Council of Wisdom

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Overview Council of Wisdom

Yaşar Yakış

Former Foreign Minister of Turkey

  • Early Adopter of Cultural Diplomacy and Turkish Politician with Global Impact

    Born in 1938. Studied Political Science and joined the diplomatic service in 1962.
    Served in various capacities in Antwerp, Lagos, Rome, Brussels and Damascus.
    Became Ambassador to Riyadh in 1988, Deputy Under-Secretary in the Foreign Ministry in 1992, Ambassador to Cairo in 1995 and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN Office in Vienna in 1998.
    Taught “Turkey’s Foreign Policy” in Bilkent University and, “Hydropolitics” and Turkey’s Foreign Policy” in Hacettepe University.
    Retired in 2000 and became founding member of the Justice and Development Party and its Deputy Chairman.
    Elected Member of Parliament in 2002 and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002 and 2003.
    Participated as government representative in the European Convention that drafted the European Constitution.

Dominique Benzaken

International Public Policy Expert, Blue Economy & Ocean Governance

  • Dominique Benzaken is an international public policy specialist with 20 years experience with government, inter-government and non-government organisations. Her area of expertise include ocean governance, blue economy, blue finance and islands. She is a Visiting Fellow with the School of Public Policy, College of Asia Pacific at the Australian National University, Australia, a senior advisor to the Ocean Assets Institute and the Global Island Partnership and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Recent assignments and collaborations include financing mechanisms for blue economy in Mozambique, regional sustainability governance for the Red Sea and options for a Pacific Ocean Blue Bond. As a former Commonwealth funded expert for a couple of years, she advised the Government of Seychelles on blue economy and ocean governance. She was previously a senior marine policy advisor with The Nature Conservancy, The International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme, following a formative career with the Australian Government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Tropical Ecology from James Cook University, Australia. She is a PhD candidate on sustainable blue economy with the Australian National Centre for Ocean resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Australia.

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Juliette Denis-Senez

MarComms Support

  • Juliette is a recent International Studies graduate of Leiden University in The Netherlands. Next to her studies, she worked as the communication and coordination fellow of the Global Island Partnership for a year. This investment was supported by her deep concern for the environment and her interest in the mechanisms of non-governmental action. With time, her profound belief in the necessity of sustainable outlooks for international development merged with her long-standing passion for arts. She translated this alliance by first taking on local-based initiatives and volunteering in The Hague’s Bookstore Café to support a school-building fundraise by exploring and selling books of a broad range. Working as a student consultant for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of her last academic semester, she was able to assimilate how this kind of initiatives take a bigger scale with governmental policy tools. As she did so, she particularly pushed for the importance of cultural and artistic exchanges to increase the meaningful participation of the Youth through its empowerment in the Middle-East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa. Of Franco-Danish origin, Juliette is currently based in her hometown, Paris.

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Susanna Barla

ANTI Agency & Impact Investment

  • Susanna is a seasoned entrepreneur and a senior advisor to globally-known brands, nonprofits, and startups, she facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, understanding business & brand development, marketing and communications strategy, design, and how to integrate it all together. What binds all these elements together is her overarching mission to reconnect people to be in harmony with nature.

    To fulfill this mission, she employs a strategy inspired by the Nordic Economic model, and adapted to the US, the UK and the rest of the world. Drawing on the lessons she learned through her prior success in marketing luxury products, Susanna adapts these methods to the world of environmentalism – with the ultimate goal of influencing the world’s most well-known corporations to become more eco-conscious.

    Her motto?  “Compete with brands and make caring the new currency”.

