Habibullah Magsi (PhD) is serving as a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Pakistan. He is a recipient of the Philippe Aydalot Prize 2014, the Prize awarded for the best thesis in Regional Sciences, defended in the European countries. He holds a PhD degree in the Development Economics from the ParisTech (France) and a Master degree in Spatial Economics from University of Paris Nanterre (France). Besides extensive teaching experiences, his research work focuses on resolution and prevention of land use conflicts, generated by infrastructural development projects in the developing countries, where he has broadened the methodological skills on the territorial development and introduced with other social-sciences like: sociology, geography and anthropology. His research contributes in the contemporary social and territorial development with geopolitics and governance system. He is the author of a book and many research and extension articles on development related issues over developing countries. Dr. Magsi has not only participated in the scientific committees of various national and international conferences, but also serving as the member of diverse national and international professional associations.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Maria has extensive experience in Journalism. She has been a Host and Producer of Television and Radio programs in Paraguay, Germany and Argentina. While resident in Argentina, she was the correspondent for a German/American news agency and a Paraguayan Radio Station and Newspaper. She has degrees in Journalism and Public Affairs Administration.
Mrs. Báez returned to Paraguay, in 2008, to take the post of Director of International Relations at the Secretary of the Woman of the Presidency of the Republic. In this post, she has specialized on various themes, such as: Human Rights, International Relations, Defense, Trafficking of People; all with a special Gender focus. Her responsibilities have taken her to many countries, including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Santo Domingo, USA, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Kuwait, South Korea, just to mention a few, where she has participated, defended and promoted the actions and policies taken by the current government in respect of the mentioned themes.
She is the Paraguayan Representative or Delegate at many international Forums and work-shops, as well as the coordinator and organizer of various international meetings held in Paraguay.
Dr. Kiyul Chung who is Editor-in-chief at the 4th Media is presently Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. He was former visiting professor at Chinese Academy of Social Science. Since 2010, Prof. Chung has been often sitting on several international media outlets such as CCTV News, Russia Today TV, Chinese Blue Ocean Network (BON) TV, and China Radio International (CRI) for their dialogue and/or debate, news commentator programs. Since mid 1990s, his Korean articles, columns, and papers have been published in several respected Korean progressive media outlets.
Dr. Mirza Barjees Baig is working as a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Society at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his education in both social and natural sciences from USA. He completed his Ph.D. in Extension for Natural Resource Management from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA. He earned his MS degree in International Agricultural Extension in 1992 from the Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA and was placed on the “Roll of Honour”. During his doctoral program, he was honored with “1995 Outstanding Graduate Student Award”.
Dr. Baig has published extensively in the national and international journals. He has also presented extension education and natural resource management extensively at various international conferences. Particularly issues like degradation of natural resources, deteriorating environment and their relationship with society/community are his areas of interest. He has attempted to develop strategies for conserving natural resources, promoting environment and developing sustainable communities through rural development programs.
Dr. Baig started his scientific career in 1983 as a researcher at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan and in that capacity, he worked on the various issues related to soils and crops. He has been associated with the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as the Special Graduate Faculty in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Planning from 2000-2005. He served as a Foreign Professor at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) through Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, from 2005-2009.
Dr. Baig the member of the Assessment Committee of the Intergovernmental Education Organization, United Nations, EDU Administrative Office, Brussels, Belgium. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan. He serves on the editorial Boards of many International Journals including: International Journal of Agriculture and Biology; TC- Biodiversity Journal, Canada; Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. Dr. Baig is the member of many national and international professional organizations including Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists. Dr. Baig has traveled in Europe and the Middle East and has got a vast experience of working with the international community.
At the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), he served as the Coordinator for M.Sc. Rural Development degree program. Along with many publications, he has produced books on “Natural Resource Management in Pakistan; Social Forestry in Pakistan. He was the member of committee, revising curricula for M.Sc. (Hons.) Agricultural Extension and M.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry Extension degree programmes at the AIOU.
Dr. Moonis Ahmar is Professor of International Relations at the University of Karachi and Director, Program on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
From April 2010, Dr. Ahmar is a DAAD Visiting Professor, Conflict Studies and Management Program, Wills Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt. Apart from teaching a course to MPP students on Conflict Management in Central Asia, he is also working on research project, “Secular Option for the Management of Religious Militancy in Pakistan: Lesson from the European Experience.”
