Dorothy Davis is President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting, an international consulting and project management company that streamlines complex issues into manageable and sustainable solutions. She was born in Liberia of pioneer U.S. Foreign Service parents of American, Caribbean and Native American lineage. She grew up in Tunisia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. She has worked extensively across Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, China and Japan.
Ms. Davis is the founding UN Representative for the Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBBCI). Among a host of international projects, she created and managed the Global Goodwill Ambassador Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) during the administration of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Actor/Humanitarian Danny Glover was UNDP’s first Global Goodwill Ambassador. She subsequently created the foundation for the Africa regional component of UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women (Africa UNiTE) for UNIFEM (now UN Women).
Soon after Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Davis orchestrated and managed a unique partnership between UNDP and the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans through Lt. Governor and then Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighting creative economy as an economic development vehicle. It resulted in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival being the only American city featured in the Creative Economy Corridor of the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
Ms. Davis was a founding member of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia and eventual Chair of its International Board of Directors during the Ebola epidemic. She was the Gender representative on the African Union Diaspora Task Team in New York City.
Ms. Davis received her Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film with a minor in political science from Boston University and her M.S. degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
In May 2015, she was honored with the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century 2015 Award from Womens eNews in the category of Seven Who Interrupt Legacy Narratives as a Transcontinental Developer of African Economic Justice. In April 2014, she received the Global Poverty Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Ms. Davis also manages and curates her father’s extensive 55,000 image legacy as a pioneer photographer, journalist and U.S. Foreign Service Officer for the Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives. Currently, Mr. Davis’ never before seen photographs of and letters with Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes are being exhibited —“Griff Davis-Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs, 1947-1967: A Global Friendship”-- at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida until April 19, 2020.
Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.
Mr. Morrison is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as Chinese democracy, the Obama presidency and photojournalism. His "The Death of French Culture," a 2009 French best-seller, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2010. He is currently Europe Editor of the London-based magazine PORT, as well as a columnist and advisory board member at The Berkshire Eagle. His weekly podcast commentary is featured on NPR's Robin Hood Radio, Podcasts.com and other news outlets. He has written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic, Smithsonian and Quartz. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics. He is married to Ann Morrison, former Executive Editor of Fortune magazine and Editor of Asiaweek.
Neal Walker worked on regional development in the Organization of American States for six years, and then worked 28 years for the United Nations. Hired in 1990 by the UN as a development specialist, his experience broadened in geographic, substantive and managerial terms. In the field, Walker led work in humanitarian response, in defense of human rights, in sustainable development, governance, elections and in the clean-up of toxic uranium waste. Walker was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as head of the United Nations Teams in Kyrgyzstan (2006), in Bangladesh (2011) and in war-torn Ukraine (2014 – 2018). Prior to that, he held senior field positions for the United Nations Development Program in Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, and Guatemala, as well as positions in UN Headquarters covering northeast Asia and Latin America. In 2018 Walker left the UN to become the Diplomat-in-Residence at Eckerd College. An alumnus of Eckerd, Walker now teaches courses on campus in the Sustainable Development Goals, disaster management, conflict prevention, human rights and on globalization. His teaching focuses on effective approaches to achieve human rights as well as peaceful, sustainable societies.
Throughout his career, Walker has been accompanied in all posts by his wife Gabriela Rodrigo Walker, a geologist and climate change specialist, and by their two children, Neal Scott and Fay Carolyn.
Gregor Zore grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then Yugoslavia) and was trained in economics at the University of Ljubljana. In 1976 he became a diplomat of former Yugoslavia and after 1991 of his native Slovenia, ending his diplomatic career in 2001 as Slovenia's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Until retirement in 2012 he directed projects in South East Europe for the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). With his wife Edith Hunt he lives in Bonita Springs, Fl. and also spends time in New York and Ljubljana.
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