We are pleased to invite you to attend the Unequal World Online Conference to be held on September 28-29, 2020. The Conference will be organized by the Unequal World Research Center in partnership with the Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS), ConScienS, IRLA and IPSEC.

The conference aims to bring together top researchers, speakers from international organizations, decision-makers, diplomats and academics from diverse cultural, religious and political backgrounds from all around the world to share their experiences and exchange their research results on current topics that impact our society.

The conference theme is Human Development in the context of Current Global Challenges with the focus on multidisciplinary topics related to education, public health, human rights, global security, equality, environmental sustainability and economic development.

We hope this program will raise awareness on current pressing global challenges, and provide opportunities for researchers to share values such as freedom, non-discrimination, solidarity and justice that will enhance the future of human development.


Abstract deadline: August 15, 2020
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 week after submission
Conference Days: September 28-29, 2020

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The Unequal World Conference will be hosted online over the course of two days, September 28-28, 2020. All virtual presentations will be given live, via Zoom.

There is no registration fee

The conference is free of charge to all participants.

How to attend the Conference?

  1. You must register by sending us your abstract here: unequal.world/submission
  2. The abstract must be sent according to the requirements of the organizers (see details here: unequal.world/author-guidelines)
  3. You will receive an email with acceptance or rejection of your abstract or recommendations for improving the abstract in about 7-10 days from sending it through the form you can find on the site.
  4. After this, you don’t have to do anything else, you are already registered. Just make sure you are ready for your conference presentation.
  5. About a week before the conference date, you will receive an email with the conference Zoom access details. Also, a schedule will be created one week before the conference and you can find it on this link: unequal.world/agenda


Topics of interest for Abstract submission include, but are not limited to:

Human Development, Globalism, Social Justice, Religious Freedom, Sociology, Diversity and Equality Studies, Geography, Human Rights, Agriculture,  Migration, Ethnicity, Pluralist Society, Faith and Development, Finance and Economics, Human Genetics, Diplomacy Studies, Politics and Mass Media,  Multiculturalism, Education, Forms of Government, Global Health, Technology, Legal Studies, Environmental Studies, Demography, Consumerism Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development Goals, Poverty and other topics related to Human Development.


The accepted abstracts for presentation will be published in the Book of Abstracts with ISBN 978-1-945298-29-5.

The abstract must be submitted and presented in English. The abstract must be between 250-300 words indicating the purpose/significance, the methods, the findings and the conclusions of the research. The reviewing process does not include the correction of grammatical errors. We will send you an email notification of acceptance or rejection about one week of receiving your abstract.


  • Nelu Burcea, PhD

  • Julia Puaschunder, PhD

  • Titus Corlatean, PhD

  • Kimberly S. Adams, PhD

  • Shazia Nasir

    Head, School of Linguistics

  • Denise E. Burrill, PhD

  • Marian Gh. Simion, PhD

  • Nicoleta Hegheş, PhD

  • Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi

  • Iva Pires, PhD

Nelu Burcea, PhD


Nelu Burcea serves as the IRLA’s liaison to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and as its representative within the international community of civic and political leaders. He was the General Manager of Hope Channel Romania (2003-2009) and producer of the TV program “The Right to Hold an Opinion” for over 200 episodes – with the purpose of promoting human rights. He has been involved in academic research since 2011 by organizing international scientific conferences. He was the founder and editor of the Journal for Freedom of Conscience.

Dr. Burcea has a PhD in Economics specializing in Management Business Ethics, a Masters degree in Management of Business Development, and a Theology degree. He has also completed postgraduate study in Media and Marketing and Diplomatic Protocol and Communication and a Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University focusing on the area of religious freedom.

