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The World Future Council (WFC) considers itself the global advocate for the concerns of future generations in international politics.

The council consists of 50 personalities from around the globe who have already successfully promoted change. Their activities range from advocating human rights and sustaining the planet to promoting political, scientific, cultural and economic justice.

The WFCs mission is to inform and educate policy makers and opinion leaders about the challenges facing future generations while providing them with practical solutions. The WFC identifies and promotes successful policies that can be implemented into legislation and policy measures. To achieve this, the WFC draws on a network of thousands of parliamentarians, institutions and organizations around the globe.

Based on the initiative of Alternative Nobel Prize founder Jakob von Uexkull, the constituting assembly took place in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2007. Initial funding has been provided by the City of Hamburg, business leader Dr. Michael Otto, and other generous donors.



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Hermann Scheer on the World Future Council

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Dr. Hermann Scheer has been a Member of the German Parliament since 1980. Since 1987 he has been a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is President of the European Association for Renewable Energies, EUROSOLAR and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energies. Honours include the World Solar Prize (1998), the Right Livelihood Award (1999) and the World Prize on Bio-Energy Biomass (2000). He was named one of five Global Heroes for the Green Century by TIME Magazine in 2002, the only parliamentarian honoured thus. His book 'A Solar Manifesto' has been published in many languages.

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Vandana Shiva on the World Future Council

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Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Her books, 'The Violence of Green Revolution' and 'Monocultures of the Mind' have become basic challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, reductionist Green Revolution Agriculture. Dr. Shiva is a sought-after speaker at conferences all over the world. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.

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Katiana Orluc on the World Future Council

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Dr. Katiana Orluc is a graduate of the Freie Universitaet, Berlin, she received her Masters from Oxford University and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). She has also written articles on European identity and the European public sphere with a specific focus on the interwar years. Her broader research interests include crisis prevention and crisis management by governments and international organisations, in particular in the Middle East. She was an external expert for the European Commission on the intercultural dialogue "between the West and the East". In 2003-5 she worked for the European Commission on the reconstruction of Iraq, Palistine and the Middle East Peace Process. In 2005-6 she was Advisor/Special Assistant to James Wolfensohn during his time as envoy for 'the Quartet' of countries seeking to broker a lasting peace in the Middle East. Dr. Orluc is currently a political consultant/advisor for Citigroup International and will be a visiting scholar at Harvard University from September 2006 to August 2007.

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Hans-Peter Durr on the World Future Council

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Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Durr is a well-known nuclear physicist and philosopher. He worked closely with the nuclear physicist, Edward Teller, and the inventor of quantum mechanics, Werner Heisenberg. He is a former director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Physics, Munich. In 1987 he founded the Global Challenges Network, a global network for sustainable development initiatives and socially responsible uses of technology. He is chairman of the German Association of Scientists and is a key advocate of the development of a holistic science in the 21st century. He is the author of many scientific papers and books. In 1987 he received the Right Livelihood Award. In 2002 the Cambridge Biographical Centre proclaimed him International Scientist of the Year. In 2004 he received the highest Award of the German Government, das Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz.

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Manfred Max-Neef on the World Future Council

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Prof. Max-Neef is a Chilean economist who focussed on 'development alternatives'. After teaching economics at Berkeley in the 1960s, he served as a Visiting Professor at a number of US and Latin American universities. He has worked on development projects in Latin America for the Pan-American Union, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Office. In 1981 he wrote the book for which he is best known, 'From the Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics', published by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Sweden. It is concerned with practising 'economics as if people matter' among the poor in South America. In the same year he set up in Chile the organisation CEPAUR (Centre for Development Alternatives). He was Rector of the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia and currently teaches and lectures globally. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1983.

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Tony Colman on the World Future Council

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Tony Colman was the Labour member of Parliament for Putney, London between 1997 and 2005. Before being elected to Parliament he was a Councillor and leader of the London Borough of Merton between 1991 and 1997. He also enjoyed a successful career in business which included being a director of Burton's and founding Top Shop and Top Man. His Parliamentary interests included trade and industry, the environment, pensions and finance. He is currently Associate Director of Africapractice, a corporate citizenship and communications consultancy which offers advice and insight to enable management to meet the increasing demands for corporate responsibility by stakeholders. Operating at the intersect of business, government, international organisations and the media, the Centre offers a broad range of expertise including environmental policy and practice, social and environmental reporting, stakeholder consultation, corporate governance, health policy, community investment and small business development.

