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Luis Eugenio Todd, MD

Executive Director of the Science and Technology Center for the State of Nuevo León

Dr. Luis Todd is a medical doctor and researcher with more than 20 published books and 80 articles in internationally renowned scientific journals. Dr. Todd is also a professor of international medicine, director of a medical school, and dean of one of largest universities in Latin America. During his tenure as dean six new schools, sixteen new majors and 22 graduate degrees were created. He is also a former Secretary of Education and Culture for the State of Nuevo León and served as an Ambassador of Mexico to UNESCO. He is a member of the New York Academy of Science and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the W.F Kellogg Foundation.

Kristin Kreuk

Actress, activist for Women's issues, co-founder of Girls by Design

Kristin Kreuk is best-known for her roles on the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont, the American television series Smallville in which she starred as Lana Lang, and in the 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. In 2007 Kristin helped co-found Girls By Design, an organization created to be a place where teen girls can come together to explore, express, create and realize their potential together.

Russell Means

Human-rights activist

Russell Means is one of contemporary America's best-known and prolific activists for the rights of American Indians. Means has also pursued careers in politics, acting and music. The L.A. Times has called him the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. His indomitable sense of pride and leadership has become embedded in our national character. Today his path has brought him to Hollywood, thus enabling him to use different means to communicate his vital truths. Through the power of media, his vision is to create peaceful and positive images celebrating the magic and mystery of his American Indian heritage. In contemplating the fundamental issues about the world in which we live he is committed to educating all people about our most crucial battle - the preservation of the earth.

Pearl Means

Pearl Means is the wife of Russell Means. She is very much involved in the management side of Russell's projects and appearances including The Treaty School, a total immersion school to nurture the traditional culture of American Indians. Both Pearl and Russell are strong believers in the matriarchal style of living; hence Pearl is a leading figure in her community and has an inspirational view on women's issues.

Agapi Stassinopulous

Author, motivational speaker

Agapi Stassinopulous is the author of Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love, which has been translated in seven languages. Her one-woman show, Conversations with the Goddesses, became a PBS special and aired nationwide. Agapi is a frequent lecturer for women's groups and business conferences, and facilitates workshops and empowerment seminars for diverse audiences. She also works with teenagers, helping them build their self-esteem and realize their dreams. Agapi recently collaborated with her sister, Arianna Huffington, to complete her book, On Becoming Fearless, from which her workshops were developed.

Eduardo Punset

Lawyer, economist, scientific popularizer

Eduardo Punset has been an economic writer for the BBC, economics director of the Latin American edition of the newsweekly The Economist, and an economist for the International Monetary Fund in the United States and Haiti. As a specialist on the impact of emerging technologies, Punset has been a consultant to COTEC, Advising Professor of International Marketing at ESADE, president of the Instituto Tecnológico Bull, Professor of Innovation and Technology at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), President of Enher, Deputy General Director of Economic and Financial Studies at the Banco Hispanoamericano, and Coordinator of the Strategic Plan for the Information Society in Catalonia. Since 1996 he has directed and presented Redes, a science programme based around interviews with leading scientists, aired on the TVE. He is also the president of the audiovisual production company Smartplanet and Board member of Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts.

Cecilia Occelli

Cecilia Occelli is the former first lady of Mexico and advocate for well-known charities in Mexico. She is also President of Save the Children in Mexico.

Allison Mack

Actress

Allison Mack is currently starring as Chloe Sullivan in Smallville and is constantly seeking to use her talent as an artist to further humanity. An avid fan of musical theatre, Allison's talents extend beyond film and television. She received rave reviews for pulling double duty, both as a choreographer and performer in "Rent" and "Chicago." As a result of those performances, Allison was offered the chance to make her directorial debut with Jer Bear Productions' staging of "Hair." Rave reviews from LA Weekly, Backstage West, The Tolucan Times and The Burbank Times all attest to Allison's diversity in the entertainment field. Music and dance, as much as acting, remain a passion for Allison.

Emiliano Salinas

Entrepreneur, leader of the In la' Kech Movement in Mexico

Emiliano Salinas is one of the leaders of the In la' Kech Movement, a non-violent movement bringing together community to overcome violence in Mexico.