His field of specialization is conflict and security studies focussing on the South and the Central Asian regions. Dr.Ahmar has 27 years of academic experience in Pakistan and in different foreign universities and research think tanks. He is the author of two books, four monographs and has edited 15 books on different themes of International Relations. Dr. Ahmar has published his research in international journals. Dr. Ahmar has worked on several research projects related to terrorism, conflict and security studies and has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, Plougshares Fund, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, Research Facility Center, University of Karachi, U.S. Institute of Peace, Asia Fellows Program and Regional Center of Strategic Studies, Colombo. Dr. Ahmar has been the recipient of Best Teacher Award from the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, UNESCO, UN Commission for Human Development and the Federal Ministry of Education, Islamabad. Dr. Ahmar was also a Visiting Fellow, South Asia Program, Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Ragaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and was doing research on: The Challenge of Extremism in Pakistan: Are there lessons to be learned from Singapore?’ Dr. Ahmar held post-doctoral positions at the Arms Control Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stimson Center, Washington DC, Middle East Institute, Washington DC, Center for International and Strategic Studies, Washington DC, Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, United States, Asia Fellow, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, London School of Economic and Political Science, U.K, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law Freiberg, Germany.
Dr. Anees is a strategic consultant and a globally published creative writer. He holds intensive experience and enduring interest in a wide range of areas such as strategic program management, information resource development, media strategy and advisory, science and ethics policy analysis, and knowledge management. Dr. Anees was special Consultant to the John Templeton Foundation based near Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA). Established by the renowned international investor, Sir John Templeton, the Foundation currently funds – in a multi-million dollar venture – more than 300 projects, studies, award programs and publications worldwide. Dr. Anees has been deeply involved in strategic program development for the emerging interface between the Muslim world and the West.
Dr. Anees has successfully managed several high profile portfolios in Malaysia, the most prominent being the Advisor and speech-writer for the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Education, the Honorable Anwar Ibrahim – long renowned worldwide for his political and economic leadership and insight.
Dr. Anees is founding Editor-in-Chief of the world’s premiere journal of current awareness on Islam and the Muslim world: Periodica Islamica: An International Contents Journal (Kuala Lumpur, 1991). Supported by a worldwide team of distinguished writers and scholars, and with the collaboration of over 1200 publishers, Periodica Islamica came 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 the Global 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 and Ideas (London, 1984-1988), have played a pioneering role in creating an awareness about the social impact of reproductive technologies. One of his books, Islam and Biological Futures: Ethics, Gender, and Technology(London: Mansell, 1989; translations in Turkish, Bosnian, and Bahasa Indonesia) is a classic.
For the new global online encyclopedia, Nupedia, he was selected in 2000 as the Editor for the Religion section. Nupedia now is part of a larger online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. More recently Dr. Anees has been involved with the development of the Internet portal, Digital Universe. Author of half a dozen books and over 350 articles, book reviews, and bibliographies, published in international scholarly journals. Dr. Anees has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures.
He is also advisor to the Regional Information Technology and Software Engineering Center (RITSEC), Cairo, Egypt, for conceptualization and implementation of CultureWare programs. Dr. Anees is also founding Editor of the International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies, an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Islamic Science, Journal of Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Studies (Islamabad) and, section editor, Islamic and Arabic 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 of California, Berkeley. Dr. Anees is member of the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization Research, Amman, Jordan, and UNESCO’s select group of 40 international scholars: Intellectuals of the World. He is listed in several biographical sources: Contemporary Authors, Who is Who in the World, and Writers Directory. Currently Dr. Anees is Founding Director, Center for Global Dialog University of Management and Technology, Lahore.
John M. Nomikos (PhD) is the Director at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, Chairman of the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies (MCIS), Chairman of the Greek Intelligence Studies Association (GISA) and co-Founder of the Athens Security Forum (ASF). He is a Visiting Professor at the Peace Keeping Security Studies (postgraduate program) in the University of Rome (Tre) in Italy. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of International Relations in the University of Indianapolis (Athens Campus). He earned his Bachelor Degree in Sociology at the Northeast Louisiana University in 1987, his Masters Degree in European Integration and Cooperation at the University of Hull, 1991, and his Doctorate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Washington International University in 2001. He specializes on transatlantic intelligence studies, intelligence reform, and national security architecture. He has done research and studied in various research institutions in USA, UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Israel.
