Tony Saich is the director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Harvard University Asia Center. He is Faculty Chair of the Asia Programs and the China Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. This work includes significant training programs for national and local officials from China, including a program to help Beijing officials prepare for the Olympics. He also sits on the Executive Committees of the Fairbank Center and the University”s Asia Center. From 1994 until July 1999, he was the Representative for the China Office of the Ford Foundation. Prior to this he was the director of the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, the Netherlands. He first visited China as a student in 1976-77 and has been there for longer or shorter trips almost each year since. Currently, he is also a guest Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He has advised a wide range of government, private and not-for-profit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia. He is a member of the Trustees of the China Medical Board of New York. His current research focuses on the interplay between state and society in China and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level. He has written several books on developments in China, including: China”s Science Policy in the 80s (1989); Revolutionary Discourse in Mao”s China (1994, with David E. Apter); The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party (1996); The Governance and Politics of China (2004). He has just finished editing a book on reform of China”s financial sector and on HIV/AIDS in China. He studied political science in the U.K. and has taught at universities in England, Holland, and the U.S.
Cornel West is the preeminent African-American intellectual of our generation (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.). Now a professor at Princeton University, he is the former Alphonse Fletcher Jr. and University Professor at Harvard University, teaching in Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion. His most recent publication is The Cornel West Reader (2000). Among his numerous other published works are the two-volume Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism (Common Courage Press, 1993), Breaking Bread (South End Press, 1991), Race Matters (Beacon Press, 1993), Keeping Faith (Routledge, 1993), Jews and Blacks Let the Healing Begin (Putnam Books, 1995), co-authored with Michael Lerner, and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America (Beacon Press, October 1997). Professor West is a well-respected and extremely popular lecturer. His speaking style, forged in the Baptist Church, provides a blend of drama, knowledge, and inspiration.
Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin is a public servant, a freedom fighter, and a policymaker from Mongolia. In 1990, he was one of the key leaders of the Mongolian Democratic Revolution and since then have continuously served Mongolia as a Member of Parliament four times, Prime Minister two times, and was elected President for two terms. Born in the isolated Western Mongolia as the youngest of eight sons from a humble traditional nomadic beginning he has worked as a machinist in a copper mine, a soldier and a journalist in the army newspaper.
As Prime Minister, Member of Parliament, and President, Mr.Elbegdorj prioritized strengthening the rule of law in Mongolia, fostering social justice, fighting poverty, combating corruption, supporting environmental sustainability, and advancing active participatory democracy. He has also initiated and led many social, economic, and governance reforms.
Aiming to consolidate democracy in Asia, Mr.Elbegdorj established the Asian Partnership for Democracy initiative within the confines of the Community of Democracies, the largest international organization that drives the global democracy agenda which Mongolia presided in 2011-2013. Under the chairmanship of Community of Democracies, Elbegdorj developed a plan on promoting civil society and advocating women’s rights, particularly political rights.
Currently, Mr. Elbegdorj is continuing his work to improve public policy, governance, and democracy through the Elbegdorj Institute, a think tank he found in 2008. During his tenure as President, he also focused on the impacts of climate change, air and soil pollution, the most significant public health issues in the capital of Mongolia. Through his Green Belt Foundation, he continues this work as well by bringing together multi-stakeholders to find novel solutions to these challenges. He also supports Mongolian studies and aims to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Mongolia successfully.
Mr. Elbegdorj is now Commissioner of International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP), Patron of the World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF) and Member of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid.
Mr. Elbegdorj holds Master of Public Administration from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002) and Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Land Forces Military Academy of Lviv of former USSR (1988).
Hilde Schwab helped her husband Klaus Schwab in organizing the very first World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 1971, a platform for business leader discussions based on the multistakeholder principle he published the same year.At her suggestion, environmental and social activists were given a voice at the Annual Meetings helping to promote the causes of many, including anthropologist Margaret Mead, liberation theologist Archbishop Dom Helder Camara, environmentalist Carl Sagan and Swiss animal welfare advocate Franz Weber.Having a passion for contemporary art, and believing that culture is the language that inspires and allows people to better understand one another in a diverse world, Hilde invited famous artists to participate or exhibit their works at the World Economic Forum meetings. Together with Yehudi Menuhin, she created the Crystal Award in 1996 to honor each year outstanding leaders in arts and culture. She was the project manager for the new World Economic Forum building, completed in 1998, ensuring that the values of the Forum such as openness and transparency were incorporated in its construction. Hilde felt that grassroots social entrepreneurs, who have innovative ideas to address social and ecological challenges such as education, health and poverty, should also interact with corporate and political leaders. So, in 1998, she and her husband Klaus created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The Foundation now comprises a community of more than 160 outstanding social entrepreneurs worldwide who contribute to all the activities of the World Economic Forum. She serves on the board of Global Dignity, which promotes the right of every human being to lead a dignified life.
Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Jean Philbert Nsengimana (Phil) is the CEO and co-founder of IDEX Africa, a Digital Strategy and Investment company and a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Phil’s career spans the public sector, academic, international development and the private sector. Most recently, Phil worked as the Special Advisor for Smart Africa and prior to that, he served as Minister of Youth and ICT of Rwanda for 6 years. During his tenure, Phil led digital transformation efforts that resulted in 400% increase of the online population, more than 50-fold increase in digital financial inclusion, 90% of all government transactions with business and citizen being carried out online. He also spearheaded the Smart Africa Alliance and TransformAfrica as well as YouthConnekt Africa Summits. Phil is the Honorary Chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet and has been a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Digital Economy and Society and Chairman of the World Summit on Information Society. He holds an MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management in Singapore, a Master’s degree in Software Engineering and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP ™ ).
Louise Mita, President and CEO of The Art Of Energy, Inc., and founder of Integrative Quantum Medicine ™ has studied metaphysical alchemy, the healing, and martial arts since 1968 and began teaching her trademark philosophies in 1998. Her background includes Parapsychic Sciences, Reiki, Hawaiiana, Kendo, Kung Fu, Aikido, Hapkido, Jeet Kun Do, and Sho Kon Do. Her focus is upon the practical application of these energies to our daily lives through lectures, seminars and individual treatments.
She has lectured and taught seminars internationally, working with such notable organizations as the World Economic Forum, Swiss Olympic Medical Center-Bad Ragaz, John Burns School of Medicine, The College of Psychic Studies- London, WIN Conference, World Knowledge Forum, Dupont, Oak Foundation, SPRINT, UNAXIS, U.S NAVY, British Petroleum, and the Universities of Hawaii, Alaska, and Arizona. Mita is also a certified practitioner and teacher of Chinese Energetic Medicine, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Feng Shui.
Invited to become the Managing Director of the Quincy Jones LISTEN UP FOUNDATION in 2000, Louise traveled to South Africa and Europe fulfilling Mr. Jones’ commitment to former President Nelson Mandela to build 100 homes in Johannesburg, in conjunction with Habitat For Humanity, ANSA and Creative Artists Association.
Since then she has devoted herself exclusively to fostering the techniques of TAO Energy internationally, in a continued effort to perpetuate self-reliance, self-empowerment, and the preservation of global conservation consciousness.
Michael Møller is a Danish former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 12th director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Mr. Møller has over 40 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with UNHCR in different capacities in New York, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva.
Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at United Nations headquarters; between 2001 and 2006 he was the Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period. Mr. Møller also served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus from 2006 to 2008 and was the Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr. Møller completed a Master’s course in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Nancy Hollander is an internationally recognized criminal defense lawyer in the New Mexico firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Davis. She is also an Associate Tenant at London’s Doughty Street Chambers and Of Counsel to the Geneva firm of Savolainen Avocats.
Ms. Hollander has been admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court and in several federal and military courts. She is also on the list of counsel for the ICC as well as the DOJ Pool of Qualified Civilian Defense Counsel for Military Commissions.
For more than four decades, Ms. Hollander’s practice has largely been devoted to representing individuals and organizations accused of crimes, including those involving national security issues, in trial and on appeal. She was lead appellate counsel for Chelsea Manning in her appeal and she won Ms. Manning’s release in 2017 when President Obama commuted her sentence from 35 years to seven years. Ms. Hollander has also represented two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, and in 2016, she won the release of one of them – Mohamedou Ould Slahi – who had been incarcerated for 14 years without charge. His story is chronicled in his New York Times-bestselling book, Guantanamo Diary, which Ms. Hollander helped facilitate and publish and in a feature film, entitled The Mauritanian.
In addition to her criminal defense practice, Ms. Hollander has been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures, and administrative hearings, and she has argued and won an historic case involving religious freedom in the US Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander has also served as a consultant to the defense in other international cases.
She has taught in numerous trial practice programs in the US and internationally. She has also written extensively and conducted more than 200 seminars and presentations around the globe on various subjects, including the securing of evidence in international cases, forfeiture, illegal search and seizure, expert witnesses, defense of child abuse cases, ethics, evidence, and trial practice.
In 1992-93, Ms. Hollander was the first woman president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Hollander has also received many professional awards. Among them, in 2001, she was named as one of America’s top 50 women litigators by the National Law Journal.
The former Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, Reverend Scotty McLennan has previously served as the University Chaplain at Tufts, visiting professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. An ordained Minister in the Unitarian Universalist Church, Reverend McLennan holds M. Div and J.D. degrees from Harvard’s Divinity and Law schools respectively. He has practiced in the Boston area as a church-sponsored poverty lawyer. The author and co-author of two books on topics of business, ethics, and religion – Finding your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning and Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life – Reverend McLennan brings a uniquely diverse set of experiences to the IBJ Advisory Board.