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.
Doctor y Diploma de Estudios Avanzados por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (España). Licenciado en Relaciones Internacionales por la Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Argentina). Diploma en Lengua Árabe por el Centro Educacional de Lengua Árabe para extranjeros del Ministerio de Educación Superior de la República Árabe de Egipto (El Cairo, Egipto).
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
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.
Colombiana de la isla de San Andrés, de padre italiano y madre colombiana radicada entre Jamaica y San Andres. Bióloga de profesión y conservacionista de corazón, con una maestría en microbiología marina. Por casi 30 años ha trabajado sobre temas ambientales marinos de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, la mayoría de ellos asociada al Programa Ambiental del Caribe de la ONU Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) con sede en Kingston, Jamaica. Durante su trabajo con el PNUMA lideró y coordinó actividades con gobiernos y organizaciones en el Gran Caribe para la conservación de la biodiversidad marina, uso sostenible de recursos marinos y costeros, áreas protegidas, conservación de especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción, manejo de la contaminación marina, la gobernanza del medio marino del Caribe y temas afines. Coordinó por parte del PNUMA las negociaciones del tratado regional sobre biodiversidad para el Gran Caribe (Protocolo SPAW de 1990) del Convenio de Cartagena de 1983 y lideró sus actividades y programas hasta su retiro en 2017. En 1997 creó la Red para el Manejo de las Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Caribe (CaMPAM) que hoy en día cuenta con cientos de miembros y ha capacitado a más de mil practicantes del manejo de áreas marinas en todos los países del Gran Caribe (campam.gcfi.org/campam.php).
Lideró, coordinó y/o participó en innumerables conferencias y eventos intergubernamentales y no-gubernamentales de Naciones Unidas y otras organizaciones pertinentes para la negociación y realización de acuerdos, iniciativas y proyectos regionales y subregionales ambientales. Ha trabajado en estrecha colaboración con las Secretarias de las Convenciones de Bonn, Ramsar, Diversidad Biológica (CBD), CITES sobre el comercio de especies, Convención Interamericana sobre Tortugas Marinas, la Iniciativa para el Hemisferio Occidental sobre Especies Migratorias (WHMSI), la Comisión Ballenera Internacional y la Organización Marítima Internacional (OMI). Ha sido autora y co-autora de numerosos artículos sobre estos temas y entre sus otras contribuciones en pro del desarrollo sostenible de la región, se encuentran el Plan de Acción del Programa Ambiental del Caribe, el Plan de Acción para la Conservación de los Mamíferos Marinos en el Gran Caribe, manuales técnicos para actividades de turismo sostenible, e informes sobre el estado de los arrecifes de coral del Caribe.
En 2016, la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) le otorgó el Premio Fred Packard por su destacado servicio a la conservación y a las áreas protegidas y por su larga trayectoria de trabajo con la Red y Foro sobre Manejo de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Caribe (CaMPAM).
Alessandra es miembro de numerosos comités de proyectos e iniciativas internacionales:
- Comisión Mundial sobre Áreas Protegidas (WCPA) de la UICN
- Red para el Caribe de la UICN
- Red y Foro para el Manejo de las Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Caribe (CaMPAM)
- Red para las Tortugas Marinas del Caribe (WIDECAST)
- Instituto sobre la Pesca del Caribe y el Golfo (GCFI)
- Iniciativa Internacional sobre los Arrecifes de Coral (ICRI)
- Grupo de Expertos sobre Áreas Marinas y Costeras Protegidas del Convenio sobre Diversidad Biológica (CDB) (como observador)
- Consejo Asesor Internacional del Proyecto FMAM/Banco Mundial “Reserva de Biosfera del Archipiélago de San Andrés Islas: Sistema regional de áreas marinas protegidas (la Reserva de Biosfera Seaflower, Colombia)
- Consejo Asesor del Proyecto Trasatlántico de la Unión Europea “Cooperacion y hermanamiento de Áreas Marinas Protegidas Norte-Sur”
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,
Name Akbota Niyazovna Zholdasbekova
Date of Birth April 6, 1981
Education Ph.D (Global Politics and Political Studies)
Tehran International School, high school; Kazakh National University, specialist in international relations; Russian Academy of Governmental Service, PhD in Global Politics and Political Studies.
Languages Kazakh, Russian, English, French, Turkish, Spanish
Contact Imanov str. -26-95, Astana
Ph: 007 7015202470, 007 7172 946186
A-Research and administrative
- 2014 - till present UNESCO Chair for Ethnical and Religious tolerance, Professor
- 2014 - till present Eurasian International Studies Association, President
- 2014 - till Present Ocean Security International, Coordinator for Eurasian Region, Scientific Advisory Board
- 2014 - till present Asia Pacific Peace Research Association, Member of Council
- 2014 – sep 2014- Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of Diplomacy, Department of external policy, Chair
- 2012 – 2013 - Eurasian National University, Department of World Regions, Chair
- 2007 – 2012 - Eurasian National University, Department of International relations, associate professor
- 2010 – 2012 - Eurasian National University, Department of Eurasian Studies, associate professor
- 2009 – 2013 - Eurasian National University, Center of International Studies, director
- 2012 – till present Eurasian International Studies Association, (EISA), Lead coordinator
Working with Eurasian National University, one of two top Universities of Kazakhstan for 10 years and Academy of Public Administation
Works as Guest Scholar at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad Pakistan from 2010
Special Expert on Policy and Foreign languages issues at “…as it was said” TV program on National Broadcasting Company “Khabar”.
Director, Kultegin Publishing House, 2003 to date. Issued and edited more than 40 books on wide ranging history, policy, literature, national image subjects. A 116 volume serie: “Republic of Kazakhstan: A Chonology of Independence” was approved by the President of the State. ( 25 volumes have been published already). “A Complete Atlas of Ancient Turcic Written Monuments” by Myrzatay Zholdasbekov have been announced a revolution in turcology
International Exposure: Attended, conducted, spoke in, presented papers in courses, conferences, seminars in France, India, Pakistan, Russia, GB, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey.
Recent edited/co-edited and authored-coauthored books include: