The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness Conference 2007, Nongkhai & Bangkok, Thailand

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ท่านสามารถเข้าได้จากเมนูหลัก "ไทย" หรือจากลิงค์ด้านล่างนี้

 



"I feel that there must be some convergence among nations on the idea of what the primary objective of development and progress should be - something Gross National Happiness seeks to bring about".

                    H.M. Jigme Khesar Wangchuck



Speakers and Resource Persons
The conference organizers are in the full process of engaging speakers from Asia and other parts of the world who can make creative contributions to exploring world views. And the impact of world views on global transformation towards happiness. The list below shows confirmed speakers. Bio-data of the speakers and resource persons and links to their organizations will be uploaded step by step. [Photo: Sulak Sivaraksa, conference convener and speaker].

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master af the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including H.H. the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and the Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years.

He founded Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, to promote intercultural dialogues and educational & social projects.

He is the author of several books and a visiting Professor of Naropa University.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give an introductory lecture after the opening ceremony in the main auditorium of Chulalongkorn University, 27 November 2007.


Photo: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche


Jigme Drukpa is Bhutan's National Artist. He recently decided to enter Bhutan's brand new political arena. He hopes to be elected in Bhutan's first democraticly chosen Parliament in 2008. But Jigme Drukpa still entertains his audience in Bhutan and abroad with classical Bhutanese music and songs.

Jigme Drukpa will be replaced by Karma Wangdi, popular musician and Vice Principal, Yangchenphug College.


Photo: Jigme Drukpa, cover of the CD 'Endless Songs from Bhutan'


Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is te former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. Dr. Surin was appointed Sectretary General of ASEAN, the Association of South-East Asian Nations, in July 2007 and he will begin his 5-year term in January 2008.
Dr. Surin studied at Thammasat University in Thailand and earned his Masters and Doctotal degrees in political science at Harvard University, USA. He did research for the Institute of Higher Council for Islamic Affairs of Egypt. He is a muslim from Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand.
Dr. Surin was a lecturer and columnist. He is a member of the UN Commission on Human Security and of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization.


Photo: Dr. Surin Pitsuwan



Click to enlargeLyonpo Yigmi Thinley, President Center for Bhutan Studies; former Prime Minister of Bhutan. Running for elections in 2008.

Click to enlargeVenerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, formerly Professor at Thammasat University, pioneer of female ordination in the Therevada Sangha of Thailand. See www.thaibhikkhunis.org/eng/

Click to enlargeHelena Norberg Hodge, author of 'Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh' and 'Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness'. Founder and Director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.

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Dasho Karma Ura, Director of the Center for Bhutan Studies (CBS). Economist, writer and painter, he worked for the Ministry of Planning in Bhutan before he took up the task to run CBS which has the mandate to conduct research on Gross National Happiness. Author of 'The Ballad of Pemi Tshewang Tashi' and 'Deities, archers and planners in the era of decentralization'.

 

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Dr. Peter D. Hershock, Coordinator of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Author of: 'Liberating Intimacy' (1996) and 'Re-inventing the Wheel. A Buddhist Response to the Information Age' (1999). His newest book is titled 'Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence' (2007).

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Phra Paisal Visalo, Lord Abbot of Wat Pak Sukato (Forest of Happiness), Thailand. Student of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa; new leader of Engaged Buddhism.
Phra Paisal is an author of numerous bestsellers on daily life Buddhist philosophy as well as scholarly research publications.

Click to enlargeJoyce Meuzelaar, member of the Board of Social Venture Network (SVN) Europe and 'midwife' of SVN Asia. After a career as marketing expert she now coaches responsible business success from a new perspective: 'magnetizing'. She recently wrote her first book Marketing is worth-less explaining in practical terms an emerging paradigm shift in the business sector. 

Click to enlargeDr. Yo Hsiang-Chou, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Fo Guang University, Taiwan. chief coordinator of INEB in Taiwan, led the 53-member delegation for a visit to Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education in Jinshan Township, Taipei County, on 3 September, 2007.

