Valon Murtezaj was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo in March 2016. Dr. Murtezaj was appointed to this position after a long and successful, professional and academic, experience. Before being appointed to this position, Murtezaj was Principal Advisor for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister Isa Mustafa Professor Murtezaj, among others, is a permanent professor in the prestigious IESEG School of Management in Paris, France, being the first Kosovo Albanian lecturing on diplomacy and international negotiation in a world diplomacy centre such as Paris. His education and work and life experience is inter-disciplinary, multicultural and global. Valon Murtezaj believes in humanism and deeply holds values of peace, freedom and democracy.
Jonathan Kuttab is a leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. Born in West Jerusalem, he graduated from Messiah College and the University of Virginia Law School. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned to his homeland and co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), and the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners. He also co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non- Violence and the Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel, and New York.
Adrien Wing is the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, as well as Director of the France Summer Abroad Program. She has previously served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the on-site Director for the London Law Consortium semester abroad program.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton with high honors in 1978, Professor Wing earned her Master of Arts degree in African studies from UCLA in 1979. She obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in 1982 from Stanford Law School, and was awarded the Stanford African Student Association Prize. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 1987, Professor Wing spent five years in practice in New York City with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle; and with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Professor Wing has advised the founding fathers and mothers of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers. She also advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties. Having studied French, Portuguese, and Swahili, she served on delegations to many nations including Angola, Cuba, Egypt, Grenada, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. She has conducted additional research in China, France, Hong Kong, Brazil, London, and Tunisia.
Kim Heidemann is Executive Director of Iowa Sister States (ISS), which is a non-profit organization that manage's Iowa's official relationships with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. The mission of ISS is to connect Iowans with the world community and provide international programs that promote the interests of Iowans abroad through exchange programs. Kim celebrated 10 years with ISS in November 2014. She holds a BA in History from the University of Iowa, a Secondary Education Degree from Iowa State University (with endorsements in World History, American History and Government), and an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London at the University of Westminster.
During a fifteen year diplomatic career for the United Kingdom, Carne Ross served as a political officer in the British embassies in Bonn, Oslo and Kabul, and was Head of the Middle East section and Deputy Head of Political Section at the UK Mission to the United Nations. He worked on wide range of issues including the global environment, terrorism, and Iraq WMD and sanctions. At the United Nations, he negotiated several Security Council resolutions on Iraq, weapons inspections, Israel/Palestine and the 9/11 attacks. At the Foreign Office in London, he variously served as Head of the Israel/Palestine desk and principal speechwriter to the Foreign Secretary. He resigned from the senior management structure of the British Foreign Office in 2004 after giving then-secret evidence to the first official inquiry into the Iraq war (The Butler Inquiry). He subsequently testified to the full official inquiry into the war, The Chilcot Inquiry, and testified to Parliament on Iraq on several other occasions.Carne Ross
Carne is the author of two books, “Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite” (Hurst, 2007) and “The Leaderless Revolution: How ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21stcentury” (Penguin, 2011). He has written about international and political affairs for a wide variety of publications including The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post and Al Jazeera. He regularly comments for the BBC, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera English, CNN and other TV and radio outlets. He has been a public speaker at several foreign ministries about the future of diplomacy, and at Harvard University, Princeton University, Leiden University, The London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies and multiple other institutions on this and a range of topics, including new forms of political action and change. He is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film, “The Accidental Anarchist”, which is in production with the support of several international broadcasters.
Carne’s work has also been profiled in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, TIME magazine, BuzzFeed, The Asahi Shimbun and others. In 2004, Carne was honoured as a Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. In 2013, Carne was awarded the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Matthew LeRiche, PhD is a lecturer in international politics, civil military relations, conflict, security and development. He is an expert in political and conflict risk analysis, specializing in the political and security dynamics of South Sudan. His research and writing focuses on humanitarianism and its impact on the conduct of war in South Sudan. More recently, as Visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial University and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics, Matthew has been involved in developing a research project on the role of social media in war in South Sudan and a comparative project on the role of armed forces and security services in emerging states, in particular South Sudan. Outside of academia, he has worked on numerous security sector reform projects in South Sudan, including work on behalf of donors including the US State Department and the UK DFID/MoD, focusing on defence education. His book South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence (Oxford Uni. Press, 2013) is one of the first works to explain South Sudan becoming independent.
