In all its activities the Club de Madrid has worked with people in positions of leadership and influence who share the values of the Club de Madrid.  The Club de Madrid benefits from their experience and expertise and their capacity to enthuse and inspire other leaders.

The purpose of NetPLUSS will be to provide a supportive network and environment for leaders who are promoting Shared Societies. They will form a pool of leaders who can be called on to make their knowledge and expertise available in the activities of the Shared Societies Project.

Members of NetPLUSS:

  • Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Member of the UK House of Lords and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland.
  • Beatriz Merino, Former National Ombudsman of Peru.
  • David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and C40 Cities North America Regional Director
  • Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa to the USA  (2010-2015) and Former Premier of Western Cape Province
  • Florinda Rojas. Director of the National institute for Migration, Dominican Republic
  • H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, 10th Vice President of Indonesia (2004-2009), Chairman of the Golkar Party during the same period
  • Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of Justice of Spain
  • Juan Somavia , Director of the Diplomacy School “Andres Bello”
  • Kinga Göncz, Visiting professor at Central European University, Department of Public Policy; Former member of the European Parliament (2009-2014), Former Minister of  Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities ((2003-2006) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009) of Hungary.
  • Lord John Alderdice. Former Speaker Northern Ireland Assembly, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom Parliament
  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia,  Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India
  • Roelf Meyer, former South African Minister for Constitutional Affairs, later Minister for Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs.
  • Sir John Kaputin, Former Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
  • Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in Philippines
  • The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane D.D., Eighth Bishop of Washington, DC, Ret.
  • Yaga Venugopal Reddy. Governor, Reserve Bank of India (2003-2008)

Baroness Nuala O’Loan

Member of the UK House of Lords and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland

Baroness Nuela O´LoanBaroness Nuala O’Loan DBE is a member of the UK House of Lords. She is Ireland’s Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste and for UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security. She has also worked with the International Group for Dialogue and Peace in the Basque Country. She chaired a Formal Investigation into Human Rights in England and Wales for the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2009, and conducted a review in 2010, for the UK Home Office, of allegations of abuse contained in a document entitled “Outsourcing Abuse” which was presented to the Home Office. From 2000 – November 2007 she was the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, responsible for the investigation of all complaints of criminal and non-criminal misconduct against the police, and of other matters involving possible police wrongdoing not the subject matter of complaint.

Baroness Nuala O’Loan is a qualified solicitor and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Ulster.

She has, among other things, been: Chairman of the Northern Ireland Consumer Committee for Electricity; a Special Commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality’s Formal Investigation into Racism in Policing in England and Wales, a Member of the Police Authority; Vice-Chair of the Police Authority’s Community Relations Committee; a Member of the Northern Health and Social Services Board; Convenor of the NHS Complaints System for the Northern Health and Social Services Board; a Member of the General Consumer Council, and Convenor of the Transport and Energy Group of that Council; and a Legal Expert Member of the European Commission’s Consumers Consultative Council. For seven years, Baroness Nuala O’Loan was also a custody visitor to police stations.

She has produced more than 70 articles and other publications on law, policing, faith and other issues. In the course of her work she has spoken widely at conferences, and acted in an advisory capacity to government agencies responsible for policing and police accountability, in India,  Brazil, Indonesia South Africa, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Romania,The Republic of Ireland, Portugal and throughout the United Kingdom. She has received honorary degrees of LL.D from the University of Ulster, the University of Ireland Maynooth , the Higher Education and Technical Awards Council, Ireland,  and  from Queen’s University Belfast.

She is the wife of Declan O’Loan MLA and they have 5 sons.


Beatriz Merino

Former National Ombudsman of Peru

Beatriz Merino

Beatriz Merino (Lima, November 15, 1947) was the first female Prime Minister of Peru and the first woman Prime Minister in Latin America. She held office from June to December 2003. From 2005 to 2011, she was the National Ombudsman of Peru, President of the Latin American Ombudsman Federation FIO (2009), founding member of the Network of Political Leaders United to Support Shared Societies (NetPLUSS) of the Club of Madrid, and President of the Andean Council of Ombudsmen (2010–2011). Ms. Merino is currently the President of the Peruvian Oil and Gas Trade Association since January 2013. Previously, she was also President the Association of Pension Fund Administrators and member of the Board of Directors of the National Confederation of Private Business, Peru’s largest private industry and business organization confederations.