Julia Puaschunder, PhD

Julia M. Puaschunder, PhD – was educated as a behavioral economist with doctorates in Social and Economic Sciences and Natural Sciences, and Master’s degrees in Business, Public Administration and Philosophy/ Psychology as well as training in Global Political Economy and Finance. Before starting a Prize Fellowship in the Inter-University Consortium of New York at The New School with placements at Columbia University and Princeton University, she held several postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She has published numerous books and journal articles, and was awarded the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2018 she is a Marquis “Who’s Who in America and in the World” listee among the top 3% of professionals around the globe. Currently, Julia dedicates interest to Humanness, Automated Control and Artificial Intelligence Ethics in the digital age.

Titus Corlatean, PhD

Titus Corlăţean, PhD, is a legal scholar, diplomat, lawmaker and an educator. He holds a
BA and a PhD in Law from the University of Bucharest, and has conducted advanced
studies in International Relations and Diplomacy at the International Institute for Public
Administration in Paris, and at the National Defense College in Bucharest. Most recently,
Dr. Corlăţean was appointed visiting scholar at Harvard University, where he conducted
research on European values and secular governance related to the freedom of conscience
and religion. He is the author of several books in the field of human rights, and of
numerous scientific papers in the fields of law, human rights, and post-Soviet
secessionism. Currently, he teaches International and European Human Rights as
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of “Dimitrie Cantemir”
Christian University in Bucharest, Romania. In terms of political activity and public
service, Titus Corlăţean is a member of Social Democratic Party, and since 2004, he has
served as an MP, first as a deputy in the lower house of the Romanian Parliament, and
then as a Senator. Between 2005 and 2006 he was an observer in the Committee on Civil
Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the
European Parliament. Between 2007 and 2008 he served as first Vice-Chairman of the
Committee on Legal Affairs and member of the EU-Romania, a member of the European
Parliament, and served in Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. Between
2012 and 2014, Dr. Corlățean served as Romania’s Minister of Justice, and as Romania’s
Minister of Foreign Affairs. During 2017-2018, he served as President of the Romanian
National Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and also as
Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). In
2018, he was elected Chairman of the special joint Committee of the Chamber of
Deputies and the Senate to coordinate the parliamentary activities related to Romanian
Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In January 2019, Senator Corlățean
was unanimously elected member of the Romanian Parliament Delegation to the PACE
on behalf of two PACE committees: the European Commission against Racism and
Intolerance (ECRI), and the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation
of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism – MONEYVAL. In
September 2019, Dr. Corlățean was elected Vice-President of the Senate of Romania, and
in January 2020 he became Vice-President to PACE for the election of judges the
European Court of Human Rights. In February 2020, he was elected interim President of
the Senate of Romania. Currently, Dr. Corlățean is the Rapporteur of the Parliamentary
Assembly on the Middle East Peace Process for the Committee on Political Affairs and
Democracy, as well as the General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty on
behalf of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. He also serves First Vice-
Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy/PACE, and is a member
of the Committees on European Affairs, and on Constitutional Affairs within the
Romanian Senate.

Kimberly S. Adams, PhD

Dr. Kimberly S. Adams is a Professor of Political Science at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished political scientist and activist with more than 15 years of experience in academia and the private sector. She is a highly skilled campaigner with demonstrated expertise in helping candidates assess and respond to political climates. She is a creative problem solver who works across party labels, functions and industries to bring about political change. Dr. Adams is a team leader with a proven devotion to leadership development. She has a track record of success in publication and public speaking and served as a political analyst on national and local news programs. She has presented research and given over 80 talks across the world on women, race, and politics.

Dr. Adams is a member of numerous organizations including the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, the American News Women’s Club, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Adams is a charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and serves on the national political action committee for the National Organization for Women (NOW PAC) as well as a member of NOW’s Racial Justice Task Force.


Shazia Nasir

Head, School of Linguistics

Ms Shazia Nasir is one of the leading Soft Skills Expert in Pakistan. She delivers talks on Conscious Communication across all industries, educational levels and cultures. Conscious Communication is based on the belief that good soft skills are the foundation of relationships and the lifeblood of effective leadership, teamwork, and organizational performance. In general, people’s leadership and organizational effectiveness are a result of their ability to communicate.

