Ambassador John W. McDonald


Ambassador John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peacebuilder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his diplomatic career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He is currently Chairman and co-founder (1992) of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, in Washington D.C., which focuses on national and international ethnic conflicts, including the Millennium goals of clean drinking water and sanitation. He also is UNEP’s North American Representative to the International Environmental Governance Advisory Group. McDonald retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1987, after a 40 year diplomatic career.

In 1987-88, he became a Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He was Senior Advisor to George Mason University’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and taught and lectured at the Foreign Service Institute and the Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs. From December, 1988, to January, 1992, McDonald was President of the Iowa Peace Institute in Grinnell, Iowa and was a Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College. . In February, 1992, he was named Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, in Fairfax, Virginia.  Before his retirement from the State Department in 1987, McDonald joined in 1983 the State Department’s newly formed Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs as its Coordinator for Multilateral Affairs, and lectured and organized symposia on the art of negotiation, multilateral diplomacy and international organizations.

From 1978-83, he carried out a wide variety of assignments for the State Department in the area of multilateral diplomacy. He was President of the INTELSAT World Conference called to draft a treaty on privileges and immunities; leader of the U.S. Delegation to the UN World Conference on Technical Cooperation Among Developing Countries, in Buenos Aires in 1978; Secretary General of the 27th Colombo Plan Ministerial Meeting; head of the U.S. Delegation which negotiated a UN Treaty Against the Taking of Hostages; U.S. Coordinator for the UN Decade on Drinking Water and Sanitation; head of the U.S. Delegation to UNIDO III in New Delhi in 1980; Chairman of the Federal Inter-Agency Committee for the UN’s International Year of Disabled Persons, 1981; U.S. Coordinator and head of the U.S. Delegation for the UN’s World Assembly on Aging, in Vienna, in 1982.

From 1974-78, he was Deputy Director General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, a UN Agency, with responsibility for managing that agency’s 3,200 person Secretariat, coming from 102 countries, with programs in 120 member nations, and an annual budget of $135 million. From 1947-1974, Ambassador McDonald held various State Department assignments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn, Paris, Washington D.C., Ankara, Tehran, Karachi, and Cairo.

Ambassador McDonald holds both a B.A. and a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois, and graduated from the National War College in 1967. He has written and co-edited ten books and numerous articles on negotiation and conflict resolution, and makes more than 100 speeches a year. He was appointed Ambassador twice by President Carter and twice by President Reagan to represent the United States at various UN World Conferences.


Farhana Faruqi

2Farhana Faruqi Stocker holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK, with specialisation in Third World Development. She is a development and humanitarian practitioner and has served in strategic leadership positions in international aid sector. Much of Ms. Stocker’s professional life, over the last 25 plus years, is spent working in complex political emergencies, fragile and chronic conflict and crisis situations, natural disasters and acute and endemic poverty contexts.She alsoworked as a Visiting Faculty at Department of Anthropology of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan where she developed and taught two new courses during 1992-94;‘Social Change and Development’ and ‘Women and Development’ as well as a non-credit course ‘Participatory Methods of Research’. She specialises in the region of South and Central Asia, and has been associated with leading organisations including OXFAM, Save the Children, Afghanaid and the United Nations agencies. She has lived and worked for multiple years in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and has done short-term assignments in Egypt, Somalia, Jordan and Kenya. Stocker’s areas of expertise and interests include accountable and empowering development and transformative peace building. She feels passionately about putting vulnerable and politically marginalised and voiceless people, particularly women, youth and children, at the centre of development and humanitarian policy and action; and in non-conditionality of aid i.e. the separation ofinternational security, stabilisation agenda and foreign policy from development and humanitarian aid. She believes that risks and crisis offer strategic opportunities to civil society, aid community,and to the governments to create enabling conditions for building social harmony and addressing historical sense of injustices through people-focused smart investment and sustained engagement. In 2012, One World Action listed Stockeramong the 100 unseen powerful women leaders, who changed the world through public service(


Dr. Munawar A. ANEES

Dr. Anees is a strategic consultant and a globally published creative writer. Heholds intensive experience and enduring interest in a wide range of areas such asstrategic program management, information resource development, media strategyand advisory, science and ethics policy analysis, and knowledge management.Dr. Aneeswas special Consultant to the John Templeton Foundation based near Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA). Established by the renowned international investor, SirJohn Templeton, the Foundation currently funds – in a multi-million dollarventure – more than 300 projects, studies, award programs and publicationsworldwide. Dr. Anees has been deeply involved in strategic programdevelopment for the emerging interface between the Muslim world and theWest.

Dr. Anees has successfully managed several high profile portfolios inMalaysia, the most prominent being the Advisor and speech-writer for theDeputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Education, theHonorable Anwar Ibrahim – long renowned worldwide for his political andeconomic leadership and insight.

