Board of Trustees

Co-Chairs

OscarOscar Arias Ph.D.   Honorary Chair
Former President of Costa Rica, 1987 Nobel Peace Prize (Costa Rica)

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Óscar Arias Sánchez (born 13 September 1940 in Heredia, Costa Rica) was President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end the Central American crisis.

He is also a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security. In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims

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Jane Goodall with MascotDame Jane Goodall Ph.D.CBE, U.N. Messenger of Peace, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute, Founder, ‘Roots & Shoots’ (UK)

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Jane is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.[3] Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.[4] She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.[5][6]

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International Board of Advisors

Desmond_TutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu
1984 Nobel Peace Prize (South Africa)

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(born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.

He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).

Tutu’s admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high-profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007;[1] and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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E O WilsonEdward O. Wilson, Ph.D.
Pellegrino University Research Professor of Biology, Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize Author (USA)

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(born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity, island biogeography), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world’s leading expert.[2][3]

Wilson is known for his scientific career, his role as “the father of sociobiology” and “the father of biodiversity“,[4] his environmental advocacy, and his secular-humanist and deist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.[5] Among his greatest contributions to ecological theory is the theory of island biogeography, which he developed in collaboration with the mathematical ecologist Robert MacArthur, which is seen as the foundation of the development of conservation area design, as well as the unified neutral theory of biodiversity of Stephen Hubbell.

Wilson is (2014) the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, a lecturer at Duke University,[6] and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.[7][8] He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (for On Human Nature in 1979, and The Ants in 1991) and a New York Times bestseller for The Social Conquest of Earth,[9] Letters to a Young Scientist,[9] and The Meaning of Human Existence.

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Founding Trustees
Will ConnellyWilliam Connelly
Founder Pax Natura. Vice President, Pax Natura Foundation, Architect (USA)

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“William Connelly, AIA, is an architect in private practice in Salt Lake City, the father of five grown children, and an active participant in several civic and environmental causes.  As co-founder of the Costa Rica-based Pax Natura Foundation (“Peace with Nature”) he travels frequently on foundation matters, especially those related to climate change, biodiversity preservation and the international carbon markets.  Will is passionate about family, the environment, landscapes, history, languages, and travel.”

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Carlos Jimenez FreerCarlos Jimenez Freer

Founding Pax Natura Trustee, President, Xcel (Costa Rica)

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FedricoFederico Gutierrez, M.A.
Founding Pax Natura Trustee (Costa Rica)

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Jerry Robinson
Founding Pax Natura Trustee, Architect AIA (USA)

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Randall TolpinrudRandall Tolpinrud, M.A.
Founder Pax Natura, President of the Pax Natura Foundation (USA)

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Trustees

TrentTrent Alvey
Artist, Poet, President of Trent Alvey Design (USA)

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Doug AndersonDoug Anderson
President, Pacific Commercial Properties (USA)

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Douglas Anderson has been a businessman in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years. His business expertise includes masterplanning and development implementation for larger scale resorts, business parks and commercial developments across the USA and two provinces in Canada. His business endeavors include founding of the seventh larger private equity funds in America ROC Fund/BridgeIPG Fund. He serves as Chairman/Founder of a golf and winter sports ski holding company with operations in 4 major east coast markets and British Columbia Canada. He oversees operations of his various private real estate companies. He has  served as a member of the Board of Directors for several federally insured community banking institutions. He granted one of the largest conservation easements in the United States on 14,000 acre development to maintain open space and the preservation of flora and fauna. Mr. Anderson has served in various community foundations and Board of Directors throughout his professional career. He has traveled extensively worldwide for business and non profit work to contribute his expertise in the non profit area as well as land and building development  areas towards preserving and enhancing the environment. He earned a BS undergraduate  degree in Consumer Studies with emphasis in Architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Utah. Mr. Anderson subsequently earned his Masters in Business Administration.  He also attended a three year OPM Program a post graduate business education at Harvard Business School in Boston. Mr. Anderson is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast. 

