What I do

I am an econ­o­mist, mo­ti­va­tion­al speak­er and ad­vo­cate for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly sus­tain­able so­cial and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment as the means to end glob­al pover­ty. My per­son­al mis­sion is to strive every­day and in every way pos­si­ble to pro­mote, sup­port, fa­cil­i­tate and un­der­take efforts—large and small—to erad­i­cate pover­ty and hunger every­where, and to pro­mote and de­fend hu­man rights and dig­ni­ty.

At the same, I am trou­bled by the speed and ex­tent of glob­al warm­ing, cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion. Wanton ex­ploita­tion of nat­ur­al re­sources, cou­pled with un­sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion pat­terns, in par­tic­u­lar, threat­en the in­tegri­ty of the bios­phere and the sur­vival of plant and an­i­mal species around the world. Therefore, I am al­so a com­mit­ted en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and ad­vo­cate for an­i­mal rights.

I am cur­rent­ly President of the International Committee for October 17. The date in the name of this in­de­pen­dent and in­ter­na­tion­al­ly di­verse Committee has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance be­cause it is the day when the United Nations cel­e­brates its International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This an­nu­al ob­ser­vance ho­n­our­ing the dig­ni­ty and dai­ly strug­gles of peo­ple liv­ing in pover­ty has its ori­gins in the pop­u­lar people’s move­ment which be­gan ob­serv­ing the 17th of October as the World Day for Overcoming Poverty in 1987. On that oc­ca­sion, over a hun­dred thou­sand peo­ple from all walks of life gath­ered at the Trocadéro Plaza in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to ho­n­our the vic­tims of ex­treme pover­ty, vi­o­lence and hunger. I am proud to be a Friend and Ally of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

In re­cent years, I have de­vel­oped spe­cial ex­per­tise in the area of ed­u­ca­tion diplo­ma­cy. Education Diplomacy us­es the skills of diplo­ma­cy ground­ed in hu­man rights prin­ci­ples to ad­vance ed­u­ca­tion as a dri­ver for hu­man de­vel­op­ment. I am cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Advisory Group on Education Diplomacy.

I am a mem­ber of the United Nations’ Bureau of Speakers and un­der­take pro bono ad hoc speak­ing en­gage­ments on a range of top­ics with a spe­cial fo­cus on pover­ty, hu­man rights and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Please check my avail­abil­i­ty for speak­ing en­gage­ments us­ing the con­tact form be­low. (See: list of speak­ing en­gage­ments)

You can in­ter­act with me on twit­ter at @socialchoices and on face­book at https://www.facebook.com/globalsocialchange or send me a mes­sage us­ing the con­tact form be­low:

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