Matt Brown is founder of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to 300 leaders and more than 450,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; built an international student movement with 100 campus chapters in ten countries; and produced an acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, with the team behind An Inconvenient Truth. Matt is the former Secretary of State of Rhode Island (2002-2006) and Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, a national service program. As Secretary of State, Matt developed Rhode Island’s first Central Voter Registration System, a computerized voter registration system ensuring accurate voter lists; he launched Motor Voter e-Registration, a first-in-the-nation electronic voter registration system; and he developed new e-Government tools to increase the transparency of government. Matt has taught at the University of Rhode Island, and has given legislative testimony on election reform, government reform, health care, and other policy issues. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Chetan Gulati is a Managing Director at Perry Capital, London. Perry is an investment firm with approximately $8 billion in assets under management that focuses on event-driven investments in both debt and equities, with a core focus on the United States and Europe. Chetan has been with Perry since 2007; prior to Perry, he was an associate for four years at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a corporate law firm based in New York, where he focused on bankruptcies, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to the law firm, Chetan spent a semester as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Chetan is a graduate of the University of Rochester and earned his JD at Yale Law School in 2002.
Sharon Johnson was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, with degrees from Wits University in Industrial Psychology (Hons) and English Literature.
Sharon began her career in the advertising industry in South Africa, with career highlights including the ANC’s first election campaign and the launch and growth of MTN, Africa’s largest cellular phone network today. She relocated to Sydney, Australia to work with a global portfolio of leading brands, developing their growth and marketing communications strategies during a period of great change in the region, when Asian markets were opening to globalisation, increasing the demand and reach of telecommunications and financial services, and the first notable impacts of climate change were impacting on industries from agriculture to retail.
With a young family, Sharon relocated to the UK in 2001 with a corporate sustainability focus, working with large corporations across supply chain innovations and communications. She has consulted to FTSE500 CEO’s and a range of global and UK Foundations to scale sustainable business with full regard for human rights and citizen engagement, and has designed and implemented global campaigns to increase citizen engagement in rights based issues.
Sharon worked as part of the team incubating The Elders in 2007, subsequently running their Human Rights Programme through to 2009; and returned as their Campaign Director for two years leading up to their founder, Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary to reinvigorate communications and drive civil society engagement with The Elders’ work. She now serves a group of rising global leaders, The NewNow, working for dignity, equality and justice.
Sharon is a Trustee and Supervisory Board member of The Wildlife Justice Commission and a Board member of Namati.
Sharon lives in North London with her husband. They have three children.
Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical associate professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City. She and her students work in solidarity with grassroots organizations on projects involving sexual and health rights and access to justice. She has conducted human rights fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United States. Her publications have appeared in scholarly reviews such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal and popular publications including the Global Opinion pages of NYTimes.com, the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, and allAfrica.com. She is a former fellow with the International Crisis Group and has been honored as one of the National Law Journal’s “Top 40 Minority Lawyers Under 40″ and as Fordham Law School’s “Public Interest Professor of the Year.” She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University.
Ricken Patel is co-founder and executive director of Avaaz.org, the largest global political web movement in history with over 41 million subscribers in all 193 countries. Avaaz has a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people want. Ricken was voted “Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics” in 2009 by the Huffington Post and was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum. Prior to Avaaz he lived in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict, and worked for the International Crisis Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Res Publica. He holds a graduate degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and graduated first in his university class from Balliol College, Oxford University.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is president of the Centre for Policy Research, one of India’s most distinguished think tanks. He is also a member of NYU Law School’s Global Faculty. He was previously Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University; Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard, and for a brief period, Professor of Philosophy and of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Mehta holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University. He was awarded the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences- Political Science.
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