Pierre Krähenbühl (Switzerland)Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl became UNRWA Commissioner-General on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national born in 1966, Mr. Krähenbühl has 25 years of experience in humanitarian, human rights and development work. Prior to joining UNRWA, he served as Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from July 2002 to January 2014, responsible for the conduct, management and supervision of 12,000 ICRC staff working in 80 countries. In this position, Mr. Krähenbühl directly oversaw the ICRC response to conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Colombia and Libya among others. He led senior-level negotiations with a range of governments, armed forces and other groups to secure access to conflict-affected populations.
Mr. Krähenbühl’s experience also includes diverse and demanding field assignments in places experiencing profound social change and armed conflict, including El Salvador, Peru, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The father of three boys, he holds an MA in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Geneva. On assuming the post of UNRWA Commissioner-General, Mr. Krähenbühl said: “The momentous events across the region are having a profound impact on the lives of UNRWA beneficiaries who are facing one of the most serious protection crises in their history. This presents a challenge which I shall embrace with determination, realism and humility.” For more information, click here.
Christian Picciolini (USA)
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the violent hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. While working for IBM, Christian earned a degree from DePaul University and later began his own global entertainment media firm. In 2016, Christian received an Emmy Award for his role as director and producer of an anti-hate campaign for ExitUSA that helped disengage several youth from white supremacist groups. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless. Most notably, in 2010 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism. In 2015, Christian published his memoir, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, where he details his involvement in the early American white power skinhead movement. (Pillar - meta theme extremism, training)
Haydee Dijkstal (The Hague, Netherlands)
Haydee Dijkstal is an attorney practicing international criminal law and human rights law before international criminal tribunals, regional human rights court and domestic courts. Her practice has included work before the International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Court for Sierra Leone and the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and representing victims, governments and accuseds. Haydee is currently a member of the legal team acting on behalf of the Government of the Comoros and victims for the case concerning the Gaza Freedom Flotilla before the ICC. This work includes Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act litigation in US federal courts. She is also a member of the defence team representing Abdullah Al-Senussi before the ICC, a member of the legal team advising the Tivoli Gardens Committee on international human rights and criminal law issues in Kingston Jamaica, and a member of the legal team bringing proceedings before the African Commission and African Court on behalf of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. She also founded a UK Charity, called ICL Media Review, dedicated to providing publications on developments in international law. Haydee received an LLM in Public International Law with a focus on international criminal law from George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, and a juris doctor degree from University of Wyoming College of Law. She is called to the bar of the State of Illinois. (Pillar good governance, healing memory)
Michael Møller (Switzerland/Denmark)Michael Møller is the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. He has over 35 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with UNHCR in different capacities in New York, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva.
Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at United Nations headquarters; between 2001 and 2006 he was the Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period.Mr. Møller also served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus from 2006 to 2008 and was the Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr. Møller completed a Master’s course in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Susan Savage (USA)Tulsa’s first female and longest tenured Mayor will join an inspiring line-up of leading change-makers featured at the Just Governance for Human Security Conference in Caux this summer. Susan Savage has been widely recognized as a leader in international relations, environmental stewardship, interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. Savage will travel to Caux as part of a Tulsa-based delegation of change-makers whose work on healing history and the promotion of understanding around issues of race in the United States will form an integral part of this year’s Just Governance programme.
Savage has a long history of public service and championing dialogue - during her time as Mayor Savage appointed more women and minorities to city boards, authorities and commissions than at any other time in the city’s history. She went on to serve as the city’s and state’s chief diplomat for international relations and as Secretary of State was a member of Governor Henry’s cabinet, with broad policy and executive duties at the federal, state and local levels. Savage currently resides in Tulsa where she serves as CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services, the largest primary care-providing community health system in northeastern Oklahoma serving Tulsa's North Side and provides strategic planning and consulting services to several organizations. (Pillar- healing memory)
Jean-Pierre Méan (Switzerland)Jean-Pierre Méan holds a doctorate in law from the University of Basel, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is also a graduate from the College of Europe in Bruges and is admitted to the bar in Switzerland and Canada. He has occupied various legal positions with the Alcan Group in Switzerland and Canada and has been General Counsel of Landis & Gyr, an international manufacturer of electrical equipment based in Switzerland, Chief Compliance Officer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and General Counsel of Société Générale de Surveillance in Geneva. He is currently in private practice specializing on corporate governance and anti-corruption and advising corporate clients on anti-bribery prevention as well as conducting audits of anti-bribery management systems. He is the author of several publications in the field of international commerce, especially in the field of anti-corruption. He is currently chairing a working group following up on the implementation of the standard. Further info: www.anticorruptionexperts.com and eigenmann-avocats.ch. (Pillar- good governance, inclusive economics)
