The UNEQUAL World Research Center will host an online conference on December 11-12, 2023. The conference theme is Shaping a World of Freedoms:  75 Years of Legacy and Impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How Will Human Rights Shape the Future? The event will be co-organized by IPSEC, and the IRLA and SDA Liaison Office to the United Nations.

We are delighted to invite you to participate in this fourth edition of the UNEQUAL World Conference. This event will take place around Human Rights Day, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our primary focus will be on analyzing the profound impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in various areas, including the advancement of human dignity, fundamental freedoms, human security, civil and political rights, including the freedom of religion or belief, law, human development, health, humanitarian rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, social justice, equality, and non-discrimination, among other related subjects.

Over the past 75 years, the effort to uphold universal human rights and religious freedom has evolved into a delicate balancing act between lofty ideals and harsh realities. Since its adoption in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has stood as a pivotal document, leaving a distinctive mark on global legal, political, and social landscapes. Guided by an orientation for equality and dignity, nations worldwide have gathered within the United Nations to protect and promote fundamental principles of human rights and contribute towards inclusion, non-discrimination, and the protection of all people’s rights. However, reflecting on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we may recognize that our aspirations are still far from being realized. Emerging challenges and ever-changing landscapes encourage us to strengthen universal human rights and religious freedom for future generations.

The conference was designed to create a platform where leading researchers, speakers representing international organizations, decision-makers, diplomats, and academics from various cultural, religious, and political backgrounds, could exchange ideas and take action on the most pressing current issues. Its primary goal is to foster the sharing of experiences and perspectives on key issues to pressing contemporary human rights violations that strongly impact our society.


  • Notification of acceptance/rejection:  1 week after submission
  • Conference Days: December 11-12, 2023

Please visit our information page for answer to frequently questions: unequal.world/information/


The Unequal World Conference will be hosted online over the course of two days, December 11-12, 2023. All virtual presentations will be given live, via Zoom.

How to attend the Conference?

  1. You will need to submit 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 in about 7-10 days from sending it through the form you can find on the site.
  4. After acceptance, 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.


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

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Legal Studies, Social Justice, Religious Freedom, Human Development, Human Rights, Pluralist Society, Faith and Development, Sociology, Diversity and Equality Studies, Migration, Ethnicity, Finance and Economics Rights, Diplomacy Studies, Politics and Mass Media, Multiculturalism, Education, Forms of Government, Global Health, Technology, Environmental Studies, Demography, Globalism, Consumerism Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development Goals, Poverty and other topics related to Human Development, Equality in Education, Technology Integration, Women & Learning, Poverty and illiteracy, Finance and Education, Education and Religious Freedom, Psychology, New Technologies, Cultural and Spiritual Development, Multiculturalism, Diversity Studies, Language Studies, Ethics in Education, Norms, and Values and any other topic related to Human Rights.


The accepted abstracts for presentation will be published in the Book of Abstracts with ISBN 979-8-9894202-1-6.

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.


Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, and Religious Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective –  December 2022
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Integrity, Freedom, and Trust – A Comprehensive Understanding of Corruption and Its Effect on Human Rights – December 2021
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The Right to Education Transforming the World Through Inclusive Quality Education – January 2021 
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Human Development in the Context of Current Global Challenges –  September 2020
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Marco Marsili, PhD

I was delighted to have the possibility to participate in the Unequal World International Conference and to share the floor with such distinguished colleagues from almost all the planet. From the attendance in other sessions than mine, I had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in a variety of topics that are far away from my usual research areas; it was, therefore, a chance for enhancing my skills. I’d like to thank the organization of the conference for the big effort made, especially in this hard times of emergency, and I look for participating in the next edition.

Marco Marsili, PhD
Lisbon, Portugal

Sefouhi Linda, PhD

It was a pleasure for me to participate in this conference. I found it very interesting and thank you very much for all you have done to make this event a success.

Sefouhi Linda, PhD
Université Batna2, Algérie

Siti Khairatun, Ph.D, CHE

This conference is a great platform for professionals and researchers around the globe to showcase their works for human developments which exist in all levels of life. I am grateful for being part of the scientific committee to share my research findings relating to franchise business which is significant not only for Malaysia, but also for other countries as an effort to have a sustainable franchise business. I am looking forward to joining more events in the future. Thanks again.

Siti Nurhayati Khairatun, Ph.D, CHE
Certified Servsafe Instructor & Proctor (USA)
Senior Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Alpheaus Litheko, PhD

I am grateful for the opportunity that was granted to me to present my research paper at this international conference and looking forward to participating once again in the future. Many thanks.

Alpheaus Litheko, PhD
North West University, South Africa

Francisco Rodrigues

Attending this conference was a great opportunity for me to learn. It was my first participation in a worldwide conference, and I had the chance to learn and exchange experience with the other participants, all with extremely interesting research. I just have to thank and wish other meetings like these to happen soon. Congratulations to the organizers! Best wishes to you,

Francisco Wagner Bezerra Rodrigues
São Paulo, Brazil

Mennatullah Hendawy

Thanks alot for the opportunity to participate in the Unequal World conference!

