IFG Board of Directors & Staff Biographies

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IFG Board of Directors Biographies

Debbie Barker, IFG Board Secretary
Debbie Barker is the international director for the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a legal and public policy institute in Washington D.C. She was formerly the director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a think tank that analyses and critiques forms of economic globalization. She recently authored The Predictable Rise and Fall of Global Industrial Agriculture, which highlights international policies causing ecological and social harm, and provides alternative strategies to the current food system. She was on the international committee of authors for the United Nation’s major report released in 2008—the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), and co-authored The Manifesto on Climate Change and the Future of Food Security (2008). Ms. Barker has edited, co-authored and contributed to numerous other reports including: Invisible Government—The World Trade Organization (with Jerry Mander); Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture; Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible. Currently serving on the board of the International Forum on Globalization, Ms. Barker is also a member of the Committee on the Future of Food and Agriculture commissioned by the Tuscany, Italy, government.

Walden Bello
Walden Bello is a Filipino author, academic, and political analyst. Currently he is a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party), as well as Senior Analyst at Focus on the Global South. In addtion, Bello is an adjunct Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton and St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. Author or co-author of 15 books, including Food Wars (London: Verso, 2009) and American Lake: the Nuclear Peril in the Pacific (New York: Penguin 1984). He was also a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Prior to that he was executive director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) in Oakland, California. Bello was educated at Princeton University where he did his doctorate in sociology, he subsequently taught at the University of California Berkeley, where he was a research associate with the Center for South East Asian Studies. In 2003, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, whose website describes his as “one of the leading critics of the current model of economic globalization, combining the roles of intellectual and activist.” He is also a fellow of the Transnational institute based in Amsterdam, and is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.

John Cavanagh
John has a BA from Dartmouth College and a MA from Princeton University. He worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organization (1981-1982). He directed IPS’s Global Economy Project from 1983-1997. He is the co-author of 10 books and numerous articles on the global economy, including Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (2008, Paradigm Publishers), written with Robin Broad.

Tony Clarke
Tony Clarke is the director of the Polaris Institute of Canada, which is designed to enable citizen movements to develop new skills and tools for democratic social change in the age of corporate-driven globalization. A long time political activist, Tony is presently vice-chair of the Council of Canadians, board member of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), and a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is the author/co-author of numerous books including Global Showdown: How the New Activist are Fighting Global Corporate Rule, and most recently, Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water.

Bing Gong, IFG Board Treasurer
Bing brings strong financial governance to IFG as a recently retired accountant after almost thirty years with a small law firm in San Francisco. He has worked with several non-profits in West Marin: Marin Organic, Community Land Trust Assn of West Marin, Regenerative Design Institute, and Marin Interfaith Taskforce on the Americas, 2000 – 2010. Since 2006, he has been a Board member and Treasurer of The Lia Fund, a small philanthropic foundation. Inspired by the Transition Town Movement in the UK, he is currently working in the West Marin community with Transition West Marin, transitioning to a fossil fuel-free economy to prepare for Peak Oil and climate change by developing a local resilient economy. As Co-host of KWMR radio show, Post Carbon, Bing highlights how West Marin is transitioning to an era that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels while re-localizing and increasing community resilience in the face of climate change, the end of cheap oil, the depletion of our natural resources and the unprecedented extinction of species.

