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor for the UNESCO celebration of launching the Decade of Culture.

    She is the founder of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), a National Theatre Movement that initiated the use of the national language and mother tongues, and creative use of historic locales like Fort Santiago, Rizal Park and Paco Park as performance spaces. She pioneered the promotion of broadcast theatre on television and radio through Balintataw, a Catholic Mass Media honor roll awardee as Best Drama program hailed by CNN as a Soap for Social Change, distinguished with a twin award for radio of KBP’s Golden Dove as Best Cultural- Educational show and Best Radio Drama program. She is also known as an environmentalist with the Earthsavers, formally unveiled as UNESCO DREAM Center during the visit of Director-General, Dr. Irina Bokova, the 6th in the world so acknowledged as an excellent showcase of cultural caregiving to vulnerable groups as a poverty alleviation program. As an author, her book “Theatre for the Nation: A Prospectus for the National Theatre of the Philippines” won the Annual Awards for Outstanding Philippine Books in 2003 by the Manila Critics Circle. She served as Director-General of the Dia del Galeón Festival in 2010 successfully realizing a UNESCO resolution approving a yearly observance of the historicity of the galleon trade as a vessel of commerce and cultural transmission. She is an advocate of Indigenous Cultures, Heritage Preservation and Creative Industries, having organized UN related events even during exile such as for the Women’s Year, Children’s Year, and Year for the Disabled, Year for Communications Technology, Year for the Indigenous Peoples.

    Her production at the world renowned La MaMa Theatre reaped honours as Outstanding Political Theatre and UN Human Rights Day Award for Cultural Innovation. Just recently, her staging of 2 original zarzuelas for National Artist for Literature, Dr. Alejandro Roces’ “Something to Crow About” and Isagani Cruz “Baler sa Puso Ko” have won Aliw Awards as Best Musical and Best Musical Director.

    In 2006, as National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director and ITI Board member, she invited UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura to preside at the UNESCO-ITI 31st Congress who launched the global movement of Cultural Diversity for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    Currently, as President of Philippine Center of the UNESCO-International Theatre Institute (ITI), an NGO partner of NCCA; she has crafted and defended the design of a 2-year framework for 2010-2011 of operationalizing the Philippines as 1st ASEAN Culture Capital.

    In year 2011 and 2012, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez organized the Russian Creative Expedition led Professor Vladimir Annisimov. To show images of Philippine wealth of habitat, heritage and history, Professor Annisimov had the privilege to travel to the different provinces of Vigan, Cebu, Bohol, Dapitan, Baler-Aurora, Pagsanjan Falls-Laguna, Taal-Lake-Batangas, Intramuros-Manila, Santiago City-Isabela, and the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. In Manila, Mrs. Alvarez also organized the inauguration of a special Russian exhibit entitled “To the Islands of the Philippines” by Professor Vladimir Annisimov at the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives. She organized the event in observance of August as ASEAN Month and the 35th Anniversary of Philippine-Russian Diplomatic Relations in cooperation with the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of the Philippines, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs & Culture of Russia, MGIMO University in Moscow with the Russian Embassy in Manila, Association of Women Legislators Office-Congress, National Commission of Culture and Arts and the Philippine ITI-Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center with the assistance from local government officials.

    Cecile Guidote-Alvarez was the spirit behind the UNESCO proclamation of a World Arts Education Week and pushed for the inclusion of the recognition of culture as an essential ingredient for sustainable development in the Rio+20 Declaration.
    She is communications director of the Ninoy Aquino Movement founded by her husband former Senator, now Climate Change Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez has 2 children born in exile, Hexilon and Herxilia.

  • Dr. Paulo Botta

    Dr. Paulo Botta

    Director, Eurasia Department, Institute of International Relations, La Plata National University President - Argentinean - Kazakh Chamber of Commerce

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    Education

    Post Graduate

    • Post-Graduate Diploma (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados - DEA), Complutense University of Madrid

    Graduate

    • BA in International Relations (Córdoba Catholic University, Córdoba, Argentina, 2001).

    Employment History

    • Honoray Consul of Kazkahstan in Argentina (since March 2015)
    • President of the Argentinean-Kazakh Chamber of Commerce (since August 2014)
    • Coordinator at Eurasia Department, Institute for International Relations, National University of La Plata. From March 2011 to the present.
    • Research Coordinator at CEEPADE-FAA (Center for Strategic Studies-Argentine Air Force) at Argentine Air Force. From March 2011 to July 2014.
    • Researcher at the Iranological Spanish Society (Sociedad Española de Iranología – SEI) in Madrid. From May 2010 to February 2011.
    • Researcher at FRIDE (Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue), Madrid (Spain) (http://www.fride.org), From September 2007 to April 2010. ).

