Dr. Christiane Engel is chair of the Honorary Board. Albert Schweitzer's granddaughter, Engel grew up in Switzerland and earned a PhD in medicine. Engel shares her grandfather's passion for music and has performed in several countries, including the United States. The accomplished concert pianist has been featured as a soloist on three CDs of Mozart Piano Concertos.
Oscar Arias, PhD
Oscar Arias, the former president of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is renowned for his efforts to bring peace to Central America. In continuing his promotion of worldwide peace, Arias established the Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. Arias has received nearly fifty honorary doctorates from colleges and universities such as Harvard, Washington, Illinois, and Dartmouth. He has also received several prizes, among them the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, the Americas Award, and the Liberty Medal of Philadelphia.
Former U.S. president and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jimmy Carter worked hard to combat the continuing economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of nearly eight million jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the gross national product. He dealt with the energy shortage by establishing a national energy policy and by decontrolling domestic petroleum prices to stimulate production. He prompted government efficiency through civil service reform and proceeded with deregulation of the trucking and airline industries. He sought to improve the environment. His expansion of the national park system included protection of 103 million acres of Alaskan lands. To increase human and social services, he created the Department of Education, bolstered the Social Security system and appointed record numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics to government jobs.
The co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Inc., Ben Cohen was honored with Quinnipiac's President's Award for social justice and concern for the environment. Cohen serves on the boards of various organizations and is an active founding member of Businesses for Social Responsibility, an organization that works to support socially responsible business practices.
Dr. Len Duhl
Dr. Len Duhl has been a professor of public health and urban planning, and professor of psychiatry at the University of California in Berkeley and San Francisco since 1968. His program of proletariat social change, the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Healthy Cities" program, is growing in over a thousand cities worldwide. In addition to his work for WHO, UNICEF and HABITAT, he is on the board of the Louis August Jonas Foundation, Partners for Democratic Change. Dr. Duhl also works as a psychiatric consultant to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and serves on the editorial board of several journals, including that of the National Civic League.
Ruth Bamela Engo-Tjega
Dr. Ruth Bamela Engo-Tjega is the founder and president of African Action on Aids (AAA). Since establishing AAA in 1990, she has served as its chief executive on a voluntary basis. Presently, Dr. Engo-Tjega works at the United Nations in New York as a senior economic affairs officer for Africa where she is responsible for concerns related to poverty eradication, microfinance, and dialogue among development partners, including civil society. She also co-founded the "Advocates for African Food Security" in 1986. Before moving to the United States in the mid-1980s, Dr. Engo-Tjega served as director of labor and head delegate to the International Labor Conference in Geneva. She earned an honorary doctorate from Wilson University in 1992, the "United Nations Environment Programme's Global Youth Award" in 1994, and was declared "Global Civil Society Champion" by the World Federation of United Nations Associations in 2002.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Known mainly for her revolutionary study of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall today works primarily as an activist. Goodall received her PhD in ethology from Cambridge University in 1965 and has been the Scientific Director of the Gombe Stream Research Center since 1967. Goodall's scores of honors include the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, and Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth conferred Goodall with the distinction of DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire). In her speeches, Goodall talks about her "Reasons for Hope" for our world and environment. Drawing on her more than 40 years of work as an assiduous activist for environmental stewardship, personal action and humanitarianism, she urges listeners to effect change through compassion, consumer action, and education.
Gilbert Joseph, PhD
After receiving his doctorate in Latin American history from Yale University, Gilbert Joseph returned to Yale where he is Farnam Professor of History, director of Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Yale's representative on the New England Consortium of Latin American Studies. Joseph has also been a visiting professor at Duke University, Florida International University, and the University of Connecticut. The editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, Joseph also sits on the editorial boards of historical journals in Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.K.
The daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy is the author of "Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World," which chronicles human rights abuses and the defenders struggling against them throughout the world. In her book, Kennedy profiles Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking;" Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the Dalai Lama; Costa Rica President Oscar Arias Sanchez; Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author; and Indian rights activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum. In addition to her work as an author, Kennedy is founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that addresses problems of social justice through urban and political activism.
F.W. de Klerk
F.W. de Klerk served as president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994, and as one of the deputy presidents of the country during the presidency of Nelson Mandela until 1996. In 1993, de Klerk was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid. The two were also awarded Spain's annual Prince of Asturias Award in 1992 for international cooperation. In 2000, de Klerk established the F. W. de Klerk Foundation to work for peace in societies that are divided on cultural, ethnic, religious or linguistic lines.
Ida Lewis was the first editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and also founded Encore: American & Worldwide News, where she worked for 10 years as its publisher and editor-in-chief. The New Crisis welcomed Lewis as the first woman editor-in-chief of the magazine of the NAACP in 1998. Additional honors include an award for excellence in journalism from the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Woman of Distinction Award from Kingsborough College of the City University of New York, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Communication.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation in Guatemala and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role as a unifying leader in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa. Tutu has formulated his objective as "a democratic and just society without racial divisions." Under his nonviolent campaign, he demands equal civil rights for all; the abolition of South Africa's passport laws; a common system of education; and the cessation of forced deportation from South Africa to the so-called "homelands."
Muhammad Yunus founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. A Bangladeshi economist, Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, driven by his belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help impoverished people escape poverty by providing them loans and teaching them a few sound financial principles.
Lech Walesa served as the president of Poland from 1990 to 1995. He was awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his work as the head of the Solidarity labor union as they fought for their independence against the Soviet Union. Walesa has received numerous international awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and holds 33 honorary doctorates. He served as the keynote speaker for the 2006 launch of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, which is observed on December 20 and raises awareness about poverty eradication and other global issues.
The 1967 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate was awarded for her work against violence in her native Northern Ireland. Along with Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams founded the Community of Peace People, an organization involved in bettering life in Northern Ireland. Her ongoing efforts to spread peace continue beyond Ireland. Williams currently serves as president of World Centers of Compassion for Children International, serves on the Council of Honor for the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, and is a Patron for the International Peace Foundation in Vienna. She is also chair of The Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington, D.C. Since moving to the United States in 1981, Williams' honors include a Doctoral of Laws from Yale University, the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage, The Martin Luther King Jr. Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the Frank Foundation Child Assistance International Oliver Award, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize, and the Ischia Peace Award.
Jody Williams won the 1997 Nobel Peace prize for her work to help ban and clear antipersonnel mines. She is founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was launched by six nongovernmental organizations in 1992. Williams has overseen the growth of the campaign to more than 1,000 nongovernmental organizations in more than 60 countries. Williams also has served as a technical adviser to the United Nation's Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children and was deputy director of Medical Aid for El Salvador in Los Angeles from 1986 to 1992.