Field: International Relations
Position: Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation
TGCI interviews Parag Khanna, Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation, to get his take on global citizenship. As a leading geo-strategist, world traveler and author, Mr. Khanna provides a deeply knowledgeable, visionary perspective on how the world works today, and what can be done to improve it. To read the full interview click here
Field: Urban Problem Sovling
Position: President of the Mega-Cities Project
Janice Perlman is the President of the Mega-Cities Project, which she founded in 1987 to “shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem solving”. . Local teams based in research centers or non-profits in 21 of the worlds largest cities developed a methodology to find un-recognized innovations and share them within the network. The focus was on turning several problems into a solution that would address livelihoods for the urban poor, environmental regeneration and voice for the disenfranchised. Using a variety of search methods, the project identified hundreds of successful initiatives and brokered over 40 transfers of these initiatives across boundaries of neighborhoods and nations. Several of these innovations are featured in the Cooper Huwitt/Smithsonian Exhibit “Design with the Other 90%” in the UN Secretariat. To view the full interview, click here.
Field: Global Citizenship
Position: Executive Director of The Global Citizens' Initiative
Below is a YouTube link you can click on to see a recent interview with Ron Israel, Executive Director of The Global Citizen's Initiative. In the interview Ron discusses the principles and practices of global citizenship that help form the mission of our organization. Please feel free to share this link with colleagues. To view the interview, click here
Field: Immigration and Asylum
Position: Director of the International Human Rights Program and Associate Director of Boston COllege Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, the Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Professor Kanstroom founded and directs the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent noncitizens and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has won many high-profile immigration and asylum cases and has provided counsel for hundreds of clients over more than a decade. Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law. His recent book, Deportation Nation, was published by Harvard University Press in 2007, and released in paperback in 2010. His newest book, Aftermath, Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora, will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2012.
Professor Kanstroom was interviewed by Ron Israel, Executive Director of The Global Citizens’ Initiative. The interview covered a wide range of topics including international immigration policy, global citizenship, and the changing role of the sovereign state. To read the full interview click here.
Field: Institution Building
Position: Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting and Chairman of the Rothschild global investment bank in Turkiye
Dr. Argüden, is the Founder and Chairman of ARGE Consulting, an Istanbul based strategy consulting boutique known for value creating strategies and institution building. Dr. Argüden is also the Chairman of the prestigious global investment bank, Rothschild in Turkiye and an independent board member of numerous organizations. His career spans private sector, public sector, multinational institutions, NGOs, and academia.
Dr. Argüden is also a social entrepreneur, seeking to improve the quality of life in the community. As the Chairman of the Turkish Quality Association, he initiated the National Quality Movement to improve the management effectiveness of private, public, and civil society institutions throughout Turkiye by promoting TQM philosophy. As the Chairman of TAIK, Turkish-American Business Council and the Turkish-Canadian Business Council, he has been a leader in developing bilateral business relations. As a Founding Board Member of the independent Turkish think-tank, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) he has been a staunch promoter of public policy analysis. As a Founding Board Member of The Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV), he has been active in improving the quality of education by improving delivery systems and content development. As the Founding Vice-Chairman of Corporate Volunteers Council (CVC) he is active in promoting corporate social responsibility and volunteerism. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum. He has been selected as the National Representative of the UN Global Compact Network.
He is an Eisenhower Fellow, a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship and career awards, and was selected by the World Economic Forum, as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” for his commitment to improving the state of the world. To read the full interview click here.
Field: Food Security
Position: Director of the Center for World Food Studies of VU University
Michiel A. Keyzer is Professor in Mathematical Economics and since 1995 Director of the Centre for World Food Studies of VU University in the Netherlands a research institute that provides support, at both national and international level, to the formulation of food and agricultural policies and policies aiming at poverty reduction. Since 2003 he has also been Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CCAP) and member of CCAP’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, Washington DC); team leader of research projects in Bangladesh, Ukraine and countries in Africa and member of the board of editors of Food Security. To read the full interview, click here.
Field: Poverty Reduction
Position: Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Annie Duflo is the Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a leading international poverty research organization. Ms. Duflo previously served as IPA’s Vice President and Research Director. Prior to joining IPA, Ms. Duflo was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its founding. Ms. Duflo has also served as a consultant for the World Bank advising on the role of NGOs and MFIs in implementing a new health insurance scheme for poor households in India, and has also worked for two large NGOs, Seva Mandir and Pratham. Ms. Duflo holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Diplôme d’études approfondies (Master) in Social Sciences from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)/ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) in Paris, and two BA degrees, in German Studies and Philosophy, from University Paris X.