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AnnaAna Baez, M.A.
President, Conservacion Consultores (Costa Rica)

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Ana has over three decades experience working as a consultant, currently she serves as President of “Turismo & Conservación Consultores, S.A.”, a company committed to provide technical assistance and support to ensure the success of private and public initiatives in 43 countries. The main subjects of experience are related to sustainable development, responsible tourism, protected areas, best practices and certifications, and community participation. Its work is inspired and guided by innovation, respect and sustainability. Ana has served as a consultant to many international organizations like the International Development Bank, UNDP, WWF, USAID, WTO, among others.

She also has been invited as a key note speaker in many conferences around the world and worked as a professor and program leader for the World Tourism Organization –Themis Foundation,

American University, Stanford University, Florida State University, University for Peace, among others. She has published 4 books and over 50 technical articles and her work has been recognized with special distinctions in Cuba, Brazil and Costa Rica.

In 1992 visited Cuba for first time and since then she has participated in over 30 projects, 100 talks and conferences and estimated of 350 people trained at national and local level.

Ana Báez worked as a Deputy Director of the National Museum of Costa Rica, Director of the first Ecotourism Master of Science Program and Dean of the Tourism Faculty at ULACIT in Costa Rica as well as a Director of the First Ecotourism Central America Program. She received a degree in Biology from the University of Costa Rica, and obtained a Master of Science in Museum Studies from University of Leicester, England.

Her work philosophy is summarized in her company’s slogan: “We are interested in the success of your company and the health of the Planet

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hugh 1Wm. Hugh Bollinger, Ph.D.
President, Pandaray (USA)

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Hugh has served multiple national and international organizations as an advisor. He was a founding trustee for the Center for Plant Conservation and served the CPC for 15 years and currently serves as a trustee for Pax Natura along with renowned international conservationists including Jane Goodall among others. PAX saved a mountain rainforest reserve in Costa Rica. Until 2013, Hugh served as a member and then chairman, of the American Alpine Club’s Research Grants Committee. He was a panel member on two National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) panels and a USAID project manager in Sri Lanka and Kenya on forest restoration. Recently, he served as a consultant to The Leonardo, an arts/science/learning center in Utah. One project utilized new media technologies to showcase digital learning for career development. Hugh was also an original Sundance Film Festival volunteer, supports the acoustic music community,  breeds plants as a long-term hobby, and is involved with Utah’s Tibetan community.

Hugh holds a PhD in mountain ecology and an MS in bio-geography from the University of Colorado and a BA in environmental science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has traveled and worked extensively in Asia, Central America, Europe, Australia, and Africa on environmental matters. He has published feature articles in Science Magazine and the Congressional Quarterly.

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DeanDeen Chatterjee Ph.D.
Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow at the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council in New York City (USA)

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Deen K. Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow in the S.J.Quinney College of Law, a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and a Faculty Director and Mentor at the Oxford Human Rights Consortium. Earlier he was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His areas of specialization are justice and global initiative, human security, ethics of war and peace, religion, and human rights.

He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice (2011) and the series editor of Studies in Global Justice. His publications include The Ethics of Preventive War (2013); Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century (2007); Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy (2004); and with Don E. Scheid, Ethics and Foreign Intervention (2003).

Professor Chatterjee has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Washington, The New School University, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Shipboard Education, where he sailed around the world for a semester on the Institute’s “floating campus.” He has also been a Faculty Fellow at the University of Utah and Eccles Faculty Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center, a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Oregon, an NEH Faculty Fellow at the Summer Institute of The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University on a David P. Gardner Faculty Fellowship.

Professor Chatterjee has been twice awarded the Thomas D. Dee II Endowment Grant for Teaching Enhancement at the University of Utah, most recently in 2006-07. In addition, he is a recipient of the ASUU Student Choice Teaching Award in 2010-2011 and, also in the same year, the Annual Faculty Award from the Center for Disability Services in recognition of his support of students with disabilities on campus. In 2007, he was awarded the Pax Natura Peace Prize and in 2000, he was awarded the Barbara and Norman Tanner Faculty Mentor Grant for the Prevention of Violence.