     

    Teaching experience

    • National Foreign Service Institute (Instituto Nacional del Servicio Exterior – ISEN), Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • School of Oriental Studies. El Salvador University.
    • MA in International Relations. Institute for International Relations, National University of La Plata.

    Visiting Lecturer

    • Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan), December 2014.
    • Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia), June 2013.
    • Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Philology, Seville University (Seville, Spain). February 2011.
    • Academy of Graduate Studies (Tripoli, Libya). May 2007.
    • Center of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, (Fes, Morocco). April 2007.

  • Dr. Salvano Briceño

    Dr. Salvano Briceño

    Chair of the Science Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), former Director of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

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    Member, Science Committee, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme of ICSU/ISSC/ISDR. Former Director of the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), 2001-2011 and Chair of the IRDR Science Committee (2011-2012).

    Sálvano Briceño retired from the United Nations on 30 April 2011. Following his retirement from the UN, he was elected Chair of the Science Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), also sponsored by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the UNISDR. Following his retirement he also advised the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) programme until May 2012. In January 2013 he shifted to be Vice-Chair of the IRDR Science Committee.

    His career spans over several decades and has focused on the management of environmental and sustainable development programmes at the United Nations, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Venezuela.
    He was appointed Director and first head of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in June 2001. Following the appointment of an Assistant-Secretary-General as the new head of UNISDR in 2009, and while preparing to retire in April 2011, he moved to advisory functions in the Secretariat.

    Prior to joining UNISDR, Mr. Briceño was Coordinator of the BIOTRADE and GHG Emissions Trading Initiatives of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (1999-2001). Before that, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) secretariat (1996-1999), following several years as the Coordinator of Intergovernmental and Institutional Support of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) where he was responsible for assisting the Executive Secretary with management; legal; information support, external relations and interagency relations of the organization (1991-1996). Further UN experience includes five years with UNEP as the first Coordinator of the Caribbean Environment Programme at Kingston, Jamaica.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Briceño joined the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as the Executive Officer of IUCN's Commission on Education, where he focused on environmental education programmes and coordinated a worldwide network of experts (1985-1987). During the 1980s he worked as Research Associate at Harvard University's Energy and Environment Policy Center, following an active career with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources in Venezuela where he was Director General responsible for environmental education, professional development and international relations (1978-1983).

    Mr. Briceño has a Doctorate in Administrative Law (University of Paris II, Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1975 and a Master's in Public Administration, Harvard University in 1984. A Venezuelan and French national, his languages are Spanish, French and English.

  • Dr. Corazon Claudio

    Dr. Corazon Claudio

    • Director, Asiapro Foundation
    • Life Member, Management Association of the Philippines (M.A.P.),  Vice Chair & Director of CDS-PPP EMERGE Program covering Aeta Cassava Farming & Seaweed  Industry  Development for a Blue Economy, M.A.P. Committee on Climate Change,  Disaster Prevention, &  Sustainability
    • Member of the Board of Advisers, Philippine Navy
    • Core Member (M.A.P.-Business Sector Representative), Philippine Council for Sustainable Development
    • Trustee/Director, Philippine Business for the Environment, Philippine Foundation for Science &  Technology, & Fern & Nature Society, Inc.
    • Director  & Former President, Asian Institute of  Journalism & Communication (AIJC) & Director, AIJC, Inc.
    • Team Leader, TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Foundation's Information Caravan on Climate Change (IC3)
    • Member and Former President, Stanford Club of the Philippines
  • Dr. Punit Gaur

    Dr. Punit Gaur

    Director of Central Asia Studies of CRRID Chandigarh, India.

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    Dr. Punit Gaur is Visiting Professor at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan. He is associated with CRRID as Associate Fellow and is engaged in a project “Central Asia between many Silk Roads: Indian Policy at the Crossroads” as Project Director, sponsored by ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to this he was working as Assistant Professor with CRRID in the programme/project titled “Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South and Central Asia” sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He has published research papers in books and journals which have direct foreign policy implications for India. He has presented papers in number of national and international seminars in India and abroad. Over the period of his career he has developed significant contacts with people of important stature in the sphere of academia in various countries of South and Central Asia. He is also actively engaged in research activities with many associations and organizations of international repute.
  • Mr. Ariel Gonzalez

    Mr. Ariel Gonzalez

    Secretary of the Eurasia Department of the Institute of International Relations at the University of La Plata, Founder of Latin America and Caribbean - Turkey Academic Network (LACTAN)

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    Mr. Ariel Gonzalez is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. PhD Student in International Relations and Political Science at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey). MA in Political Science and Sociology at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO, Buenos Aires) and BA in International Relations at Kennedy University (UAK, Buenos Aires).

