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DR JAMIE SHEA
Deputy Assistant
Secretary General, NATO
 

DR JAMIE SHEA has been working with NATO since 1980 with positions including Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, and Spokesman of NATO. 

He is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on European security affairs and is involved with several prominent academic institutions including the College d’Europe, University of Sussex, and the American University, where he holds the position of Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme. 

Amongst his many associations and memberships, Dr Shea is Member of the Advisory Board, Security and Defence Programmes at Chatham House, Member of the Policy Council at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Founder and Member of the Board, Security and Defence Agenda Brussels. He holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University, 1981. 
 

DR LINDA PAPADOPOULOS
Psychologist AND
TV PERSONALITY
 

DR LINDA PAPADOPOULOS is one of the most well-known and respected psychologists working in the UK today. 

Her 14-year career as a research scientist and practicing psychologist has led to her work being published in some of the most well-regarded academic journals and given rise to a high-profile media-career. Her observations regarding the psychology behind news and current events are syndicated by the press and discussed by television and radio networks both in Britain and in the USA.

Dr Linda has recently finished filming My Naked Secret 2 for Discovery. The series tells the personal stories of people who are hiding physical abnormalities underneath their clothes and make-up and Dr Linda helps each of the people embark on a transformative and emotional journey in search of acceptance of their body. The series has already aired in the USA and will air in the UK in 2013.
 

Sir IFTIKHAR AYAZ KBE OBE 
CONSUL GENERAL OF THE TUVALU ISLANDS
 

DR IFTIKHAR AYAZ OBE is the Honorary Consul of the Tuvalu Islands in the UK. He served in Tanzania as a Senior Lecturer in the University of Dar-es-Salaam and as a Deputy Director of Education. He worked with the UN Sponsored Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Africa. Later, he was awarded Commonwealth Fellowship and worked for the Commonwealth Institute. He served as a Field Expert of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation. Later he was a Senior Consultant with UNDP and UNESCO. He has also served for many years the UN Council for Human Rights.

Dr Ayaz is an eminent member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. He was the National President of the UK Chapter and is holding senior positions in the Association at present. He also represents the Community internationally to deal with issues related to Refugees and Asylum seekers. 

 

 

Zero Kazama
Actor, martial artist and Hollywood Stunt Artist
 

LINFORD ANDREWS
Political Advisor, 
Commonwealth Secretariat

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Sara Rahim
United Nations Youth Ambassador
 

ZERO KAZAMA is a Hawaii-raised Japanese-American actor, producer and stuntman most recognised for his role as the host of MTV’s hit show Silent Library and Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior

He has performed stunts on prominent films including Olympus Has Fallen, The Hangover Part III, After Earth and Star Trek: Into Darkness, and has made over 50 short films since 2010. In addition to acting, Zero is trained in various martial arts, and is a keen observer of human psychology and spiritual behaviour respected widely among his international fan base.

His full filmography can be viewed on: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2686103/

 

LINFORD ANDREWS serves as Political Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he is responsible for monitoring and analysing African political development, providing appropriate policy advice on key issues. His work also focuses on policy development for Commonwealth inter-governmental processes, including meetings of Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and other high-level bodies.

He previously served in interim roles as Head and Deputy Head of the Offices of the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General and Secretary-General, respectively, and was a South African diplomat for ten years.

SARA RAHIM is a Pakistani-American youth advocate and United Nations Youth Ambassador. She has worked in a variety of settings to promote interfaith cooperation and intercultural exchange. 

Sara has worked in refugee resettlement at World Relief, and with Interfaith Youth Core, coaching students to be leaders of interfaith action. She has spoken prominently about the role of interfaith cooperation to institutions across the United States and in Europe. Sara is a UN Youth Representative to Parliament of the World’s Religions, and she recently delivered the youth keynote address to the United Nations for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Sara currently resides in Washington, D.C., and she hopes that faith-based partnerships will continue to empower communities in conflict.   

Pierre Heistein
Economic Advisor

Richard Griffiths
International Advisor

alistair Starling
Diplomat Entrepreneur

PIERRE HEISTEIN has six years experience in economic advisory, specialising in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a recognised columnist in South Africa and is regularly present on South African radio and television to discuss ways that policy and people can challenge the status quo. He is also the co-founder of The 12.01 Project – a documentary filmmaking company that focuses on up-scaling solutions to social and environmental problems.

Pierre’s primary focus of interest is the development of systems that reduce the incentives for centralised control, misrepresentation of information and the predication of prejudice and this has led him to Grassroot Diplomat. With the ability to work remotely, Pierre is an avid traveller and uses this privilege to facilitate his passions for intercultural cooperation and understanding, global solution coordination and innovative economic systems. 

SYED EJAZ KABIR
Barrister

SYED EJAZ KABIR is a legal practitioner with 10 years experience as an advocate with subordinate courts and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He has close interactions with prominent figures of Bangladesh and works to promote democracy and good governance. He has expertise in awareness development and litigation issues, and regularly appears before various tribunals.

Syed appears in television talk shows on human rights, socio-political and legal issues, and has been credited to a number of articles including: "Human rights statistics in Bangladesh 2015", "Dissecting Nationalism" and "Way forward to peace democracy and rule of law in Bangladesh". He is member of the Hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association, Dhaka Bar Association, Bangladesh Bar Council, and Internet Society and Young International Arbitration Group.

RICHARD GRIFFITHS is an international advisor for Squire Patton Boggs, specialising in strategic communications, diplomatic affairs as well as international affairs for developing nations. African. With 20 years of specialised trade development and bilateral policy, Richard acts as senior policy advisor to various Presidents, Head of States and Royal families from Europe, Central America, South America and Sub Saharan African.

Currently, Richard is a Special Envoy to the Government of South Sudan (peace and reconciliation) and advisor to the Governments of Somalia, Rwanda, Zambia, Kosovo, St. Lucia and the Government of Libya (foreign disputes). His programs related to place branding and international image enhancement have been adapted and used by countless countries aiming to increase international image and perceptions.

ALISTAIR STARLING is a creative senior international trade and investment expert with extensive international experience and proven achievements across government, private and non-profit sectors. He is currently Director, Making the Difference (Change) Programme, at Cambridge English Language Assessment, and was previously in the British Diplomatic Service where he was Higher Executive Officer.

Alistair is focused, driven, and multilingual, and is levering his 14 year private-sector/ 8 year government sector Business Development, Design and Innovation experience to achieve results within 1st, 2nd and 3rd sector organisations.