Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat

ZEHRA F. KABASAKAL ARAT is Juanita and Joseph Leff Professor of Political Science at Purchase College of the State University of New York and is Chair of the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association. She is the author of Human Rights Worldwide. Some of the arguments presented here appeared in her earlier publications.


Donald Kaberuka

Donald Kaberuka is President of the African Development Bank Group and chairs the Boards of the Bank and the African Development Fund. He served as Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning from 1997 to 2005 and has been widely acknowledged as the principal architect of the successful post-war reconstruction and economic reform programme in the country. Dr. Kaberuka has had 12 years experience in the banking industry, trade finance, international commodity business and development issues.


Barry Kantor

Barry Kantor has been coordinating communications and capacity-building for the SouthSouthNorth network since 2001. With a background in Law and English, and a teacher of the FM Alexander Technique, he is the editor and co-writer of the SSN CDM Practical Toolkit and a contributory writer of Climate Change: Stories from the Developing World.


Alanda Kariza

Alanda Kariza, 19, is a student at the Binus International University, Indonesia, and co-Director, The Cure For Tomorrow. She received the 2010 ASHOKA Young Changemakers Awards: Innovation in Clean Water and Sanitation.


Paritosh Kasotia

Paritosh Kasotia is an International Program Manager at the Iowa Council for International Understanding. She is also President of the United Nations Association-Des Moines Chapter.


Noah Kaye

Noah Kaye is Director of Public Affairs at SEIA, which is working to expand the use of solar energy in the global marketplace.


Dennis Kayebeta

Dennis Kayebeta, 17, is a student at the Ibex Hill School in Lusaka (www.ibexhillschool.com.zm).


Michel Kazatchkine

Michel Kazatchkine is the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Since 1984, he has been a professor of immunology at Université René Descartes. In 1990, he became Head of the Immunology Unit of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. Dr. Kazatchkine has spent the past 25 years fighting AIDS and also served as Director of the National Agency for Research on AIDS in France and as French Ambassador on HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases.



Georg Kell

Georg Kell has served as Executive Director of the UN Global Compact since 2000. He began his career at the United Nations in 1987 with the UN Conference on Trade and Development and in 1997 became a senior officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.


George Kent

George Kent is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. He works on human rights, international relations, peace, development and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children. He has written several books, the latest is Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food.


Maxwell Kerley

Maxwell Kerley is Director, United Nations Mine Action Service (www.mineaction.org).


Tigest Ketsela

Tigest Ketsela is the Director of the Division of Family and Reproductive Health in the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO), based in Brazzaville, Congo. A paediatrician with a post-graduate training in public health, Dr. Ketsela has almost 25 years experience in public health at various levels—from the district to the Federal Ministry of Health level—including her work in Ethiopia and her vast experience in several consultative works in the different WHO regions, mostly in the area of child health. She has been with WHO/AFRO since 2001.


Seyed Mohammad Khatami

Seyed Mohammad Khatami is former President of Iran.


Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch is Director of the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.


Carol Kidu

Dame Carol Kidu is Minister for Community Development, Papua New Guinea, and Member, Global Commission on HIV and the Law


Jin Kim

Jin Kim, 16, is a student at the International School of Lusaka (www.islzambia.org), Zambia.


Young-Gil Kim

Young-Gil Kim is President, Handong Global University, Pohang, Republic of Korea and President, Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea.  


Neal King

Neal King is founding member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education, Secretary-General of the International Association of University Presidents and former President of Antioch University Los Angeles,


Aisa Kirabo Kacyira

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira is Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary-General, UN-Habitat.  


Iskra Kirova

Iskra Kirova is a national of Bulgaria and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sofia University. While pursuing a second Master’s in Public Diplomacy, Iskra completed an internship with the UN Chronicle. Currently, she works as a research associate at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.



Daniel Klingenfeld

Daniel Klingenfeld is Head of Director’s Office, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany.


Hans Köchler

Hans Köchler is Founder and President, International Progress Organization.


Shulamith Koenig

Shulamith Koenig is Founding President, People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning.


Vladimir Kotlyakov

Vladimir Kotlyakov is Professor and Academician, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences.


Johan Kuylenstierna

Johan Kuylenstierna is Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.  


Joan Nassiwa Kwagala

Joan Nassiwa Kwagala, 14, is a student at the Gayaza High School (www.gayazahs.sc.ug), Kampala, Uganda.


Kari Polanyi Levitt

Kari Polanyi Levitt is Emerita Professor of Economics at McGill University, Montreal, and was the George Beckford Professor of Political Economy at the University of the West Indies, Mona from 1995 to 1997. She has been Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations in Trinidad and has served as an Economic Planning Adviser to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.



Lyn Littlefield

Lyn Littlefield, OAM, FAPS, is Executive Director, Australian Psychological Society.


Jon Lomøy

Jon Lomøy is Norway’s Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania since January 2007. He started his career as a Research Fellow at the University of Trondheim and the University of Dar es Salaam. He joined the Norwegian aid agency, Norad, working both in Oslo and in Tanzania, including as Director of Africa from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Lomøy served as Ambassador to Zambia from 1996 to 2000, and later as Deputy Director General, responsible for bilateral aid, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Monique Long

Monique Long, 21, is a law student at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and a member of the Vice Chancellor Ambassador Corps—students who advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and promotion of Caribbean integration.