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Kaarin Taipale on the World Future Council

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Kaarin Taipale, educated as an architect, now works as an independent researcher and columnist. She has over thirty years of professional experience with issues of local government, urban sustainability, urban development and the built environment, both at local and global levels, and in private, public and civil society sectors. She has headed a global association of cities, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, participated both as a Local Authorities' and as a Finnish government delegate in several intergovernmental meetings including the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, UNFCCC COP13 in Bali, and UNEP and UN-Habitat Governing Council meetings. She is fluent in four languages. She has worked as an architect in Zurich, New York and Helsinki; as Editor of the Finnish Architectural Review; for ten years as the Chief Executive of the Building Control Department of Helsinki and as Visiting Professor (Sustainable Urban Development) at Chalmers in Gothenburg. Kaarin is currently working on her Ph.D., and is an expert advisor of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Chair of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction with Finland as lead country.

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Dr. Rama Mani on the World Future Council

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Rama Mani worked as the Executive Director for the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka and the Director of the New Issues in Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is currently on sabbatical leave till 2009 to dedicate herself to writing, publication and teaching, and to pursue her particular interest in the role of culture, art and spirituality in conflict transformation. Dr Mani holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters of International Affairs from the John Hopkins University. She has devoted her life to the pursuit of peace, justice and human security through her work as a scholar, activist and policy analyst. She worked previously for Oxfam (GB) as Conflict Policy Coordinator and Africa Strategy Manager based in Ethiopia and Uganda, as Senior Strategy Advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue/Geneva and as the Senior External Relations Officer for the Commission on Global Governance/Geneva. She has provided policy analysis, strategic advice and teaching in the areas of justice and peace-building in several African countries, Afghanistan, Nepal and Guatemala. Among other honorary positions, she serves on the Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect/New York, of the International Journal of Transitional Justice/Cape Town and Berkeley and of the International Peace Institute/Egypt. She is the author of scholarly articles and books on peace, justice, terrorism and democracy, and lectures widely in English and French to international audiences.

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Cyd Ho on the World Future Council

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Cyd Ho is a Broadcaster, Civil Rights Activist, and former full-time councillor of Hong Kong's Legislative Council serving between 1998 and 2004. Ho studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She worked in the textile trading industry from 1979 to 1995. In 1993, she founded the "United Ants" with other pro-democracy political activists. She is a member and co-founder of The Frontier, a pro-democracy political group in Hong Kong. She is now a District Councillor and the Chairperson of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. She campaigns for promotion of universal suffrage, rule of law, human rights, and equal opportunity, and cares strongly about the interests of women, homosexuals and minorities.

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Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish on the World Future Council

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Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish studied chemistry and medicine at the University of Graz, Austria, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. Thereafter he engaged in pharmaceutical research, and was Head of Division for pharmaceutical research until 1977. In 1975, on a visit to Egypt, he became aware of its pressing problems in education, overpopulation and pollution. In 1977 he decided to establish a comprehensive development initiative, SEKEM which aims to set out a blueprint for the healthy corporation of the 21st century. SEKEM has grown exponentially into a nationally renowned enterprise and market leader of organic products and phyto-pharmaceuticals which are now also exported to Europe and the USA. In 1990 he established the Heliopolis Academy for applied Arts, Science and Technology. The Heliopolis Academy is committed to constant innovation with research in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, engineering, social sciences and the arts to maintain the vitality of the community, on a local, regional, national and international level. Honours received include the "Right Livelihood" Award (2003).

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Olivier Giscard d'Estaingon the World Future Council

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Dr. Giscard d Estaing is Chair of the Comite pour un Parlement Mondial as well as the INSEAD Foundation, and Governor of the Atlantic Institute. From 1968 to 1973 he was a member of the French Parliament, from 1978 to 1992 vice-chair of the European Movement, and from 1994 to 1999 a member of the Conseil Economique et Social de France. He has chaired the Business Association for the World Social Summit and the European League for Economic Co-operation. He is the author of six books and writes in major journals. He lectures internationally on business policy, and has taught at various universities. He has been an advisor to CEOs of many French companies. He has also been mayor of Estaing (Aveyron).