    Susanna holds a BA from the University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion). Her 14+ years experience working in brand & business development, marketing and communications, as well as in creative direction in the luxury fashion and design sectors, have led to her working with numerous brands, nonprofits and clients: Maison Martin Margiela, Paule Ka, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, White Cube London, Thyssen – Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Annenberg Foundation, DDB Worldwide Communications Group.
Sebastien Douieb

Finance Advisor

  • Sebastien has over 19 years of experience in finance holding a variety of roles at institutions such as Goldman Sachs. His expertise ranges from principal investing to financial derivatives trading and risk management. In addition, his entrepreneurial drive led him to start-up a fintech company focused on market data. He is passionate about the environment and is looking to make sustainability a full part of his professional life going forward. Sebastien has a multicultural background having grown up in France with a French father and a Japanese mother. He currently resides in New York with his family.
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Tadzio Mac Gregor Schneider

Partnership Director

  • Born and raised in Mexico City to a French mother and a Mexican father, Tadzio studied Political Science & Latin American Studies at the University of Lyon & Sciences Po.

    Ever since, Tadzio Mac Gregor has worked in sustainability and impact communication projects globally with Mantarraya Productions, France Télévisions & Off the Fence / ZDF’s environmental impact project The WaterBear Network, where he secured more than 65+ partnerships with sustainability organizations worldwide. 

    He has also worked for non-profit organisations in Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia & France, where he was involved in ecosystem services projects, self-economic determination for local communities, the importance of women in rural communities, regenerative agriculture / agroforestry practices, amongst others. 

    He currently leads Celine Cousteau’s latest project in the Brazilian Amazon, Tribes on the Edge, supporting the protection of the largest population of uncontacted Indigenous Peoples in the world. He is also actively involved in his own production projects and the growing role of impact investors, always linked to sustainability. 
    Fluent in Spanish, French, English & Portuguese. 
    Currently based between Amsterdam & Mexico City. 
    Strengths: Networking, Strategy Development, Storytelling, Fundraising (Individuals & Businesses).
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George Cummings

Council Of Wisdom Experiential Atelier Ocean Science Ambassador for United Nations SDG14

  • UN SDG14 Ocean Ambassador, Biochemist, technology enthusiast with 30 years scuba diving experience as a video journalist. George has a deep passion to make a difference inspiring everyone he comes in contact with to join him in the global quest for the sustainable use of the world’s marine ecosystem. His desire is to provide visual storytelling multimedia expertise to assist marine scientists to explore, experiment and discover innovative best practice technology marine system solutions for our planet’s environmental climate and ocean issues.  

    George is the SDG14 advisor for multiple Ocean-focused NGOs and coastal communities. He admires collaboration with people of Action with his fins-in-the-water approach to address the seven global targets for UNESCO’s Decade of Ocean Science in the seas of the Caribbean and Coral Triangle. He enjoys school-speaking engagements “Ocean Talks” to inspire students to consider pursuing STEAM career paths in the emerging sustainable Blue Economy. His mission is to advance public understanding and use of best practice SDG14 solutions for the conservation of coral reefs, all ocean creatures and coastal environments.

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Arminda Gandara

Public Programs Manager at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

  • Arminda joined the Honolulu Museum of Art in June 2019 and was formerly a Museum Educator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in Texas. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her research focuses include contemporary Mexican art, Latinx visual culture, and cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary discourses in the museum space. Arminda is a practicing artist and scholar and has carried out projects in the United States, Mexico and France.  As the Public Programs Manager at HoMA, Arminda has created physical and digital programming driven by a commitment to integrity, accessibility and inclusion.

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Tanita Janina Enderes

Creative Marketing Communication Strategist & Impact Producer

  • Tanita lives where storytelling and social good intersect. She is dedicated to harnessing new forms of multimedia storytelling to make a difference in the world as well as exploring the challenges of marrying technological innovation and sustainable impact. Tanita holds a MA/MSc in Global Media and Communications, a double degree between the London School of Economics & Political Science and the University of Southern California. She has supported a range of both profit and non-profit organizations, foundations, and agency clients to research, develop and execute strategies and creative content, including Participant Media, Hugo Boss, BMW’s design innovation studio Designworks, The Rockefeller Foundation, MIT Media Lab, UN WOMEN USNC L.A., TED, the City Council of Milan, and worked with media scholar Henry Jenkins’ research group ‘Civic Paths’, renowned artist Sharon Lockhart, and star architects Ravi GuneWardena and Frank Escher. Tanita is currently executively producing her first documentary series that focuses on the doorway of our humanity through the lens of peace and aims to have social impact next to great entertainment value.  