Dr. Isaac Gang
Dr. Isaac Gang is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Humanity & Sciences (UMHB), department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE). He joined the UMHB CSE faculty in the fall of 2011 from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) where he taught as an Adjunct Professor of computer science at the USM’s School of Computing.
Dr. Gang earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in computer science from Hinds Community College in 2000, Bachelor of Art (BA) degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004, Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008, and Doctor of Philosophy in computational science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010.
As a human and political rights activist and advocate, Dr. Gang is the founding member of the Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS), and Jonglei Peace Initiative –North America. Dr. Gang is also a former Secretary General of Leadership Institute of New Sudan (LIONS). In addition to his professional expertise in science, technology and IT, Gang has an extensive peace and leadership training background with the Institute of Sustainable Peace based in Houston, Texas, United States. He has attended and facilitated peace and leadership training for over 4 years with ISP.
In addition to LIONS, Dr. Gang has volunteered for numerous organizations and has lobbied for many causes, especially human right issues affecting his first home (South Sudan) and the world. He considers himself a human and political rights activist and is always concerned about human rights conditions throughout the world. In addition to his work with Institute of Sustainable Peace (ISP) and the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), he is currently involved with The Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) advocating to end the South Sudanese conflict and implementation of the signed compromise peace agreement. He is currently an Executive member of CASS, and the Executive Secretary of Jonglei Peace Initiative – North America.
Professor Mikulas Fabry received his BA in international relations from the University of Toronto and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Fabry's research and teaching interests revolve around moral and legal dimensions of international politics, especially those pertaining to sovereignty, self-determination, democracy, and territory. His major research focus has been on questions of state, governmental and territorial legitimacy in international relations. He is the author of Recognizing States: International Society and the Establishment of New States since 1776 (Oxford University Press, 2010), multiple chapters in edited volumes, and articles in Ethnopolitics, German Law Journal, International Theory, Nationalities Papers, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Millennium, and Global Society. His current book project is on the idea and historical practice of the norm of territorial integrity in international relations. In the academic year 2011-2012, Dr. Fabry was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Smith College. He also taught courses at Colorado College and the University of British Columbia.
Hiba Husseini is the managing partner of Husseini and Husseini, a West Bank-based law firm. She serves a large domestic and international client base on wide-ranging corporate and transactional issues. Prior to returning to Palestine in 1994, Ms. Husseini practiced law in Washington, DC. She has lectured and written widely on business law-related issues and on legal and economic development in Palestine.
Ms. Husseini currently chairs the Legal Committee to Final Status Negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. Since 1994, she has served as legal adviser to peace process negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. She serves on the boards of various educational and nonprofit organizations. She served as the vice chair of the Palestine Securities Exchange from 1998 until 2005. She is a founding member of Al-Mustakbal Foundation, a non-partisan organization aimed at promoting economic development and rule of law in Palestine. Ms. Husseini holds a JD from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in political science from the George Washington University, a master’s degree in finance from the University of Sorbonne, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.
Charles L. Smith III
Charles Smith is the former chief judge of the fourth judicial district of Iowa. He served as president of assembly of EULEX Judges, fulfilling normal appellate duties in addition to serving as mentor and advisor to President of the Kosovo Supreme Court and as advisor to Chair of the Kosovo Judicial Council. He served as advisor to Kosovo working group during negotatiations with Serbian government working group on the establishment of Courts and Prosecution in the normalization of relations in post war environment.
Brad R. Roth
Brad R. Roth is a Professor of Political Science and Law at Wayne State University in Detroit. He holds a J.D. from Harvard University (1987), an LL.M. in international and foreign law from Columbia University (1992) and a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley (1996). He is the author of Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 2011), and a wide range of book chapters, journal articles and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, constitutionalism, human rights and democracy. Professor Roth serves as one of three American Branch representatives to the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition of States and Governments. He has delivered lectures in over a dozen countries, and has taught or co-taught courses at the Inter-University Centre (Dubrovnik, Croatia), the University of Helsinki, Mari State University (Yoshkar-Ola, Russian Federation), the University of Goettingen, and National Taiwan University.