She is a people’s person with a very positive approach towards them and thus she loves helping them grow personally and professionally. She strongly believes in Continuous Improvement and Change for the Better, be it the people or the organization itself.

Currently a PhD scholar from UiTM Malaysia, she started her career as a Montessori teacher, and the field of education became her obsession. Then there was no looking back and today, as a teacher/ corporate trainer, she loves sharing ideas, concepts, experience and case studies with the trainees to help them become more productive at work, to get work satisfaction and to be more valuable for their organization so that they can achieve their personal and overall company goals. She has also presented research papers at various national and international levels.

Denise E. Burrill, PhD

Denise E. Burrill, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Technology
of Fitchburg State University, in USA, and Associate Researcher at the Corhis Research
Center of Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3, in France, where she received her PhD.
Dr. Burrill is a co-founder of IPSEC and the Chair of its Board of Trustees. She holds a
Masters of Liberal Arts in Management with a Nonprofit Administration concentration
from Harvard University, and is the recipient of the Harold V. Langlois Outstanding
Scholar Award for “demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment and promise as
a manager,” and the recipient of the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award from
Harvard University. Her research focuses on management information systems, religious
phenomena, inter-religious networking and dialogue, culture, organizations and communication.

She has more than fifteen years of experience working in the financial
and technology sectors. She is a coeditor of several volumes including The Phenomenon
of Migration: Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium Vol.2/2016 Cambridge, MA:
The Scientific Press, 2016; The Holistic Society: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives:
Proceedings of Harvard Square Symposium Vol.3/2017 Cambridge, MA: The Scientific
Press, 2018, and of several peer-reviewed papers. Most recently she published together
with former PhD adviser, Professor Mihaela-Alexandra Tudor, a seminal research paper
titled “Culture, structure, and rational interests in interdenominational networking: a case
study of Romanian Orthodox Seminarians” Journal of Beliefs & Values, Vol. 41, Issue 2,

Marian Gh. Simion, PhD

Marian Gh. Simion, PhD, is a political scientist and a religious historian with a wide
array of expertise ranging from social sciences and humanities to policymaking and
management. He holds a PhD in international politics, policy, and law from Northeastern
University in Boston (where he studied public policy and political leadership with
Michael S. Dukakis, the former Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic
Nominee for President of the United States), and completed postdoctoral research at
Harvard University in religion and diplomacy. Dr. Simion is a Cambridge University
author and published several books including Research Methodology in Orthodox Peace
Studies – University Textbook (Cluj–Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2016);
Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict and Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2015); Just Peace: Orthodox Perspectives (Geneva: WCC Publications,
2012); Religion and Political Conflict: From Dialectics to Cross-Domain Charting
(Montréal: Presses internationale polytechnique, 2011), and others. His teaching
experience goes back for almost two decades both in the US and abroad. Most recently
Dr. Simion taught courses on government at Harvard University, ethics at Boston
College, research methods at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and
economics and management at Fitchburg State University, and lectured around the world
on international security, conflict resolution, and religious diplomacy in Romania, China,
Korea, Syria, Germany, UK, South Africa, and others. As a practitioner, Dr. Simion has a
strong experience in international conflict transformation, human rights, international
public policy; working in countries such as North Korea, South Korea, China, Syria,
Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and others. Currently, he splits his time on three
continents working as a Field Education Supervisor and President of the Institute for
Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, as
Visiting Professor at Fitchburg State University, in Fitchburg, MA, and as honorary
Foreign Affairs Advisor at the Parliament of Romania in Bucharest, and as Associate
Fellow at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Nicoleta Hegheş, PhD

Education: Licensed in Legal Sciences – Faculty of Juridical and Administrative Sciences of ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University (2004); M.A. Diploma: Business Law – Faculty of Juridical and Administrative Sciences of ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University (2007); M.A. Diploma: Forensic Science – Faculty of Economic, Legal and Administrative Sciences of The Romanian University of Sciences and Arts “Gheorghe Cristea” (2008); Doctorate in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest (2011); Postdoctorate – Beneficiary: University of Craiova, Partners: ”Lucian Blaga” University Sibiu; University of Bucharest; West University of Timișoara. Project Scholarships in Romania through European support for Ph.D. Candidate and Postdoctoral students, SPONSORSHIP DOC-POSTDOC, POSDRU/159/1.5/S/133255 (2015)Training and internships courses in Austria, Italy, Greece, and Russia.

