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Ms. Alisa Clarke  |  President and Founder

Ms. Clarke holds an M.Phil in International Relations and and began her career at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. She has served as a UN staff member, working with UNITAR, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP and OHCHR, with global experience including as Human Rights Officer in Switzerland, as OIC of the OHCHR Regional Office for Southern Africa in South Africa and as Acting Coordinator of the Action 2 Global Programme on human rights mainstreaming in the UN system in New York, as well as consultant in Swaziland and Sierre Leone.

Ms. Clarke has developed the organization Global Vision Institute (GVI) and its predecessor initiatives since 2003. These have supported the fulfillment of UN universal values through individual and organizational awareness and change in and around the UN system. She is an author on human rights, development, international relations and the UN, as well as a certified trainer, life coach and yoga teacher.

 

 

Kitty Arambulo

Ms. Kitty Arambulo

Dr. Kitty Arambulo is an expert in international human rights and development, having worked at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in various positions, including Assistant Secretary of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Secretary of the UN Working Group on the Right to Development.  Dr. Arambulo has also lectured and trained extensively on international human rights law. Since 2009, Dr. Arambulo has been working on anti-corruption and governance issues in the Asia-Pacific region for the Asian Development Bank.  Dr. Arambulo obtained her PhD in international law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her PhD thesis was published by Intersentia/Hart in 1999 (Strengthening the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theoretical and Procedural Aspects). She also obtained a Masters in Development Management (MDM) from the Asian Institute of Management in 2008.

 

Ms. Merlyn Ooms

Ms. MerlMErlynyn Ooms holds a master’s degree in International Relations with a specialization in Security and Diplomacy. She has lectured in the field of World History and International Relations at Webster University in Leiden, the Netherlands. Since 2013, she has been working at The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in London, United Kingdom within the field of fundraising, child nutrition and health.

 

 

Mr. Joe Louis Washington

joeis a human rights advocate, social critic, poet and peacebuilder. Joe’s professional background spans the areas of university related teaching and training (including in various capacities as an international lecturer or trainer in human rights and conflict resolution to a wide array of public sector, NGO, humanitarian relief workers/civilian peacekeepers, and international civil servants); public policy development, analysis and implementation; philanthropy; and peacekeeping. Most recently, Joe served as the Acting Chief Training Officer, with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Joe has presented papers and/or published articles on topics related to conflict prevention, the right to self-determination, human security, Gandhian approach to non-violence, the rights of indigenous peoples, and barriers to the effective implementation of human rights, specifically economic, social and cultural rights.

Joe’s formal education spans the areas of non-traditional education, public policy, conflict analysis and resolution, and law/international law/human rights. Joe holds a master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution/George Mason University, and initiated doctoral dissertation research and writing on the efficacy of negotiation, mediation, facilitation and other ‘pacific settlement of disputes’ techniques in combating gross violations of human rights such as torture.

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