Speaker Bios

Julian Aguon
Julian Aguon (Chamorro, Guam) See Video 
Indigenous Chamoru Activist, Attorney, and Author
He is the author of three collections of political essays including, most recently, What We Bury At Night: Disposable Humanity. With a focus on international human rights law, he has worked on behalf of his own and other Indigenous Peoples on issues of self-determination and culture preservation. He has represented Guam at the United Nations Fourth Committee and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Julian lives in Guam and is now an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Guam.
Christine Ahn
Christine Ahn (South Korea) See Video 
Exec. Director, Korea Policy Institute
Christine Ahn is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. She is the editor of Shafted: Free Trade and America’s Working Poor (Food First Books, 2003) and contributor to The Revolution Will Not be Funded (South End Press 2007). She has addressed Congress, the United Nations and the National Human Rights Commission in South Korea. Ms. Ahn has been interviewed on CNN, NBC Today Show, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America. She is a columnist with Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy In Focus, and her op-eds have appeared in The International Herald Tribune/The New York Times, Asia Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Ahn is currently the Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Global Fund for Women, Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute, and a consultant to the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
Galina Angarova
Galina Angarova (Russia/Siberia) See Video
Pacific Environment
She is Pacific Environment’s Russia Program Director. Galina was born and raised in the Lake Baikal area. She has several years of experience in non-profit management and a strong background in environmental activism in Burytia and Irkutsky region. She graduated with honors from Buryat State University in 1998 and spent a year in Mongolia teaching English as a second language. In 2000 she received a Muskie scholarship from the US Department of State to go to graduate school in the United States. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico in 2002. She worked with the Red Cross, Project Harmony (a US non-profit), and the Asia Foundation. Galina is fluent in English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of Buryat, Mongolian, and Chinese.
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Peter Apo (Hawai’i) See Video
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Peter Apo is an elected Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a state agency that manages a $400 million trust fund for native Hawaiians. Peter is also a songwriter-musician and president of his own record company, Mamo Records. His past government positions include serving as a state legislator for 12 years, Special Assistant on Hawaiian Affairs to Governor Ben Cayetano, Director of Waikiki Development under Mayor Jeremy Harris, and appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the State of Hawaii. He is a founder of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and continues his commitment to community service by serving on numerous boards and commissions.
Walden Bello
Walden Bello (Philippines) See Video
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Focus on the Global South
Walden Bello is a Filipino author, academic, and political analysts. He is a professor of sociology and public administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman, as well as executive director of Focus on the Global South. 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.
ray catania
Ray Catania (Kauai, Hawaii) See Video
Labor Organizer, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Kauai
josh cooper
Joshua Cooper (Hawai’i) See Video
UN Human Rights Activist
Joshua Cooper is currently the US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review Geneva Coordinator for the historic first review of the human rights record of the United States of America. Cooper is also the Director of Training at the International Training Centre for Teaching Peace and Human Rights and a Trainer at the Advanced Geneva Training Course on International Law and Advocacy for the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Cooper also is a Trainer for the University of New South Wales Diplomacy Training Program focusing on human rights of indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific region. Cooper serves on the Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force at the United Nations Association-USA. Cooper has taught at the University of Hawaii for over a decade in fields of political science, peace studies and journalism.
bruce gagnon
Bruce Gagnon (US) See Video
Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992. Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997) that drew enormous support and media coverage around the world and was featured on the TV program 60 Minutes. Bruce initiated the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home in 2009 that spread to other New England states and beyond. This campaign makes the important connections between endless war spending and fiscal crisis throughout the U.S. In 2011 the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a Bring Our War $$ Home resolution – their first entry into foreign policy since the Vietnam War. He is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW Local # 1981 AFL-CIO) and writes a popular blog called Organizing Notes. In 1968 Bruce was Vice-chair of the Okaloosa County (Florida) Young Republican Club while working on the Nixon campaign for president. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and began his career by working for the United Farm Workers Union in Florida organizing fruit pickers. Bruce is an active member of Veterans for Peace.
Joseph Gerson
Dr. Joseph Gerson (US) See Video
Author, Director of Programs, American Friends Service Committee
Dr. Joseph Gerson has served the American Friends Service committee since 1976 and is currently Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the AFSC in New England. His program work focuses on challenging and overcoming U.S. global hegemony: its preparation for and threats to initiate nuclear war, and its military domination of the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He is a leading figure in the U.S. peace movement. His most recent book is Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World. His previous books include The Sun Never Sets and With Hiroshima Eyes.
Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg (US) See Video 
Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, Author of “The End of Growth”
Author of ten books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and the soon-to-be-released The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. Richard is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil – the point at which we reach maximum global oil production – and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. Richard has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Canadian Broadcasting Television, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Al Jazeera, as well as numerous radio programs (national NPR) and print publications (Time magazine).