Before serving as Prime Minister, she studied at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and received a law degree from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She completed graduate studies in Taxation and Economics at the London School of Economics and graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in law.

After a successful career in the multinational Procter & Gamble, she was elected as Senator (1990–1992) and Congresswoman (1995–2000), serving as president of both the Environmental Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. Later, as head of the National Tax Agency of Peru (2001–2003), she was in charge of its successful merger with the Peruvian Customs Bureau.

Ms. Merino is also widely recognized for her expertise and work with women’s issues. She was a member of the Women’s Council Leadership Program sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank to promote women’s leadership, political participation and representation in the Latin American and Caribbean region. She served as a member of the board of directors for the International Women’s Forum and as a member of the steering committee for the Business Women’s Initiative against HIV/AIDS. She is part of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers concerned with issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Ms. Merino also worked extensively on commercial, labor, corporate, and environmental legislation. She was senior partner of Merino & Reano, a corporate law firm; and the first Peruvian woman to serve on the Commission of Andean Jurists. At Lima University, she was the director of foreign cooperation and of the Master’s program in tax revenue and fiscal policies. As a chief economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., she focused on Latin American and Peruvian economic development.

She has authored two books, “Peruvian Women in the XX Century Legislation” (1997) and “Marriage and Rape: Debate of Article 178 of the Peruvian Criminal Code.” (1997). She writes regularly in Peruvian journals and newspapers.


David Miller

Former Mayor of Toronto and C40 Cities North America Regional Director
David MillerDavid Miller was elected Toronto’s 63rd mayor in November 2003 and was re-elected in November 2006 with nearly 60% of the popular vote and a mandate to make Toronto a city of prosperity, liveability and opportunity for all.

One of the proudest of his many accomplishments as Mayor was securing a New Deal for Cities with senior orders of government. The New Deal has provided Toronto with new powers, money, and respect from the provincial and federal governments. In addition, Miller has been one of the dominant voices speaking in support of a national urban agenda – including a national transit strategy and a Clean and Beautiful City Initiative for the rejuvenation of parks and public spaces and a Community. He has also worked to make Toronto a world-leading city on environmental issues and on June 4, 2008 he was appointed chair of the influential C40 Group of World Cities leading the fight against Climate Change.


Ebrahim Rasool

Ambassador of South Africa to the USA  (2010-2015) and Former Premier of Western Cape Province

Ebrahim RasoolMr. Ebrahim Rasool was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 15 July 1962. After the first democratic election in 1994, Mr. Ebrahim Rasool served as a Member of the Executive Council of the Western Cape Legislature. In 1998, he was elected chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, a position he held until June 2005. During this time he led the ANC as the Official Opposition from 1998, becoming part of a Coalition Government in 2001 and assuming Government in 2004. In 1998, he served on the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

He served in Government in a number of portfolios:

  • 1994-1998 Provincial Minister of Health and Social Services
  • 2001–2004 Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Development
  • 2004 – Appointed by President Thabo Mbeki as the Premier of the Western Cape

In all the portfolios he served, his tenure was characterized by driving transformation and innovation in Government and his period as Premier was characterized by the fastest growing economy in the country, major investment drives and a campaign to unite the people of the Province towards a vision of a Home for All.

Awards received by Ebrahim Rasool include the 1996 Kaizer Foundation International Award for Health and Human Rights and Britain’s Financial Times 2005 Award for Foreign Direct Investment ‘Personality of the Year: Africa’ for his successful efforts in attracting investment to the region, improving the Provincial business environment and raising its international profile.

Mr. Ebrahim Rasool was the Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe. He is currently Member of the Parliament of South Africa and Founder of the World for All Foundation.