Professor Chatterjee was the Faculty Advisor of SHIFT (Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought)–a campus student organization. Earlier, he was the Faculty Advisor of the campus chapters of Freethought Society and Amnesty International.

Professor Chatterjee is on the Editorial Advisory Board of several leading journals, including Ethics & International Affairs, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Journal of Global Ethics. He has also been a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Advisory Committee on Applied Ethics, a two-term member of the Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, and a member of the Search Committee for the Association’s executive director.

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Project Director: Conference and Lecture Series

International Conference on Tagore’s Philosophy of Education

Tanner Human Rights Center’s 2014 International Conference: Building Peace in the 21st Century

Tanner Human Rights Center’s 2012 International Conference: Global Justice

Democracy in South Asia Forum

Dee Lecture Series on Poverty and War

Gender, Diversity, and Identity: An International and Interdisciplinary Women’s Forum

Feminism, Multiculturalism, and Group Rights

International Conference on Ethics and National Boundaries

National Conference on Violence and Nonviolence, University of Utah, 1998
Documentary Film

Professor Chatterjee and the noted film producer/director Trent Harris were jointly awarded a Documentary Studies Grant at the University of Utah to make a film on the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. The film, recently completed and featured in various events, is titled “Sierra Leone: Diamonds, Cannibals, Children with Guns.”

Select Op-Ed/Editorials

Holiday perpetuates stereotypes
Hatred and bigotry are immoral, homosexuality is not
Moral values? Let’s get serious about them
New world needs a new definition of patriotism
Believing in God can be a reasonable choice
Should morality be based on God?
LDS and executions

Travel

Professor Chatterjee travels widely as a hobby and as part of his various engagements nationally and internationally. He recently returned from a three-week trip to Japan on a Carnegie Council assignment on technology and risk, where he was part of a select group headed by Harvard’s Michael Ignatieff. His other recent travels included several trips to England, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Costa Rica, and India. Earlier, in the summer of 2012, as a trustee of Pax Natura, he visited Costa Rica where he attended a Pax Natura award ceremony with the President of Costa Rica at her residence in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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ForrestForrest Cuch – Ute Tribe
Former Director of Indian Affairs, State of Utah (USA)

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Forrest S. Cuch is an enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe. He was born in 1951 and raised on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. In 1973, he graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Behavioral Sciences.  During his 38 year career, Forrest has held many challenging jobs beginning as education director for the Ute Indian Tribe. He has also served as tribal planner/administrator for an eastern tribe and social studies department head and teacher for his alma mater, Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Forrest was executive director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs. During this time, he published, A History of Utah’s American Indians, Utah State University Press, 2000. He has served on numerous boards including as a trustee representing American Indians on the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; trustee for Swaner Preserve; and Salt Lake City based Pax Natura. Forrest played a key role in the PBS/KUED sponsored curriculum project entitled; We Shall Remain, which features a video series of the histories of the Utah tribes with accompanying materials. In 2012, he served as CEO for the Ute Tribe’s business enterprises. Forrest is Co-Founder of Rising American Indian Nations (RAIN), an Indian operated non-profit organization established to empower American Indian people.  Throughout his career, he has worked to call attention to the ancient presence of American Indian people in the intermountain west, and he has worked with other American Indian leaders in and out of state to address many critical issues facing all American Indians. He currently is engaged in working with spiritual leaders through the Western Hemisphere to usher in the new shift in feminine conscious known of as the New Earth and calling attention to Climate Change and Harm to Mother Earth.

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Wade DavisWade Davis Ph.D.
Cultural Anthropologist, National Geographic (USA)

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Wade Davis (born December 14, 1953) CM is a Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures, especially in North and South America and particularly involving the traditional uses and beliefs associated with psychoactive plants. Davis came to prominence with his 1985 best-selling book The Serpent and the Rainbow about the zombies of Haiti. Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.