Martin Khor
Martin Khor became Executive Director of the South Centre on 1 March 2009. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Third World Network, a leading developing-country civil society organization involved in research and publications in trade, environment and development issues. He was also the Editor of the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS). He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy.
Previously, he served as a member of the of the Board of the South Centre in 1996-2002, the Helsinki Group on Globalisation and Democracy, the International Task Force on Climate Change (2003-2005), the Expert Group on Democracy and Development, Commonwealth Secretariat (2002-2003), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements in the UN System (1998), and the Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development, the UN Commission on Human Rights (Vice-Chairman – 1996, member – 1997).
He was educated in Economics in Cambridge University (U.K.) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia, and has authored many books and papers on trade, sustainable development, intellectual property rights, and development. Formerly he had also worked as Research Director of the Consumers’ Association of Penang and as a lecturer in the Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Sara Larrain
Sara Larrain, with a long history and experience in environmental work, is currently Director of Programa Chile Sustentable (Sustainable Chile Program). She has also been Director of the Office of Greenpeace Chile, co-founder of the National Ecological Action Network, and Director of RENACE Sustainable Chile Program from 1997. She participated in the formulation of public policies such as the Short Law I and II, the National Energy Efficiency Program, the Draft Law to Protect Glaciers, the law that created the Ministry of Environment and law to promote renewable energies. Internationally she belongs to various forums and organizations such as “Renewables 21″, a global network that promotes the development of renewable energy as an alternative to energy security and sustainability in response to global climate change. She ran for president of Chile in the 1999 presidential election.
Larrain has continued her environmental activism with various organizations, principally working with the Sustainable Chile Program, of which she serves as director. Since 2001 she has served as a member of the Consultative Council of the National Commission for the Environment (Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente, CONAMA). She has also been a strong opponent of projects like the Pascua Lama, the dams in the Aisén Region and the introduction of nuclear power in her country to address Chile’s energy crisis.

Jerry Mander, IFG Board Co-Chair
In addition to his role at IFG, Jerry Mander is the former program director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, and founder and director of the Public Media Center. Back in the 1960s Mander was president of a major San Francisco advertising company before turning his talents to environmental campaigns that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport. His books include The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (2013), as well as Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1977), In the Absence of the Sacred (1991), The Case Against the Global Economy with Edward Goldsmith (1996), Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible, with John Cavanagh (2004), and Paradigm Wars, Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization, with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (2006). NY Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin called Mander “The patriarch of the anti-globalization movement,” and Resurgence Magazine (UK) called Mander “One of the 100 leading visionaries of the 20th Century.”

Anuradha Mittal
Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues. After working as the codirector of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy, Mittal established the Oakland Institute, a progressive policy think tank, in 2004. Mittal is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including America Needs Human Rights; The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance; Sahel: A Prisoner of Starvation; and most recently of Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution;and The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor. Named as the 2008 Most Valuable Progressive Thinker by the Nation magazine, Anuradha was awarded the 2007 Global Citizen Award by the UNA-USA East Bay and KPFA Peace Award in 2006. She is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry’s social mission and brand integrity.

Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization, and the founder of the Blue Planet Project, working internationally for the right to water. She serves on the boards of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates, the 2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”) for her global water justice work, and is the Citation of Lifetime Achievement winner of the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including Blue Gold, The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World’s Wateand the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Meenakshi Raman, IFG Board Co-Chair

Jack Santa Barbara
Jack Santa Barbara is Director of the Sustainable Scale Project, member of Transcend, and Associate of the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University.

Vandana Shiva
Born in India in 1952, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is the author of many books, including Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development (South End Press, 2010) Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis (South End Press, 2008), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (South End Press, 2005),Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatization (South End Press, 2001), Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997), Monocultures of the Mind (Zed, 1993), and The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed, 1992).
Shiva addressed the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, 1999, as well as the World Economic Forum in Melbourne , 2000. In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). In 2010, she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice. The founder of Navdanya (“nine seeds”), a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds, she also set up the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in her mother’s cowshed in 1997. Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India.
Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India ’s leading physicists. She holds a master’s degree in the philosophy of science and a PhD in particle physics.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous Igorot woman from the Cordillera region of the Philippines, from which she directs the Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education). As a leader in advancing indigenous rights internationally, she began her advocacy in the 70s when the World Bank and the Marcos regime tried to build a big dam in her peoples territory. Having to go beyond her own borders to help protect her people, she became active in applying indigenous rights to key international institutions, including many multinational mining companies, as well as the World Trade Organization, whose rules invited in so many more investors for destructive natural resource extraction from indigenous lands. She served as past president of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and in 2007 helped shepherd through the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Culminating a 25 year campaign lead by indigenous peoples to pass the Declaration, Vicky urged IFG to play a pivotal role in rallying an alliance of non-indigenous NGOs to help usher UNDRIP through in the final steps of the global push. She has since lead efforts to apply UNDRIP directly to decision-making by governments, most recently in the UN climate convention’s Cancun Agreements, which is the first time any international human rights agreement has been included in a multilateral environmental agreement.