John M. Nomikos directed the Greek team in a consortium of five countries (Northern Ireland-UK, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Israel) and completed successfully a two year (2009-2011) European Union-FP7 research project titled: SAFE COMMS on “Counter-terrorism Crisis Communication Strategies for Recovery and Continuity.”
He is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IJIC); the Advisory Board for the Police, Practice and Research Journal (PPR); Editorial Board of the European Journal of Intelligence Studies (EJIS); Editorial Board of the Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (JIPSS); International Advisory Board for the World Security Network Foundation (WSN); Editorial Board of the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics (IJIE). He is also a Member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC), International Counter-Terrorism and Critical Incident Network (CTCIN) and International Counterterrorism Officers Association (ICTOA).
Dr. R.M. Ikram Azam is a free-lance writer, author of 125 books in English, ranging from fiction and verse to research work in Futuristics: Islam, Pakistan, Creativity, Literary Studies, Research Methodology, Education, Basic: Life, Education and Language Skills, Moral Values Education and Integrated Family Studies, Interfaith Interaction, Social Change, Geosociology: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, Geostrategy, International Political Economy, and Peace Studies. Dr. Azam has also edited and contributed to, additionally, another 25 books. He has had his education in Pakistan, the USA and U.K. Dr. Azam is the conferee of several distinctions: literary awards and academic honours. He is a Fellow of the WFSF (World Futures Studies Federation), USA; and a Life Member, and Member of the Global Advisory Council of the WFS (World Future Society), USA. Dr. Ikram Azam is a recipient of the Warner Bloomberg Award, USA, for “Excellence in Futures Studies” (1998), and the Cultural Doctorate (C.D.) in “Futuristics Philosophy”, from the World University (Roundtable), USA (2000). Dr. Azam is a graduate (‘ndc’) of the NDC (National Defence College), Pakistan (1979-80). Being the Pioneer Founder of Futuristics in Pakistan, he is the Hony. Chairman of The PFI: The Pakistan Futuristics Foundation and Institute, an NGPI: Non-Governmental Peace Institute (started in July, 1986), and its literary-educational predecessor wing Margalla Voices, Islamabad (1976), Pakistan. As an Educator, he is associated with some local-national institutions and universities as a Visiting Professor. He has supervised the research work of several Graduate, and Post-Graduate (M.A.; M.Phil. and Ph.D.) students and scholars. His focus is on Preferable (Normative) Social Change engineered through Creativity: Human Integrated Development by means of Creative Education As “Irfan”: Enlightenment, Moral Values Education, Basic Life, Language, and Education and Communicative Skills and Integrated Family Studies. Dr. Azam conceptualized and introduced “Advanced Integrated Studies” in Pakistan. He has also presented the concept of Geosociology in his pioneering work, Geosociology and the Future, (The PFI; 2004). He highlights the Geosociology of the Third/Muslim World and its indigenous peoples, cultures, languages, literatures, and ideologies. The latest/recent conferments on him include:
• Entry in the IBC, Cambridge UK, Dictionary of International Biography: 1998-1999.
• IBC Foremost Professionals and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the World: 2008.
• International Professional of the Year 2007, UK; 2007.
• IBC 21st Century Award of Achievement: 2008.
• IBC Leading Educators of the World: 2008.
• Fellow, Advisory Directorate International, USA: 2009.
• The International Plato Award For Educational Achievement, UK; 2009.
• International Educator of the Year 2009, UK; 2009.
