The D@G Network of Thinkers and Doers
List of the Members of the Network
Advisory Network of Thinkers and Doers is composed of a range of
persons from many intellectual and disciplinary horizons, with different
sets of experiences, specialists on a range of strategic and complex
issues, creative, doers as much as thinkers, achievers very much
engaged in bringing about changes, in advance on their time, talented
people who can bring innovative and tested solutions when stakeholders
are gathered. It is geographically diverse.
The Network is involved in D@G
in a variety of ways, as partners in projects, resources persons,
advisers, as well also as through the D@G
website, which have as one of its aims to draw the attention on
successful stories, good praxis, as well as on the critical issues
which have to be addressed, and suggestions on how to address them.
All members of the Network serve in their personal capacity and
do not represent the institutions they are affiliated to.
Director for Strategic Planning and Program Coordination,
Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Sasakawa Africa Fund
for Education (SAFE).
All his career, Christopher Dowswell has been active in the
area of agriculture, specializing first in agricultural communication,
at institutions such as the international Fertilizer Development
Center (IFDC), and the international Maize and Wheat Improvement
Center (CIMMYT) where he was communication coordinator and
Head, Information Services. For the last 15 years, Christopher
Dowswell has occupied different responsibilities at the Sasakawa
Africa Association, as Special Assistant to the President
of the Association, Norman Borlaug, and as Director for Program
Coordination. Increasingly, Christopher Dowswell is involved
in strategic planning in agriculture, while continuing to
be an active writer on agriculture, rural development and
natural resource management.
Christopher Dowswell, an American National who lives in Mexico,
studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he
obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He has a Master
of Science in Agricultural & Resource Economics of the
Colorado State University at Ft. Collins.
Christine Eibs Singer
Deputy Executive Director, E+Co
Christine Eibs Singer has more than 25 years experience in
the design and implementation of public-private partnerships.
Ms. Singer has been with E+Co since its inception. Her responsibilities
include partner and investor relations, fund-raising and strategic
planning. Ms. Singer played an integral role in the design
and implementation of the United Nations Foundation REED (Rural
Energy Enterprise Development) programs with UNEP. Ms. Singer
spent more than 10 years at the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private
partnerships. She served as the Manager of the World Trade
Institute, an international business education center training
over 6000 professionals per year worldwide. Ms. Singer received
a BA from Douglass College and an MA in Public Policy, with
Honors, from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers
Jean F. Freymond
Jean Freymond has developed, and experienced with new approaches
in capacity development, problem solving, and conflict transformation,
focusing on countries under stress and countries affected
by conflict, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC), the African Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa Regions,
as well as several countries in West Africa, Asia, and Latin
America. Jean Freymond served as Director, Centre for Applied
Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN), which he founded
in 1979. He heads Dialogues Geneva (D@G),
which aim is to create the conditions for stakeholders to
address and to solve complex and conflictual societal issues.
He is the initiator of the Network for Governance, Entrepreneurship
& Development (GE&D), which objective is to simultaneously
foster entrepreneurship and create the conditions for enhancing
the capacity of public administration through innovative capacity
development. Prior to his appointment as Director of CASIN,
Jean Freymond has held several academic positions at the Colegio
de Mexico, the Institute of International Relations of the
University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago, and
as co-director of the Diplomacy Training Programme of the
Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He
is also a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Business
Humanitarian Forum (BHF).
Victor Yves Ghebali
Honorary Professor, Graduate Institute of International Studies,
Member of the Institute faculty since 1980; Mr. Ghebali became
full professor in 1990. He is Scientific Director of the collections
"Axes" and "Organisation internationale et
relations internationales" as well as Director of the
OSCE Cluster (Swiss contribution to the Partnership for Peace
programme). His Research interests concentrate on the League
of Nations and the United Nations, East-West relations, the
OSCE, the Mediterranean, as well as national minorities. His
published work includes: La diplomatie de la détente
and L'OSCE dans l'Europe post communiste.
Director of the Mexican Office of the Organisation for Economic
and Development Cooperation (OECD).
