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International Coordinating Committee (ICC)

The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) is the Forum’s consultative body. The head of the ICC is former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and WPF Co-Chairman Walter Schwimmer. Among the ICC’s members are the President of the International Progress Organization Hans Koechler (Austria), Director of Research Emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France Henri Favre, among many other prominent scholars and researchers of the current “dialogue of civilizations” agenda.

Walter Schwimmer, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the WPF Dialogue of Civilizations

Walter Schwimmer, Co-Chairman, World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations, Chairman of the WPF International Coordinating Committee

Walter Schwimmer was born on June 16, 1942 in Vienna, Austria where he also grew up and attended primary and secondary school. He studied law at Vienna University where he graduated doctor of law in 1964. He engaged himself in the movement of Young Christian Workers (YCW) and in the Austrian Federation of Workers and Employees  (ÖAAB, branch of Austrian People’s Party – ÖVP). He started his professional career in the legal department of the Union of Private Employees. He did his military service in the Austrian Federal Army from 1965 to 1966.

In 1971 he was elected as the at this time youngest member of the Austrian Parliament (Nationalrat). He was re-elected seven times to the parliament. He served as Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Austrian People's Party from 1986 to 1994, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Social Affairs from 1978 to 1989, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health from 1989 to 1994, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice in 1995 and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Housing and Construction from 1995 to 1999.

He was also the Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Union friendship group Austria-Israel of the Austrian Parliament from 1976 to 1999, Member of the National Board of the Austria-Israel Association from 1973 to 1999, Vice-President from 1977 to 1981, Acting President (after the assassination of the former President, Heinz Nittel) from 1981 to 1982 and President from 1982 to August 1999.

When the Berlin Wall fell and the division of Europe into West and East came to an end, Walter Schwimmer started to work for the integration of the new democracies as equal partners into Pan-European structures. He became Member of the Austrian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 1991. He was one of the leading members of the Assembly, Chairman of the Group of the European People's Party-Christian Democrats since 1996, Member of the Bureau, President of the Sub-Committee on International Economic Relations, Vice-President of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Vice-President of the Assembly in 1996 and rapporteur on various issues including monitoring of member states (Romania, Slovakia, Turkey).

In June 1999, he was elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe (September 1999 - August 2004). During his term of office the Council of Europe grew through the admission of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro and the membership of Monaco was prepared. One of his political priorities was the inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. He established close relations with the League of Arab States and was the first Secretary General of the Council of Europe to attend a ministerial conference and a summit of heads of state of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation.

In 2005, after his mandate in the Council of Europe was ended, Walter Schwimmer was invited by Vladimir I. Yakunin, the president and founder of WPFDC, to join the World Public ForumDialogue of Civilizations and chair its International Coordination Committee. In October 2013, during the 11th annual Rhodes Forum of WPFDC he was appointed at the meeting of the founders Co-Chairman of the organization.

Walter Schwimmer is the author of several books and articles, in particular of “The European Dream”, published also in German (“Der Traum Europa”), Italian (“Sognare Europa”), Russian (“Мечты O Европе”) and Serbian (“San Evropa”).

Hans Köchler, President, International Progress Organization; Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Hans Köchler, President, International Progress Organization; Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Dr. Hans Köchler is University Professor and holds the Chair of Political Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

He is the founder and President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations, and a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations.” Dr. Köchler is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Democracy and the International Rule of Law; Global Justice or Global Revenge? International Criminal Justice at the Crossroads; and World Order: Vision and Reality. He serves as editor of the series Studies in International Relations and member of the Editorial Board of several journals, including Hekmat va Falsafeh (Wisdom and Philosophy) (Tehran) and the Indian Journal of Politics.

In 2000, he was nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as international observer at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands (“Lockerbie Trial”). Dr. Kochler has received numerous honours and awards, including doctor degrees honoris causa from Mindanao State University (Philippines) and from the Armenian State Pedagogical University, and an honorary professorship from Pamukkale University (Turkey).

 

Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Kent, UK, Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po) and at IBS Moscow

Adrian Pabst, Dr., Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po)

Adrian Pabst is a political theorist and a theologian. Currently he is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Kent, UK as well as Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po) and at IBS Moscow.

