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|President Jorge Sampaio
UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and former President of Portugal
From 1990 to 1995 he was President of the Union of Portuguese-speaking Cities (UCCLA) and in 1990 was elected Vice-President of the Union of Iberian-American Cities. He was also elected President of the Eurocities Movement (1990) and President of the World Federation of United Cities (1992).In 1995, Jorge Sampaio stood for the presidential elections. He enjoyed the support of personalities, both independent and from other political areas, who played significant roles in the political, cultural and economic life of the country. He was also backed by the Socialist Party. On January 14th 1996 he was elected on the first ballot. He was sworn in as President of the Republic on March 9th.
He ran for a second term of office and was re-elected on the first ballot on January 14th 2001, for another five-year term.Throughout the years Jorge Sampaio intervened in political and cultural affairs namely through his writings in newspapers and magazines. In 1991 he published a collection of his political essays entitled "A Festa de um Sonho". In 1995 a new work of his was published under the title "Um Olhar sobre Portugal", setting out his views on domestic problems in response to concerns expressed by Portuguese opinion-makers in various areas of society. In 2000 he published a book called "Quero Dizer-vos", in which his present views on the challenges faced by the Portuguese society are laid out. His presidential speeches have been published in "Portugueses", vols. I-X [1997-2007].
In April 2006 he was sworn as member of the Council of State in his capacity of former President of the Republic.In May 2006 he was appointed by Kofi Anann as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy to Stop TB and in April 2007 was appointed by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, as UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. In February 2007, he was designated Chairman of the Consultative Council of the University of Lisbon.
|The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Michael Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on December 3 2007, after he led the Australian Labor Party to an election win on November 24. Mr Rudd was Prime Minister from December 2007 to June 2010.
Mr Rudd gained his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree with First Class Honours in 1981 from the Australian National University in Canberra. After graduation he was appointed to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as a cadet diplomat. He served in the Australian embassy in Stockholm as Third Secretary and later in the embassy in Beijing as First Secretary. Mr Rudd has written extensively on Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, Australia-Asia relations and globalisation.
|Hon Nicholas Kotsiras
Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship since December 2010.
Education: Collingwood HS; Thornbury HS. BSc (Education) 1981 (The University of Melbourne).
|Senator Kate Lundy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural affairs
Senator Kate Lundy was first elected to the Senate for the Australian Capital Territory in 1996. Following the 2010 Federal Election, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship.
In February 2011, Kate's title was updated to Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural affairs. This change followed the launch of The People of Australia policy and the announcement that she would have a renewed focus on multicultural affairs in her role as Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
Prior to the 2010 election, Kate was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee for the National Capital and External Territories, a long-standing member of the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee and one of the Federal Parliament's representatives on the Advisory Council of the National Archive of Australia.Kate held many portfolios in Opposition including Information Technology, Sport and Recreation, Manufacturing, Consumer Affairs, Local Government and Health Promotion.
|Waleed Aly is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, and works within that university's Global Terrorism Research Centre. Previously, he worked as a commercial lawyer, and he also has experience in human rights and family law.
He is the author, most recently, of What's Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37). His debut book, People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 2007), was shortlisted for several awards including the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. Waleed writes regularly for the mainstream press and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age among other publications. He has been commended at both the Walkley Awards and the Quill Awards for his commentary, and has been shortlisted for the Alfred Deakin Essay Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards twice. His essay 'It's just a jump to the Left' from The Sydney Morning Herald was included in Melbourne University Press' collection of Australia's Best Political Writing 2009.
Waleed is the host of Big Ideas on ABC television, and The Late Session on SBS. He is also a regular guest host of ABC News Breakfast and of 774 ABC Melbourne's morning program. He frequently co-hosts The Conversation Hour, and presents a fortnightly politics and society segment on ABC radio in Melbourne. Previously he was a writer and host of the SBS comedy show Salam Cafe.
|Professor Andrew Markus
Andrew Markus holds the Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Andrew has published extensively on Australian immigration and race relations. His publications include Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia (2001), the co-authored Australia's Immigration Revolution (2009) and Immigration and Nation Building: Australia and Israel Compared (2010). Andrew heads the Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national surveys (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and is the principal researcher on the Australian Jewish population study. Over the last six months he worked with colleagues to develop two internet sites, one dealing with contemporary immigration issues, Mapping Australia's Population (www.arts.monash.edu.au/mapping-population/), and the second on the history of Yiddish speaking immigrants who settled in Melbourne (www.arts.monash.edu.au/yiddish-melbourne/)
|Professor Paul Morris
Professor Paul Morris is UNESCO Chair of Interreligious Understanding and Relations in New Zealand and the Pacific at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where he is Programme Director for Religious Studies. Professor Morris' published research ranges from biblical studies to religion and politics in New Zealand. His recent publications include: New Rights/New Zealand (2005), Religious Diversity in New Zealand (2007, 2009); Religion in New Zealand Schools (2010); Religious Diversity in the New Zealand Workplace (2010); The Lloyd Geering Reader (2007) and Religion and Identity in New Zealand and Malaysia (2005). Earlier publications include award winning collections of New Zealand spiritual verse, Stranger in a Strange Land (2002) and Spirit Abroad (2004); Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity (1998); Detraditionalisation (1996); A walk in the Garden (1992), The Values of the Enterprise Culture (1992); and, Living Religions (1994). His current research is on religion, politics and human rights in the Pacific island nations, and on a monograph provisionally entitled, Democracy, Diversity, and Dialogue exploring the impact of increasing religious diversity on democracies, focussing on education, employment, media policies and politics
|Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma
Gary D Bouma is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations - Asia Pacific at Monash University and an Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of St John's East Malvern. From 2006-2010 he was Chair, Board of Directors for The Parliament of the World's Religions 2009. His research in the sociology of religion examines the management of religious diversity in plural multicultural societies, postmodernity as a context for doing theology, religion and terror, religion and public policy. He is the author of over 20 books. Recent books include: Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press); Democracy in Islam (Routledge); Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands: National Case Studies (Springer); and Freedom of Religion and Belief in 21st Century Australia (Australian Human Rights Commission). His latest book is Being Faitfhful in Diversity: Religions and Social Policy in Multifaith Societies (Australasian Theological Forum).
|Professor Joe Camilleri
Professor Camilleri is one of Australia's leading International Relations scholars. With over 30 years experience, Professor Camilleri has pursued a wide range of research interests covering almost the entire gamut of the International Relations discipline. These include regional and global governance, the political economy of Asia-Pacific, the role of religion and culture in international affairs, the politics of oil and the Middle East, and security policy (including weapons non-proliferation). He has supervised more than 30 PhD and MA candidates; published over 15 books, several of which have been translated into Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin; has produced over 20 chapters in books since 1993; and has had 20 refereed articles published in academic journals.