Simen Willgohs

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Simen Willgohs is a Communication Adviser at FK Norway, with a broad experience from politics, journalism and  entrepreneurship. Before joining FK Norway, Simen lived in Beijing, China where he worked and studied for three  years. Simen holds a BA in Journalism and Politics, and a MA in International Relations. FK Norway http://www.fredskorpset.no/en/  is part of an international movement of exchange and cross-border volunteering for development. As an integrated element of Norwegian development cooperation, FK promotes reciprocal exchanges between a diverse range of institutions and organizations globally. The purpose is to foster mutual learning, youth leadership and change for the common good.”


Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur based in Christchurch, New Zealand who rose to prominence as the founder of the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army and was named 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year. Johnson was reported in 2012 as having a 98% approval rating in Christchurch by The Press and is ranked number 22 on the New Zealand Readers Digest top 100 trusted people list. Johnson has presented as a keynote speaker worldwide with highlights being in London at the 2012 World Volunteer Conference,in Saudi Arabia as a guest of Princess Al Alnoon Foundation for Youth Development,[5] and Japan at the Google Big Tent on Technology in Disasters. Johnson is an advocate and ambassador of several causes and actively volunteers his time to work with youth on disaster resilience and community development. In New Zealand he is a Hello Sunday Morning Ambassador, promoting sensible consumption of alcohol, and works closely with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDSR) on building disaster resilience. Recently, Johnson was successful in getting Christchurch City Council to sign up to the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur based in Christchurch, New Zealand who rose to prominence as the founder of the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army and was named 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year. Johnson was reported in 2012 as having a 98% approval rating in Christchurch by The Press and is ranked number 22 on the New Zealand Readers Digest top 100 trusted people list. Johnson has presented as a keynote speaker worldwide with highlights being in London at the 2012 World Volunteer Conference,in Saudi Arabia as a guest of Princess Al Alnoon Foundation for Youth Development,[5] and Japan at the Google Big Tent on Technology in Disasters.  Johnson is an advocate and ambassador of several causes and actively volunteers his time to work with youth on disaster resilience and community development. In New Zealand he is a Hello Sunday Morning Ambassador, promoting sensible consumption of alcohol, and works closely with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDSR) on building disaster resilience. Recently, Johnson was successful in getting Christchurch City Council to sign up to the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign

Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur based in Christchurch, New Zealandwho rose to prominence as the founder of the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army and was named 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year. Johnson was reported in 2012 as having a 98% approval rating in Christchurch by The Press and is ranked number 22 on the New Zealand Readers Digest top 100 trusted people list. Johnson has presented as a keynote speaker worldwide with highlights being in London at the 2012 World Volunteer Conference,in Saudi Arabia as a guest of Princess Al Alnoon Foundation for Youth Development,[5] and Japan at the Google Big Tent on Technology in Disasters.

Johnson is an advocate and ambassador of several causes and actively volunteers his time to work with youth on disaster resilience and community development. In New Zealand he is a Hello Sunday Morning Ambassador, promoting sensible consumption of alcohol, and works closely with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDSR) on building disaster resilience. Recently, Johnson was successful in getting Christchurch City Council to sign up to the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

Mr. James Poon serves various NGOs as trainer around the Region promoting Family Values, Peace Building & Leadership Development. Besides being a multilingual, his unique personality and sense of globalization brought about the National Sport Conference. Mr. Poon is currently serving as the Director of Leadership Development in GPF-Malaysia and is the Founder of the Chinese Federation for Global Peace

Mr. James Poon

Mr. James Poon serves various NGOs as trainer around the Region promoting Family Values, Peace Building & Leadership Development. Besides being a multilingual, his unique personality and sense of globalization brought about the National Sport Conference. Mr. Poon is currently serving as the Director of Leadership Development in GPF-Malaysia and is the Founder of the Chinese Federation for Global Peace

Mr. James Poon serves various NGOs as trainer around the Region promoting Family Values, Peace Building & Leadership Development. Besides being a multilingual, his unique personality and sense of globalization brought about the National Sport Conference. Mr. Poon is currently serving as the Director of Leadership Development in GPF-Malaysia and is the Founder of the Chinese Federation for Global Peace

Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan is currently the Director of Youth Development. He is a visionary leader with a profound experience in the leadership role since 2004. Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan has served in several international youth organisations. Attained his Bachelor Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering in Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2003, he has been an active speaker in Global Peace Convention (2009) in Manila, Phillippines, the International Young Leader Summit 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Young Leaders Assembly at The World Bank, Washington D.C. Driven by his strong will and determination, he became the founder of Power of 10 Sen in Malaysia (2008), Power of Rupiah in Indonesia (2010), Power of 10 Tugrik in Mongolia (2011) and Power of 1,000 Won in South Korea (2012).

Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan

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Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan is currently the Director of Youth Development. He is a visionary lader with a profound experience in the leadership role since 2004. Nicholas Lee Chee Kuan has served in several international youth organisations. Attained his Bachelor Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering in Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2003, he has been an active speaker in Global Peace Convention (2009) in Manila, Phillippines, the International Young Leader Summit 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Young Leaders Assembly at The World Bank, Washington D.C. Driven by his strong will and determination, he became the founder of Power of 10 Sen in Malaysia (2008), Power of Rupiah in Indonesia (2010), Power of 10 Tugrik in Mongolia (2011) and Power of 1,000 Won in South Korea (2012).

David Caprara is Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships with the Global Peace Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is also a Nonresident Fellow on International Volunteering and Service at the Brookings Institution and board member of the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as director of Faith-Based Initiatives at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

David Caprara

David Caprara is Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships with the Global Peace Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is also a Nonresident Fellow on International Volunteering and Service at the Brookings Institution and board member of the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as director of Faith-Based Initiatives at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

David Caprara is Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships with the Global Peace Foundation in Washington, D.C.  He is also a Nonresident Fellow on International Volunteering and Service at the Brookings Institution and board member of the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as director of Faith-Based Initiatives at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

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Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, a national of Pakistan, was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and as the tenth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. She also serves as the United Nations Sherpa for the G20.

Formerly the Secretary-General’s Senior Advisor on Economics and Finance, and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, she led the UN-wide coordination of the post-2015 development agenda and related policy and normative work, including supporting work on the Sustainable Financing Strategy.

Ms. Akhtar has previously served as Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan, and recently also as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. In her capacity as Governor, Ms. Akhtar was also the Chairperson of the Central Bank Board and its affiliates, as well as a Governor of the IMF. During her term of office, she was recognized for the success of the Bank, which was restructured significantly; the introduction of an analytical framework for monetary policy; and the development of a ten-year vision for the finance industry, with a vibrant structure for the banking sector. For these accomplishments, she won two consecutive awards as Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor from Emerging Markets and from the Banker’s Trust. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal Asia also recognized her as one of the top ten professional women of Asia.

Ms. Akhtar has had a long-standing career with the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). In her assignment for the World Bank, she spearheaded the Bank’s response to the Arab Spring, as well as the Arab regional integration strategy and its implementation. She has served in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for almost 15 years, rising through the ranks from Senior Economist, to attaining the highest professional positions, including as Special Senior Advisor to the President of ADB, and as the Bank’s Director-General of the South-East Asia region. During the Asian financial crisis she also served as ADB’s Coordinator to the APEC Finance Ministers, providing analytical support in a number of economic and social areas for crisis prevention and mitigation, while also leading engagement with the Bank for International Settlement, and other standard-setting bodies.

Ms. Akhtar has worked in several regions and many countries, dealing with fiscal and taxation policy, decentralization, poverty and inequality, financial and monetary policy, industrial and infrastructure policies, as well as governance development. She has also served as a member of the Pakistan Economic Advisory Committee and of the Governing Council of the Pakistan Statistics Bureau. In addition, Ms. Akhtar has advised development agencies on the operationalization of Pakistan’s New Economic Growth Framework, and has also worked on PPP policy frameworks and governance issues.

Ms. Akhtar was a post-doctoral degree US Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, holds a PhD in Economics from Scotland’s Paisley College of Technology, as well as a Master in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in the UK, and an MSc in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, in Islamabad.