Florinda Rojas

Director of the National Institue of Migration, Dominican Republic 

Montek Singh AhluwaliaDr. Rojas was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She obtained her law degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and continued her studies with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica as well as the University of Wisconsin and Georgetown University in the United States.
In 1983, she began her career in international affairs, working as a legal advisor to the UN High Commission on Refugees before becoming the Protection Officer for El Salvador and Costa Rica in 1987. Four years later she was the mission head for UNHCR in Honduras and later became the adjunct representative for Mexico, Cuba and all of Central America at UNHCR´s regional office.
Dr. Rojas has also served as UNHCR´s adjunct representative in Lusaka, Zambia (1993-1995), Representative to Greece (1999-2002) and Regional Representative for the Sothern Cone countries in South America (2003-2008). Upon leaving the UNHCR in 2008, she was celebrated for her work and recognized as the highest-level Dominican national within the organization.
Dr. Rojas is an expert on refugee and migration issues as well as women´s rights. She has extensive experience in these areas and has led several important negotiations, from striking agreements with Mexico and Honduras that led to their signing of the UN Convention of Refugees to negotiating with the governments´ of Argentina and Chile that led to their approval of the Law on Refugees.
Dr. Rojas was instrumental in incorporating gender into the discourse on refugees, having founded the Regional Forum on Refugee, Returnee and Displaced Women (FOREFEM) and worked tirelessly to build public awareness and support for the issues of refugee, displaced, and repatriated women, especially in Central America via the 1991 International Conference on Central American Refugees (CIREFCA).
She has also developed training programs on the rights of refugee women in Zambia, Africa and participated in the drafting on the judicial initiative for the incorporation of gender issues into Mexico´s General Law on Population.
The document ¨Women Refugees, Between War and Peace”, authored by Dr. Rojas, was published by the Colegio de Mexico in April 1998.
While Regional Representative for Southern Cone countries, Dr. Rojas created an endowed chair named after former UNCHR High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello at 22 universities in the region. The Chair was created with the goal of strengthening university programs in human rights and fostering a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates a variety of disciplines. It continues to educate and prepare students in several Latin-American countries.
Dr. Rojas returned to her homeland in January 2009 after leaving UNHCR. She has since occupied herself with a variety of organizations that work on the island, including the Foundation for Education on Human Rights (FUPAREDEH). Today she is the executive director of the National Institute of Migration.


H. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla

10th Vice President of Indonesia (2004-2009), Chairman of the Golkar Party during the same period

Jusuf KallaJusuf Kalla was born on 15 May 1942 in Watampone, South Sulawesi. Kalla attended the University of Hasanuddin in Makassar and in 1977 he graduated from INSEAD, an international business school in Fontainebleau. Kalla returned to politics in 1987 when he was appointed to the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) as a regional representative for south Sulawesi. A popular figure for assisting with the peace process in Sulawesi, Kalla considered throwing himself into the mix for the 2004 Presidential Elections. In August 2003 he announced his candidacy and enlisted to be part of Golkar’s 2004 Convention which elects its Presidential candidate. Kalla accepted the offer of the Democratic Party’s (PD) Yudhoyono to become his running mate, and both came first with 33% of the votes. For the run-off, Kalla and Yudhoyono faced a huge challenge when Megawati formed a National Coalition. On 20 September 2004, Kalla and Yudhoyono won the run-offs with 60.87% of the votes and Kalla became the 10th Vice President of Indonesia.

On 19 December 2004, Kalla was elected as the new Chairman of Golkar. Kalla ran for the presidency with Wiranto as his running mate in the 2009 Indonesian presidential election, finishing third with 12.4% of the vote.


Juan Fernando López Aguilar

Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of Justice of Spain

Lopez AguilarJuan Fernando López Aguilar is a Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party politician, and former Minister of Justice in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. In 2006, he was chosen as the socialist candidate for the Presidency of the Canary Islands Government.

