Leadership

Honorary Sponsors

Mairead Maguire

Máiread Corrigan Maguire

Northern Ireland

Nobel Peace Laureate (1976), Máiread is Honorary President and co-founder, with Betty Williams, of the Community of Peace People, an organization which attempts to encourage a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. She also was one of the founders of The Nobel Women’s Initiative and is member of the Honorary board of the International Coalition for the Decade of the culture of Peace and Nonviolence.

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Óscar Arias

Óscar Arias

Costa Rica

Nobel Peace Laureate (1987), Dr. Óscar Arias was President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010, having been instrumental in the promotion of peace agreements throughout Central America. A member of Collegium International, he was also elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims and of the Board of Trustees of Economists for Peace and Security. Besides the Nobel Peace Prize, he is also recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and over fifty honorary degrees, including doctorates from Harvard and Princeton universities.

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Juanes

Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (“Juanes”)

Colombia

Juanes is a Colombian musician and activist from Medellín, having sold millions of albums and won several Grammy awards. In 2006 he established the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of anti-personnel mines. He was honored at the annual benefit gala for Sir Paul McCartney’s Adopt-A-Minefield for his work as a Goodwill Ambassador for United for Colombia, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about the impact of land mines in Colombia. He organized the first “Peace Without Borders” concert as a response to the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis on the Colombia-Venezuela border. In 2009 the second “Peace Without Borders” concert was held in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución.

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A. T. Ariyaratne

A. T. Ariyaratne

Sri Lanka

Dr. Ariyaratne is the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, a non-profit organization that involves millions of people in Gandhian nonviolence and rural development. Ariyaratne has won international recognition that includes the Gandhi, Niwana, Sushil Kumar, and Jamnalal Bajaj peace awards. Since 2015 he is one of the 10 members of Sri Lankas’s Constitutional Council. Born in 1931, he holds a doctor of humanities degree, a doctor of letters degree (honorary) and a bachelor of arts in economics, Sinhala and education.

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Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Spain

Dr. Mayor Zaragoza is President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, Co-President for the UN High Level Group for the Alliance of Civilizations, member of the Honorary Board of the International Coalition for the Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence and Honorary Chairman of the Académie de la Paix. He served as Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999, establishing the Culture of Peace Program and fostering the adoption of the Decade for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence. As a biochemist he was also one of the founders of the 1986 Seville Statement on Violence.

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Neelakanta Radhakrishnan

Neelakanta Radhakrishnan

India

Gandhian scholar and activist, Professor Radhakrishnan organized many university and village shantisena and trained more than 5,000 young volunteers over 20 years. He took up assignment under the Government of India as Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, also establishing the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies; Gandhi Media Centre; G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence and Shantisena; and Missionaries of Nonviolence Foundation India. He has authored over 50 books.

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Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

United States

The Rev. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. He is Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

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Ilya Prigogine

Ilya Prigogine (In Memoriam)

Russia/Belgium

Nobel Chemistry Laureate (1977), Prigogine is widely acknowledged for his work on dissipative structures and their role in thermodynamic systems. He became professor at the Free University of Brussels in 1950, were he also became director of the International Solvay Institute. He was Ashbel Smith Professor of Physics and Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, were he co-founded in 1967 the Center for Complex Quantum Systems. Back in Belgium, he also directed the Center for Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. He received awards such as the Francqui Prize for Exact Sciences (1955) or the Rumford Medal (1976), and was made Viscount by the King of the Belgians.

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Robert Muller

Robert Muller (In Memoriam)

Belgium

Dr. Muller devoted 40 years working for peace at the United Nations, reaching the position of Assistant-Secretary-General. He created a World Core Curriculum and is known throughout the world as the “father of global education.” There are 29 Robert Muller schools around the world with more being established each year. The World Core Curriculum earned him the UNESCO Peace Education Prize in 1989. Dr. Muller is also Co-Founder and Chancellor Emeritus of the University for Peace created by the United Nations in demilitarized Costa Rica.

