Irina Bokova (tbc)
Director-General of UNESCO
Irina Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the Organization.
She served as a member of the National parliament, and deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov. She also served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and to Monaco, and was Bulgaria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Bokova was also the personal representative of Bulgaria’s President to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009).
In addition to her mother tongue, she speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Austria
Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. The ongoing support of the countries of the Western Balkans on their way towards the European Union and the establishment of a stronger interlinkage between foreign and economic policy through a newly established “Business Support Service” rank among the key aspects of his foreign policy. Moreover, he aims to position Austria as international bridge builder and a place for dialogue by hosting the Iran Talks and the Syria Peace Talks in Vienna. In 2014, Sebastian Kurz was Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and will act as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE during the Austrian Chairmanship in 2017.
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Tony O. Elumelu (tbc)
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author
Tony Elumelu is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa Plc and Transcorp Nigeria Plc and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organization focused on supporting entrepreneurs in Africa by enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector.
He serves as a member of the USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum. He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council, serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security and vice-chair of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL).
MMag. Dr. Andreas Brandner
Founder and CEO of KMA enterprise; coach, consultant and researcher in the field of KM.
Andreas Brandner has developed strategies and programs to numerous macro-level activities of knowledge economies in partnership with UNIDO, supporting the IAEA, GIZ, African Development Bank, OSCE, HORIZONT3000 and others.
Established as a corporation, the Knowledge.City is designed to strengthen cities and their economy – within a wider region – to build and sustain knowledge ecosystems, knowledge management systems and finally the knowledge required to develop business and society with a competitive edge.
Focus on Knowledge Politics, KM strategies and implementation and Knowledge Networking with social media. Initiator of the Vienna.Knowlege.City. Member of the New Club of Paris.
Sarah Cummings (MSc)
Sarah Cummings has worked as a consultant for diverse organisations in the field of K4Dev and has been an active member of www.km4dev.org since 2002. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Knowledge Management for Development Journal’ which she founded with colleagues in 2005. Over the 2007-2012 period she was Co-director and Communications Director of the IKM Emergent Research Programme. In 2012, she started the social enterprise, Knowledge Ecologist. She is also a partner with Knowledge Management Associates Gmbh .
Her research interests focus on the role of knowledge in sustainable development. In August 2012, she submitted her PhD thesis with the title ‘The role of local knowledge in sustainable development programmes: the need for new modes of knowledge production and exchange.’
Her LinkedIn profile can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahcummings1
Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Development
Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, and an Executive Director at the World Capital Institute, Brisbane, Australia. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programs on the fields of urban and regional planning, development and management in esteemed universities across the globe.
The main focus of his research are advocating and promoting knowledge-based urban development and sustainable urban, infrastructure and transport development in city-regions.
He is an Associate Editor of the ‘International Journal of Knowledge Based Development’ and ‘International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology’, and carries the Chairman role of the annual ‘Knowledge Cities World Summits’.
Founder and Lead Associate
Lucie Lamoureux is an independent knowledge management (KM) consultant in the field of international development. Her main work revolves around supporting organizations and networks in their knowledge sharing (KS) initiatives. She provides strategic advice and project support on the implementation of KM and KS in organizations, develops KS and facilitation capacities, as well as offers facilitation services for both online and face-to-face events.
In the last 17 years, she has worked with, among others, CGIAR, CIDA, DEVCO/Europe Aid, FAO, FMO, GIZ, IDRC, IFAD, IICD, SDC, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. She is currently working full-time as Team Leader of a DEVCO capacity development and KS programme.
She has been involved in the KM4dev (Knowledge Management for Development) community since its inception in 2000 and acted as the lead facilitator/coordinator from 2002-2011. She is also a co-founder and Senior Editor of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal (2005-now).
Peter J. Bury
CONSULTANT / FACILITATOR
Peter J. Bury is a European of Dutch – Swiss descent, resident in Italy since 2002. He refers to himself as a facilitator of human processes, be they face-to-face and/or through online social networking. He has over 35 years experience in advising and facilitating socio-economic development in both regional, urban and rural contexts at strategic and managerial levels with strong emphasis on participatory processes based on horizontal and vertical learning and sharing.
Currently he is active as part time independent consultant / facilitator; volunteering in local level climate resilient development through transition process and; co-owner manager of a social eating & airbnb startup with his Italian wife. With an MSc in Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, he spend 15 years on long term residential assignments in Senegal, Solomon Islands, Guinea and Zambia and subsequently in consultancy based work across most of the world. He is comfortable in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and basic Spanish. about me http://about.me/profbury
HH BRIG. Sheikh Mohamed bin Tahnon Al Nahyan
Biography to be confirmed