Michael Fanizadeh

Michael Fanizadeh is a political scientist at the Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation, working in the field of anti-discrimination and sport. He is responsible for the Austrian anti-racism campaign “FairPlay. Different Colours. One Game”.


Didier Fassin

Didier Fassin is James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. He is author of, among other books, When Bodies Remember.


Vanda Felbab-Brown

Vanda Felbab-Brown is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Aspiration and Ambivalence: Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Afghanistan.


Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol

Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol is a Researcher and Co-director “Mobile Communication, Economy and Society” Research Programme, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) – Open University of Catalonia, Spain.


Fernando Fernández-Arias

Fernando Fernández-Arias has been Director of the Human Rights Office at the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation since 2005. His Office is in charge of planning and executing Spain’s human rights foreign policy, bilateral relations, United Nations and multilateral forums, and coordination with civil society organizations.



S.D. Fernando

S.D. Fernando is Professor at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


José Roberto Ferreira

José Roberto Ferreira is Head, Division of International Cooperation of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Center for Global Health.


Zlata Filipović

Zlata Filipović, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia is the author of Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo. She lives in Ireland and works on documentary films.


Arnold Foote

Arnold Foote is President, World Federation of Consuls.


Glyn Ford

Glyn Ford, Labour MEP for South West England, is Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into the Growth of Racism and Fascism in Europe. He was a member of the Council of Ministers Consultative Commission on Racism and Xenophobia and of the European Union delegation to the World Conference on Racism in Durban. He has also served as the National Treasurer of the Anti-Nazi League.



Patricia R. Francis

Patricia R. Francis is Executive Director of the International Trade Centre. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. ITC enables small business export success in developing countries by providing, with partners, trade development solutions to the private sector, trade-support institutions and policymakers.



Jane Freemantle

Jane Freemantle is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Health and Society, The Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne.


Barbara Frost

Barbara Frost is the Chief Executive of WaterAid, a leading independent organization that enables the world’s poorest to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. She is currently Vice Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organizations. Ms. Frost has served as Chief Executive at Action on Disability and Development, and previously worked in Africa with ActionAid, Save the Children and Community Aid Abroad, managing programmes in Mozambique and Malawi.


Isil Gachet

Isil Gachet is the Executive Secretary to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Mandated to combat racism and racial discrimination in Europe by protecting human rights, ECRI combats violence, discrimination and prejudice faced by persons or groups on grounds of race, colour, language, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin. The ECRI secretariat is based in the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe.



Tara Garg

Tara Garg, 12, is a student at the International School of Lusaka (www.islzambia.org), Zambia.


Jean Gazarian

Jean Gazarian, who joined the UN Secretariat in 1946 as a translator, worked closely with several Secretaries-General. He has been a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) since 1987.


Kamila Ghazali

Kamila Ghazali is an Associate Professor in Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Mark Gibney

Mark Gibney is Belk Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. His books include Five Uneasy Pieces: American Ethics in a Globalized World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and an edited collection, The Age of Apology: The West Faces its Past (University of Pennsylvania Press).


Tamra Gilbertson

Tamra Gilbertson is one of the founders of Carbon Trade Watch, a project of the Transnational Institute (TNI), and co-author of Carbon Trading: How it works and why it fails. She has been active in the project since 2001 and was a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice. She is trained in photography and film-making and was a co-director of The Carbon Connection. She has been published in the New Internationalist, Opciones and Diagonal. She received a Teamsters Union Scholarship from 1995 to 1998 and the Samuel Rubin Young Fellowship Award in 2004.


Gedalia Gillis

Gedalia Gillis is an alumni of the Face to Face/Faith to Faith, annual dialogue and leadership programme for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth, planned and implemented by the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, in partnership with Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. Programme participants meet biweekly in East and West Jerusalem in order to foster positive relations and tolerance of “the other,” and to develop dialogue and leadership skills. He also participates in volunteer work to benefit the Jewish and Palestinian communities in Jerusalem.


Alexander Ginzburg

Alexander Ginzburg is Deputy Director of the A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He heads the Laboratory of Mathematical Ecology and is an Executive Editor-in-Chief of the journal Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics. Mr. Ginzburg is a leading author of Sigma Xi, the UN Scientific Expert Group Report on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.


Lotte Goede

Lotte Goede is Director of Development for The SimplyHelp Foundation which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.


Anne-Marie Goetz

Anne-Marie Goetz is Chief Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.


Natalie J. Goldring

Dr. Natalie J. Goldring is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Peace and Security Studies and an Adjunct Full Professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.