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Governing Council

Glenn D. Paige

Glenn D. Paige (Founder)

Hawai’i

Founder and past Chair of the Center for Global Nonkilling. Korean War veteran. Author of Nonkilling Global Political Science (2002; 3rd ed. 2009), The Scientific Study of Political Leadership (1977), co-editor of Nonkilling Korea: Six Culture Exploration (2012). Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy (1947), Princeton University (A.B. politics, 1955), Harvard University (A.M. East Asian studies, 1957), PhD Northwestern University, political science 1959), and by colleagues around the world.

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Anoop Swarup

Anoop Swarup (Chair)

India

Founder Chairman of the Global Knowledge Alliance; Vice Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University; Commissioner at the Government of India; Executive Director of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Scheme; UNSC Expert at United Nations and GEO Reviewer IPCC (UNEP 2007). Author of Regional Economics Engagement and the Free Trade Agreements – Analytical Insights and Policy Options (2010) and The world of money laundering financial crimes and commercial frauds (2004).

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Chaiwat Satha-Anand

Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Vice-Chair)

Thailand

Chaiwat teaches Violence and Nonviolence in Politics at Thammasat University in Bangkok and was a Senior Research Scholar with the Thailand Research Fund. He also served as Vice-President of the Strategic Nonviolence Committee, National Research Council of Thailand; Vice-President of the Foundation for Children Development; and Director of the Peace Information Center. He served as Action-Policy Team Leader of the CGNK between 2008 and 2011.

Glenda H. Paige

Glenda H. Paige (Secretary)

Hawai’i

Glenda is the founding Secretary of the Center of Global Nonviolence (1994-2007). She assisted the CGNV president and later the CGNK chair in research and conferences in 20 countries, including Haiti, China and Russia, Colombia, India and Pakistan, Japan, Jordan, North and South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the UK. She represented the CGNK as Friend of the 9th Nobel Peace Laureates’ World Summit in Paris (2008), and also participated in the Summits in Rome (2007), Berlin (2009) and Hiroshima (2010). She is a liberal arts graduate of the University of Hawai‘i, retired as a McDonald’s Quality Management Business Consultant, and served as Workflow Systems Manager in the Office of the Governor of Hawaii (2010-2014).

Maorong Jiang

Maorong Jiang (Treasurer)

China/USA

Maorong is Associate Professor and Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University, Nebraska. He teaches at the Department of History and the Department of Political Science and International Relations, also running the East-West Studies program. Trained as a professional military officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, he holds a B.A. in English from the Military Institute of International Relations in China, an M.A. in Asian Religion and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Lou Ann Ha'aheo Guanson

Lou Ann Ha’aheo Guanson

Hawai’i

Ha’aheo is a leader, teacher, researcher, and advocate for the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence for the world. Presently, she serves as the Director of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation, Honolulu. Dr. Guanson also teaches at the University of Hawaii Manoa for the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and the School of Social Work. She has been associated with the Institute for Peace since its inception, including past service as its Director and Associate Professor.

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Bill (Balwant) Bhaneja

Bill (Balwant) Bhaneja

Canada

Following his foreign service career in Canada, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa. He has chaired nonkilling panels at the European Consortium for Political Research in Budapest (2005) and at the IPSA World Political Science Congress, Santiago de Chile (2009). He also co-chaired with Mairead Maguire the First Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum, in Honolulu, Hawaii (2007). He is a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace, Civilian Peace Service Canada and co-founder of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative. Publications include Science and Government: Nehru Era and Quest for Gandhi: A Nonkilling Journey.

Christina Kemmer

Christina Kemmer

Hawai’i

Christina served as President of Communications Pacific where she founded in 1997 the practice of Community Building. Earlier she headed the Office of Waikiki Development for the City and County of Honolulu and was president of Waikiki Improvement Association. Christina recently led a project in a statewide effort to create partnerships to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking as well as consulted for a major health care system as a resource for its community building efforts to provide access to quality health care in West Oahu and Hawai`i Island. She is a graduate of Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois).

Jose V. Abueva

Jose V. Abueva

Philippines

Founding President, Kalayaan College at Quezon City; Former President and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration, University of the Philippines; Former Secretary of the UN University; Chairman, Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Foundation; Trustee of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Foundation for Worldwide People Power.

