Advisory Board

The International Advisory board is formed by people recognised for their critical and purposeful lives and work. They guarantee the focus and the plural approach of the process and accompany the process of the Barcelona Consensus. We can currently count on 36 experts, 18 men and 18 women, from a geoculturally diverse background:

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Argentina)
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel is the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1980 and president of the Service of Peace and Justice in Argentina.
We need all the efforts to find solutions to those problems that the mankind has to do front – a situation caused by the economic crisis. The big challenge is to formulate a new Social Agreement in a global scale; we can not continue applying palliative measures to a moribund system, as that case.”
Ahmed Rahmani (France – Morocco)
Ahmed Rahmani is the director of the “Institut d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Modernité” (IRM) in Paris.
Aminata Toure Barry (Mali)
Aminita Toure Barry is the Coordinator of the Coalition of Mali on Debt and Development (CAD – Mali).
Around the world people are suffering from a extremely serious social and economic crisis, characterised by an offensive of the international financial capital, that causes the destruction of work-places,  militarisation, colonial conquest and imperialist domination, the game of nuclear war, the criminalization of immigration, the food crisis, reforms and privatisations. The building of aliances of citizens to create an alteranative to this is necessary for a just world” //
Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury is former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
“The flourishing of culture of peace will generate the mindset that is a prerequisite for the transition from force to reason, from conflict and violence to dialogue and peace. Culture of peace will then provide the bedrock to support a stable, progressing and prospering world – a world that is finally at peace with itself.”
Ana Esther Ceceña (México)
Ana Esther Ceceña is an economist, teacher and researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma of Mexico (UNAM), coordinator of the Latin America Obsevatory of Geopolitics. Member of CLACSO.
Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma)
Aung San Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Currently, she is part of lower house of the Burmese Parliament fighting for sustainable and inclusive development in her country.
When Aung San Suu Kyi was invited to form part of the advisory board she was still under house-arrest imposed on her by the Burmese government. This sanction for her fight for the rights of her people did not allow her to communicate with the outside world. Her participation has, however, been approved by her closest colleagues.
      Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Portugal)
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is a sociologist and director of the Centre of Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. He is an active member of the World Social Forum.
 Cândido Grzybowski (Brazil)
Cândido Grzybowski is a sociologist and director of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE). He is also an active member of the organizing committee of the World Social Forum.
Cynthia Ann McKinney (USA)
Cynthia Ann McKinney is a former US Congresswoman. Since 2007 she is member of the Green Party and in 2008 Green presidential candidate. In 2012 she ran for a seat in congress. She has been an strong advocate for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and borded in 2008 the ship Dignity as part of a humanitarian mission by the Free Gaza Movement. She is also active in the The Russell Tribunal on Palestine.,
Fatma Alloo (Tanzània)
Fatma Alloo is a feminist activist, journalism and founder of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA). She is also founder of the NGO Resoure Center (NGORC).
Federico Mayor Zaragoza (Catalunya – Espanya)
Federico Mayor Zaragoza was was Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999 and is currently president of the Peace Culture Foundation and Ubuntu (World Forum of Civil Society Networks). He is also Honorary Chairman of the Académie de la Paix and President of the International Commission for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. //
François Houtart (Belgium)
François Houtart is a sociologist and catholic priest. He is an author and co-author of numerous publications on socio-religious matters. In 1976 he founded the non-governmental organisation CETRI. In 2009, Houtart was awarded the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.
Gertrude Mongella (Tanzània)
Gertrude Mongella was the first president of the Pan-African Parliament. Mongella was former Tanzanian Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women and a Member of the Trustee to the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). She has also been member of the “Council of the Future” of the UNESCO.
Hazel Henderson (USA – GB)
Hazel Henderson is a writer, futurist an economic iconoclast foscusing on the topic of ethical markets. She is a strong advocate for an equitable and ecologically sustainable human development. She is president of Ethical Markets Media LLC (USA and Brazil).
“Broaden the dialogue on global transition of human society towards justice and sustainability is vital now. I am happy to be part of this creative project.”
Ibrahim Coulibaly (Mali)
Syndicalist, founder of the National Confederation of Rural Organizations of Mali (CNOP).
Ioanna Kuçuradi (Turkey)
Ioanna Kuçuradi is UNESCO Chair in Philosophy and Human Rights and president of the Philosophical Society of Turkey. She is a former member of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
  Jane Cull (Australia)
 The author, scholar and consultant is internationally esteemed as a trail blazer in the field of sustainability.
 “The Barcelona Consensus is an important international collaborative project in transitioning to a just and sustainable world, socially, economically and environmentally.  I am honored to be participating and contributing to this project.”
Jean Ziegler (Switzerland)
The Swiss politician, author, “altermondialiste” and sociologist is one of the most outspoken voices for the Right to Food.
 Lau Kin Chi (China – Hong Kong)
Lau Kin Chi is assistant professor at the department of Cultural Studies of Lingnan University. She is an active member of the Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA) and the People’s Plan for the 21st Century (PP21). She is also member of the Executive Committee of CSD and Green Empowerment.
Luisa Morgantini (Italy)
 Prominent member of the Italian peace movement. Peacemaker Award 2008 Alliance for Reconstruction, a U.S. based non-profit organization.
 Moustafa Barghoutti (Palestine)
Moustafa Barghoutti is a doctor and a professor for political science. He is a strong spokesperson for democracy and the Palestine NGO sector.
Pan Guang (China)

