Dr. Hyung Jin Moon, Chair
Hyung Jin Moon was elected the International Chair of Universal Peace Federation in 2009, and has traveled throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe to develop the UPF’s interfaith peacebuilding initiatives. The author of several books on meditation and spirituality, he was educated in the United States and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard. He is the youngest son of UPF Founders Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. He and his wife, Yeon Ah Lee, have five children.
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh
Dr. Thomas Walsh is the President of the Universal Peace Federation. With academic training in the field of religion, he earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He has been a teacher, author, and editor with specialization in areas of interfaith, religious studies, peace studies, philosophy. and social theory. He serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and on the board of directors of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom. He has contributed to and edited more than 20 books related to interfaith, peacebuilding, and renewal of the United Nations; among these volumes are Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace and The Millennium Declaration of the United Nations: A Response from Civil Society.
Mr. Taj Hamad
Mr. Taj Hamad is Secretary General of Universal Peace Federation International and Director of the UPF Office for UN and International Affairs. He is also Secretary General of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). Mr. Hamad served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of DPI-NGOs at the United Nations and was the Organizing Chair for the Summit of World Muslim Leaders conferences held in Jakarta and London.
Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr.
The Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., served five terms as Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1992 to 2007. He served as the Vice President of the Christian Democrats International as well as Chairman of the CDI Asia Pacific and is Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, de Venecia spearheaded the proposal to create an interreligious council in the United Nations.
Hon. Hamilton Green
Hon. Hamilton Green served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1985-1992 and as Mayor of Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, from 1994 to 1995 and from 1997 to the present. He was first elected to the Guyanese Parliament in 1968 and held a number of Ministerial portfolios during his long and distinguished career. Mr. Green was educated at St. Stanislaus and Queens College. He is a fitness enthusiast, plays the piano, and reads history and philosophy in his spare time.
H.E. Abd-Elaziz Hegazy
H.E. Abd-Elaziz Hegazy served as Prime Minister of Egypt from 1974 to 1975. In addition, he served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Foreign Trade and as Minister of Finance in the Egyptian Government. He is a former Visiting Professor of Cairo University and former Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University. H.E. Hegazy obtained his Ph.D. from Birmingham University, UK. Dr. Hegazy received awards including the State Prize for Social Sciences and and State Decorations from Gamal Abdel Nassar, Anwar Sadat, and Hosni Mubarak. He also works as Accountant and Management Consultant in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
H.E. Dr. Ahmad T. Kabbah
Dr. Ahmad T. Kabbah served as President of Sierra Leone from 1996 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2007. A devout Muslim, his entire distinguished career has been spent in the public sector. For more than two decades, he served as an international civil servant with the UN Development Programme in New York, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Time Magazine called President Kabbah a "diamond in the rough" for his success as the first civilian elected ruler of Sierra Leone in 34 years and his role in the pursuit of peace against rebel forces. He continues to serve as an international diplomat throughout the British Commonwealth.
Sra. Graciela Rompani de Pacheco
The widow of Jorge Pacheco Areco, who was president of Uruguay from 1967 to 1972, Graciela Rompani de Pacheco is a businesswoman with training in administration and marketing. The former First Lady is President and Founder of Ventura, a non-profit association that administers three kindergartens in the most disadvantaged zones around Montevideo, and President and Founder of Ventura Grameen, which gives microcredits to women in the poorest neighborhoods. A graduate of the School of Social Services, she is Founder and Director of the Alvarez Caldeyro Barcia Foundation, an institution that seeks to improve the health of poor mothers and children; it is connected to the Pereira Rossell Hospital, where one in six Uruguayans are born. She is President of Embajada de Mujeres de America and Vice President of Fundación Sino-Uruguay.
H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich
H.E. Stanislav Shushkevich was President of the Republic of Belarus from 1991 to 1994. He is Director of the Center for Political and Economic Studies at the European Humanitarian University in Minsk and Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party. Dr. Shushkevich served his nation as a political leader since 1990, when he was elected a Deputy and later First Vice Chairman of the Parliament. The following year he was elected Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus. A physicist, Dr. Shushkevich was Senior Engineer and Head of Research and Development Laboratories at the Minsk Radio Plant and the Belarusian State University. He also served as Vice Rector and Head of the Nuclear Physics Department at the Belarusian State University.
H.E. Johnson Toribiong
Johnson Toribiong was born in Airai, Palau, in 1946. He is a former President of Palau (2009-2013). He studied at the University of Washington. Before becoming president he served as Palau's ambassador to Taiwan.