Strategists discuss how affordable world security can move forward. Entrepreneurs drive changes in business, and social entrepreneurs can drive social change. The task before future strategists is to leverage what we have in innovative ways to guarantee the security the world needs. The challenge for strategists is to facilitate cooperation among nontraditional security guarantors in the private sector and in government."
The Washington Post called Lester Brown "one of the world's most influential thinkers." The Telegraph of Calcutta refers to him as "the guru of the environmental movement." In 1986, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers noting that his writings "have already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources."
Brown has authored or coauthored 50 books. One of the world's most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages. In November 2001, he published Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth, which was hailed by E.O. Wilson as "an instant classic." His most recent book is World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, which the Financial Times called "a provocative primer on some of the key global issues that businesses will face in the coming decades.”
He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including 25 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 United Nations' Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal, and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his "exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems." More recently, he was awarded the the Borgström Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, and was selected one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers of 2010.
Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
Until June 2011, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut was Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to taking up this post in June 2005, Perrin de Brichambaut was a Conseiller d’État (administrative judge) in the Conseil d’État, France’s highest administrative court. Since entering public service in 1974, he has held a variety of senior positions in the French civil service, including Ambassador and Head of the French Delegation to the OSCE from 1991 to 1994. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Saint–Cloud, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and the École Normale d’Administration, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut is a respected commentator on international affairs.
Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in June 1997, Gregorian served for nine years as the sixteenth presidentof Brown University.
He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. In 1956 he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.
Gregorian has taught European and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1972 he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty and was appointed Tarzian Professor of History and professor of South Asian history. He was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and four years later became its twenty-third provost until 1981.
For eight years (1981-1989), Gregorian served as a president of the New York Public Library, an institution with a network of four research libraries and eighty-three circulating libraries. In 1989 he was appointed president of Brown University.
Gregorian is the author of The Road to Home: My Life And Times, Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith, and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. A Phi Beta Kappa and a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Training Fellow, he is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the American Philosophical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 1969, he received the Danforth Foundation’s E.H. Harbison Distinguished Teaching Award.
He serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He served on the boards of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Aga Khan University, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Brandeis University, Human Rights Watch, the Museum of Modern Art and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been decorated by the French, Italian, Austrian and Portuguese governments. His numerous civic and academic honors include over sixty honorary degrees, including those from Brown, Dartmouth, Drew, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the City University of New York, Rutgers, Tufts, New York University, University of Aberdeen, the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fordham University, San Francisco State University, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently, Keio University, University of Miami, and the University of St. Andrews.
In 1986, Gregorian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 1989 the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. He has been honored by various cultural and professional associations, including the Urban League, the League of Women Voters, the Players Club, PEN-American Center, Literacy Volunteers of New York, the American Institute of Architects and the Charles A. Dana Foundation. He has been honored by the city and state of New York, the states of Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, and the cities of Fresno, Austin, Providence and San Francisco.
Sir David King is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Senior Scientific Advisor to UBS and Science Adviser to President Kagame of Rwanda.He also serves as Chair of the UK National Oceanography Centre Advisory Board; as Governor and Council Member of the Ditchley Foundation; as a member of the European Research Area Board; as a Trustee of the Ecological Sequestration Trust; and is a Member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of DSM, Holland. He is a non-executive director of Midatech Limited and Green Exchange LLC. He also works with President Gorbachev on Green Cross International (CCTF).Sir David was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1998 and Honorary Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He was knighted in 2003 for his work in science, and received the award of “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” from the French President in 2009 for his work on climate change and on negotiating the international agreement to build the world’s largest technology project, the ITER fusion reactor.