    He is the Secretary of the Turkish Studies Chair at the National University of La Plata (Argentina) and Founder of the Latin America and Caribbean - Turkey Academic Network (LACTAN) based on Bahçeşehir University. Also works as Agenda Coordinator of TESA Foundation “Opinion-Makers for Peace: Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Palestine” Program. He has been chosen as one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (Washington DC, 2013).

    Co-editor of the book “America Latina and the Caribbean - Turkey: an emergent association” (Bahçeşehir University Press, forthcoming March 2016). Author of several articles and book chapters in English and Spanish about foreign policy of Turkey and regional dynamics in Middle East and Eurasia.He works at the crossroads of Foreign Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, Conflict Studies and Comparative Regional Studies with a particular focus on Eurasia and Latin America.

  • Nasir Khattak

    Nasir Khattak

    Chief Executive Officer Micro Tron; Member of the Board, Climate Institute, Washington

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    NASIR KHATTAK is the Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of the Climate Institute, which is a Washington DC based non-government organization established in 1986. Since 1998, Mr. Khattak has held a number of technical and management positions, and as Director of International Programs has worked on sustainable energy and environmental programs and projects of the Institute in over 20 countries around the world. He is also leading the Institute’s programs and offices in the Middle East and South Asia region.

    Mr. Khattak has organized numerous special events at the United Nations Conferences and participated in many international events on Climate Change and renewable energy. He is also coordinating the VISION 20/30 initiative for Small Island Developing States, which is one of the High Impact Initiative recognized by the UN Secretary General’s initiative of Sustainable Energy for All. He helped establish the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative in 2000 as a consortium of international organizations, to assist the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific in their energy transformation efforts, including development of national sustainable energy plans and the supporting of the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

    Mr. Khattak has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University, Washington DC, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Law & Political Science from Peshawar, Pakistan.

  • Professor Andy Knight

    Professor Andy Knight

    Professor of International Relations, University of Alberta and Past Director of the Institute of International Relations, The University

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    Professor. W. Andy Knight is Professor of International Relations, University of Alberta , Canada and Past Director of the Institute of International Relations, (IIR) at The University of the West Indies Based at the UWI St Augustine Campus in Trinidad from January 2013 till December 2015, a Barbadian by birth, Professor Knight has had a distinguished career as an academic and scholar in Canada, culminating in his heading the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

    He serves as Advisory Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children and was a Governor of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2007 to 2012. Professor Knight co-edited Global Governance journal from 2000 to 2005 and was Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

    Knight has written and edited several books, book chapters and journal articles on various aspects of multilateralism, global governance and peace, and United Nations reform. His recent books include: The Routledge Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (with Frazer Egerton) –Routledge 2012; Towards the Dignity of Difference?: Neither 'end of History' Nor 'clash of Civilizations' (with Mojtaba Mahdavi) – Ashgate 2012; and Global Politics (with Tom Keating) – Oxford University Press 2010. His work cuts across international relations, international law and global governance and is known for challenging the embedded orthodoxies of contemporary multilateralism. A much sought-after analyst, Professor Knight has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada – the highest honour afforded to Canadian academics.

  • Mr. Ali Mohamed

    Mr. Ali Mohamed

    Special Secretary-Climate Change, Executive Office of the Presidency, Office of the Deputy President - Kenya

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    Personal Profile

    Ali is an environment and development expert with over 32 years experience in the public service of Kenya and has strong analytical skills and extensive experience in public policy development and implementation. Ali has deep knowledge of the environmental dimension of sustainable development and the inter-linkages between environment and development from both international and national perspectives. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Environment, and Special Programmes in the Office of the President of Kenya and is credited with a number of successful institutional reforms in those organisations.

    In the last two years, he has served as a Special Advisor on climate change in the Office of the Deputy President with responsibility to provide and generate strategic recommendations on programmes to contribute to the country’s low-carbon and climate resilient development.

    Ali has wide experience in UN and multilateral issues and has participated in and led national delegations to numerous global and regional processes. He has been elected to many international positions including as President of the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (2012-2013), Chairman, Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development, UNECA (2007-2008); Chairman, Regional Committee on the management of the Eastern African Marine Ecoregion (2003-2008); and Africa’s representative in the Standing Committee on (Climate) Finance (2012-2014) Board Member, UN Advisory Board, Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)- (June 2008 - June 2010); Member, International Steering Committee for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands (2005-2008); and Member, International Consultative Group on Capacity Development for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (2005-2008), among others.