After studying economics at Cambridge, European Studies at the LSE and political philosophy in Paris, Adrian completed his doctoral dissertation in philosophy of religion and political theory at Cambridge. From 2007 to 2009, he held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Nottingham.

Adrian has published widely, including a number of books, edited collections and articles in leading international journals. Most recently, he is the author of Metaphysics: The Creation of Hierarchy (Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2012) as well as the editor of The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI's social encyclical and the future of political economy (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and The Good Life in Common: Europe beyond the crisis of instrumental reason (Venice: Marcianum Press, 2011). Currently he is writing The Politics of Virtue.

Since 2007, Adrian has been Associate Editor of the journal TELOS and Fellow of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. In 2012 he was appointed Trustee of The ResPublica Trust, an independent, non-partisan think-tank based in London where he works on alternative political economies.

For the past ten years, Adrian has also been writing regularly for the comment and op-ed pages of the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Moscow Times, The National, The Huffington Post and Les Echos on geo-politics, political economy, Europe and religion.

Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy

Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy

Raffaele Marchetti (Laurea, Rome; PhD, London) is assistant professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and the School of Government of LUISS where he holds a Jean Monnet European Module on EU’s Engagement with Civil Society funded by the European Commission. His research interest concerns globalization, global governance, and transnational civil society.

He was scientific coordinator of FP6 Strep project SHUR. Human Rights in Conflicts: The Role of Civil Society; and was Fellow at the European University Institute, the Italian National Research Council-CNR, and in the Network of Excellent GARNET. Global Governance, Regionalisation & Regulation. He was also research contractor for the FP6 research project DEMOS. Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of Society, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies-EUISS. He taught at LSE, American University of Rome, John Cabot University, Universit? de Geneve, and University of Naples L’Orientale and carried out research at University of Exeter, University of Nottingham, and University of Urbino. In 2005, he received the Lawrence S. Finkelstein Award by the International Studies Association-ISA, Section on International Organization.

He has published 8 books/edited books and more than 50 articles in journals/edited books. He is currently completing a book on The Other Side of Global Politics: Goals, Strategies, and Impact of Civil Society Mobilizations and working on a long-term project on Constructing Global Legitimacy. The Competition for World Order

 

Arun Kumar Mohanty, Director of Eurasian Foundation (India)

Arun Mohanty, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Director, Eurasian Foundation, India

Arun Mohanty, is an associate professor at the School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Arun Mohanty graduated from SCS College, Puri and then moved to Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He completed his education in Moscow State University. Then he obtained PhD at Russian Academy of Sciences. He worked as lecturer and assistant professor in Moscow State University. He also worked as an associate professor in Institute of World Economy and International Relations.

Arun Mohanty is a well known expert on the international security issues, Indo-Russian Relations and political development of Russia and other CIS countries. Prior to his appointment in Jawaharlal Nehru University, he has occupied various positions at the Russian educational and media institutions.

Besides that, Arun Mohanty is a Director of the Eurasian Foundation, headquartered in New Delhi, and an editor-in-chief of the Eurasian Report research journal.

He is an author of 7 monographs and scores of articles, a contributor to a number of volumes focused on Russia and the non-western polities.

Cemal Usak, Vice President, Journalists and Writers Foundation, Turkey

Cemal Usak, Vice President, Journalists and Writers Foundation, Turkey

Cemal Usak graduated from Istanbul Higher Institute of Islam in 1977. After graduation, he started working for the press. He worked in different positions: art correspondent, editor, article writer, manager in Turkey's prominent conservative newspapers and magazines etc. He also worked as an advisor for the General Directorate at the TRT (Turkish Radio & Television) between 1979 and 1980.

Currently working as the Vice-President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (Turkey), Mr. Usak is also the Secretary general of Intercultural Dialogue Platform, based in Istanbul. He is also a member of the broadcasting board of MORAL FM, which is a conservative radio station widely followed among Turks both in Turkey and in Europe.

