Summit Board of Advisors

Baktybek Abdrisaev

Dr. Abdrisaev is the former Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Canada and the United States. He is now a Lecturer at Utah Valley University.

Leopoldo Amado

Dr. Amado, one of the leading public intellectuals in West Africa, is the Director of the National Institute of Study and Research in Guinea Bissau. He has been the Vice-President of the Guinean Human Rights League.

Albert Abee

Mr. Abee has 32 years of on-the-ground resource management experience. He retired as the US Department of Agriculture Forestry Service National Coordinator for Sustainable Development. His experience is in formulating innovative approaches designed to establish a unifying framework of sustainability measures that is interdisciplinary in design; that integrates social, economic, and ecological measures. Abee was the US Representative to the International Montreal Process Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). TAC manages 90% of the planet’s boreal and temperate forest.

Ross "Rocky" Anderson

Mr. Anderson is the former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah; founder and Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights; and the 2012 Justice Party candidate for president of the United States. Anderson is a progressive leader in the U.S., a widely-sought speaker, and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.

Tariq Banuri

Dr. Banuri is the former Director of the United Nations Division on Sustainable Development, a member of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and a recipient of the Allyn Young Teaching Prize in Economics at Harvard University in 2005. He is the editor of Development: A Journal of the Society of International Development, a prolific author and global expert on sustainable development. The 2016 UN Sustainable Development Goals owe much to Dr. Banuri’s vision and leadership.

Camille Chalmers

Professor Chalmers was the Chief of Staff of President Aristide of Haiti. He is the Executive Director of the Haitian Platform for an Alternative Development, and a professor at the University of Haiti.

Deen K. Chatterjee

Dr. Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professional Fellow in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City. Having grown up in the foothills of the Himalayas, global justice and sustainable development have long been at the heart of Dr. Chatterjee's work. He has taught around the world, and recently finished a film project documenting the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone, "Sierra Leone: Diamonds, Cannibals, Children with Guns." His books include The Ethics of Preventive War, Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century, The Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy, Ethics and Foreign Intervention. He is the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Global Justice.

Brandon Hamber

Dr. Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Niell Chair at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University, at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He is a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Human and Community Development, and the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an important author. Under his direction, INCORE has launched PeaceTech, a program to utilize technology for peacebuilding.

Sarah Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton has had a distinguished career in peacebuilding and development working with British NGOs, including WaterAid. She is the Amnesty International representative for Jamaica. Hamilton is now also pursuing graduate work at the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute.

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann

Dr. Howard-Hassmann is the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights and a Professor in the School of International Policy and Governance at Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario, Canada. Inn 2104 she was named the Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights by the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association, and was also the first recipient of this award in 2006. In additional to many other prestigious awards, she has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jeff Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Assistant Program Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Utah Valley University, and Principal, Johnson Analytical Research. His forthcoming book, Toward Information Justice: Principles, Policies, and Technologies (Springer) is expected in 2017. Johnson brings not only technical and analytical expertise to data research and management, but theoretical and philosophical expertise as well. His interest in information and data justice is on the cutting edge of political theory.

Patience Kabamba

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Kabamba earned his Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Durban (South Africa) after his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Jesuit School of Philosophy in Paris. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. He has taught at leading universities around the world, and worked for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an expert in conflict, development, and governance in Africa. He is now at Utah Valley University.

George Lopez

Dr. Lopez is the The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. From September 2013 – July 2015, Lopez served as the Vice President of the Academy of International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. From October 2010-July 2011, he served on the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN Sanctions on North Korea. He is one of the world’s leading experts on peacebuilding.

Richard Matthew

Dr. Matthew is the Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, and a Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School at the University of Toronto; a senior member of the United Nations Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; and a member of the World Conservation Union's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. He has received Certificates of Recognition for his research and service from the U.S. Congress. He is the author of over 150 publications including seven books. He is a globally recognized expert in the relationship between conflict, peacebuilding, and development, and works in Africa and elsewhere for the United Nations.

Bill McKibben

Mr. McKibben wrote the first book on climate change for a general audience, The End of Nature (1989) it has appeared in 24 languages. He is the founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middle bury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds 18 honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." The author of 15 books and hundreds of articles, he is a global leader in respect to climate change.