Blanca Heredia has foremost an academic career. Besides being
engaged in research, she has been actively in managing and
leading academic institutions as Academic Secretary of the
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica
(CIDE), in Mexico, and as Vice-Rector of the American University
in Paris. She was also Director of the Centro para el Desarrollo
Democrático of the Mexicanl Instituto Federal Electoral
Blanca Heredia, a Mexican National, studied international
relations at the Colegio de México and has a Doctorate
in Political Science of Columbia University.
Hans R. Herren
President, Millennium Institute (MI)
Hans Herren, was appointed MI's president in May 2005. Prior
to joining MI, he was director-general of the International
Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi,
Kenya. He also served as director of the Africa Biological
Control Center of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
(IITA), in Benin. At ICIPE, Hans developed and implemented
programs in the area of human, animal, plant and environmental
health (the 4-H paradigm) as they relate to insect issues.
At IITA, he conceived and implemented the highly successful
biological control program that saved the African cassava
crop, and averted Africa's worst-ever food crisis. Over the
years, Hans has moved his interests toward integrated sustainable
development, in particular, linking environmental, plant,
animal, and human health issues. Hans co-chairs the International
Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development.
He is a member of the CGIAR Science Council, President of
BioVision and President: of the International Association
of Plant Protection Sciences.
Executive Director, E+Co
Mr. LaRocco, E+Co's founder and Executive Director, brings
over 25 years experience in international business and project
development. Since 1990, he has focused solely on creating
energy enterprises in developing countries and the refinement
of the "enterprise centered model" of development.
Mr. LaRocco was formerly Director of World Trade and Economic
Development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
where he oversaw the NY World Trade Center, a network of international
offices and a portfolio of local economic development projects.
In addition to his duties as E+Co's CEO, Mr. LaRocco concentrates
on innovative financing mechanisms. In August 2006, Mr. LaRocco
received an Honorary Award for his contribution to the sector
from the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) during the
WREC IX Congress in Florence, Italy.
Ambassador, Rector of the United Nations University for Peace;
Founder and President, Business Humanitarian Forum Association
Ambassador Maresca was a career American diplomat, and Ambassador
to several multilateral organizations and negotiations, as
well as a conflict mediator in the Caucasus and Mediterranean
regions. He negotiated a number of landmark international
agreements, including the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter
of Paris for a New Europe, and was sent as Special Envoy to
open U.S. relations with the newly independent States from
the former USSR. Maresca served as an Assistant Secretary
of Defense, and was chief of staff for two Secretary Generals
of NATO. After leaving the Diplomatic Service, Maresca was
Vice President of a major worldwide energy company and President
of an international research institute. Ambassador Maresca
has published widely on issues of international relations,
conflict prevention, economic development and corporate social
responsibility. He is a frequent visiting lecturer and has
been a featured speaker in more than thirty countries. Ambassador
Maresca was born in Italy and educated at Yale University
and the London School of Economics.
Director, United Nations International Research and Training
Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
Graduate in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico,
Carmen Moreno has spent most of her career at the Ministry
for Foreign Affairs of Mexico where she served as Director
General for Multilateral Economic Relations, (1980-1988),
Director General for Regional Organizations in the Americas
(1988-1989) and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mexico
responsible for the United Nations, Africa and the Middle
East (1998-2000). Abroad, she was Ambassador of Mexico to
Costa Rica (1989-1994), then Permanent Representative of Mexico
to the Organization of American States (1995-1998). In this
last capacity, she presided over the Permanent Council of
the OAS, the Commission on Hemispheric Security, and chaired
the Working Group for the elaboration of the Inter-American
Convention against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking
in firearms, ammunitions, explosives and other related materials.
More recently, she represented Mexico in Guatemala.
Ambassador Moreno has represented Mexico in numerous international
meetings on political, economic, and social affairs, and on
gender equality and the empowerment of women. She participated
in negotiations such as the Convention on prohibitions or
restrictions on certain conventional weapons, which may be
deemed excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects,
the OAS Declaration and Plan of Action of Lima to combat terrorism,
and the Inter-American Convention against corruption. At the
United Nations, she was coordinator of the Group of 77 (1983)
and their spokesperson for debt and development (1984) when
the only consensus resolution on debt and development was
reached. She was also Member of the Group of 10 Advisors to
the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the reform
of the Organization (2001). She also represented the Organization
of American States at the Conference of Ministers of Defense
of the Americas (Bariloche) and at the Conference of Ottawa
for launching the negotiations on the Convention to prohibit
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro is since February 2003, the
Independent Expert of the UN Secretary-General for the study
on violence against children. He published the conclusions
of this study as the World Report on Violence against Children
in November 2006 and now he follows up worldwide the recommendations
of the report.