Prof. Murray Hunter has been involved in Asia-Pacific business for the last 30 years. He first entered the cosmetic industry in the 1970s with a joint venture with the Andrew Jergens Company (US Fortune 500 Company). He then took over the position as export manager for the family group and opened up markets in South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Pacific region building sales to just above USD $ 20 million per annum from a zero base. Murray in 1980 moved to Jakarta Indonesia to set up a factory and marketing organization for PT Hunters Jaya Indonesia for the family group. Upon returning to Australia, Murray became a director of a public listed company at the age of 26, responsible for the household division turning over more than AUD 75 million per annum. In 1988 Murray formed his own company New Approach Products Pty. Ltd and within his third year of operations was ranked 5th in the BRW-Price Waterhouse Fast 100 list, a very good accomplishment considering most of the top 10 companies were involved in the ICT industry. Murray returned to South-East Asia in the mid 1990s and set up Hunters Brands Sdn. Bhd., as a subsidiary of Hunters Brands Pty. Ltd. Australia, now manufacturing in China and exporting back to Australia and Malaysia, with a current turnover of approximately AUD $20 million per annum. He assisted the Krauch Family in Brazil. In Malaysia Murray has consulted to Sime Darby Marketing, Bejaya Group, and Dietheim/Harpers Group. Murray introduced Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia to Malaysia in the early 1990s. He currently works as an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, spending a lot of time consulting to Asian governments on community development and village biotechnology. Murray is the inventor/author of three boos and a number of chemistry patents in Australia and as a researcher was the first to report many new natural compounds in international journals like the prestigious Journal of Essential Oil Research.
Prof. Dr. DIETRICH FISCHER, born 1941 in Münsingen, Switzerland, is Academic Director of the World Peace Academy in Basel. He is a founding member and part of the faculty of the Galtung Institut for Peace Theory and Practice in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany. From 2003-2009, he was Academic Director of the European University Center for Peace Studies in Stadtschlaining, Austria. He is a Board Member of the TRANSCEND Peace University (www.transcend.org/tpu) and Director of the TRANSCEND University Press (www.transcend.org/tup). He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University in 1976 and his MA in 1971. In 1968, he obtained a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 1976-86 he taught economics at New York University. From 1986‑88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security Studies at Princeton University. From 1988-2003 he taught computer science at Pace University, New York. He is author of Preventing War in the Nuclear Age (1984) and Nonmilitary Aspects of Security: A Systems Approach (1993) and co‑author of Warfare and Welfare: Integrating Security Policy into Socio‑Economic Policy (with Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen, 1987), Winning Peace: Strategies and Ethics for a Nuclear‑Free World (with Wilhelm Nolte and Jan Oberg, 1989), Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry (with Grace Boggs, et al., 1991), and Peaceful Conflict Transformation and Nonviolent Approaches to Security (with Johan Galtung, 1999), as well as many articles on peace and development. He has been a consultant to various United Nations agencies on issues of disarmament and development.
Dr Ahmad Rashid MALIK earned his Doctorate from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, in 1998, and M.A. Degree from the International University of Japan, in 1989. Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, Australia, sponsored his higher studies respectively. He did his Post-Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by Korea Foundation, at the Economic Institute of Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 1998.
Dr Malik’s area of interest is East Asia with a focus on international political economy. His research concentrates on Japan, South Korea, ASEAN, Oceania, and also generally the Asia-Pacific region. He regularly writes on current issues in English newspapers, magazines, and journals. Recently, Dr Malik has been awarded the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship for one year (May 2010 – May 2011). As JF Fellow he conducted a research on The Operation Enduring Freedom-Maritime Interdiction Operation (OEF-MIO): Implications for Japan, United States, and the Region.
Besides an extensive teaching and research experience, Dr got numerous publications. Being the only expert on Pakistan-Japan relations, he is the author of the book Pakistan-Japan Relations: Continuity and Change in Economic Relations and Security Interests (London & New York: Routledge 2008). Up to recently Dr Malik worked for the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) during 2005-2010. Previously, he worked as Economic Analyst/Adviser for Daewoo International Pakistan.
Dr Malik has been awarded a number of international awards and received international recognitions for his work on international political economy that included: The Princeton High Professional Accomplishment Honour conferred by Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, for 2009-201o. His name was included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Presidential Who’s Who, Valley Stream, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Heritage Who’s Who, Bellmore, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, Emerald Who’s Who, New York, USA, for 2009-2010, in the field of international political economy with a focus on Pakistan-Japan relations, Daewoo Executive, and role in development economy. Currently, he is affiliated with the Faculty of International Relations of Preston University, Islamabad, where he supervises M.Phil and PhD students.