Davis has published popular articles in Outside, National Geographic, Fortune, and Condé Nast Traveler.

Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia, and the high Arctic of Nunavut and Greenland.

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Donna Dinsdale

Donna Dinsdale
Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner (USA)

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Donna Dinsdale is committed to and passionate about assisting individuals in optimizing their health and wellness, and empowering them to live a life full of vitality, ease, joy and boundless possibilities.  Donna has been in private practice for over twenty-five years.  She offers sessions in mind-body therapy, Ayurveda, meditation, and integrative health coaching, in order to help one renew the body, awaken the mind, and discover the body’s natural healing abilities.  Donna finds herself at home among many peoples and in many places around the globe. She has traveled extensively, learning from great educators and scholars in India, Nepal, Costa Rica, Japan, Greece, United Kingdom and beyond.  One of her most memorable experiences has been teaching the young children of the Garden Of Peace School in South India.  For the past two and a half decades, Donna has practiced and studied with great Buddhist masters from Nepal, India and the United States.  She has taught meditation in Buddhist centers, Christian churches, private settings, and the University of Utah.  Throughout the years, Donna has enjoyed the process of developing and teaching a wide range of health and wellness courses, ranging from mindfulness meditation to weight management.

Donna earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Utah.  She has also studied at Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University, California College of Ayurveda, and Utah College of Massage Therapy.  Early on in her professional career, she taught high school biology and health education to high-risk and disadvantaged students in Utah public schools for ten years.  As a teacher, Donna not only imparted to her students a rich understanding of how biological systems function, but she strived to help them develop imagination in, and curiosity and empathy for, the natural world and its living organisms.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys playing harp, reading historical biographies, trekking in the Himalayas, and hanging out with her husband and her dog Lily among the trees in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

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Phillip EmmiPhil Emmi, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning & Geography, University of Utah (USA)

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Phil holds degrees in Economics and in Urban and Regional Planning from Harvard and UNC/Chapel Hill. When professionally active, he was a member of the American Planning Association, the European Housing Network and the System Dynamics Society. He has published in national and international peer-reviewed journals on urban systems models, seismic risk assessment, opportunity and mobility in housing and labor markets, coastal zone management, planning theory, the politics of planning, environmental policy and ecological economics. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Spain, a frequent Research Fellow at the Swedish National Institute for Building Research, a Lowell Bennion Community Service Professor in Utah, an NSF grant recipient, and a lecturer at numerous national and international academic venues. At the University of Utah, he was the founding director of the Urban Planning Program. He organized and directed an interdisciplinary program in the adaptive management of environmental systems and was instrumental in the development of a digital cartographic laboratory. Both wide and varied, his teaching interests included planning theory, planning practice, urban processes, urban energy systems, system dynamics, resilience thinking and human values development. He serves on the board of the Quaker Institute for the Future, convened the Quaker Earthcare Witness’ United Nations Working Group, and served as a visiting fellow in Washington DC with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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Steve Estes
Technical Internet  Advisor (USA)

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Steve Estes has worked in the internet industry since the year 2000. He started an internet company dedicated to empowering non-profit organizations on the internet. He has designed and managed web pages for U.S. Senate candidates, Utah Senate and House of Representative Candidates, and various national and international non-profit web sites.  Steve also works as a Business System Specialist for a fortune 500 company. He was educated at the University of Utah.

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Francisco Grau

Francisco Grau
Entrepreneur (Costa Rica)

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Francisco Grau is a social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to find practical sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. In 2010 with a group of friends, he established a successful farmers’ market called “Green Fair” where local organic farmers, food artisans, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, artists, activists and a big conscious community gathers every Saturday morning to live the life they love. The proposal is a “Market taken care off with values of sustainability and wellbeing” where you can find “food with names and surnames” and buy an “optimal basket for you, optimal for your community and optimal for Mother Earth”.