Dr. Anees is founding Editor-in-Chief of the world’s premiere journal of current awarenesson Islam and the Muslim world: PeriodicaIslamica: An International ContentsJournal (Kuala Lumpur, 1991). Supported by a worldwide team ofdistinguished writers and scholars, and with the collaboration of over 1200publishers, PeriodicaIslamicacame to be recognized as “an invaluable guide”for all multidisciplinary discourses on the world of Islam.Since February 1998, he is serving as a contributing Correspondent for theGlobal Viewpoint/Los Angeles Times Syndicate.He was Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO, Vienna) for the 16th International Congress of Genetics (Toronto).His regular contributions in the monthly Inquiry: A Magazine of Events andIdeas (London, 1984-1988), have played a pioneering role in creating anawareness about the social impact of reproductive technologies. One of hisbooks, Islam and Biological Futures: Ethics, Gender, and Technology(London: Mansell, 1989; translations in Turkish, Bosnian, and BahasaIndonesia) is a classic.

For the new global online encyclopedia, Nupedia, he was selected in 2000 asthe Editor for the Religion section. Author of half a dozen books and over 350 articles, book reviews, andbibliographies, published in international scholarly journals, Dr. Anees hascontributed to the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World andEncyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures.He is advisor to the Regional Information Technology and Software EngineeringCenter (RITSEC), Cairo, Egypt, for conceptualization and implementation ofCultureWare programs.Dr. Anees is founding Editor of the International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies, anAdvisory Editor of the Journal of Islamic Science, Journal of IslamicPhilosophy, Islamic Studies (Islamabad) and, section editor, Islamic andArabic Studies, for Ultimate Reality and Meaning. Dr. Anees is consultant to the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series(STARS) by the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, University ofCalifornia, Berkeley. Dr. Anees is member of the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization Research, Amman,Jordan, and UNESCO’s select group of 40 international scholars: Intellectualsof the World. He is listed in several biographical sources: ContemporaryAuthors, Who is Who in the World, and Writers Directory.Currently Dr. Anees is Founding Director, Center for Global DialogUniversity of Management and Technology, Lahore.

Dr. Victoria Fontan

Dr.Victoria is Head and Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica. Her original specialization has been in insurgency studies, focusing on the role of humiliation in relation to the emergence of insurgencies, mostly in a Middle Eastern context. She has published on Lebanon and Iraq, and has worked on both countries for the first ten years of my academic career.
She is now shifting specializations from Critical Terrorism Studies towards developing a decolonizing approach to Peace and Conflict Studies, emerging from a post-liberal peace paradigm.

Dr.Victoria has been at the University for Peace since 2005, and has been involved various projects over the years. To date, she is the curriculum design co-ordinator for the UPeace Great Lakes Program, geared towards fostering capacity co-operation in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Critical Pedagogy between ten African Academic Institutions and UPeace. This project is a direct application of her research on decolonizing peace. She is also involved in the development and management of the new UPeace Doctoral Program.

Mr. Dominik Lehnert

Dominik Lehnert has to his account more than twelve years of expertise in developing and producing varieties of media formats and in international commercial and non-profit communications and campaigns. He has worked for over seven years as a freelance consultant for international peace and development organisations in various countries.

He is the founder and director of Xchange Perspectives e.V., a German non-profit organisation dedicated to the support of community based media initiatives. Currently he is the editor in chief of Sudanvotes, a project initiated by Media in Cooperation and Transition to promote independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

In 2003, Dominik successfully completed his studies in Business Administration, Journalism and Public Relations and in 2009, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, where he developed the ‘Media for Peace’ framework, used in all the media initiatives supported by Xchange Perspectives.

Dominik’s expertise covers the full range of project and programme development, and implementation and evaluation. His strong and cross-cutting backgrounds in peace and conflict, media for social change, business administration and journalism give him a well-rounded experience and capacity to support media organisations in their work for peace.

Mr. Andrey Kortunov

Mr.Andrey Kortunov is the Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), the President of the New Eurasia Foundation and Information Scholarship Education Center (ISE).

Mr. Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations and pursued postgraduate studies at the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies (PhD in History) where he served as Deputy Director and Head of the Foreign Policy Department.

Key academic interests: international affairs, foreign and domestic policy of Russia, Russian-American relations.

He was a Visiting Professor at American universities including the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Miami.

Andrey Kortunov is an author of more than 120 publications, focused on US-Soviet/Russian relations, international security issues, and Soviet/Russian domestic and foreign policy.

Mr.Ariel González Levaggi

Ariel González Levaggi is Secretary of the Eurasian Department at the Institute for International Relations of the National University of La Plata. MA Candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and BA in International Relations from the Kennedy University of Argentina. His activities, studies and academic papers have focused on international relations, mainly in Latin American-Middle East relations and South-South Cooperation agenda. He is one of the founders of the Argentine Center of International Studies (Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales, CAEI), a Non-Profit Think Tank based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also he is Senior Policy Advisor of the Ocean Security Initiative (OSI) and member of the Advisory Board of the Mediterranean Policy Centre (MPC). Also he has impulsed several social and academic initiatives like UNASUR Outlook, the journal Argentina en Asuntos Estratégicos, among others.