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Ylva Lindberg on the World Future Council

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Ylva Lindberg is founder and managing director of SIGLA where she is a strategy consultant specialising in advising the business sector on responsibility and global challenges. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. She has more than ten years business experience, including as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, business development in Russia, communication and brand building and corporate responsibility strategy for Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) Insurance in Norway. She speaks six languages to at least conversational level. Ylva holds three board positions including with the Sophie Foundation - an international award of US $100,000 for environment and sustainable development - and Basecamp Explorer, a sustainable tourism company.

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Frances Moore-Lappe on the World Future Council

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Frances Moore Lappe has authored or co-authored 15 books, including the three-million-copy bestseller 'Diet for a Small Planet', which awakened many to the needlessness of hunger in a world of plenty. She is co-founder of two organizations - Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and Small Planet Institute. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award. Her most recent books include 'Hope's Edge' written with her daughter Anna Lappe, about democratic social movements worldwide and 'Democracy's Edge' about the historic transition from democracy understood as a structure of government to democracy embraced as a way of life. Lappe has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions including The University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000-2001.

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Prof.Stephen A. Marglin on the World Future Council

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Professor Stephen Marglin holds the Walter S Barker Chair in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Over a career that now spans more than four decades, he has contributed to various aspects of economic theory, including benefit-cost analysis, economic development, the organization of work, and the relationship between growth and distribution. One theme running through this distinguished career has been a concern with development economics. Beginning with his work in the 60s as an advisor to the Indian Planning Commission, Marglin has questioned the assumption that development equates to nothing more than growth of GNP. More broadly, Marglin's professional life has been an attempt to change the way economists think about economics to get economists to see the whole enterprise of economics as one way of seeing the world rather than the way of seeing the world. His latest effort towards this goal is the recent publication 'The Dismal Science: How Thinking like an Economist Undermines Community'.

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Dr Scilla Elworthy on out the World Future Council

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Dr. Scilla Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group (ORG) in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. It is for this work that she was awarded the "Niwano Peace" Prize in 2003 and nominated three times for the "Nobel Peace" Prize. In 2003 she founded Peace Direct to fund, promote and learn from peace-builders in conflict areas; Peace Direct was named 'Best New Charity' at the Charity Awards 2005. Since 2005 she has been an adviser to The Elders initiative, and in 2007 was appointed a member of the World Future Council and of the International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy. Her most recent book is 'Making Terrorism History', co-authored with Gabrielle Rifkind.

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Dr. Walid Al-Turk on the World Future Council

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Dr. Al-Turk represented Prince El Hassan Bin Talal at the founding-ceremony of the WFC.
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal is Chairman of the Arab Thought Forum (ATF), President of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD) and President Emeritus of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. To build societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity, has been the moving force behind Prince Hassan's interest and involvement in humanitarian and interfaith issues. He is currently working on the construction of a Citizens' Charter and a Social Charter to embody a code of ethics and to promote societal development in the West AsiaNorth Africa region. Having co-chaired the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues in the early 1980s, His Royal Highness continues to call for a New International Humanitarian Order, a resolution for which has been tabled at the General Assembly each year from 1985. As a founding member of the Parliament of Cultures, established in Istanbul in July 2002, and of Partners in Humanity, established in Washington in 2003, he aims to improve understanding, to build positive relationships and to help create a world in which dialogue, cooperation and peace are commonplace.

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Councillor Ashok Khosla on the World Future Council

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Ashok Khosla is one of world's leading experts on the environment and sustainable development. A former director of the United Nations Environment Programme, he was awarded the 2002 "Sasakawa Environment" Prize and has been named in the UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour. He was the founding director of the Indian government's Office of Environmental Planning and Co-Ordination, the first such agency in a developing country. He left United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to found Development Alternatives, a Delhi-based NGO devoted to promoting commercially viable, environmentally friendly technologies. He has been a board member of numerous global environmental organizations - including the Club of Rome, the World Conservation Union and the International Institute for Sustainable Development - and served as an adviser to, among others, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the Indian government.