Susan Merrill

Ms. Merrill is an academic and a peacebuilder. She taught at the US Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College; where she also served as Senior Governance Advisor (2007-2009); at the USAWC, she also served as the USAID Professor (2005-2006). Merrill also taught at the Command and General Staff College, Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia (2006-2007); and for the International Resources Group (2007). She was the Senior Governance Advisor to USAID/Iraq-Baghdad, January-April, 2007; and the Mission Director, Office of General Development, USAID in Cambodia, 2003-2005. She has served in other senior management positions for USAID in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Liberia, El Salvador, Bosnia, and Iraq, serving in over 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She is Chief of Party, The Mitchell Group, and has run Evaluation and Analytical Services Projects for USAID in various African locations. She directs a $9.0 million project in West Africa, conducting research in democracy, governance, violence, extremism, gender, and peacebuilding. Merrill also teaches at Utah Valley University.

Michael Minch

Dr. Minch is the founder and director of The Summit Knowledge and Action Network. He is a professor of Political Philosophy at Utah Valley University. He helped found the Peace and Justice Studies Program at UVU, and was its first director for 12 years, stepping down in 2016 to devote more time to Summit. He does research and writes in a wide set of fields, including democratic theory, peacebuilding theory, theories of justice, and reconciliation, and theology. He is now working on a book on the relationship between democracy, morality, and peace that goes beyond conventional democratic peace theory literature. He also does research, teaching, and peacebuilding work in Northern Ireland, Haiti, the Balkans, West Africa, and Russia. Minch is on the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and the Global Peace Education Forum.

Pippa Norris

Dr. Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She has served as Director of the Democratic Governance Group in the United Nations Development Programme, and an expert consultant to many international organizations such as the World Bank, Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She is the Director of the Democracy Time-Series Data project and the European Data Center for Work and Welfare. Her current research focuses on the Electoral Integrity Project, a multi-million six-year research study. Among her many awards, she is the recipient of the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize awarded by the International Political Science Association, the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize awarded for contributing to innovative ideas about political culture in a global context, and a Doctor honoris causa for work "at the forefront of global political science" by the University of Edinburgh. She is a prolific author of important books, journal articles, and data sets.

Martin Price

Dr. Price is the UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Mountain Development, and Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, Scotland. He is the 2012 recipient of the King Albert Mountain Award, and was thereby recognized as having "played a vital role for the mountains of the world." Dr. Price has conducted mountain research across the planet and working on Oxford's Environmental Change Unit (now, Institute), he established the Unit's Mountain Regions and Conservation Programme. He has been the Scientific Associate of the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern; Scientific Director of the International Centre for Alpine Environments, Bourget-du-Lac, France; and Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA. His single-spaced list of publications runs over eleven pages.

Edmund Pries

Dr. Pries is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he specializes in global ethics, global citizenship, conflict and peacebuilding. He held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University/University of Toronto. Pries is Co-Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Cheyney Ryan

Dr. Ryan was a fellow of Oxford University’s Changing Character of War Program in 2008, and has been a fellow of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict since 2010. He is co-chair of the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights, and a member of Merton College, Oxford. He is the director of Human Rights Programs for ELAC. He is engaged in a multi-year project exploring the relation of pacifism and nonviolence to contemporary just war theory. Dr. Ryan has been named by the Washington Post as one of the twenty leading scholars “on the frontier of peace and conflict studies.” Before entering the academy, Ryan was deeply engaged in political activism, for example, working Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, and the United Farmworkers union founded by Cesar Chavez.

John D. "Jed" Shilling

Dr. Shilling is a Senior Advisor with the Millennium Institute, which has as its vision "a world in which decision makers apply extensive knowledge and a systemic perspective to bring about a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society." With a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, Shilling taught at Boston University, advised the Planning Ministry of Morocco, and worked for the World Bank on country modeling, sustainable development, macroeconomic policy analysis, environmental sustainability, capital flows, and financial markets, especially in Africa and Asia. He helped launch the World Development Report program and the WDR on Sustainable Development for 2002. He now consults with environmental foundations, the World Bank, UN agencies, and other institutions. He has led environmental evaluations for the World Bank and the UN Development Programme, and has served on the Boards of several environmental organizations.

Andrew Taber

Dr. Taber is the Executive Director of The Mountain Partnership, which works for economic development, conservation of mountain environments, and support of mountain cultures. With a PhD from Oxford, Taber began his career with the Wildlife Conservation Society where he worked for 18 years in South America, eventually directing their Latin American and Caribbean program. More recently, he worked for the Center for International Forestry Research as Deputy Director General, based in Bogor, Indonesia. Dr. Taber played a key role in creating protected space in Bolivia's Gran Chaco National Park, one of the Western Hemisphere's largest reserves.

Arjeta Troshani

Professor Troshani is the Dean of the Economic Faculty at Shkoder University, "Luigi Gurakuqi" in Shkoder, Albania. Her expertise is in sustainable development, especially with reference to developing tourism and marketing. She also lectures in the U.S. and across Europe.