Robin Hahnel is Professor Emeritus at American University and Visiting Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert. He is the author of Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis and the ABCs of Political Economy, among other titles.
On June 23, 1988, James Hansen, the then-director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He stated that there was a strong cause and effect relationship between observed temperatures and human emissions into the atmosphere; that “the greenhouse effect is here.” It was the first time that a leading scientist had unequivocally articulated this position on such a public stage, and the following morning the New York Times headline read, “Global Warming Has Begun.”
Over the decades since, Hansen has used his stature as NASA’s top climate scientist to convincingly argue that climate change is the work of humans, and that “global warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening.” In 1996, Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He directed the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1981 to 2013 and is Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In 2012, Foreign Policy named Hansen one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers “for sounding the alarm on climate change, early and often.” On April 24, 2013, Hansen will receive the 2013 Ridenhour Courage Prize,an award previously given to President Jimmy Carter, Bill Moyers, Gloria Steinem, and Howard Zinn.
Blaine Harden is a contributor to The Economist and has formerly served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. He is the author of Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent and A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia.
Martin Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea. His areas of teaching and research include political economy, economic development, international economics, and the political economy of East Asia. He is also the author of the econ blog Reports from the Economic Front.
Kelvin Hazangwi is a leading human rights and social justice activist. Before joining the ZIMCODD Board as the Chairperson of the Northern Region Committee, Kelvin worked as its Senior Programmes Officer. Currently, Kelvin Hazangwi is the Executive Director of PADARE / ENKUNDLENI / Men’s Forum on Gender.
Susan N. Herman became president of the American Civil Liberties Union in 2008 after serving on its national board for 20 years. A constitutional scholar and chaired professor at Brooklyn Law School, she is the co-editor (with Paul Finkelman) of Terrorism, Government, and Law and the author of The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. Since 1959 His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.
Mark Hixon is a marine biologist at Oregon State University who specializes on understanding the ecology of coral reefs. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Mark has published scientific studies of reefs in Australia, French Polynesia, Hawaii, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands. In 2004, he was recognized by ISI Citation Index as the most cited American scientific author on coral reefs. Located in shallow tropical waters, coral reefs are both the rainforests and the canaries of the seas. As rainforests, reefs are incredibly beautiful and support a huge variety of fascinating species, as well as many goods and services for humankind. As canaries, reefs cover less than 1% of the world ocean and are increasingly disappearing due to human activities. Mark now spends much of his time communicating the importance of saving these remaining jewels of the sea.
A career diplomat well known within the Washington Beltway, Holbrooke became a familiar face to the rest of the country when he brokered a peace agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia, leading to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. He served as the United States' chief representative to the United Nations until 2001.
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History in high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and an invasion by the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, the Hosseini family moved to San Jose, California. Khaled graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California at San Diego's School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Khaled was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.
Ms. Hung Huang is the CEO of China Interactive Media Group, publisher of ILOOK magazine, which promotes arts and culture in China. She runs a popular blog in China and a micro-blog with over six million fans. Educated in the US, Hang has written the best-selling autobiography My Abnormal Life as a Publisher and starred in the independent film Perpetual Motion. In 2010, Hung opened the design concept store Brand New China to provide consumers direct access to the work of Chinese designers. In 2011, Time magazine selected Hung as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.