Abby Disney

Founder and the President of the Daphne Foundation

The Daphne Foundation is a progressive, social change Foundation that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. Abigail is also Vice Chair of the board of Shamrock Holdings Incorporated, an investment company that runs fund in private equity, real estate and stocks. Abigail has also spoken to a wide variety of women's groups, community foundations and financial professionals across the country and internationally about the power of activist philanthropy and the importance of pursuing a life of engaged and intelligent volunteerism. She recently produced the hit documentary film; Pray the Devil Back to Hell which chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Juan Carlos Lozano

Musician

Juan Carlos Lozano is a well known Mexican singer and creator of Morbo, a seminal Mexican electronica/synth pop/ambient/alternative rock group. Lozano was one of the four founding members of Moenia, which originally included Juan Carlos Lozano as lead vocalist on 1997's debut album 'Moenia' and its 1998 companion remix album 'Moenia Mixes'. Both Moenia and Morbo have had great success and helped shape the Mexican music industry. Lozano is now focusing his efforts on using music to promote peace, he is very involved in the non-violent movement In la'kech in Mexico.

Jannette Chao

Singer and songwriter

Jannette Chao defines her music as pop-folk-rock. A talented self-taught intense and transparent singer-songwriter, Jannette learned how to accompany her voice with guitar and piano and tells free, open, straightforward stories. As a composer, Jannette wrote the official songs of the two most successful reality shows of both Televisa and TV Azteca. Furthermore, she has had songs recorded by Fey, Yahir, Miriam, Nadia and Sweet Menta, among other artists. Jannette Chao wants to use music as way to promote peace and harmony.

Bob Zangrillo

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North Star Systems International ("North Star")

North Star provides wealth management software to financial services institutions. Prior to joining North Star, Mr. Zangrillo was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of InterWorld, Corp., a provider of eCommerce software applications. Over the last 19 years, Mr. Zangrillo has held various positions including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, private equity investor, director and advisor to numerous growth companies including ArcSight, Inc. and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. Mr. Zangrillo also worked as an associate in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He recently served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served on the Committee on Finance and Budget.

Phyllis Young

Co-founder, Women of All Red Nations (WARN)

Phyllis Young was of the founders of the best-known Native American women's organization of the 1970s was Women of All Red Nations (WARN). WARN was initiated in 1978 by women, many of whom were also members of the American Indian Movement which was founded in 1968 by Dennis Banks, George Mitchell, and Mary Jane Wilson, an Anishinabe activist. WARN's activism included fighting sterilization in public health service hospitals, suing the U.S. government for attempts to sell Pine Ridge water in South Dakota to corporations, and networking with indigenous people in Guatemala and Nicaragua. WARN reflected a whole generation of Native American women activists who had been leaders in the takeover of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973, on the Pine Ridge reservation (1973-76), and elsewhere.

Javier Alvares

Entrepreneur

Javier Alvares studied communication and design in London, photography and image in Paris and management and marketing in Argentina. In 1987 launched a video magazine for youngsters in Sydney Australia, sponsored by the department against drug addiction. In 1999 he started Omega Project that then turned into Project ART 39 that integrates popular initiatives with the use of technology such as Internet, databases and cell phones. Javier is the cofounder and CEO of Humanet; which uses information technologies as a driving force of new social paradigms.

Armando Laborde

Executive Director, Ashoka

As Executive Director of Ashoka, Promujer Mexico, Armando integrated 11,000 women in the micro-credit movement, opened 14 branches, and managed 60 full time staff. Armando's biggest accomplishment: 99.7% of Promujer members were on time with their payments and actively participating in different workshops, building an economically self-sustainable organization. Before Promujer, Armando took up several roles in advancing the fair trade movement, including designing and implementing a triple bottom line program to commercialize coffee from the El Triunfo Biosphere in Chiapas, Mexico. He convinced 1,000 farmers to participate and connected them with important coffee distributors including Starbucks. Armando received the Humphrey Fellowship in 1999 and spent one year in the U.S. studying social enterprises, including EcoLogic Enterprise Ventures and Ten Thousand Villages. In 1994, Armando was part of the team that created FinComun, one of Mexico's pioneering microfinance groups.

Richard Mays

Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice

Mr. Mays received his B.A. Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. Mr. Mays entered the private practice of law and while practicing law was also elected to the Arkansas General Assembly in 1972, becoming the first African American elected to that body in the 20th Century. Mr. Mays is a former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice appointed by President Clinton during his first term as Governor of Arkansas. In 1990, Mr. Mays was appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by then Governor Clinton and served as its first chairman. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Mr. Mays served as a member of the Clinton-Gore National Finance Committee and later as a National Co-Chairman of the Inaugural Committee. In 1993, Mr. Mays was appointed Deputy Treasurer of the Democratic National Finance Committee. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Mays was also employed as a Senior Vice-President of Cassidy & Associates, one of the largest public affairs firms in Washington, D.C.