Paulo Pinheiro is professor of political science(retired),
University of São Paulo, USP and a visiting professor
of international relations at the Watson Institute for International
Studies, Brown University. He is also a research associate
at the Center for the Study of Violence, USP, which he also
founded and of which he was Director from 1987 to 2002.
He is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation
of Human Rights in Myanmar. He has been appointed in July
2006 by the UN Secretary-General to chair the Independent
Special Commission of Inquiry on Timor Leste. He is a Commissioner
of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, Organisation
of the American States,OAS. He was from 2004 to 2007 a member
of the International Group of advisors of the International
Committee of the Red Cross. ICRC.Pinheiro also served as Secretary
of State for Human Rights, under President Cardoso, Brazil,
He has published many articles, essays and books on social
history, democracy, violence and human rights. He lives between
Geneva, Providence and São Paulo.
Director & Chief Executive, The International Centre,
Mr Rajaretnam started his career at the Institute of Southeast
Asian Studies in Singapore in 1971. In 1985, he founded the
Information & Resource Centre, Singapore. Since then he
has held various positions including as Executive Director
of Singapore Institute of International Affairs, coordinator
and Advisor of the Asian Renaissance Project at the Institute
for Policy research in Malaysia and initiated a number of
training and other projects such as the One Southeast Asia
project, and recently the Asian Dialogue Society which is
a fellowship of "citizens and friends of Asia" which
is committed to building a better Asia. He is also a member
of the academic committee of the Future Leaders Retreat Program
of the Nippon Foundation of Japan and is advisor to the Myanmar
program at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies
at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Katharina R. Vogeli
Katharina R. Vogeli, Deputy Director of the Geneva Centre
for Security Policy (GCSP)
During her most recent position as the Executive Director
of the Swiss Foundation for World Affairs, which was based
at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., she was
a regular guest at the GCSP, and a partner in several joint
projects. Under her leadership, the Swiss Foundation for World
Affairs became a highly respected institution promoting dialogue
on a wide variety of issues of critical political interest,
such as peace and security policy, human rights and humanitarian
law, migration, and development. By providing a politically
neutral forum for high quality and non-partisan dialogue,
she succeeded in creating a large network of policy makers
and experts from a variety of backgrounds from which both
official Switzerland and the GCSP benefit.
In her career, Ms. Vogeli has held numerous positions - governmental,
non-governmental, as well as within the United Nations - that
reflect a commitment to the issues that frame the mission
of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Her main focus,
both in her professional and academic responsibilities, has
primarily been on the resolution of conflicts, ethnic conflict,
and peace building, with a regional focus on Africa.
Ms. Vogeli is an acknowledged analyst of United States politics
and its actors, on which she has been a featured commentator
for the Swiss media.
She has lived and worked in Switzerland, the United States
of America, Germany, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. She holds
an M.A. in International Economics and African Politics from
the Johns Studies (SAIS) and is presently completing her Ph.D.
with the same institution.
Ambassador, Director of the Center for the Democratic Control
of Armed Forces, Geneva, Switzerland
Born on 6 June, 1951, in Aarau, Switzerland, Theodor H. Winkler
studied political sciences and international security at the
University of Geneva, Harvard University, and at the Graduate
Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Winkler joined, in 1981, the Swiss Department of Defence where
he worked first as a political analyst before being appointed
Representative of the Chief of Staff for Politico-Military
Affairs (1985), Head International Security Policy (1995)a
and finally Deputy Head, Security and Defence Policy (1998).
He was instrumental in setting up the three Geneva centres
and several other government initiated academic structures
In October 2000, he was promoted to the rank of ambassador
and nominated as Director of the newly created Geneva Centre
for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
Winkler's professional affiliations include membership of
the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
(IISS), London, the Council of the Geneva Centre for Security
Policy, and the governing bodies of more than a dozen other
academic institutions in Geneva and beyond.
Theodor H. Winkler has written several books and numerous
articles on international security issues, arms control, and
security sector governance and reform.