Rado Harilala Razafindrakoto (Madagascar)Rado Harilala Razafindrakoto is a Financial Inclusion Specialist working at the National Coordination of Inclusive Finance within the Ministry of Finance and Budget in Madagascar. He is part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program (MWF 2016) for Young African Leaders (YALI). Rado is graduated in Public Management from the Madagascar National School of Administration (ENAM). He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a certificate in Econometrics from the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar), a certificate in Public Expenditures and Public Management from the National School of Administration (ENA Paris), a certificate in Microfinance from the Boulder Institute of Microfinance (Italy), a certificate in SME financing from the National Institute of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME India), a certificate in Financial Inclusion from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education (USA), a certificate in Public Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA). Outside his professional work, He is very passionate and active in community services such as board member of deacon’s association in his church, auditor of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) alumni association, board member of the YALI Madagascar association. (Pillar- inclusive economics)
Dr Ed Mabaya (Zimbabwe/USA)Dr. Edward Mabaya is the Associate Director for Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, 2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, 2016 Global Voices Fellow from the Aspen Institute. As an expert in food marketing and distribution, seed technology systems, and GMO crops, Dr. Mabaya will be facilitating a workshop on food security. Read more about Dr. Mabaya's work covered here by the BBC: African seed index raises bigger yield hopes for farmers. Dr. Mabaya has recently be named Ventures Africa: Top 42 African Innovators to Watchand we have the honour of welcoming him to #JustGov2017 for the second year in a row! Dr Mabaya on Just Governance for Human Security: 'The Just Governance for Human Security conference was unique in its ability to bring together diversity or cultural and professional backgrounds to tackle contemporary challenges. The unparalleled sense of community at this conference, allows for unfiltered and respectful dialogue. The spirit of camaraderie among participants gives me hope that just governance is achievable within our lives. (Pillar- food security)
Kristin Weis (USA)Kristin Weis is a specialist in sustainable development and peacebuilding professional working to improve how we use and conserve the natural environment. She was a 2014 Caux Fellow and is currently earning a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri through the Coastal and Marine Management Master’s Program in northern Iceland. Her research interests include coastal human mobility issues such as environmental migration and coastal tourism trends, and preventative responses for potential international stability threats related to climate change. Her thesis research explores how tourism affects socioeconomic resilience in Dominica. Kristin was a 2015 VIP Fellow for waste management and eco-tourism in northern Malaysia and a 2013 Startingbloc Fellow for social innovation. She is the founder of Roskanet, a project that promotes smart coastal tourism to benefit local communities and their natural environments
Much of the world’s current migration is caused by environmental change, and this is certain to grow in the coming years. Kristin will be facilitating a workshop on environmental migration at this year's Just Governance for Human Security, she will outline the situation, and discuss what can be done to help those who are being forced to move. (Pillar- sustainability)
Aurora Martin (Romania)
Professor, International Relations at Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration. (Pillar- good governance, healing memory)
John W. Franklin (USA)
Mr. Franklin will be facilitating Just Governance for Human Security's workshop on Healing History: the state of race and healing. He is also the main liaison for our Tulsa, USA delegation (Pillar- healing memory)
Paul Turner (South Africa/USA)Paul Turner is the Senior Conflict Advisor at Creative Associates International and leads the technical aspects of projects and activities focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) funded by USAID and the U.S. Department of State in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Turner acts as the technical director for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation's Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism (PEACE) Indefinite Quantity Contract and supports CVE initiatives within Creative. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching CVE Policy and Practice at American University’s School for International Service and providing instruction on Conflict Management at the University of Maryland’s Minor in International Development and Conflict Management.
Dr. Muna Ismail (Somalia/UK)Dr Muna Ismail is Programme Manager for Initiatives of Change in the UK. She is a scientist and an environmentalist with a passion for land restoration in degraded arid ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihood Development in post-conflict states. In the last two years she has been developing Refugees as Rebuilders™ Training of Trainers (ToT) courses for Diaspora from the Horn of Africa and other conflict-affected regions. This course is focusing on the inter-links between dialogue for Social-Cohesion, Ethical Governance and Livelihood in post conflict society. It also forms part of the development of a curriculum for adult educators working with refugees and migrants, a programme funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.
Dr Ismail completed her doctoral research at King’s College London in 2011 and subsequently held a visiting postdoc research analyst at the School of Pharmacy, University College London in 2012 and at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, in 2013-14. She is interested in arid land wild crops in the Horn of Africa. Currently she is working to develop a major project on the Yeheb plant’s regeneration and possible domestication in Somaliland using seeds from central regions of Somalia. Yeheb, a hardy, drought-resistant plant that is native to the Somali region, is a source of food to both animals and humans. With the Yeheb initiative, Muna is also developing a consortium of Knowledge Experts in collaboration with Universities (both in the UK and in the Somali region), International and Local NGOs as well as with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Mukesh Kapila (India/UK)Mukesh Kapila, CBE is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also Chair of Nonviolent Peaceforce, Chair of Manchester Global Foundation, Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs Nairobi, Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity, and Special Adviser to Syria Relief. He was Special Adviser to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.
Previously he was Under Secretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian and development network. Earlier, he served the United Nations in different roles as Special Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led the UN’s largest country mission in 2003-4 as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Read more here.