Raj Loomba

Raj Loomba is founder and Executive Chairman of the clothing company Rinku Group, and a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom.


Glenn C. Loury

Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Brown University and the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality.


Robert E. Lovelace

Robert E. Lovelace is Senior Fellow for the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit and consultant to several UN agencies on HIV/AIDS, advocacy, and strategic communications. His international work with the labour movement extends over twenty years.


Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is President of Brazil and a founding member of the country’s Partido dos Trabalhadores.


Ranan R. Lurie

Ranan R. Lurie is an artist and political cartoonist.


Rita Luthra

Rita Luthra is President of the Women’s Health and Education Center and is Editor-in-Chief of the e-learning publication WomensHealthSection.com, which is dedicated to women’s well-being and health care worldwide. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 1986 and has worked with various international organizations, such as UNA-USA, Peace Corps and the World Health Organization. Dr. Luthra’s main interest is international health and development.


Elizabeth Lwanga

Elizabeth Lwanga is Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Coordinator of UN System Operational Activities in Kenya. She has served as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa and as UNDP Resident Representative and Coordinator in Swaziland and Sierra Leone. Ms. Lwanga was Manager of the UNDP Gender in Development Programme in New York and has over 30 years experience in development work, with a focus on policy and programme development and management.


Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the C-1 World Dialogue which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West. He is also an Anglican priest.


José Luis Machinea

José Luis Machinea is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He served as Argentina’s Minister of the Economy from 1999 to 2001 and as President of the Central Bank of Argentina. Mr. Machinea has had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors, among them as President of the Argentine Foundation for Development with Equity and as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.


Daisy Mafubelu

Daisy Mafubelu is Assistant Director-General, Family and Community Health, World Health Organization.


Cesar Maia

Cesar Maia has been the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro since 1992. He has developed major social programmes for the city, including the Rio Cidade and Favela-Bairro projects, consisting of the renovation of urban landscape and other major structural improvements, especially in the poorest neighbourhoods.


Charlotte Maitre

Charlotte Maitre is the copy-editor of the Yearbook of the United Nations. She recently earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.



Eden Mamut

Eden Mamut is Director, Black Sea Universities Network, Constanta, Romania.


Francesco Mancini

Francesco Mancini is Director of Research, International Peace Institute.


Divya Mansukhani

Divya Mansukhani, 22, is a master’s student at Bombay University, and author, “Handbook for Establishing a National Youth Delegate Programme to the United Nations.”


Josef Mantl

Josef Mantl, a Fulbright-scholar at Emerson College of Communications, in Boston, Massachusetts, is spokesman for the Sustainable Future Campaign and Vice President of the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria.


Takyiwaa Manuh

Takyiwaa Manuh is Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana, and an activist in the women's movement in Ghana.


Miguel Marín-Bosch

Miguel Marín-Bosch has served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York, Permanent Representative in Geneva, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of Mexico’s Foreign Service academy. In 1994 he chaired the first year of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) negotiations in Geneva.


Pamela Martínez Achecar

 Pamela MartÍnez Achecar, 20, is an economics student at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.



Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Magdy Martínez-Solimán is Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme.


Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason is Director of the WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, leading a team of more than 100 professionals at headquarters, in regional offices and in many countries. A specialist in public health, particularly maternal and child health, Dr. Mason spent 24 years living and working in the African region. In Zimbabwe, she worked with OXFAM and then with the Ministry of Health. She also worked with WHO in Harare as Regional Adviser for child and adolescent health.




Neeraja Mathur

Neeraja Mathur, 17, is a student at the Lalaji Memorial Omega International School (www.omegaschools.org), a UNESCO Associated School in Chennai, India.


Koïchiro Matsuura

Koïchiro Matsuura has led the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Director-General for the past seven years, carrying out major institutional reforms while advancing a range of programmes, from universal basic education to preservation of living arts and cultures. He began his diplomatic career in 1961 with a posting to Ghana, covering ten West African countries, and worked in development cooperation and political affairs, with a focus on North America. Mr. Matsuura served as Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1994.


Thomas Matussek

Ambassador Thomas Matussek is the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations. Among his previous diplomatic assignments, he served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London and Director General of the Political Department at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.


Julian May

Julian May is a Professor and holds the South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Assessment, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Rachel Mayanja

Rachel Mayanja is Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women.


Asha-Rose Migiro

Asha-Rose Migiro took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 February 2007, the third to be appointed since the post was established in 1997. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania—the first woman to hold that position since her country’s independence in 1961—and as Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children. Dr. Migiro had a career in academia, as a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam and as head of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law.


Portia Simpson Miller

The Honourable Portia Simpson Miller is Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Sport, Women’s Affairs and Community Development of Jamaica. Her appointment in March 2006 came after 17 years as a senior Cabinet Minister. Mrs. Simpson Miller was also the leading architect of Jamaica’s Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development and has the distinction of being the first female Vice-President of the People’s National Party of Jamaica and President of the Party’s Women’s Movement.