Bonian Golmohammadi

Bonian Golmohammadi is Secretary-General, World Federation of United Nations Association.


Ali Gomaa

Ali Gomaa is Grand Mufti of Egypt.


Melissa Gorelick

Melissa Gorelick, an Associate Public Information Officer with the Yearbook Unit of the UN Department of Public Information, has written about global media and human rights.


June Gorman

June Gorman is an educator and co-founder of the Transformative Education Forum, Education Chair of the United Nations Association of the United States, Board Project Director of Outreach for the International Model United Nations Association and a member of the Steering Committee of the United States Partnership for K-12 Education for Sustainability (UNESCO Decade).


José Graziano Da Silva

José Graziano Da Silva is Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  


Yolandi Groenewald

Yolandi Groenewald is Senior Journalist with The Mail & Guardian, South Africa.


Liza Gross

LIza Gross is Interim Executive Director of the International Women's Media Foundation, Washington, D.C.


Nalaka Gunawardene

Nalaka Gunawardene was trained as a science writer and has worked with the print and broadcast media across Asia for over 25 years. He is co-founder and director of TVE Asia Pacific, an Asian regional foundation that uses TV, video and the web to communicate development. He blogs at: http://nalakagunawardene.com


Tracey Gurd

Tracey Gurd is Senior Advocacy Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative.


Theo-Ben Gurirab

Theo-Ben Gurirab is President of the Inter-Paliamentary Union and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and Former Prime Minister.


Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría took up the post of Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on 1 June 2006, following a distinguished career in Mexico’s public service as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit. After a 14-year tenure with the Finance Ministry, Mr. Gurría became President and Chief Executive Officer of Mexico’s export-import Bancomext and of Nacional Financiera, the national development bank specializing in supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises.


Peter Haddawy

Peter Haddawy is Director of United Nations University-International Institute for Software Technology in Macau, China.


Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale is Special Assistant to the Dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a student in global politics at the London School of Economics.


Tarja Halonen

Her Excellency Tarja Halonen was elected Finland’s first female Head of State in 2000 and re-elected in 2006. She joined the Social Democratic Party in 1971 and was elected to Parliament in 1979. She served in three cabinets, as Minister of Social Affairs and Health, of Justice, and for Foreign Affairs. During her presidency, President Halonen chaired the ILO World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization and served on the Panel of Eminent Persons of the UN Conference on Trade and Development and on the board of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights. She co-chaired the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 together with former President Sam Nujoma of Namibia.



Ameerah Haq

Ameerah Haq is Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).


Fekri Hassan

Fekri Hassan is Emeritus Petrie Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is Editor-in-Chief of the UNESCO seven volume book series History of Water and Civilization. He was formerly Vice-President of the World Archaeology Congress and President of the International Water History Association.


Patrick Hayford

Patrick Hayford is Director of the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. He also served as Director for African Affairs at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (1999-2005), a member of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for South Africa’s Second Multiparty Elections (1999) and Ambassador of Ghana to South Africa (1997-1999).


Eveline Herfkens

Eveline Herfkens was appointed Executive Coordinator of the UN Millennium Campaign in 2002. The Campaign encourages citizens around the world in their efforts to hold Governments to account for the promises they made at the United Nations Millennium Summit, held in 2000 in New York. In the Millennium Declaration, Governments agreed to a set of eight goals, with concrete targets that, when achieved, would end extreme poverty across the planet.


Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood is Executive Director, SECTION27, Incorporating the AIDS Law project.


Noeleen Heyzer

Noeleen Heyzer is the first woman to head the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as Executive Secretary. She was also the first Executive Director from the South to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Ms.Heyzer also played a key role in the preparatory process for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.


Michiyo Higuchi

Michiyo Higuchi, MD, MPHM, Dr.PH is Assistant Professor of International Health, Nagoya University School of Medicine.


Ruth Vargas Hill

Ruth Vargas Hill joined IFPRI in January 2007. Since receiving her PhD in economics, she has worked for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and for the Rural Development and Research Departments at the World Bank. She was a member of the 2001 Human Development Report (HDR) core team and served as a consultant for the 2005 HDR.


Wael Hmaidan

Wael Hmaidan is Executive Director, IndyACT, the League of Independent Activists, Lebanon.


Holger Hoff

Holger Hoff is Research Fellow, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.  


Juan Hoffmaister

Juan Hoffmaister works for SustainUS-a United States network of youth for sustainable development-and for the United Nations Environment Programme, serving as its North American representative on the Tunza Youth Advisory Council. He is devoted to improve global climate policy, with a focus on water and adaptation.