Currently he is a Member of the European Parliament since June 2009, where he serves as Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and as President of the Spanish Socialist Delegation. He is also a Member of the Conference of Committee Chairs and the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He has been nominated as Vice-president of the PES (Party of European Socialists) in 2009. Mr. López Aguilar also serves as a substitute at the Committee of Legal Affairs; the Committee on Constitutional Affairs; the Parliamentary Cooperation Committees for the EU Delegations to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia; and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

López Aguilar holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Bologna and has completed an academic career as scholar and full professor of Spanish Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and European Law at the University of Las Palmas and at the University of Granada.


Juan Somavia

Director of the Diplomacy School “Andres Bello” 

Juan SomaviaJuan Somavia, a national of Chile, has been Director-General of the International Labour Organization since March 1999. From 1990 to 1999, he was Chilean Permanent Representative to the UN, during which he was actively engaged with civil society organizations. He proposed the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and chaired its Preparatory Committee. He was twice President of ECOSOC (1998-99, 1993-94), and of the Security Council (1996 and 1997), and chaired the board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (1996-99). He was Founder, Executive-Director and President of the Latin American Institute for Transnational Studies (1976-1990), and Founder and Secretary-General of the South American Peace Commission (1985-1990), and was actively involved in the restoration of democracy in Chile.
Mr. Somavia is the first representative of the southern hemisphere to head the ILO. In 1999, he launched the Decent Work Agenda and under his leadership, the Organization established “Decent Work” as its primary goal. It is a restatement of the ILO’s historic mission to promote social justice through the world of work. At his initiative, the ILO created in 2003 the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. Composed of heads of state, employers and workers representatives, policy-makers and academics and other social actors from all walks of life, it was the first official body to look systematically at the social impact of globalization and its operative recommendations include a call for decent work as a means of achieving a fair globalization that creates opportunities for all.
Mr. Somavia’s multifaceted career has been driven by a strong concern for social justice, peace, human rights and democracy. His pursuit of these ideals has earned him several citations and awards, among them the Leonides Proaño Peace Prize” from the Latin American Human Rights Association, the International Golden Dove of Peace awarded in July 2005 by the Italian NGO Archivio Disarmo, and most recently the Silver Rose Award from SOLIDAR for his vision of decent work and for defending the rights and freedoms of workers.


Kinga Göncz

Member of European Parliament (S&D, Hungary), Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Kinga GonczKinga Göncz, Hungary, is a member of Magyar Szocialista Párt (MSZP – Hungarian Socialist Party), part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.  She became a member of the European Parliament in 2009 and is currently Vice-Charwoman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is also part of the Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. As a substitute, Göncz sits on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Petitions, the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis, and is part of the Delegation for Relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Before joining Parliament, Göncz was Minister of Foreign Affairs in Hungary from 2006 to 2009 and Minister of Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities from 2004 to 2006. She was nominated as Minister without portfolio of Equal Opportunities in 2004, and was appointed as Political State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs in 2002. Between 1998 and 2003, Göncz taught a course in the Social Psychology of Prejudice at the Human Rights Department of the Central European University, Hungary. She acted as the director of Partners Hungary from 1994 to 2002, and was an associate professor at the Social Policy and Social Work Department of the Institute for Sociology of Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, from 1989.


Lord Alderdice

Former Speaker Northern Ireland Assembly, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom Parliament

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice played a significant role in the Talks on Northern Ireland including negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and on retirement in 2004 was appointed to the Independent Monitoring Commission, tasked with closing down terrorist operations and overseeing normalization of security activity in Northern Ireland. More recently, in 2015, he was asked by the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland to work with two colleagues to devise a Strategy for the Disbanding of Paramilitary Groups. From 1995 to 2003 he was Treasurer and then Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. From 2000 until 2009 he was Deputy President and then President of Liberal International (the world-wide network of more than 100 liberal political parties). In 2015 he was awarded the Liberal International Prize for Freedom and elected a Presidente d’Honneur of LI. He was from 2010 to 2014 the Chairman (Convenor) of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords. In August 2010 the Prime Minister appointed him to the UK Committee on Standards in Public Life and reappointed him for a further term in 2013. He was formerly Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy in Belfast and Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, Queens’ University, Belfast and Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Co-Chairman of the Critical Incidents Analysis Group, University of Virginia, USA. Lord Alderdice is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, USA.
His research Interests include individual and group psychology of violent political conflict; psychology of religious fundamentalism; psychology of large group relations between indigenous people and settler communities


Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India

Montek Singh Ahluwalia has served in the Government of India in various positions. He started his career in  the World Bank in 1968 as a Young Professional and rose to be Chief of the Income Distribution Division of the Development Research Department. He left the World Bank in 1979 to join the Government of India in 1979 as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance.  Thereafter,  he served as Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Commerce Secretary, Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Member of the Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.In 2001, Mr. Ahluwalia was appointed the first Director of the newly created Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned from that position in June 2004 to take up the position of Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, with the rank of Cabinet Minister and held that position up to 26th May 2014, when there was a change of government. Mr. Ahluwalia earned his B.A.(Hons) degree in New Delhi and his M.A. and M. Phil. degrees from Oxford University. He was also awarded an Honorary D. Phil by Oxford University in 2010. His published work includes papers in professional journals and contributions to books. He was awarded the prestigious “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s second highest civilian honour, by President of India in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and a Member of the Governing Council of the Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Forum (SRE) and of the Alpbach – Laxenburg Group established by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Alpbach Economic Forum.


Roelf Meyer

Former South African Minister for Constitutional Affairs, later Minister for Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs.

Roelf Meyer

As Chief peace negotiator for the National Party (NP) government, Roelf Meyer was intimately involved in the negotiations on the settlement of the South African conflict. In this capacity he negotiated the end of the apartheid together with Cyril Ramaphosa, who was chief negotiator for the African National Congress (ANC). These negotiations resulted in the first democratic elections in South Africa at the end of April 1994. After the elections Meyer continued in the portfolio of Constitutional Affairs in the cabinet of former President Nelson Mandela.

Meyer currently acts as a consultant on peace processes. In this capacity he became involved in various countries around the globe – Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Burundi, Kosovo and Bolivia – as well as in the Basque Region and the Middle East. Meyer serves on the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition in New York and held the Tip O’Neill Chair in peace studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 2001.


Sir John Kaputin

Former Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Born on July 11, 1941, Sir John’s political career began with his election to the House of Assembly in 1972 where he helped shape the Papua New Guinean Constitution as member of the Constitutional Planning Committee. He was the foreign minister of Papua New Guinea from 1992 until 1994 and from December 1999 until 2000. He is a co-founder of the Melanesian Alliance Party and was named Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1983 and Knight Bachelor of the British Empire in 1997.

Sir John has served as chairman of the bipartisan committee on the Bougainville Crisis and as Special State negotiator for Bougainville in helping to resolve a complex, bloody crisis that spanned a decade.
In September 1995, Sir John as the Member for Rabaul was elected President of the ACP Assembly and co-president of the ACP-EU Joint Assembly based in Brussels, Belgium. Sir John urges Pacific Island countries to work on their economic partnership agreements with the European Commission, saying that the overarching emphasis of the Contonou Agreement is poverty alleviation intertwined with national responsibilities on good governance, structural adjustments and human rights. In March 2005, he took office as Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the next five years.


 Teresita Deles

Presidental Adviser on the Peace Process in Philippines
Teresita Quintos Deles, also known as Ging, has been at the forefront of peace initiatives in the Philippines, initially and for many years, as a civil society activist and, more recently, as a public servant. She was the first woman to be appointed as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, with Cabinet rank, serving a first term in 2003-2005 and a second term under the 2nd Aquino government from July 2010, to June, 2016. Under her watch, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed in 2014, marking the end of four decades of armed conflict between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Three other peace tables were brought to peaceful completion, and a nation-wide peace-and-development program, specifically targeting conflict-affected areas, was successfully implemented. Women’s leadership and participation in peace negotiations (Track 1) were furthermore brought to unprecedented levels.

