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Jul 12, 2018 - HLPF Partnership Expo onboard Peace Boat - Speaker Profiles
Speaker Profiles (in order of appearance)

Mr Yoshioka Tatsuya

Yoshioka Tatsuya is Co-Founder and Director of Peace Boat. In 1983, he started organising peace voyages to promote peace education and people-to-people reconciliation between Japan and other Asian countries. In 2008 Yoshioka was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on disarmament and the Global Article 9 Campaign for the Abolition of War. He is also Northeast Asia Regional Representative for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). With a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and a passionate belief in the necessity to develop awareness of the need for non-fossil fuel, non-nuclear energy capacity, Yoshioka is currently spearheading the development of Peace Boat's Ecoship Project to create the world's most eco-friendly cruise ship.


Ms Cora Weiss

Cora Weiss has been active for more than half a century in some of our age's most important causes. She was an early member and later national leader of Women Strike for Peace, which helped end nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and in 2000, worked on drafting the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which called for the participation of women at all levels of government and in the prevention of violent conflict, and the protection of women and girls in situations where armed conflict occurs. She has won a variety of awards, including several Nobel peace prize nominations.


H.E. Ms Marie Chatardová

Her Excellency Marie Chatardová was elected seventy-third President of the Economic and Social Council on 27 July 2017. Ambassador Chatardová is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York. Until her appointment in 2016, Ms. Chatardová was her country's Ambassador to France and Monaco, and its Permanent Representative to the International Organization of la Francophonie. Between 2013 and 2016, she also served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A career diplomat, Ms. Chatardová held several positions within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She was Director of Diplomatic Protocol from 2007 to 2010, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sweden from 2002 to 2007. Ms. Chatardová was awarded Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France in 2016, and also Officer of the Order of Saint-Charles of Monaco in 2016.


Ms Alison Smale

Ms. Alison Smale of the United Kingdom was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to become Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the UN on 1 September 2017. Ms. Smale brings to the post almost 40 years of experience in international journalism in which she has been a reporter, an editor and a senior leader. Before joining the UN, she served most recently (2013 to 2017) as the Chief of Bureau in Berlin for the New York Times. Ms. Smale served previously as Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune from 2008 to 2013, becoming the first and only woman to have held that post. She joined that newspaper in 2004 as its Managing Editor. Prior to that Ms. Smale was the New York Times' Deputy Foreign Editor (2002 to 2004) and Weekend Foreign Editor (1998 to 2002). Earlier in her career she reported for United Press International and the Associated Press as a bureau chief or correspondent in Vienna, Moscow and Bonn. Ms. Smale, who studied in Bristol, Munich and at Stanford in the United States, holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and politics from Bristol University, and a Master of Arts in journalism from Stanford University. She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Bristol University.


H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser assumed the position of High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on March 1st, 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser was the President of the Sixty-Sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly from September 13, 2011 to September 17, 2012. A veteran diplomat, Mr. Al-Nasser has the rank of Minister, granted by His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar. He has contributed to advancing the multilateral agenda in the realms of peace and security, sustainable development and South-South cooperation over a career spanning nearly four decades.


Mr Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner is the Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships. Prior to joining UNOP, he was Director of the UN Information Center (UNIC) in Washington DC, and previously held the position of Executive Director at the United Nations Foundation New York Office, responsible for operations and relations. In that role, he managed the Foundation's relations with United Nations communications officials, the press corps and Permanent Missions to the United Nations. Before joining the Foundation in 2006, Mr. Skinner held several positions in the United States Department of State, including as Deputy Spokesperson at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, and as Public Affairs Officer for the United States Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Skinner holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Administration from Oakland University in the United States. He is married and has two children.


Ms Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S. Ms. Kingo holds multiple degrees including a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a B.Com. in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.


Dr Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc., Founding Ocean Elder, Chair of the Harte Research Institute Advisory Council, former Chief Scientist of NOAA, author of more than 200 publications, and leader of more than 100 ocean expeditions. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg College and Florida State University with M.A. and PhD. degrees from Duke University with 31 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology, economics and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technologies for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, and recipient of more than 150 national and international honors and awards.


H.E. Mr Peter Thomson

Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Mr. Thomson brings a distinguished experience in diplomatic services, including as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly during which he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The Ocean Conference.


Col. Ron Garan

Ron Garan is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. He is currently the Chief Pilot for World View Enterprises, a pioneering high altitude and space company bringing communications technology, sensors and passengers to the edge of space. Ron is a retired NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet during more than 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks.He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory. During this mission he and the crew spent 18 continuous days living and working on the ocean floor.


Mr Trammell S. Crow

Trammell S. Crow is a Dallas, Texas-based businessman, philanthropist, entrepreneur and innovative leader in business development and operations. He is the Founder of Earth Day Texas, "the world's largest Earth Day celebration," which in 2016 drew more than 130,000 visitors to Dallas's Fair Park for the two-day event. Earth Day Texas teaches visitors, businesses and school children the benefits of green living and environmental sustainability. Mr. Crow serves on the Board of Directors of Million Acre Pledge, a 501(c)(3) charity that commits individuals, businesses and foundations to conserve or restore large areas of forest and other bio-rich natural areas to save irreplaceable ecosystems, stop CO2 emissions on ecosystem loss and enable CO2 absorption by recovering ecosystems, and to encourage and inspire forest and other ecosystem conservation. He has committed to protect 250,000 acres of forest in Suriname.


Mr Andrew Friedman

Andrew has been providing comprehensive estate, insurance, and wealth management strategies for high net worth clients since 1982. Andrew is a Certified Sustainable Investment Professional, Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Association and a Registered Investment Advisor. He was a member of the advisory board for American Portfolios Financial Services and is on the Board of Directors for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation. Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has received numerous industry awards and non-profit acknowledgements throughout his career. Andrew has been a member of the Financial Planning Association since 1997 and is a member of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.


Mr Steven Sawhill

Steven Sawhill is DNV GL's Director for Government and Public Affairs in the USA, and is based in Arlington, VA. He serves as the link between the company and the US Government and Congress, representing the interests of all five of the company's business areas: Business Assurance, Digital Solutions, Energy, Maritime, and Oil & Gas. Prior to taking up his current post in May 2018, Mr. Sawhill led the company's maritime advisory services for cold climate operations. This included winterization of ships and mobile offshore units, technology qualification of safety systems for cold climate use, and compliance with the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters. Prior to joining DNV in 2008, Mr Sawhill was a research fellow at British and Norwegian polar institutes, where he led research on Arctic shipping, resources, policy and regional development. Mr. Sawhill is a former seagoing officer with the US Coast Guard. During his 16 years of service, Sawhill commanded several ships and was chief of operations aboard the icebreaker Polar Sea, where he coordinated operational support for Arctic and Antarctic science expeditions. In 1994, Sawhill navigated Polar Sea in a joint US-Canadian expedition that circumnavigated North America via the North Pole.


Ms Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US (MC)

Emilie McGlone has been working with Peace Boat since 2004 and currently is the Director of the New York-based office of Peace Boat US. Peace Boat holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and works in partnership with UN representatives, Nobel Peace Laureates and community leaders from around the world to create opportunities for international cooperation focused on environmental sustainability, cultural awareness and peace education. Emilie works to foster youth education and develops specific programs to learn about important global issues onboard Peace Boat. She is the coordinator for internships, university partnerships and initiatives to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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