 

Fabio Petito, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex, Italy

Fabio Petito, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex

Fabio Petito is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex and has taught in recent years at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at ‘L’Orientale’ University in Naples. He holds a BA in Economic and Social Disciplines (DES) (magna cum laude) from Bocconi University and received his PhD from the department of International Relations at the LSE, where he was also editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. Among his publications: Religion in International Relations: The Return from Exile (2003, Italian translation 2006, Chinese translation 2009) and Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions and Civilizations in International Relations (2009). Currently, he is working on a monograph entitled The International Political Theory of Dialogue of Civilization. He is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and Scientific Coordinator of the MAE-ISPI-Trento seminar on ‘Religions and International Relations.’

Erik De Vreede, Board Member, International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), the Netherlands

Erik De Vreede, Board Member, International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), the Netherlands

After obtaining the diploma of fully qualified teacher for primary education, Erik de Vreede studied from 1957 till 1963 educational sciences at the University of Nijmegen. His main subject was philosophy and theory of Education, minor subjects were cultural psychology and sociology.

Erik de Vreede has been working in teacher education since 1963. He started with eight years in la Republique Democratique du Congo. After two years of teaching in secondary education, he founded and directed a training school for teachers for the first four years of secondary education in Kananga (formerly Luluabourg), an institute for higher vocational education.

From 1974 on Erik de Vreede taught pedagogy in the department of teacher education of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. At this teacher education department he trained teachers for upper secondary education.

Since June 2000, Erik de Vreede is retired and does some volunteer work for the Association of Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE). Also he holds a board membership of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and does other small activities.

 

Chanda Singh, Publisher, Editor: World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues, New Delhi, India

Chanda Singh, Publisher, Editor: World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues, New Delhi, India

In 1996, Ms. Singh, together with her father, started the journal called “World Affairs, quarterly”. The first issue was published in 1997 and now it is published in partnership with the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

Also Ms. Singh is Trustee of “Kapur Surya Foundation”, Member of International Coordinating Committee WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Director of Indian Energy Controls Pvt.Ltd and Kapcompany General Pvt.Ltd.

 

 

Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, Member, International Coordinating Committee, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, UK

Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, Member, International Coordinating Committee, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, UK

Kamran Mofid is adjunct professor at Dalhousie School of Business, Dalhousie University, Canada, founder of the Globalization for the Common Good Initiative, co- founder/editor of Journal of Globalization for the Common Good and member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilizations.

Mr. Mofid received his BA and MA in economics from the University of Windsor, Canada in 1980 and 1982 respectively. In 1986 he was awarded his doctorate in economics from the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2001 he received a Certificate in Education in Pastoral Studies at Plater College, Oxford. From 1980 to 2000 Mr. Mofid was economic tutor, lecturer and senior lecturer at Universities of Windsor (Canada), Birmingham, Bristol, Wolverhampton, and Coventry (UK).

Mr. Mofid's writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers. His books include Development Planning in Iran: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic, the Economic Consequences of the Gulf war, Globalization for the Common Good, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalization for the Common Good and A non-Violent Path to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building (Co-authored, 2008).

 

Marianna Abramova, Member, International Coordinating Comittee WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Russia

Marianna Abramova, Member, International Coordinating Comittee WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Russia

Mrs. Marianna Abramova, member of the International Coordination Committee (ICC), WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, participated in the forum events since 2004. She holds a Ph. D. degree in history and is Deputy Head of State Policies Chair at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

She lectures on history of state and law in foreign countries and on Law in the Russian Federation. Marianna Abramova is the author of 35 research works and 11 methodical papers issued in Russian, Spanish and Portuguese. Her sphere of research interests includes political processes in Latin America, state and law at the time of globalization, integration in the contemporary world.

 

Giovanni Cubeddu, Deputy Director, Member, Board International Magazine “30 Giorni”, Italy

Giovanni Cubeddu, Director of CinItalia, the National Italian magazine of China Radio International

In 1984 – 1987 Giovanni Cubeddu was a member of the Faculty Council and member of the University Sport Council of the II Universita di Roma – Tor Vergata. Later he was a member of press office of the Christian Democrat Party (1989) and editor of Internal affairs and law reports for “Il Sabato”, national weekly of politics, economics, religious affairs (1990).

In 1993 Giovanni Cubeddu became editor of “30Giorni” and in 1994 he was appointed as Vice-Director of “30Giorni”. In 1994 – 1997 he served as founder of the publishing company “Trenta Giorni”, President of the Board of Directors and from 2000 until now Giovanni Cubeddu is member of its Board of Directors.