Mennatullah Hendawy
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Żaklina Skrenty, PhD

Thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful event. Thanks to the invitation of distinguished guests and excellent organization, it was an unforgettable event. The participants in their speeches touched upon very different but very important and current topics. They were all thought-provoking and encouraged further scientific research. I hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to participate in the conferences you are organising.

Żaklina Skrenty, PhD
University of Zielona Góra, Poland

Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi

It was a real pleasure for me to participate in this great conference and I am looking forward to our future fruitful collaboration. I wish you all the best!

Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Rabat, Morocco

Abdul Momin, PhD

It was indeed pleasure for me to participate in this conference and I am looking forward to participating in the next edition. Many thanks.

Abdul Momin, PhD
The University of Lahore, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan

Estella Achinko

The Unequal World Conference is a place for people seeking to make the world a better place. I am more than elated to have shared my voice on this platform; an extraordinary space that gives everyone a chance to make their voices heard, in a world where not everyone is given the opportunity.

Estella Achinko,
Participant from Cameroon

Yolanda Yuen Tsang, PhD

Big appreciation to the organizer and all speakers. It was my pleasure to meet you all here in this great platform. Best wishes from Texas 🙂

Yolanda Yuen Tsang, PhD
Tarleton State University, USA

Abdul Momin Ahmad, PhD

Wonderful conference. Thoroughly enjoying the lovely experience.

Abdul Momin Ahmad, PhD
The University of Lahore, Pakistan

Sara Fernandes, PhD Student

Thank you for this possibility! Hope we’ll have more opportunities in the future.

Sara Fernandes, PhD Student
Lisbon, Portugal

Julia Puaschunder, PhD

Thank you Unequal World Conference for hosting us so nicely. Thank you all very much for this amazing opportunity!
I really enjoyed all the wonderful presentations from around the world on such exciting topics with your conference! Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of this fascinating conference!

Julia Puaschunder, PhD
Columbia University, The New School, USA

Ian Nasser Berowa, PhD

The sole presenter from the Philippines! Thank you so much for having me, it was such an honor and a privilege.

Ian Nasser Berowa, PhD
Mindanao State University, Philippines

Samhita K, PhD Student

Various countries! Excellent experience!

Samhita K, PhD Student
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Kezell Klinck, PhD

This was a beautiful and exciting experience!

Kezell Klinck, PhD
North West University, South Africa

Priya Bhalla, PhD

Thanks for the opportunity to attend. It was indeed a very well organised conference and I would like to attend your conferences in future. Best wishes!

Priya Bhalla, PhD
University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Dipanwita Pal, PhD

It was a great experience to be a part of such a great conference. The discussions on various issues by a number of eminent speakers were a treat to one’s intellect. I am much enriched from the entire endeavor. Thank you so much Unequal World for giving me the opportunity to present my research work on such a great platform. Hope to join you again in future!

Dipanwita Pal, PhD
Galsi Mahavidyalaya, West Bengal, India.

Anuradha Bose

The Unequal World Conference was an enriching experience with insightful presentations on contemporary challenges and issues for Human Development across the globe. It was a wonderful learning experience. I look forward to participating in the future Unequal World Conference as well.

Anuradha Bose, PhD Student, New Delhi, India

Previous SPEAKERS 

  • Nelu Burcea, PhD

  • Thierry Valle

  • Lucile Sabas, PhD

  • Julia Puaschunder, PhD

  • Shazia Nasir

  • Titus Corlatean, PhD

  • Denise E. Burrill, PhD

  • Marian Simion, PhD

  • Nicoleta Hegheş, PhD

  • Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi

  • Carlos Biaggi, PhD

  • Thomas Harvey, PhD

  • Rossana E. Gonzáles

  • Teresa Flores Chiscul

  • Ivy Koek

  • Kimberly S. Adams, 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.

Thierry Valle

Thierry Valle has been an active advocate for human rights for more than two decades. He has extensive experience concerning freedom of religion and belief around the world. He organized numerous symposiums on religious freedom in France. Thierry has been a participant of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the last ten years, speaking on issues relating to freedom of religion and restrictions on human rights as they relate to anti-terrorism laws in Europe. He has also written numerous reports for the OSCE. The Coordination of the Associations and the People for Freedom of Conscience is an European NGO with United Nations Consultative Status, created two decades ago and dedicated to protect the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief. Developing their expertise for 20 years, defending religious minorities against discrimination, they produce reports on religious freedom issues and organize events, conferences, and meetings to unite minority religions to counter discrimination in Europe and worldwide. Thierry also takes part in the European platform for Fundamental Rights, for which he has made numerous reports on violations of religious freedom in Europe.

