Richard Falk is Chair of Global Law, Queen Mary University London, Faculty of Law. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Harvard Law School. After teaching international law and criminal law at the Ohio State University College of Law, he was appointed a professor of international law at Princeton University and the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice for several decades. During his long academic career, he taught at Stanford University, the University of Stockholm, and as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and the editor or co-editor of numerous others. Not only has he influenced the views of a generation of scholars in his role as teacher and thinker, but during forty years at Princeton University, Professor Falk was also active in seeking an end to wars, strengthening and upholding fundamental human rights, the promotion of respect for international law, and improved democracy in numerous countries in the world. Over the past decade, he has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his ability to bridge the gap between his work as a brilliant scholar and his desire to see peace and security as tangible realities on the ground. His most recent book (2021) is a political memoir, Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim was published by Clarity Press.
Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty was a Professor of Political Science and Director, the Developing Countries Research Centre at the University of Delhi. He is a social scientist, China scholar, and a peace and human rights activist with a research interest in studying the Political Economy of China, India, and global transformation. He is an Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, its founding member, and former Chairperson. He is also the Emeritus Chairperson, of the Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, the research wing of Gabeshana Chakra of which he was the founder-president.
He has had academic assignments in many institutions abroad, including California, Beijing, Moscow, Lagos, Copenhagen, and Oxford. He has extensively researched modern China and India, including the Chinese Revolution, the Political Economy of China, People’s Movements in India, and Poverty in Odisha. He has been a part of a number of national and international research projects and academic initiatives leading to research papers and edited or coauthored volumes such as Chinese Revolution: Comparative Perspectives (1993); People’s Rights: Social Movements and the State in the Third World (1998); Class, Caste, and Gender (2004); Grass-roots Democracy in India and China (2007); Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People’s Rights in India (2009); India: Social Development Report 2010 (2010); A Fistful of Dry Rice: Land, Equity, and Democracy: Essays in Honour of D Bandyopadhyay (2012); Building a Just World: Essays in Honour of Muchkund Dubey (2015); Exploring Emerging Global Thresholds: Towards 2030 (2017); China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the Nineteenth Party Congress (2019); and Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India (2021).
He has been an active member of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi since its inception and also of Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. He is part of the Bandung Spirit Network and a founding member of the Global University of Sustainability.
Augusto Lopez-Claros is the Executive Director of the Global Governance Forum. He is an international economist with over 30 years of experience in international organizations, most recently at the World Bank. For the 2018/2019 academic years, Augusto Lopez-Claros was on leave from the World Bank as a Senior Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously he was chief economist and director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication. Before joining the Forum, he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the IMF’s Resident Representative in Russia during the 1990s.
Educated in England and the United States, he received a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. Recent publications include “Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014), “Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015), Equality for Women = Prosperity for All (2018, St. Martin’s Press, with B. Nakhjavani) and Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century (2020, Cambridge University Press). A list of recent lectures can be found at: AugustoLopezClaros.com.
In May 2018, Sweden’s Global Challenges Foundation awarded Lopez-Claros the New Shape Prize for his work (with Arthur Dahl and Maja Groff) “Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century.”
Douglas Allen served as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maine, USA, for 46 years (1974-2020) and became Professor Emeritus of Philosophy in September 2020. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy (1979-1982, 1998- 2003) and as the President of the international Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2001-2004) and now is the Editor of the Lexington Books Series of Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion. Author and Editor of 18 books and more than 150 book chapters and scholarly journal articles, he has been the recipient of Fulbright (1963-1964, 2009-2010) and Smithsonian (1992) grants to India, the Maine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award (given to the outstanding professor in teaching, research, and service).
Professor Allen is often recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in the phenomenology of religion and the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. His major focus in recent decades has been on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi (violence and nonviolence, war and peace, terrorism, truth, Vedanta, Hind Swaraj and the Bhagavad-Gita, marginality, technology, economic and environmental sustainability). He has authored and edited six Gandhi-informed books, including The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century (Lexington Books, 2008), Mahatma Gandhi (Reaktion Books, 2011), Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Special Issue on the Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Co-edited with Yarran Hominh, and A. Minh Nguyen. Prof. Allen has been active in the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam/Indochina Antiwar Movement, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and many other struggles resisting violence, war, class exploitation, imperialism, racial and gender oppression, and environmental destruction. He was a founder and has been an active member of the Maine Peace Action Committee (1974-present) and served as Education Coordinator of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine (1988-2017). He has been the recipient of the “Hands of Peace Award” in Maine and the “Scroll of Peace International Award for Peace Research” in India.
Professor Nandy is an intellectual who identifies and explores numerous and diverse problems. He has written extensively in last two decades. His 1983 book, titled The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism, talked about the psychological problems posed at a personal level by colonialism, for both colonizer and colonized. Nandy argues that the understanding of self is intertwined with those of race, class, and religion under colonialism and that the Gandhian movement can be understood in part as an attempt to transcend a strong tendency of educated Indians to articulate political striving for independence in European terms. Through his prolific writing and other activities supported by his belief in non-violence, Professor Nandy has offered penetrating analysis from different angles of a wide range of problems such as political disputes and racial conflicts, and has made suggestions about how human beings can exist together, and together globally, irrespective of national boundaries.
Prof. (Dr.) Madhu Khanna is an Eminent Scholar, Editor, Curator, Truth-Seeker, and visionary. She is currently Tagore National Fellow at the National Museum, New Delhi. Formerly, Professor of Indic Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations (CSCRC), Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. She is the founder and the Chairperson of Tantra Foundation, New Delhi. She is a mentor and co-creator of the Centre for Indic and Agamic Studies in Asia (CIASA). She has been Bina and Haridas Choudhary’s Visiting Distinguished Fellow (2013 – 2014) in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.
She received her doctoral degree from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University, where she specialized in Hindu Shakta Tantra. She is an author and editor of ten books. she has conceptualized and executed the award-winning pioneer project on the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum Exhibit at the Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi & was conferred the Mahavir Mahatma Award by Times Foundation.
Charles is the founder of Peace Village Inc., and Fields of Peace. He is an ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ and served 20 years as a Parish Minister. A former U.S Marine and partner in a New York City Engineering firm, he is a graduate of Trinity University and Harvard University.
Prof Ramin is a political philosopher. He is recently the Executive Direcctor of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the Vice -Dean of the School of Law at Jindal Global University – Delhi, India.
He received his B.A and M.A in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. In 1993 he taught at the Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Ramin Jahanbegloo taught in the Department of Contemporary Studies of the Cultural Research Centre in Tehran and 2006-07, was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India. He was also an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics at University of Toronto from 2008-2012 and at York University in Toronto from 2012-2015.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board in PEN Canada. He is the winner of the Peace Prize from the Uniter Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence and more recently the winner of the Josep Palau i Fabre International Essay Prize.
Among his twenty-seven books in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Persian are Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (Peter Halban, 1992), Gandhi: Aux Sources de la Nonviolence (Felin, 1999), Penser la Nonviolence (UNESCO, 2000), Civil Society and Democracy in Iran (Lexington Press, 2011), The Gandhian Moment (forthcoming at Harvard University Press) among many others and very recently The Decline of Civilization (Aleph Books 2017).