Work experience: Vice-President of the “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University Senate, Deputy Director – International Institute for Human Rights, ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Dean – Faculty of Juridical and Administrative Sciences, ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Vice-Dean – Faculty of Juridical and Administrative Sciences, ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Professor at Faculty of Juridical and Administrative Sciences, ”Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University of Bucharest, Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Law, ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi. Member of The Romanian Society of Criminology and Criminalistics; Forensic Association in Romania; Romanian Association of Criminal Sciences; Association Internationale de Droit Pénal and others.

Publications: Author: The consumption phenomenon of New Substances with Psychoactive Properties (”ethnobotanical”). Criminal, Criminological, Forensic and Medical Issues, Univers Juridic Publishing House, Bucharest, 2015; Traffic and consumption of illicit narcotics. Multidisciplinary Issues, Univers Juridic Publishing House, Bucharest, 2012; Forensics, Universitaria Pro Publishing House, Bucharest, 2014; Co-author: Experiments and simulations in the forensic laboratory, CH Beck Publishing House, Bucharest, 2010; Mediation, an alternative to the Court, vol. The place of mediation in the Romanian judicial system, Pro Universitaria Publishing House, Bucharest, 2013; The Right to Happiness. The Relation Between Happiness and the Quality of Life, Part v: The Right to Happiness, Chapter Thirty-Four-the Consumption of Narcotics: ”Fake Happiness”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, 2013.

Scientific activity resulted in more than 60 articles published in specialized journals and participation in seminars, symposia, conferences, and national and international congresses and workshops.

Areas of specialization: Human Rights, Criminal Law, Forensics Science, Mediation in Criminal Matters.

Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi

Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi is an International Professional Staff Member holding a Continuing Contract at the United Nations Secretariat till 30/09/2030, and working as an Economist for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – Office for North Africa, Rabat- Morocco. She is also a tenured Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Commerce- Mansoura University, Egypt [on sabbatical leave (national assignment) to work for UNECA]. Prior to joining UNECA in 2005, Prof. Elbeshbishi lectured at universities in Bahrain, Egypt and the United States of America. She has also worked with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). Prof. Elbeshbishi is the author/co-author of many research papers and books on several economic and social development issues. She holds a Master’s and a PhD degree in Economics from Fordham University- New York, United States of America; and a Master’s degree in Economics from Mansoura University, Egypt.

Iva Pires, PhD

Iva Miranda Pires is an Associate Professor at the Faculdade Ciências Sociais e Humanas, NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL); she holds a degree in Geography, from the University of Coimbra and a PhD in Human Geography, from the University of Lisbon. She lectures at the Sociology Department and is the coordinator of the Master’s and PhD programs in Human Ecology. She is a senior researcher at CICS. Nova, the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences. Sin2018 she is the elected President of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE). In Portugal, she is on the advisory board of the National Committee for the Struggle against Food Waste.

Both as coordinator or team member, she has been involved in several research projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) as well as international research projects. She was the scientific coordinator of FELOW Mundus (2013-2017), an Erasmus Mundus mobility program with Latin America (led by UNL) and is presently coordinating an EU KA2 Erasmus+ project. Her main scientific areas of research are human ecology, sustainable development, food waste, social and economic geography. She has several publications on these topics, including books, book chapters and academic papers. As part of her scientific activity she organized and participated in seminars, symposia, conferences, and national and international congresses and workshops.