She sat as an Expert-Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UN CEDAW) in 1991-1994. She served as the Philippine Permanent Representative in the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) from its founding of 2013 to June, 2016. Under her leadership, the Philippines became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to adopt and implement a National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

After completing her second term in public office, she assumed the position of Senior Mediation Adviser, with a special focus on Gender and Inclusion, in the Standby Mediation Team under the UN Department of Public Affairs from February 2017, to January 2018.

She currently chairs the International Center on Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov), which she co-founded in 2006 and which today continues to catalyze, facilitate, and nurture reform-centered policy research and movements for the defense and strengthening of democratic governance. She co-founded and serves as chair-convenor of the women’s coalition EveryWoman, which is a leading hub in the broad citizens’ movement against misogyny, impunity, and creeping authoritarianism in the Philippines.


The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane D.D.

Eighth Bishop of Washington, DC, Ret.

John Bishop Chane, SSPThe Right Reverend John Bryson Chane was consecrated the Eighth Bishop of Washington, DC in June, 2002 and retired in November, 2011.

As Bishop he served over 100 schools and churches in the District and Maryland. He served as President and CEO of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, overseeing the operations of Washington National Cathedral and the three schools on the cathedral close. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 150 most influential leaders in the District of Columbia. He was named as one of the 50 most prominent leaders in the Anglican Communion by the London Telegraph. A leader in interreligious dialogue, he has travelled to Iran on six occasions. In 2011 the bishop was one of four members of an interfaith delegation to arrange for the release of the American hikers held by Iranian authorities. The bishop is one of the few from the west and the only American to meet with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khameni, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Bishop Chane worked extensively with the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC as an author, conference leader and participant in the U.S. Islamic World Forum held annually in Doha, Qatar. He continues to participate with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and Search for Common Ground on matters of nation/state reconciliation and the role of religion and its impact on geopolitical stability.

The Bishop has been a frequent speaker and has written extensively on the role of religion in a post-modern, secular world. He has been a frequent speaker at the Chautauqua Institution in New York and continues to serve Washington National Cathedral as Senior Advisor for Interreligious Affairs and as Anglican Principal for the ongoing work of the cathedral’s Christian Muslim Summits in Washington, Beirut, Rome and planned for Tehran in 2016.

He is a graduate of Boston University, and the Berkeley Center at Yale Divinity School. He has received honorary doctorates from Virginia Theological Seminary, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

Bishop Chane lives in San Diego, California with Karen his wife and continues to serve the Episcopal Church as the Assisting Bishop of The Diocese of San Diego.


 Yaga Venugopal Reddy

Governor, Reserve Bank of India (2003-2008)

Yaga Venugopal Reddy (Dr. Y.V. Reddy) was Governor, Reserve Bank of India, from 2003 to 2008. Subsequently, he was Member of the UN Commission of Experts to the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of International Monetary and Financial System. He was a Member of an informal international group of prominent persons on International Monetary Reforms (Palais Royal Initiative). His book “India and the Global Financial Crisis : Managing Money and Finance” was among the best sellers in India (Orient Blackswan 2009). His most recent publication is titled “Global Crisis, Recession and Uneven Recovery” (Orient Blackswan, 2011).

Dr. Reddy is currently Professor Emeritus, University of Hyderabad. He is also Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Reddy is on the Advisory Board of Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and is also on International Advisory Board of the Columbia Program on Indian Economic Policies, Columbia University, New York. He is also on the Advisory Group of eminent persons to advise the Finance Minister of India on G-20 issues.

Prior to being the Governor, he was Executive Director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan at the International Monetary Fund since August 2002. Prior to this, he was Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, for six years. Formerly, he was Secretary, Ministry of Finance, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce in the Government of India. He served Government of Andhra Pradesh, India in several capacities including Principal Secretary and Secretary – Finance and Planning, Collector and District Magistrate etc. He was also advisor in World Bank.

Dr. Reddy was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2010.