Pan Guang is the director of the Shanghai Centre of International Studies and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is further an Ambassador of the Alliance of Civilizations (UN).
       Pedro Páez Pérez (Ecuador)
Pedro Páez Pérez is Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Director of the National Bank of Ecuador and member of the UN-Commission on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System and former Finance Minister of Ecuador. He is a member of the Stiglitz-Comission.
 Pierre Beaudet (Canada)

Pierre Beaudet is a sociologist, founder of the ONGAlternatives” and professor at the School for  International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.
  Ruth Bamela Engo (Cameroon)
Ruth Bamela Engo is the president and executive director of the organisation “African Action on Aids”.

“The time has come to finally ensure that the rules that guarantee the common good or the minimal level of common humanity (which elevates the human race as a whole) are applied to everybody”.
P. V. Rajagopal (India)
P.V. Rajagopal is founder of the organisation Ekta Parishad which fights for the rights of the weakest members of the Indian society. He’s a non-violent human rights activist.
Samir Amin (Egypt)
Samir Amin is an economist and the director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. He is also president of the “World forum of Alternatives”. /
Shirin Ebadi (Iran)
Shirin Ebadi is a Human Rights activist and an advocate and Cofounder of the Association for Support of Children’s Rights in Iran. She was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.
      Sultan Bakarat (Jordan – United Kingdom)
 Sultan Bakarat is a professor of political sciences and director of the “Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit” of the University of York.
Susan George (USA / France)

Susan George is author of fourteen books, honorary president of Attac France and a Committee member of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam.

“Barcelona Consensus looks like a very good project. I like especially the first line, ‘the answers cannot come from who have caused, have accepted or have taken advantage of the crisis.’ The “consensus” does not have to be understood as “lowest common denominator”, but as an agreement each person can live despite not being its ideal. It will be an honor to take part of this group and I am ready to contribute. Barcelona is an innovatice city and the perfect starting point for a better world”.
Vandana Shiva (India)
Vandana Shiva is a physicist, philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist. She is a board members of the International Forum on Globalization and founder of “Navdanya”. /
Virginia Vargas (Peru)
Virginia Vargas is a sociologist, feminist writer and activist. She founded the Center for the Peruvian Women “Flora Tristán”.
Wahu Kaara (Kenya)
Wahu Kaara is member of the African Social Forum and the Kenya Debt Relief Network (KENDREN).
   Walden Bello (Philippines)
Walden Bello is senior analyst of “Focus on the Global South”, fellow of the Transnational Institute and professor at the university of the Philippines.
Victoire Ingabire (Rwanda)
Victoire Ingabire is a Member of the Unified Democratic Forces of Rwanda.
Rustem Khairov (Rússia)
Rustem Kairov is member of the Foundation for Survival and Development of Humanity.