In 2007 he was appointed as Chairman of the Associazione Cattolici Amici d’Israele - Association Catholic friends of Israel and became founder and member of the Board of Directors of “Amerigo”, the Italian Association of the alumni of the International Visitor Program.

Since 2009 Giovanni Cubeddu is a member of the International Coordination Committee of the “World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations”. In 2012 he was appointed in the Scientific Committee of ISAG - Istituto di Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie and also became Director of CinItalia, the National Italian magazine of China Radio International.
As journalist, Giovanni Cubeddu interviewed Shimon Peres, Muhammad Khatami, Abu Mazen, Mikhail Gorbachev, Yasser Arafat, Ytzhak Shamir, Hashemi Rafsanjani, Colin Powell, D. Sassou n’Guesso, Patriarch Alexi II, Wang Chen, Amre Moussa, Ahmet Davutoglu etc.

Aram Sargsyan, First Vice-President, World Armenian Congress, Director, National Centre “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Armenia

Aram Sargsyan, First Vice-President, World Armenian Congress, Director, National Centre “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Armenia

Mr. Sargsyan graduated from Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages (Bryusov Institute) in 1972 and from Moscow Highest Youth Communist School in 1974. He is a teacher of Russian language and literature.

From 1966-1968 he was a worker in the Industrial Complex under the Chorus Society. From 1968-1971 he worked first as a literary specialist in a factory newspaper, later as a specialist in the personnel department and eventually Secretary of LCYU Committee in the Yerevan Tire Factory. From 1971-1972 he was a literary specialist for Komsomolets newspaper (Yerevan). From 1974-1976 he was a correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper (Moscow). From 1976-1977 he was the head of Propaganda and Cultural Division of LCYU Central Committee. In 1978 he was appointed instructor in the Party Organization Division of the ACP Central Committee. From 1979-1989 he was the correspondent of first Komsomolskaya Pravda and later Pravda in Armenia. In 1990 he was the Secretary of the ACP Central Committee. In 1991 he was the first Secretary and the President of the Armenia Democratic Party. From 1992-1995 he was the general editor of ADP Azdarar newspaper. From 1998-1999 he was an advisor to the NA President.

On May 25, 2003 he was elected to the NA from the proportional list of the Justice Alliance and he is currently on the NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Justice Faction and the founding President of the Armenia Democratic Party. Mr. Sargsyan is married and has three children.

 

 

Mikhail Yakushev, First Vice-President of “St. Andrew the First Called Foundation”, Russia

Mikhail Yakushev, First Vice-President of “St. Andrew the First Called Foundation”, Russia

Mr. Mikhail Yakushev was born in 1959. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Institute of Asian and African countries) as a historian and orientalist. He holds a Ph.D. in history.

Mr. Mikhail Yakushev is first Vice-President of St. Andrew the First Called and Center of National Glory foundations, acting member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, 1st class state advisor of the Russian Federation.

 

Langovic-Milicevic Ana (Serbia), Dean, Associate Professor Megatrend University Serbia

Langovic-Milicevic Ana (Serbia), Dean, Associate Professor Megatrend University Serbia

Dean, Associate Professor Megatrend University Serbia

Biography:

Ana Langovic-Milicevic is an associate professor and dean at Faculty of Art and Design of Megatrend University from 2005.
She was a professor at the Institute of Bozinoff in Paris 2005-2006. Further subjects are: management and entrepreneurships with analyses of cases.
She used to work as a talent for scientific research work, on the strategic project «Transformation company management» which has been financed by the Ministry of science and technology, in Serbia.

Ana Langovic-Milicevic is one member of the team of research work, on the strategic project of Megatrend University of applied sciences which has been financed by the Ministy of science and protection of nature environment «Strategic option of networking Serbian economy in the flows of world economy».
During the period 2004 - 2006 she was member of editorial staff of International Magazine ”Megatrend Review”.
From 1999, she is member of Belgrade Association of Economists.

For many years she was a member of organizational board of symposiums in project management, organized by Project Management Association of Serbia and Montenegro – YUPMA.