Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency. Parag’s latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”
Artur Mas i Gavarró
Artur Mas was President of the Generalitat of Catalonia from 2010 to 2015 (plus a brief stint as acting president from September 2015 to January 10, 2016).
Mas is a long time member of Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC by its Catalan acronym) which used to be the bigger of the two component members –along with Unió Democràtica de Catalunya– of what at the time was a long-standing electoral coalition, Convergència i Unió (CiU), a liberal nationalist coalition which had dominated Catalan regional politics since the 1980s. In 2001 Mas was named general secretary of CDC, then, in 2012 he was named president of the party until the party was refounded in July 2016 as PDeCAT, which he currently presides.
Michael Stanley Dukakis is an American politician who served as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts, from 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991 respectively. He is the longest-serving governor in Massachusetts history and only the second Greek-American governor in U.S. history, after Spiro Agnew. He was nominated by the Democratic Party for president in the 1988 election.
Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her current focus is the Sauder d.studio, a research and teaching studio that helps students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools to co-create innovative solutions to complex problems. She has brought her education and professional background in urban design and landscape architecture to bear on a variety of leadership positions. Moura’s experience includes Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC Commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; and transforming a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at the University of British Columbia first as Dean to update UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and then as Associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has served on the Board of Genome BC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Her community work has included developing and serving as chair of a City of Vancouver Urban Landscape Task Force, and her current service on the Board of the Vancouver Economic Commission and as a representative to Leading Cities, a research partnership amongst global cities and their post secondary institutions. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA , a Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.
Enda Kenny is ‘father’ of the current Dáil having been first elected in 1975 and re elected in 11 subsequent general elections. He served as Minister for Education and Tourism and Trade and became Leader of Fine Gael in 2002. He led the Party for 15 years, the longest period of any Fine Gael Leader. He became Taoiseach in March 2011 and again in May 2016, the first Fine Gael Leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach in successive elections. His party remains the largest Party in the Dáil. Under his leadership Fine Gael became the largest
Under his leadership, through to May 2017, Ireland became the fastest growing EU country for 4 successive years; unemployment reduced from 15.2% to 6.3%; interest rates on Irish borrowing fell from 15% to zero, with the country’s credit rating restored and access to financial markets fully restored.
Enda Kenny has served as a Vice President of the European Peoples’ Party for 6 years and had full endorsement of his claim to have Northern Ireland recognised as a full member of the EU without having to re-apply after Brexit, were the Good Friday Agreement to be implemented by vote of the people.