Professor Dr Alberto Gomes

Professor Dr Alberto Gomes is the director of Centre for Dialogue and professor of anthropology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His anthropological research on the Orang Asli (Malaysian aborigines,) spanning more than 30 years has produced numerous articles and three books. Among his recent publications is the highly acclaimed book (co-edited with Lim Teck Ghee and Azly Rahman)Multiethnic Malaysia: Perspectives on Past, Present and Future (2009), an article titled ‘AlterNative Development: Indigenous Forms of Social Ecology’ in Third World Quarterly (2012) and another entitled ‘Anthropology and the Politics of Indigeneity’ published in Anthropological Forum (2013). He is currently working on the anthropology of civility and on the nexus between equality, sustainability and peace.

Mr.Peter (Pece) Gorgievski

Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen and his greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of Global Dialogue Foundation, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity. Earlier he was Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific wherein he jointly established and developed new companies in several countries. He has also remained as Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore and Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.

Mr. Narciz Bălășoiu

Mr. Narciz Bălășoiu is currently Director of the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, one of the Romanian and regional leading research institutes in the area of international relations and security studies. He conducted a series of research project, thus participating as author to several studies such as The Energy Security in the Wider Black Sea Region, The East West Strategic Corridor – from Black Sea to Caspian Sea, or NATO and the New Strategic Concept. Narciz Bălășoiu is a PHD candidate on National Security and Intelligence at the National Military Academy, and also assistant professor at Titu Maiorescu University – Faculty of Social and Political Sciences..


Dr. George Voskopoulos:

Dr. George Voskopoulos is Associate Professor of European Studies and Head of the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessa-loniki, Greece. He is currently Director of the MA post-graduate program in European Union Policies and the Youth and Erasmus Academic Coordinator for his Department.

He has studied in Canada (BA, Brock University), Greece (BA, Ionian University). He received his MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University, UK and his PhD from Exeter University, UK. He has published books and articles (in Greek, English and Russian) in Greece, the US, Poland, Bulgaria, Roma-nia, Serbia, Albania, India, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and the UK.

From 2001 to 2003 he taught European integration theories, international relations theories and academic English at University of Russe (Bulgaria), Department of European Studies. In the summer of 2005 he was an Associate Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute for International and European Studies where he conducted re-search on the democratic deficit in the European Union.


Zobaida Jalal Khan:

Zubaida Jalal the Former Minister for Education, Women development, Social Welfare and Special Education of Pakistan was born in August 1959 at Kuwait. She received her early education at Quetta and later on obtained her masters degree in English literature from the University of Balochistan.

She is a native of Mand in Merkan district which is one of the most deprived and desolate areas of Pakistan. Moved by the underdevelopment of the area Jalal established a Girls’ Primary School in Mand on Self-help basis in the year 1982. The school performed outstandingly well in the first year of its operation. Based on its excellent performance it was handed over to the Government of Balochistan.

Zobaida moved on to become a volunteer with the Family Planning Association of Pakistan. She participated in the Fourth World Women Conference at China in 1995 as an official delegate. In the year 1999 she was taken in the Pakistan Federal Cabinet as Minister for Education based on her services as an activist educator- the first woman in the history of Pakistan to achieve this distinction. She widely traveled abroad to study the primary education system prevalent in other countries.

While teaching at school, she also taught English literature at the Balochistan University. In 1993, her services were recognized by the Government of Pakistan and honored her with Pride of Performance Award for Education by the President of Pakistan. She has authored many publications include Papers on Baloch Embroidery and Poverty. Zobaida Jalal is also on the Board of Children’s Literature Festival Pakistan.


Professor Dr. Liu Debin:

LIU Debin, M.A. in History and International Relations, Ph.D. in Political Science, is a Professor of History and International Studies at Jilin University. He is the Chief-Editor of the magazine Collected Papers of History Studies, Vice Chairman of China Association of Modern World History Studies, Standing Member of China National Association of International Studies, Member of the History Teaching Commission of State Ministry of Education. His research fields are: Modern World History; International Relations History and Contemporary International Politics. Major Publications are: History of International Relations, Contemporary International Relations IssuesInternational System in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations (Translation), History of Northeast Asia, American People (translation), Globalization: Key Concepts. Major undertaking scientific research items are: Contemporary International Politics supported by National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation; History of International Relations in textbook series project supported by the Ministry of Education Northeast Asian History Studies supported by Humanities & Social Sciences Key Research Base under the Ministry of Education.

He was Director of Department of History of Jilin University (1994-2001); Director of Center for Contemporary International Relations Studies, Jilin University (2001-2009); Director of Division of International Cooperation and Exchange and Director of Office for Affairs of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, Jilin University (2004-14); Director of Institute of International Studies (2009 to date) and Dean of School of International and Public Affairs, Jilin University from 2012 to date.