Martyna Minkowska

Martyna Minkowska works in the Field Budget & Finance Division of the Department of Field Support, United Nations.


Anil Mishra

ANIL MISHRA is Programme Specialist, Hydrological Systems and Global Change Section and International Hydrological Programme, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO.


Mogami Toshiki

MOGAMI Toshiki is Professor of International Law and Institution, Waseda University, Tokyo.


Amanda Mooney

Amanda Mooney, a junior marketing communications student at Emerson College, is Public Relations Director for the Campaign and President of the Emerson College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.


Judith Morrison

Judith Morrison is the Regional Director for South America and Caribbean at the Inter-American Foundation. She previously served as a senior associate at the Inter-American Dialogue and the Executive Director of the Inter-Agency Consultation on Race in Latin America. Ms. Morrison holds a Master’s degree in economic development and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Jason Morrison

JASON MORRISON is Program Director of the Globalization Program, Pacific Institute, UN CEO Water Mandate.


Ingrid Moses

Ingrid Moses is President Emeritus of the International Association of University Presidents and of the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, and former Chair of the Governing Board of the University of Canberra, Australia.


Idrissa B. Mshoro

Idrissa B. Mshoro is Vice-Chancellor, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Herman Mulder

Herman Mulder is Senior Advisor to the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He also served as Senior Executive Vice-President, head of the Group Risk Management and co-chair of the Group Risk Committee at ABN AMRO Bank. Mr. Mulder, the initiator of the Equator Principles in 2002, is a writer and speaker on a wide range of sustainable development issues.


Heraldo Muñoz

Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz is the Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. He was President of the Security Council in January 2004 and Chairman of the Security Council Sanctions Committee on Al-Qaida and the Taliban in 2003 and 2004. He also served as Minister Secretary-General and Deputy Foreign Minister in the administration of Chilean President Ricardo Lagos.


Christina Murtaugh

Christina Murtaugh is Rule of Law Facilitator, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law and Programme Officer, United States Institute of Peace.



Padmini Murthy

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPh is Assistant Professor, New York Medical College School of Public Health. She also serves as the NGO co-representative of the Medical Women’s International Association to the United Nations and as Committee Member on Women’s Rights at the American Public Health Association.


Tacko Ndiaye

Tacko Ndiaye is Policy Adviser on Economic Empowerment, UN Women.


Rosa-Maria Ndolo

Rosa-Maria Ndolo was born and raised in Germany. Her parents were immigrants from Poland and Kenya. As a professional athlete she was a member of the German National Team for Modern Pentathlon from 1997 to 2002. She studied communcations and works for the United Nations Department of Public Information.



Rex Nettleford

Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, is a distinguished Caribbean scholar and creative artist. He is the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. A leading authority on culture and development, he also serves as an ambassador-at-large for his native Jamaica.



Derek Newberry

Derek Newberry is a staff writer for NextBillion.net and a research assistant with the New Ventures project (www.new-ventures.org), where he analyzes the impact of small- and medium-sized enterprises on environmental and social conditions in emerging economies.


Ndey-Isatou Njie

Ndey-Isatou Njie is Chief of Water Energy and Capacity Development Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


Sam Nujoma

Sam Nujoma is the Founding President of the Republic of Namibia and is commonly referred to as “the father of the nation”. He was inaugurated as the first President of Namibia in 1990 and re-elected in 1994 and 1999, serving until 2005. He was also President of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) from its founding in 1960 until 2007. He co-chaired the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 together with President Tarja Halonen of Finland.


Mark Nuttall

Mark Nuttall holds the Henry Marshall Tory of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Board member of the International Work Group for Indegenous Affairs.


Thoraya Ahmed Obaid

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid is the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world’s largest multilateral source of population assistance. She is also Chair of the High-level Committee on Management of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination. Ms. Obaid has served as Director of the UNFPA Division for Arab States and Europe, as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and as Chief of its Social Development and Population Division. She has worked with non-governmental organizations to advocate women’s equality.



Morolake Odetoyinbo

Morolake Odetoyinbo is founder and Project Director of Positive Action for Treatment Access Nigeria, Board Chair, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and Board Member, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) representing Communities. She is an activist, an advocate, a writer, a trainer, a public speaker, a television and radio producer, and a presenter. She has worked on issues of women, persons with disabilities, and persons living with HIV.


Nancee Oku Bright

NANCEE OKU BRIGHT is Chief of Staff of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.


Ashley Ong

Ashley Ong, 20, is a law student at the University College London.


Ruth K. Oniang’o

Ruth K. Oniang’o is the Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (www.ajfand.net).


Luka Oreskovic

Luka Oreskovic, 18, is a student at Harvard University, and a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Ottawa, Canada.


Balgis Osman-Elasha

Balgis Osman-Elasha is Principal Investigator wih the Climate Change Unit, Higher Council for Environment & Natural Resources, Sudan; and a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Foruth Assessment Report.


Alex Otieno

Alex Otieno teaches in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice and the MA Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, United States. His research interests are in human rights discourses, HIV/AIDS and society, and the role of institutions in social change.