Click to enlargeSombath Somphone is the founder of PADETC (Participatory Development Training Center), Vientiane, Laos. In 2005 he received the Magsaysay Award for Community Development. He is a pioneer of Alternative Education. PADETC will host a Pre-conference excursion to Laos www.padetc.org  

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Prof. Takayoshi Kusago, Assoc. Professor at Osaka University, Japan, is a prominent researcher on alternative indicators for development. He was a UNDP poverty reduction advisor and joined preparations for Gross National Happiness research in Bhutan. He holds a B.A. in Economics, University of Tokyo, M.A, in Development Economics, Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. at Wisconsin-Madison University. He published numerous research papers.

Download panel presentation by Prof Kusago (PTT 131kb)

Download panel presentation speech by Prof Kusago (PDF 44kb)

Click to enlargeMs. Chea Vannath, former CEO, Center for Social Development, Cambodia. Advisor on Peace and Recociliation in Cambodia. 

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Nic Marks, New Economics Foundation (nef), U.K. Nic has been a nef associate since 2000. In 2006 he founded nef's Centre for Well-being. He is one of the authors of the Happy Planet Index www.happyplanetndex.org
Nic has a degree in Management Studies from Cambridge University, a masters degree in Operational Research, a diploma in Change Agent Skills and another diploma in Counsellig Skills and Psychtherapy.

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Dr. Ronald Colman, Founder Director of the Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada (GPI Atlantic). Ron (or: Tashi) Colman and his wife Gwen and daughter, together with many friends in Nova Scotia organized the 2nd International Conference on GNH, June 2005, Canada titled Rethinking Dvelopment. Local Pathways to Global Well-being.
Previously Dr. Colman taught for 20 years at the university level and was a researcher and speech writer at the United Nations.

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Sheldon Shaeffer, Canada, is Director of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Office in Bangkok. He earned his Ph.D. in International Development Education at Stanford University in 1979. After positions in Indonesia, Malaysia, New York and Paris he became the Associate Director of the Social Sciences Division of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Ottawa and worked for UNICEF before being appointed Director of UNESCO Bangkok.

Download his introductory keynote speech delivered on 27th November at Chulalongkorn University (PDF 50kb)

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Nuttapong Jurawannaphong received his M.Sc. in Urban Ecological Planning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; and his Bachelor in Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Khun Nuttapong practiced architecture as Project Manager of the Protection of the Cultural Environment around the canals of Thailand and a diversity of projects.
At present he is Director of the Division of Health Promotion in Community and Area of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

Click to enlargeHarsha Kumara Navaratne is the Chairman of Sewalanka, a national development NGO in Sri Lanka. Sewalanka practices partnerships with community-based organizations (CBO's) in 950 villages. Diversity is Sri Lanka's greatest resource and Sewalanka maintains a decentralized structure with local people in charge at the district level, welcoming opportunities for cross-regional capacity building. Harsha Navaratne is a passionate peace builder and mediator. 

Click to enlargeDhammachari Lokamitra was born in U.K. and settled in India where he became a teacher and activist and member of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO). Lokamitra founded the Jambudvipa Trust, an organization inspired by the legacy of Dr. Ambedkar, architect of the Indian constitution, while an "untouchable". Lokamitra supports the emancipation of "untouchables" from the cast system.

Click to enlargeDr. Wajuppa Tossa teaches English and American Literature, Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Mahasarakham University, Thailand. In 1995, she founded the Mahasarakham University storytelling project. In this project, she gets people of all ages to be involved in preserving and revitalizing the use of local dialects and folktales in their daily lives and to take pride in their own cultural heritage. Dr. Tossa has conducted storytelling workshops and performed in the USA, Australia, the Netherlands, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore. She was a featured storyteller in several storytelling festivals such as, Asian Congress of Storytellers, Singapore International Storytelling Festival, the Book Fest in Seattle, and Story Fest International in the Pacific West Coast. Dr. Tossa trained under storytelling guru Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald.