Lucile Sabas, PhD

Lucile Sabas, PhD

Is Assistant Dean of the College of professions & Associate Professor of Finance & Economics at Andrews University, in Michigan. Lucile Sabas has been Associate Professor of Economics at the College of Professions since 2011 and Assistant Dean of the same College since 2021. Prior to this, she was professor of Economics and Financial Administration and research Director at the School of Administration at Montemorelos University in Mexico, university president of COSENDAI Adventist University in Cameroon, and principal of the Guadeloupe Adventist Conference High School in the French West Indies-Guadeloupe. She has served as the Head of the Education Department at the Guadeloupe Conference, and managed a medium-sized business with 45 employees. Sabas speaks French, English, Spanish and Creole, and has traveled and worked across the globe. Her work and numerous research, especially on questions of economic development have led her to participate in international conferences in more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, the Caribbean, South America and Australia.


She holds a BA in Economics, from University of the French West Indies. An MA in Economics (master ′s degree I), University of the French West Indies Thesis title: “External Indebtment of Latin American Countries and its Consequences on the Economic Development of the Region: The Case of Brazil”. A Diploma before the PhD (master ′s degree II) in Economics Thesis title: “Adjustment Policies of the IMF and the Financial Problems in Latin America: Case of Venezuela”. A PhD in Economics, University of La Sorbonne-Paris I. Dissertation title: “Exchange Rate Policy and the Insertion of a Small Developing Country to the World Economy: The Cases of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic”

Her research interests include convergence process of developing countries, national debts and economic growth, health economics and prevention.


Traveling (for study and tourism), walking, gymnastics, aerobics

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.

Shazia Nasir

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.

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.

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 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.

Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi

Prof. Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi is an International Professional Staff Member working as a Chief of Employment and Skills for Sustainable Development Section for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – Office for North Africa, Rabat- Morocco. She is also a tenured Professor of Economics at 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 Ph.D. degree in Economics from Fordham University- New York, United States of America; and a Master’s degree in Economics from Mansoura University, Egypt.

Carlos Biaggi, PhD

Dr. Carlos Biaggi is the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Middle East University, Beirut, Lebanon. He is Associate Professor of Management and Accounting, and Academic Advisor of the MBA program. He hails from Argentina and brings 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and academia in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Philippines, and Lebanon. He is a CPA in his country, holds an MBA from Universidad Autónoma de Asunción (Paraguay), and a PhD in Business from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Philippines). Carlos is passionate about utilizing the latest technologies in business in a context of integrity and ethics. He lives in Lebanon with his wife Silvana and their two children, Giuliana and Giovanni. His research areas are business ethics, spirituality in business, strategy, human resources management, entrepreneurship, and qualitative research. Carlos serves as reviewer of the Asian Qualitative Research Association; International Forum; and the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion.

Thomas Harvey, PhD

Thomas Harvey serves as Academic Dean of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). He has written extensively on issues of Church and State in China and Southeast Asia. He authored Acquainted with Grief: Wang Mingdao’s Stand for the Persecuted Church in China as well as numerous articles on Christianity, Christian social engagement, and Mission. In particular, Dr Harvey examines ideological tensions in modern nations between the state and religious minorities.

Rossana E. Gonzáles

Rossana Esther Muga Gonzáles has a Law Degree by the Catholic University Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Peru. Master Studies in Bioethics by Center for Advanced and Social Research, Mexico and Master’s degree completed in Constitutional Law and Human Rights by the National Major University of San Marcos, Peru. She has been intern of the Globo Team of Alliance Defending Freedom (USA).

She is Member of the Latin American Consortium of Religious Freedom, Allied Attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom (USA), Peer Reviewer for the Mexican Bulletin of Comparative Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

She has experience as University professor, international Senior Researcher and international speaker in conferences and seminars regarding defense of human rights, religious freedom and international law, with publications about those topics. Currently, she is the Coordinator of World Watch Research Unit for Latin America and Non-European Western Countries from Open Doors International.

Teresa Flores Chiscul

Teresa Flores Chiscul

Lawyer graduated from the Catholic University Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Peru. Master’s degree completed in Constitutional Law and Human Rights by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos – Peru.

With experience in research and the study of religious freedom in the region. Intern at the Latin American Center for Human Rights – CLADH in Mendoza, Argentina. Junior researcher of the Gender and Family division of the Center for Advanced Social Research – CISAV in Querétaro, Mexico.

Teresa Flores Chiscul gives lectures on issues related to hostilities against the right to religious freedom in different academic and political forums in Mexico, Peru and Colombia.She is currently working as director of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America – OLIRE, a research, training and advocacy program whose mission is to promote religious freedom and highlight the restrictions on this right throughout the region.

Ivy Koek

Ivy Koek is a Representative to the UN for Soka Gakkai International (SGI) based in New York and Focal Point for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Engaged in SGI’s work in gender justice, sustainability and climate change, peace, disarmament, and human rights mainly through its nonformal education approach since joining in 2013. She is currently the Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York (NGO CSW/NY) and has served on the Executive Committee since 2014 serving various roles including the Co-chair of the Young Professionals Subcommittee. Ivy’s prior work has taken her from her home in the U.S. to Venezuela and Japan in the fields of education, study abroad, editing and translation. Some of her past projects included issues such as women peacebuilders as well as child labor. Ivy is passionate about young women’s leadership, building a culture of peace, bridging divides, creating inclusive civil society spaces and interfaith collaboration.


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.