When you give a girl the chance for a better life, she moves into confidence and learns to overcome challenges like violence, poverty, and gender stereotypes. As a deeply philanthropic person I see myself in a role of empowering women to overcome barriers. WWGC cradles all that I envision to do. I am inspired by the pivotal work WWGC does by its outstanding commitment and record of contribution to improving the lives of women and girls.” Sanjukta Das is also an International Art of Living Teacher, in Canada, and it is this responsibility that allows her to understand the dynamics of the community very insightfully. “Whether it is India or North America, women need to shine in a nonviolent environment, and WWGC pioneers in this vision”.
Dr. Walter Nguyen earned a BA in English and an MA in English Linguistics from the University of Saigon, Vietnam; an MSW from the University of Minnesota; and a PhD in clinical social work from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).
Dr. Nguyen has served as the executive director of Mosaic Family Services, Inc. (formerly East Dallas Counseling Center) since 1993, where he has established and successfully steered over 20 publicly and privately funded projects, including refugee health and emergency services, HIV prevention and testing, multicultural youth drug prevention, refugee mental health, and services for immigrant victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking.
Dr. Geeta Mehta
Dr. Geeta Mehta is an adjunct associate professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University in New York and a partner of Braden & Mehta Design.
Geeta received her PhD from the University of Tokyo, MS in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and BArch from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. She has maintained her architect’s license in the State of Colorado since 1981.
Wade started his business career with four years in sales. He then started a computer graphics distribution company in 1981 which grew to annual sales of $14 million. During this time Wade was recognized by some of his vendors as a person who had a feel for the future. He was often asked by his company’s vendors to consult regarding new product development and directions. Constantly seeking the freedom to create projects regarding what the future may bring, Wade moved on to provide consulting services, helping several companies to define and pick a future technology vision.
Esperanza Garcia is an MS candidate of Columbia University’s Sustainability Management program and president of the Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development. She blogs at Ecohope. She was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines and is the mother of a 6-year old who is her inspiration.
She was co-founder and member of the executive board of the International Youth Council, which has provided educational resources and leadership opportunities to young global leaders. She has studied renewable energy at Yale University and finished her post-baccalaureate at Columbia University.
Dr. Ann Corwin
Dr. Corwin has made it her life’s work to develop practical parenting programs for parents and children. With a Ph.D. in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy and Masters Degree in Education and over twenty five years of experience in parenting consulting and child development education, she has helped thousands of parents – with children ages birth to five years and beyond.Her parenting skills development workshops and parent coaching programs have immediate solutions to child discipline behavior issues such as hitting and biting, respect and discipline, poor sleeping habits, relationships and school, toilet learning, new siblings and sibling rivalry, separation anxiety and much more.
Donna Morton is the CEO and co-founder of First Power, a unique organization that blends business innovation with social purpose, putting green energy technology—and the related jobs and economic benefits—into the hands of communities. At First Power, she builds the social and economic aspects of projects and builds diverse partnerships.
In 2003 Donna was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and the Women and Spirit of the Crane Award for business leadership through her work with the Centre for Integral Economics (CIE).
Dr. Payal Arora is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Communication in the Faculty of History, Culture and Communication of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy and Technology from Columbia University Teachers College in New York, a master’s degree in International Policy from Harvard University, and a teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge.?Her expertise is in social learning, informatics, cyber-cultures, new media, and international development. For WWGC, she will develop research expertise in both the private and public sectors. She has worked on numerous award-winning, grant-funded projects
Dr. Desiree Leigh Thompson
I was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada: the Kootenay’s and the Okanagan Valley. I was raised from Russian Orthodox Doukhobor decent: father’s Russian Orthodox practicing church liturgy and mother’s Doukhobor Sons of Freedom (a sect of Russian dissenters) practicing pacifism. The Doukhobors rejected secular government and they believed that God dwells in each human being and not in the church. They had strong humanitarian beliefs that condemn war and social violence as inhuman and irrational.As a result of the newly acquired doctrine, they were rejected by the tsars for their heresy and pacifism, and, eventually, many were exiled from Russia immigrating to Western Canada.
Sir Pastor Omondi Felix is a Kenyan citizen based in Uganda. He is currently serving as the ambassador-at-large forEast African nations and as the delegate for Kenya to the International Blue Cross.
Previously, Sir Felix was appointed Africa Peace Envoy with He Knows My Name International Ministries USA, an American Christian organization, to engage the Congo rebels in dialogue for peace. He successively meditated between the rebel groups and the National Congress for Peoples Defense (CNDP) led by the Renegade General Laurent Nkunda (see attached photo).
“I am proud to be part of World Women Global Council as our mission and goals as change makers align towards Peace and Empowerment”. For the past thirty-three years, Ilco van der Linde (1963, Netherlands) has been driven by his passion to bring people together, regardless of color, faith or cultural background. Music, art, media, events and informal education always play a central role in his campaigns. Directly as well as indirectly, millions of people are reached for the social causes he promotes. “It’s all about creating heart connections.”At the age of fifteen he established ‘Bevrijdingspop’ in Haarlem; a pop concert to celebrate the Liberation Day, the Day on which Holland celebrates the end of the Second World War. Ilco decided to use this day to involve young people in fostering human rights and diversity. Fifteen years later, he coordinated fourteen festivals throughout the Netherlands. With around one million visitors, it has grown into the largest annual themed youth event in Europe. masterpeace.org