  • Captain Mario Palacios

    Captain Mario Palacios

    Dean – Maritime Faculty of the Pacific University of Guayaquil
  • Ms. Indira Pires

    Ms. Indira Pires

    Executive Director, Instituto Pedro Pires for Leadership (Instituto Pedro Pires para a Liderança
  • Lic. Olinda Salguero

    Lic. Olinda Salguero

    Director, Fundacion Esquipulas, Guatemala

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    Licenciada Olinda Salguero Orellana

    Es Licenciada en Ciencias de la Comunicación, Magna Cum Laude y Mención Honorífica por mejor tesis por la Universidad Jesuita, Rafael Landívar. Becada por la Universidad de Georgetown en el Programa latinoamericano de liderazgo y competitividad. Pensum Cerrado en el Máster en Integración Regional y Desarrollo. En 2012 fue invitada por los Estados Unidos de América para ser parte del programa de jóvenes líderes.

    Es Embajadora de la Cruz Roja en Guatemala. Es una constructora ciudadana comprometida con la paz, la democracia, la equidad y el ambiente. Es miembro de la Fundación para el Eco desarrollo y la Conservación FUNDAECO; Representante de la Global Peace Foundation para Centroamérica; electa en 2013 como Coordinadora para Guatemala de la Red Democracia Joven de las Américas; forma parte del Consejo Consultivo de Jóvenes Iberoamericanos y es Directora Ejecutiva de la Fundación Esquipulas para la Integración Centroamericana.

  • Professor Angela Wagener

    Professor Angela Wagener

    Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • Eng. Mangala Wicramanayake

    Eng. Mangala Wicramanayake

    Director General, Ministry of Defense and Urban Develop- ment, Sri Lanka

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    Mangala Wickramanayake, obtained her first degree in civil engineering from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. She joined the Coast Conservation Department Sri Lanka in 1984. She completed her Masters degree in Coastal Engineering from UNESCO-IHE, Delft Netherlands in 1992.

    She worked as the Project Director of a Asian development Bank funded Coastal Resources Management Project from 2003 - 2008. Then she worked in New Zealand as a manager in Bay of Plenty Regional Council from 2008-2012. She became the Director General of the Coast Conservation Department in 2014 and currently she works as the Chief Engineer.

    She is a fellow, of Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka in 2004 and became the Ppresident of the Women Engineers Forum, in the same institute recently. She joined Ocean Security International as technical committee member in 2014, and currently representing Sri Lanka for South-South Corporation,

  • Dr. Akbota Zholdasbekova

    Dr. Akbota Zholdasbekova

    President, Eurasian International Studies Association, Professor, UNESCO Chair for Ethnic and Religious Tolerance, Astana, Kazakhstan

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    Mr. Serik Nugerbekov holds a degree in Economics from the Karaganda Cooperative Institute, graduating in 1984 and Ph.D in Economics from Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International trade.

    On September  2015 by the order of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was appointed as a Member of the Accounts Chamber of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget

    2012-2015 - Senate deputy of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhsta

    2009-2012 - By the order of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan appointed as Head of Social and Economic Monitoring Department of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    2007-2009 – President of the Economic Research Institute JSC under the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    2005 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yesnur and Co LLP.

    2002-2005, Head of the Financial Regulation Department, Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    2000-2002 – Head of the Financial Directorate of the Karaganda Region.

    1998-2000 - Deputy Director of the Astana Branch Office of Mir (World) Interstate Television and Radio Company.

    1991-1998 - Manager at AltynEmel, JSC, Director of Ugol-Export company at the Kazpromexport Republican Export Enterprise and Vice-President of the Kazybek State Export Corporation, Almaty city.

    1986-1991 - Head of the Karaganda city TransAgency and instructor of the District Trade Union Committee of the Karkaralinsk Agro-Industrial Trade Union Committee.

    1984 - Economist at the Karkaralinsk Public Catering Company

    Public and Political activity:

    ·  “Nur Otan” party member

    ·  Vice-President of the International Union of Economists (General Adviser of the United Nations)

    ·  Chief Editor of the "Eurasian Economic Review"  magazine

    ·  Chief Editor of  "Economics. Finance. Research " magazine

    Academic degrees and titles

    ·  Doctor of Economics

    ·  Academician of Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences

    ·  Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

    ·  Member of the International Academy of Management

    ·  Honorable Professor of the Ural State Economic University (Russian Federation)

    ·  Honorable  Professor of the Institute of Economics and Management (Estonia)

    Awards and honors

    ·  State medal "For outstanding work performance"

    ·  Winner of Russian contest "Manager of the Year - 2008"

    Publications

    Published 51 scientific papers and three monographs

    Personal details

    Was born in September 8, 1962 in Karkaralinsk, Karaganda Region, Republic of Kazakhstan, married with two children.

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