 

IFG Staff Biographies

Victor Menotti, Executive Director
Victor Menotti was the IFG’s first employee upon its founding in 1994 and in 2009 became its Executive Director. Victor has written and spoken extensively about the impact of globalization on ecosystems, and he has helped build international networks among the traditional farming, forest, fishing, and indigenous communities whose survival depends on them. He is the author of the IFG report, “Free Trade, Free Logging: How the World Trade Organization Undermines Global Forest Conservation,” “The Other Oil War: The Halliburton Agenda on WTO Energy Services,” the chapter “WTO and Native Sovereignty” in Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization, and, ”The WTO and Sustainable Fisheries” for the Institute for Fisheries Resources. Victor learned to speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and some Slovak, after earning his degree in International Relations from UCLA.

Jerry Mander, Distinguished Fellow, and Director of the Asia-Pacific Program
IFG’s Founder and Former Director, led IFG through its first 14 years and currently serves as Distinguished Fellow. In the 1960s, Mander was president of a major San Francisco advertising company before turning to environmental campaigns that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport. His books include, The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (2013), as well as the best sellers, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1977), and In the Absence of the Sacred (1991). Others include, The Case Against the Global Economy with Edward Goldsmith; Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible, with John Cavanagh (2004); and, Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization, with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (2006).

Anjulie Palta, Communications & Office Manager
Anjulie Palta has been with IFG since November 2011. She previously worked on equitable housing issues with several non-profit organizations in Minneapolis/St Paul and with EAH Housing in the Bay Area. Anjulie has traveled extensively in Asia and recently spent time in Central America where she volunteered and lived in an ex-guerilla coffee plantation community in Guatemala. There, she became involved in indigenous rights issues and women issues surrounding domestic violence and self-sufficiency. She received a BA in Urban Studies and Art with an emphasis in Social Justice from the University of Minnesota.

 

IFG Associate Biographies

 

IFG Scholars Biographies

Oronto Douglas, Africa Scholar in Residence
Oronto Douglas is a leading human rights attorney in Nigeria, and served as one of the lawyers on the defense team for the Ogoni leader Ken Saro Wiwa, who was executed by Nigeria’s military rulers in 1995. Douglas co- founded Africa’s foremost environmental movement, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and has served in the board of several non profit organisations within and outside Nigeria. Though he has been arrested and tortured by successive military regimes, he continues to work for and speak out on issues of social justice in a corporate- military state. He was the first Niger Delta activist to be hosted by a serving American President – he presented the Niger-Delta struggle at the White House to President Bill Clinton. Douglas who advises the Nigerian Vice President on strategic issues of community and the environment, is a fellow of both the George Bell Institute (England) and the International Forum on Globalisation (USA). Widely traveled, Douglas has presented papers in over 200 international conferences and has visited over 50 countries to speak and present on human rights and the environment. He is the author of several works including the ground breaking WHERE VULTURES FEAST, Shell and human rights in the Niger Delta which he co-authored with his friend Ike Okonta.

Dale Wen, IFG China Scholar
Dale Wen is working with IFG on China and globalization issues. Coming from China in 1993, Dale got her PhD from California Institute of Technology and previously worked in the high-tech industry. Starting with voluntary work in rural China, she witnessed the plight of the rural community and began to question the top-down globalization model. Several of her papers regarding sustainable development and rural education have been presented in international conferences in China. Her primary interests are in environment, education and women’s issues. She also serves as an advisor for the Rural China Education Foundation.

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