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Dr. Vithal Rajan on the World Future Council

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Dr. Rajan is a respected advisor on grassroots community development, and applications of local technologies in India. During the 1970s he served as a mediator in Belfast, on behalf of the church. Later, he was a founding faculty member of the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University, and is a member of Transcend Global Peace Network. He was founder of the Deccan Development Society, and is founder Emeritus Chair of SKS MicroFinance, and of the Confederation of Voluntary Associations, which work for communal harmony. He is Trustee AME India Foundation, which focuses on sustainable agriculture. He has also worked as Chair of World Studies, International School of Geneva; as Director, Ethics and Education, World Wide Fund for Nature International, Switzerland; and as Executive Director for the Right Livelihood Awards. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

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Nicholas Dunlop on the World Future Council

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Nicholas Dunlop is co-founder and Secretary-General of the e-Parliament, an initiative to link up the world's democratic members of parliament and congress into a global forum. He was previously Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. In 1984, he coordinated the launching of the Six Nation Peace Initiative, bringing together a group of heads of government to work on nuclear weapons issues. In 1987 he was a co-recipient of the first Indira Gandhi Peace Prize. More recently, he was Executive Director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 citizen groups in 160 countries. Nicholas Dunlop is a citizen of Ireland and New Zealand, and divides his time between Wye, England, and Brussels, Belgium.

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Maude Barlow on the World Future Council

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Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizen's advocacy organization as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world's water. She is also a Director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization. Maude is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities for her social justice work. In addition to being nominated for the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005" she is a recipient of the "2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship" and the "2005 Right Livelihood" Award. She is a long-term activist on trade and justice issues and was a high-profile leader in the women's movement in Canada, later becoming Pierre Trudeau's advisor on women's issues when he was Prime Minister in 1983-84. She is the best-selling author or co-author of fifteen books.

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David Krieger on the World Future Council

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David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has served as President of the Foundation since 1982. Under his leadership, the Foundation has initiated many innovative projects for building peace, strengthening international law and abolishing nuclear weapons. He has lectured throughout the US, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law, and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is the author or editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles on peace in the Nuclear Age. Dr. Krieger is Chair of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, a member of the International Steering Committee of the Middle Powers Initiative, and a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet. He serves on the Advisory Council of Free the Children International, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and the Right Livelihood Foundation among many others. He is a recipient of "Global Green's Millennium" Award for International Environmental Leadership and the "Peace Writing" Award of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology.

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Francisco Whitaker on the World Future Council

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Francisco ('Chico') Whitaker Ferreira is a Roman Catholic activist, who has worked for democracy and against corruption throughout his life, both at home in Brazil and in exile. As Executive Secretary to the National Council of Brazilian Bishop's (CNBB) Commission of Justice and Peace (CBJP) Whitaker has been instrumental in the conception, development, and implementation of an anti-corruption bill in Brazil. He is also co-founder of the burgeoning World Social Forum (WSF) a large conference event, parallel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, to share the various insights of those from around the world who are working for alternatives to "world domination by capital, within the parameters of neoliberalism". The idea has been a great success and the annual Forums have become platforms for civil society organizations from all around the world to exchange views, form coalitions, work on concrete strategies and coordinate campaigns. He received the "Right Livelihood" Award in 2006.

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Hafsat Abiola-Costello on the World Future Council

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Hafsat Abiola is a human and civil rights campaigner. She is founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. She is the daughter of the late Chief Moshood Abiola, President Elect of Nigeria who died in prison in 1995. Honours received by Ms. Abiola include the "Youth Peace and Justice" Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission in 1997, the State of the World Forum's "Changemaker" Award in 1998, the Association for Women in Development's "Woman to Watch" Award in 1999, the World Economic Forum's "Global Leader of Tomorrow" Award in 2000, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's "Peace Leadership" Award in 2001.

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Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger on the WFC

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She serves as senior legal advisor to the UN and countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia to implement sustainable development treaties on trade, investment, biodiversity and climate change, earning sixteen national commendations for her justice work. She holds a "Lauterpacht Centre for International Law" Fellowship at Cambridge University, and has authored / edited fourteen books in four languages published by Oxford University Press, Kluwer Law International and others, for which she has won valuable "Chevening", "Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council", "International Development Research Centre", "Wainwright" and "Avina" awards and grants. She trains Supreme Court Judges and lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, McGill, Victoria and Chile law faculties, also for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, and has been featured by CNN and the BBC. She serves on the Board of International Law Association, chairs an International Union for Conservation of Nature's Expert Group on Trade & Environment Law and a post-WSSD Partnership in International Sustainable Development Law, and has founded nine other grassroots, national and international organizations. In her role at NRCan, she also represents Canada in the International Trade & Investment Centre, the UN International Panel on Sustainable Resource Management, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She has completed two degrees in law (McGill), a masters in law and economics (Yale) and doctoral work in international law (Oxford), and speaks five languages.

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