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Jon Hall has been leading the OECD's Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies since it began in 2005. He came to the OECD from the Australian Bureau of Statistics where he spent seven years, mainly leading a groundbreaking project to publish the first set of measures of Australia's progress, a publication that went on to top the Bulletin magazine's social category in their 'Smart 100' awards.
He has a degree in maths and a master's degree in statistics from the UK and an executive masters in public service administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. An Australian and British citizen, Jon has also worked for the British public service, for the World Food Program in Zambia and as a spectacularly unsuccessful house painter, security guard and waiter in the USA.

Presentation for Keynote Speech on the 28th November at Chulalongkorn University available for download here (PPT 233kb)

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Roger Torrenti is a French citizen and graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, one of the French "engieers high schools". After assigments for the French government, Roger founded Sigma Consultants and established it in Sophia Antipolis "the City of wisdom, science and technologies" near Nice, South-East of France.
I the last years Roger Torrenti managed a number of ICT projects funded by the European Commission and aiming at developing cooperation between the European Union and Asia.
In 2007 he launched a research proramme on new paradigms and the role Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) would play in a world characterised by a more sustainable growth, by wealth more equally shared between nations and by the priority political objective of providing well-being, happiness, to all.

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Darwis Khudori before being an academic, a writer of poems, short stoties, novels and an engineer-architect, Dr. Khudori (doctoral degree at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, specialised in History of Contemporary Arab and Muslim World, 1999) is now Director of the Masters Degree  in International Affairs specialised in Trade with Asia at the University of Le Havre, Normandy, France.
He is the co-founder of Yayasan Pondok Rakyat (People's Shelter Foundation), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. And member of the board of directors of Centre Lebret-IFRED based in Geneva and Paris.
His last publication is a collective work of which he is the editor: BANDUNG 2005 - Rethinking Solidarity in Global Society. The Challenge of Globalisation for Social and Solidarity Movements (Universitas Gadjah Mada and Yayasan Pondok Rakyat, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2005).

Click to enlargeAileen Kwa, Singapore, currently stationed in Geneva, is a policy consultant on trade and agriculture, in particular to developing country delegations in Geneva. She is co-author of the book Behind the Scenes of the WTO. The Real World of Trade Negotiations.
Aileen is a Member of the Expert Panel of the ECOFAIR TRADE DIALOGUE supported by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany.

Click to enlargeHarn Yawnghwe, Burma, is one of the most capable strategists and influential leaders among Burma's pro-democracy movement. He is the Director of the National Reconciliation Council and the Brussels based Euro-Burma Office; Senior Advisor to the Ehnic Nationalities Council (ENC) that represents 7 non-Burman ethnic states.
Harn Yawnghwe is the son of Sao Shwe Thaike, the last Prince of Yawnghwe and the first President of the Republic Union of Burma, who died in prison in 1963.

Click to enlargeDr. Poldej Pinpratheep is currently Deputy Minister of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand. He is a medical doctor and practiced many years as a rural doctor.

Click to enlargeDr. Amara Pongsapich obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1974. She is a Board Member of the Qualitative Research Association of Thailand. She served as the Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and as Director of the Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University. She has extensive research and teaching experience in Thailand, Bangla Desh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Click to enlargeSamana Bodhirak is the Founder of Santi Asoke, a reform stream within Therevada Buddhism promoting meditation through work and social engagement. Asoke temples and communities are models of Sufficiency Economy. The Santi Asoke movement makes citizens aware of the impact of consumerism and materialism.

Click to enlargeAssistant Professor Surat Horachaikul is lecturer in political science at Chulalongkorn University. He gained his M.A. in Politics and Contemporary History at Guildhall University, London. And an M.Sc. in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of London. One of his recent publications is Democratic Development in Thailand.


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