Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

President and Founder

"In the seemingly ordinariness of daily living is the power of transformation. Individual transformation arises out of awareness, and a willingness to change to become a better person right where we are. We each have personal responsibility and collective responsibility to make positive changes here and now."

Background

Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, and Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta. He was previously Senior Advisor, United Nations Global Compact in the Executive Office of Secretary-General (EOSG) of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Dr. de Silva has taught Political Science, International Relations, Diplomacy and United Nations Studies at a number of universities in the United States, and served as Lecturer, School of Politics and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at the Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He has over thirty-years-experience in conflict and peace studies—with a special focus on political violence, paramilitaries, counterterrorism, and transnational security, as well as the role of diplomacy within the United Nations system. Dr. de Silva’s current research focuses on human trafficking, forced migration, and terrorism in Libya, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. He is co-editor, with Robin Andersen (2018) The Routledge Companion to Media and Humanitarian Action, and with Ronaldo Munck (2000) Postmodern Insurgencies: Political Violence, Identity Formation and Peacemaking in Comparative Perspective, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press. Dr. de Silva’s new book is forthcoming (2021) Media and Transcontinental Humanitarian Action in the Time of COVID-19: Human Trafficking, Forced Migration and the German Marshall Plan With Africa, New York: Routledge.

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Background

Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD, is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.

She is a United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative, and Chair Emerita of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, A Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa, (i.e. Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school which she helped to build named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School.

She wrote the chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, which was published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian women entitled, Learning In The Light. Her chapter, Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book, Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship. Her article, The Role Of Identity In The Rise And Decline of Buddhism In Hawaii, The 50th State Of The United States Of America, has been published in Sambodhi, a Buddhist Journal. She published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled, The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. She wrote the chapter, The US In Foreign Affairs: Source of Global Security, Or Source of Global Fear? in the book, America & The World The Double Bind. She is currently writing a chapter on Space Ethics for a legal, academic book on Space Law.

She has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii. She is the recipient of the Medal “Pride of Eurasia” and a Diploma from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University for her outstanding contribution to the development of spiritual culture and education in Eurasia. She is the recipient of the Spirit of the UN Award which is given to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated the vision and spirit of the United Nations as expressed through the UN Charter, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was conferred an Honorary Interfaith Minister degree by the New Seminary.

Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta

“The scarcity of resources can lead to future wars but more immediate and more urgent is water that we can use for human consumption.”

Biography

Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, and Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta. He was previously Senior Advisor, United Nations Global Compact in the Executive Office of Secretary-General (EOSG) of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Dr. de Silva has taught Political Science, International Relations, Diplomacy and United Nations Studies at a number of universities in the United States, and served as Lecturer, School of Politics and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at the Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He has over thirty-years-experience in conflict and peace studies—with a special focus on political violence, paramilitaries, counterterrorism, and transnational security, as well as the role of diplomacy within the United Nations system. Dr. de Silva’s current research focuses on human trafficking, forced migration, and terrorism in Libya, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. He is co-editor, with Robin Andersen (2018) The Routledge Companion to Media and Humanitarian Action, and with Ronaldo Munck (2000) Postmodern Insurgencies: Political Violence, Identity Formation and Peacemaking in Comparative Perspective, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press. Dr. de Silva’s new book is forthcoming (2021) Media and Transcontinental Humanitarian Action in the Time of COVID-19: Human Trafficking, Forced Migration and the German Marshall Plan With Africa, New York: Routledge.

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March 31, 2020

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Quo Vadis Homo Sapiens?

January 8, 2018

‘Red Alert’ 2018—Global Unity, Media and Humanitarian Action

June 10, 2013

Our Sacred Journey: Peace and Development in International Geopolitics

December 1, 1997

Sri Lanka: Futures Beyond Conflict

Routledge Companion to Media and Humanitarian Action

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