After studying at Schumacher College the Ma. Economics for Transition, Francisco is exploring “The power of celebration to promote new paradigm economics” as complimentary way of doing activism. “

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Davit T IvesDavid T. Ives
Executive Director Albert Schweitzer Institute (USA)

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~Executive Director, The Albert Schweitzer Institute
https://www.qu.edu/on-campus/institutes-centers/albert-schweitzer-institute.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu8WL31Ivcs&index=15&list=PL86D493901EC0B855
~Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, Latin American Studies, and International Culture Quinnipiac University

~2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
~Senior Advisor, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates’ Permanent Secretariat
~Chairman of the USA Board of Directors for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
~Member, Board of Directors, Centers of Compassion for Children
~Election Monitor for the Carter Center, Venezuela, 2004; Nicaragua, 2006
~Peace Corps Volunteer (Promoted School Gardens and Nutrition), San Jose, Costa Rica, 1980-1982

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AlishaAlicia Kazimir, M.S.
Educator (USA)

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Denise LynchDenise Lynch
Founder, Clear Mind Institute (USA)

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Aung San Aung San Suu Kyi
1991 Nobel Peace Prize (Burma)

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Aung San Suu Kyi (BurmeseMLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany, /ŋˌsæn.sˈ/, Burmese pronunciation: [àʊɴ sʰáɴ sṵ tɕì]; born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who is the First and incumbent State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Minister of the President’s Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw‘s Cabinet, and from 2012 to 2016 was a Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Kawhmu Township.

The youngest daughter of Aung San, Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, and Khin Kyi, Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, British Burma. After graduating from the University of Delhi in 1964 and the University of Oxford in 1968, she worked at the United Nations for three years. She married Michael Aris in 1972, and gave birth to two children. Aung San Suu Kyi rose to prominence in the 1988 Uprisings, and became the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy (NLD). In the 1990 elections, NLD won 81% of the seats in Parliament, but the results were nullified, as the military refused to hand over power, resulting in an international outcry. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989 to 2010, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.

Her party boycotted the 2010 elections, resulting in a decisive victory for the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. Aung San Suu Kyi became a Pyithu Hluttaw MP while her party won 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the 2012 by-elections. In the 2015 elections, her party won a landslide victory, taking 86% of the seats in the Assembly of the Union — well more than the 67 percent supermajority needed to ensure that its preferred candidates were elected President and Second Vice President in the Presidential Electoral College. Although she was prohibited from becoming the President due to a clause in the constitution – her late husband and children are foreign citizens – she assumed the newly created role of State Counsellor, a role akin to a Prime Minister or a head of government.

Aung San Suu Kyi has gained international acclaim, having received many honours, including the Rafto Prize, Sakharov Prize, Nobel Peace Prize, Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Order of Australia, US Congressional Gold Medal, and Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is an honorary citizen of many countries, including Canada, and was an honorary member of Nelson Mandela‘s Elders.

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Dr GamazRodrigo Gamez Lobo, Ph.D.
Director General, INBio (Costa Rica)

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Board2Diego Alonso Gutierrez
Consultant (Costa Rica)

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A Costa Rican educated in Costa Rica and the US. Graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Concentrations in Peace & Conflict Studies and International Studies of Latin America. Played NCAA Division 1 Tennis. Worked in a family owned Italian restaurant chain, financial and service industry. Interested in alternative and holistic healing.

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Kailani Jimenez
Naturalist & Guide (Costa Rica)

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RandallRandal Longstroth
IT Consultant (USA)

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ElanaAlana Metcalf
Director of Global Projects for Reef Life Restoration (USA)

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Alana Metcalf is an independent professional who is passionate about projects with particular focus on providing impact solutions for sustainability and philanthropy. She has experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, as well as various specialized industries using green technology.