John Holmes

John Holmes is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and had been the Coordinator of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis up to 31 December 2008. He also served as British Ambassador in Paris, from 2001 to 2007, and in Lisbon, from 1999 to 2001.


Hans Hoogeveen

Hans Hoogeveen is Director of the Department of International Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands. He served as Chair of the seventh session of the UN Forum on Forests and as President of the Sixth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has participated in numerous international negotiations and world summits, including the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the World Water Forum and the World Food Summit.


Hoong Eng Khoo

Hoong Eng Khoo is Acting Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh.


Dr. Steve Howard

Dr. Steve Howard is CEO of The Climate Group, which he co-founded in late 2003 with the aim of catalysing business and government leadership on climate change.


Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health. He is a Professor at the Department of Law, University of Essex, United Kingdom, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He was Director of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University from 2001 to 2003. From 1999 to 2002, Prof. Hunt was an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, where he also served as Committee Rapporteur. He has published widely on human rights issues, focusing particularly on economic, social and cultural rights.


Mo Ibrahim

Dr. Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications, with a distinguished academic and business career. Sudanese by birth, he is the founder of Celtel International, one of Africa’s most successful companies. Dr. Ibrahim was honoured in 2007 with the GSM Association Chairman’s Award—the telecommunication industry’s highest accolade—for “helping the world to hear Africa’s voice”.


Charles Iceland

Charles Iceland is Senior Associate, Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute, United States.  


Apisai Ielemia

The Honourable Apisai Ielemia has been Prime Minister of Tuvalu since August 2006. He also served as a member of Parliament from 2002 to 2006 and worked for the Tuvalu Government’s Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Commerce, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Education.


Nelson Ijumba

Nelson Ijumba is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Leire Pajín Iraola

Leire Pajín Iraola is Secretary of State for International Cooperation in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain and also Chief of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. Elected Deputy for Alicante in 2000 and 2004, she has served as President of the non-governmental organization Solidarity International and as a Board member of the Jaime Vera Foundation. Ms. Pajín Iraola has also been a member of the faculty and of the Board of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Alicante.



Quazi Monirul Islam

Quazi Monirul Islam is the Director of the WHO Department of Making Pregnancy Safer. A public health specialist, Dr. Islam worked in a rural health complex in Bangladesh before going to Botswana in 1981, where he served as a Senior District Medical Officer. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, advising on bilateral and multilateral contributions to health and population-related programmes and projects, and joined WHO in 1992.



Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Chief Editor of the Yearbook Unit of the UN Department of Public Information, which annually publishes the Yearbook of the United Nations, the most authoritative reference book on the work of the Organization.


Raj Jadhav

Raj Jadhav is a registered architect, educator and award-winning researcher in Mumbai, India. He has written numerous essays, design features and papers for Indian and international publications. In 2000, he received The JIIA-Anchor Award for Excellence in Architecture, presented by The Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects.


Kaiser Jamil

Ms Kaiser Jamil, an internationally renowned biotechnologist and president of the Third World Organization for Women in Science (http://twows.ictp.it/).


Abdoulie Janneh

Abdoulie Janneh is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Since joining ECA, he has taken steps to reposition the Commission to better support Africa’s development agenda and has overseen the articulation of the ECA Business Plan 2007-2009 to operationalize the new strategic vision. Mr. Janneh has served as UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Africa and as Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Ghana and Niger.


Rand Jarallah

Rand Jarallah, 19, is a psychology student at Birzeit University, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory.


T Vishnu Jayaraman

T Vishnu Jayaraman is a graduate student at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. Formerly a journalist for the Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Tribune and The Sunday Observer in New Delhi, he has worked most recently with the UN Chronicle as an editorial intern.


Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is a Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where he is the Associate Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.


Kyle Jeremiah

Kyle Jeremiah is studying Political Science with a focus on international Politics at Hunter College, New York, and leads the ASPIRE group on environmental sustainability.


Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros

 Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros is Director, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO.


Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly was Deputy Executive-Director of UNICEF from 1982 to 1995 and Principal Coordinator of the UNDP Human Development Report from 1996 to 2000. Since leaving the United Nations, he has been a co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project (UNIHP) at the City University of New York and Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.


John Y. Jones

John Y. Jones is with the Dag Hammarskjöld Programme, Voksenaasen, Oslo, Norway.


Nicolette Jones

Nicolette Jones, 20, is a media and communications student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.