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Reem Abdou

Cultural Music Curator

  • Reem Abdou (who also goes by DRĖĖĖMY) is a genre-bending world-fusion sound artist and ethnomusicologist, mindfulness educator, community organizer, creative curator and empowerment activist. She is the founder of the NYC-based women’s music, arts, wellness, environmental and social justice organization The Collective BAE.

    As an Egyptian-American, her sound is an Organic Electronica — an intentional, transnational communication: global rhythms, forgotten instruments, traditional ancestral voices, tribal invocations, natural atmospheres — Ancient Sounds and Future Beats made for Remembering & Exploring our shared Earth and our elemental consciousness.

    Inspired by the healing power and science of Sound, her cross-cultural music direction seeks to bridge experiential field recordings and folk storytelling with therapeutic vibrational frequencies for intuitive movement and meditation. She aims to evoke a deep sense of reflection, liberated expression, awareness, and understanding of both ourselves and Nature. She harnesses sound to transform and transmute spaces for collective liberation and celebration around the planet — a kind of sonic alchemy.

    Reem has performed at and activated immersive international sonic experiences at venues, museums, art galleries, gatherings, universities, and cultural institutions around the world.

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Charlotte Vick

Earth X & Mission Blue

  • Charlotte Vick is an advisor to several organizations most notably Mission Blue and EarthX as well as many other organizations. She received her BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin in American Studies with a focus on ethnic studies. She also studied oceanography and fisheries management at the University of Hawaii and has attended specialized training in coastal zone management. Charlotte’s career has been diverse: working in marketing, real estate, as well as state and national government. Her work in Washington, D.C. at the US Interior Department in the Office of Territorial and Insular Affairs provided the beginning chapter of a career with strong focus on Oceania that led her to not only US islands, but also many island countries and coastal nations around the world.

We believe in the socio-economic importance.

Görkem Hayta
Michela Intra


  • A compositionist* in Arts and Politics, coming from the teachings of Bruno Latour. Michela is better left unleashed in the off beaten paths of issues, fieldwork, public programming and artistic production. A common world does not exist but needs to be composed. As a rider she knows no greater bliss than the one offered by the Ocean.

    = the word “composition” as an alternative to critique and “compositionism” as an alternative to modernism. The idea is that once the two organizing principles of nature and society are gone, one of the remaining solutions is to “compose” the common world. Such a position allows an alternative view of the strange connection of modernity with the arrow of time: the Moderns might have been future-centered but there is a huge difference between the future of people fleeing their past in horror and the “shape of things to come”, that, strangely enough, now appears suddenly in the back of humans surprised by their ecological crisis.

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Ariana Caruso

Digital Media

  • Ariana Caruso supports digital communications through graphic design and multimedia content. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Sustainability Leadership from Penn State University. Before joining Experiential Atelier, Ariana has experience interning for UNDP supporting communications for SDG Integration and serves as a communications VISTA for the Hawaiʻi Green Growth UN Local2030 Hub.

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We want you to become an active changemaker for Your Self and Your Surrounding.

Görkem Hayta
Diane O’Neal

Experience Designer

  • Diane O’Neal is a multifaceted designer and strategist and the founder of daolabs, an emergent experimental creative studio and social initiative based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The aim of daolabs is to generate alternative experiences and solutions within business, culture and the marketplace for the purpose of reinstilling equitable, imaginative and life-affirming values and practices into our communities and ourselves. After receiving a self-guided degree in visual culture and art from the College of William and Mary in 2007, she has worked extensively in various industries cultivating practical expertise within branding, production, consumer culture theory, and experience design, among other disciplines. In her consulting work, she guides various projects and brands in the development of mission-centered products, programming, communications, and processes. As a community organizer and spiritual advocate, she calls for a return to collective awareness in which everything is recognized and honored as sacred. For it is from this space of heart-centered knowing that we will source the inspiration and empowerment to collaboratively re-create our world.
Richard McCarthy