Alana holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and is an active community member.  Alana is honored to serve as a member of the board of trustees for PAX Natura Foundation, dedicated to the protection of rain forests and bio-diversity.  She contributes to Salt Lake’s medical community as a health science advocate through the University of Utah as well as supports several environmental and humanitarian foundations.  She resides in Salt Lake City with her amazing family and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world.

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FedeFederico Muñoz
Biologist and Naturalist (Costa Rica)

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Coautor at Anfibios y Reptiles de Costa Rica

Consejo de Administración at Dos Pinos
Finquiar at TERRA VIVA
Educador Ambiental at Bosque tropical
Studied Herpetology at Universidad de Costa Rica

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Dean

Robert Newman, Ph.D.
President And Director Of The National Humanities Center (USA)

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Robert D. Newman assumed office as the sixth president and director of the National Humanities Center on July 1, 2015. He was previously Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah where he also served as Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Studies, Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of English. He also has held faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina, where he was Chair of the Department of English, Texas A&M University, and the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Newman’s scholarship has focused on twentieth-century literature and culture and narrative theory. He has published six books, two of which have been nominated for major national awards, along with numerous articles, reviews, and poems; and has received awards not only for his scholarship but for his institutional leadership and teaching. He also serves as General Editor of the “Cultural Frames, Framing Culture” series published by University of Virginia Press.

Since assuming leadership of the National Humanities Center, Dr. Newman’s work has been dedicated to broadening the Center’s scholarly mission, its educational outreach, and on public engagement and national advocacy for the humanities.

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Ramos HortaJosé Ramos-Horta Ph.D
Former President of East Timor, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize (East Timor)

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José Manuel Ramos-Horta GCL AC (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ ˈʁɐ̃muz ˈɔɾtɐ]; born 26 December 1949) is an East Timorese politician. He is currently the United Nations‘ special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). He was appointed to this position on 2 January 2013. Previously, he was special envoy to fellow Lusophone country, Guinea-Bissau, and was the President of East Timor from 20 May 2007 to 20 May 2012, the second since independence from Indonesia. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former prime minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as president after winning the 2007 East Timorese presidential election.[1] As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). While he has continued to work with FRETILIN, Ramos-Horta resigned from the party in 1988, becoming an independent politician.[2]

After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country’s first foreign minister. He served in this position until his resignation on 25 June 2006, amidst political turmoil. On 26 June, following the resignation of prime minister Mari Alkatiri, Ramos-Horta was appointed acting prime minister by then-president Xanana Gusmão. Two weeks later, on 10 July 2006, he was sworn in as the second prime minister of East Timor. On 11 February 2008, Ramos-Horta was injured when he was shot during an assassination attempt.

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SusanSusen Sawatzki
Partner Development for ManyOne Networks, Publisher of adnews (USA)

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Susen Sawatzki serves on the Pax Natura Board and has been highly involved in the voluntary carbon market on behalf of Pax Natura’s interest in positioning the carbon offset created by Costa Rica as the premium option to offset carbon emissions.

She has been publisher of several magazines that serve the creative industry of Utah and creates content for various corporations and foundations.

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Board4 Dennis Sizemore
Founder, Round River Conservation (USA)

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Isaac Tolpinrud
Naturalist and Guide (USA)

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Issac TolpinrudIsaac Tolpinrud 

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Steven TolpinrudSteven Tolpinrud 

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Betty WilliamsBetty Williams
1976 Nobel Peace Prize (UK)

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Betty Williams (born 22 May 1943, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Williams heads the Global Children’s Foundation and is the President of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International. She is also the Chair of Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington D.C. and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nova Southeastern University. She lectures widely on topics of peace, education, inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding, anti-extremism, and children’s rights.

Williams is a founding member of the Nobel Laureate Summit, which has taken place annually since 2000.[1]

In 2006, Williams became a founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative along with Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum. These six women representing North and South America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, bring together their experiences in a united effort for peace with justice and equality. It is the goal of the Nobel Women’s Initiative to help strengthen work being done in support of women’s rights around the world. Williams also is a member of PeaceJam.

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