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Director

Joám Evans Pim

Joám Evans Pim (Director)

Galiza

Joám followed graduate and undergraduate studies in Journalism, Anthropology and Politics (Peace Studies). He served as CGNK Communication (2008-2009) and Research (2009-2011) Team Leader and had previously collaborated with the Strategic Planning Committee formed in 2008 to develop the organization. Edited volumes include Global Nonkilling Leadership (2008, with Glenn Paige), Toward a Nonkilling Paradigm (2009), Nonkilling Societies (2010), Engineering Nonkilling (2011), Nonkilling Psychology (2012, with Dan Christie), Nonkilling Futures (2012, with Jim Dator) and Nonkilling Security and the State (2013). He also authored the entry on nonkilling in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (2010). Before working for CGNK he lectured at the University of Santiago de Compostela and directed the Galizan Institute for International Security and Peace Studies.

Contact: jevans [at] nonkilling.org

UN Representatives

Christophe Barbey

Christophe Barbey (Representative at the United Nations in Geneva)

Switzerland

Chris is an “Eirenologist”, a lawyer (Master of law, University of Fribourg) and a poet. Eirene was the Greek word for peace, he is a “peace activator”. He does peace research and is one of the founders of APRED, participative institute for the progress of peace where he presently works as a coordinator and head of research. He works on new forms of democracy, on the inclusion of peace, peace policies and of the human right to peace in constitutions and legal texts. Since 1989, he has also been studying and monitoring the 26 existing countries without armies. He also works as a lawyer and a facilitator and in a legal clinic for soldiers and person doing civil service (www.infodroit.ch).

Contact: info[at] nonkilling.org

Winnie Wan

Winnie Wang (Representative at the United Nations in New York)

United States

Winnie graduated from Yale University with a degree in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (Distinction in the Major) and a special pathway in Global Health. She also completed a research fellowship with Yale University’s Violence and Health Group, which is part of the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance. While at school, she was a founding member of a student alliance that advocated against gender-based violence and pushed the university to improve its reporting procedures and assess campus climate. Since graduation, she continues to be an activist for various health equity issues and nonviolence movements and campaigns.

Contact: wang [at] nonkilling.org

Advisers

Thomas Fee

Thomas A. Fee (Senior Adviser)

USA

Tom is is a mediator, facilitator, leadership coach and retired attorney. He served on the CGNK leadership team between 2008 and 2011 and previously on the Board of CGNV (2004-2006). He has also served as Director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai’i and in the National Institute for Dispute Resolution. He studied Comparative Religion at Rutgers College (B.A. magna cum laude) and earned a law degree (J.D.) from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark.

Contact: info [at] nonkilling.org


Luis Javier Botero

Luis Javier Botero (Latin America Regional Adviser)

Colombia

Luis was Nonviolence Adviser to the Governor of Antioquia (Colombia) for 7 years and led the State’s Nonviolence Program between 2001 and 2007. He also organized the 5th International Nonviolence Conference (Medellín, 2002) and was the first Level II and III Nonviolence trainer in Latin America. He served as CGNK Education and Training Team Leader (2008-11), with responsibility over the Global Nonkilling Leadership Academy, and had previously collaborated with the Strategic Planning Committee formed in 2008. First recipient of the “Gene Sharp Nonviolence Activist Award”, Bethlehem, 2005.

Contact: lbotero [at] nonkilling.org

Center for Global Nonkilling Incorporators / Center for Global Nonviolence (1994-2008) Board of Directors

Center for Global Nonviolence Board of Directors, October 2, 1994
Center for Global Nonviolence Board of Directors, October 2, 1994

From left to right: Glenn D. Paige (President); Lou Ann Ha’aheo Guanson (Vice-President), past vice-president, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, specialist on creativity and leadership for nonviolent social change; Glenda H. Paige (Secretary), management consultant, retired quality manager; Larry R. Cross (Treasurer), president Economics Institute, past academic vice-president, Japan-America Institute of Management Science, past associate dean, College of Business, University of Hawai`i; Ramon Lopez-Reyes (Director), Lt. Col. Inf. (Ret.), scholar-psychotherapist, founder of the International Center for Study and Promotion of Zones of Peace in the World.; George Simson (Director), professor emeritus of English, University of Hawai’i, founder of the interdisciplinary journal Biography and of the Center for Biographical Research.