Captain, Think Like Pirates & Member, Slow Food International Executive Committee

  • Richard McCarthy is a writer, speaker and community development specialist who sees food as a pivotal organizing tool. Devoted to the theory that behavior change comes first, he serves the Slow Food International Executive Committee and as its Meatless Monday Ambassador, leading strategies that reduce the consumption of industrial meat, whilst promoting biodiversity and traditional foodways. Founder of Market Umbrella and
    its flagship Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans, he also served as Executive Director for Slow Food USA, President of the Farmers Market Coalition, and played a pivotal role in the piloting and expansion of health incentive programs in farmers markets. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and currently works with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Dhaka Food Project in Bangladesh to reposition the role of public markets as instruments for public good. He is also writing a book about how isolated rural Japanese communities are forging lasting relations with urban dwellers who crave community and nourishment with visionary rural leader, Tsuyoshi Sekihara.
Nic Gorini

Zero Waste Advocate

  • Nic was born with an innate desire to change the world around him, to try to make it better. It’s in his blood. His journey started when he was 10, upcycling skateboard decks. That’s when he made it his mission to work with the most creative minds in the world. Since then, inspired by some extremely passionate people, Nic started making things happen through creating ventures within and outside of corporations. In the last 25 years he’s been working across Europe, the US and South America in a variety of industries–bringing together entrepreneurial innovations, investments and large corporate scale to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Now Spin Ventures continues to make tomorrow better than today, by creating innovative solutions to seemingly impossible global challenges. 
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Emilie McGlone

Director of Peace Boat US

  • Emilie McGlone has been working with Peace Boat since 2004 and currently is the United Nations liaison and Director of the
    New York-based office of Peace Boat US, a non-profit organization working to promote peace, sustainable development and respect for the environment through educational programs organized onboard the Peace Boat, a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages.

Kate Brown, #SIDSMatter

Global Island Partnership

  • Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands. She is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader, with a unique ability to connect dots for issues and people. Kate has extensive experience in all island regions globally, and brings an extensive network of island leaders, blue sky thinkers and people dedicated to supporting islands.

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Giovanni Damiani

Music Producer

  • Giovanni Damiani is the founder of Calypt Entertainment Ltd, which started by managing an array of A- List songwriter producers, involved in multi million selling artists such as Grammy Winner Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Train), Grammy nominated and Ivor Novello winner Sacha Skarbek (Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Adele), Paul Herman (Dido, Eminem, Emeli Sande), whilst developing and signing to several major label deals new upcoming artists such as the multi million streaming artists Sondr. Previously A&R at Decca Records / Universal Music, working on albums with Ennio Morricone, Pavarotti, Katherine Jenkins and Ludovico Einaudi. Giovanni now also consults for Tileyard Music, working with top charting artists such as Sigala, Ella Eyre and Joel Corry as head of head of partnerships and business developments.

Joshua Cooper

Human Rights Advocate

  • Joshua Cooper is an academic, advocate, author, analyst and activist based in Hawaii. 
    Joshua has created, crafted and coordinated four dozen unique courses in Political Science, Journalism and Peace Studies drafting and delivering curriculum for over 100 plus classes in two decades at the University of Hawaii.  Cooper also offers impactful instruction for the University of New South Wales Diplomacy Training Program covering International Human Rights Law; Business & Human Rights; Climate Justice & Sustainable Development; Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Self-Determination; and Traditional/Social Media Strategy for Social Change. Cooper taught for 20 years and was principal facilitator and is currently Dean of Research at the International Training Center for Teaching Peace and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland and Dean of INNES International Human and Peoples Rights in Vienna, Austria.  Cooper has lectured worldwide at graduate programs and law clinics as well as presented over 100 papers featuring original research. Cooper speaks regularly at the UN and NGO assembles to contribute to public policy making to realize human rights.