Santi Hitorangi (Rapanui)
Social Activist, Rapanui Cultural and Political Knowledge Practitioner
Ikaika Hussey (Oahu, Hawai’i)
Publisher, Hawai’i Independent
Ikaika Hussey is adjunct professor at Hawai’i Pacific University and Publisher at the Hawai’i Independent, the daily source of local news, culture, and community in Hawai;i. He is a member at Kāneʻohe Business Group and is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Kyle Kajahiro
Kyle Kajahiro (Hawaii) See Video
American Friends Service Committee, DMZ Hawaii/Aloha Aina
Kyle is the Director of DMZ Hawaii and Program Director for AFSC in Hawaii. He works on demilitarization, environmental justice, and Kanaka Maoli human rights issues. He has been involved in immigrant worker organizing, community mural projects, antiracist/antifascist activism, the Central America Solidarity movement, Hawaiian sovereignty solidarity efforts, and community radio and television. He has traveled to and participated in various international solidarity delegations and conferences, including those in Vieques, Tonga, Korea, Japan, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Ecuador, China, and various cities in the United States, to discuss peace and demilitarization issues in Hawai‘i.
Jane Kelsey
Jane Kelsey (New Zealand) See Video
Prof. of Law, University of Auckland, Author of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Digest
Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s best-known critical commentators on issues of globalisation, structural adjustment and decolonisation. She hastaught at the University of Auckland since 1979, specialising in socio-legal studies, criminology, policy and international economic regulation. She travels extensively talking on the New Zealand experiment and globalisation, especially the GATS, to a wide range of audiences and is an active member of a number of international coalitions of academics, trade unionists, NGOs and social movements working for social justice. Jane is the author of numerous books and articles on the neoliberal restructuring of New Zealand since 1984, including the best-selling ‘The New Zealand Experiment. A World Model for Structural Adjustment?’. Her latest book on globalisation, ‘Serving Whose Interests? The Political Economy of Trade in Services Agreements’, was published by Routledge in June 2008.
Yumi Kikuchi
Yumi Kikuchi (Japan/Hawai’i) See Video
International Peace and Anti-Nuclear Activist
After working as journalist and bond trader, she became full time environmental activist in 1990, her first main focus was saving the tropical rain forests in Central America. After the events on Sept 11, 2001 Yumi organized the internet based Global Peace Campaign, which contributed to four full page peace advertisements in major newspapers in the USA, one in Italy and ten in Arabic magazines. Since then she has been pivotal in the translation of many peace related books and publications from English to Japanese. These include: Addicted To War; Butterfly; What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy; Dennis Kucinich (Democratic candidate for the US 2004 election – published in Japan only – no English version available); and 911, In Plane Site. In 2004 she produced the first Tokyo Peace Film Festival which showed six documentary peace related films.
Yasuo Kondo (Japan) See Video
People’s Action Against TPP
Yasuo Kondo spent approximately 28 years at National Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Japan mainly engaged in foreign exchange, financing to overseas grain subsidiaries, and grain futures, etc. He moved to a trading company established by consumer’s cooperatives and citizens, and engaged in “people to people trade” (or fair trade) and small scale financing to rural community development in Asia for about 12 years. Food, agriculture and globalization have been his main interests, and now he is engaged in anti-TPP action and land grab issues.
Jerry Mander
Jerry Mander (US) See Video
Founder, Distinguished Fellow, International Forum on Globalization
In addition to his role at IFG, Jerry Mander is the former program director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, and is the former founder and executive 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 Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1977), In the Absence of the Sacred (1991), The Case Against the Global Economy And For a Turn Toward the Local, co-edited with Edward Goldsmith (1996), and Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible.
Victor Menotti
Victor Menotti (US) See Video
Executive Director, International Forum on Globalization
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.
Albie Miles (US) See Video
UC Berkeley, Sustainable Agriculture
Nalani Minton (Hawaii) See Video
Representative, International Peoples’ Tribunal
Nalani Minton is a Kanaka Maoli cultural practitioner, filmmaker and activist who helped to organize the 1993 International Peoples’ Tribunal, Kaho’okolokolonui Kanaka Maoli with her uncle Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, and was the designated Tribunal representative at the UN Geneva who participated in drafting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 1992-2002. As the Director of the ‘IKE AO PONO program at UH Manoa, which supports Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander nurses and other health professionals to serve in under served communities, Nalani also works with cultural healing practices on recovery from inter-generational trauma issues.
Anuradha Mittal
Anuradha Mittal (India) See Video 
Director, Oakland Institute
Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues. After working as the co-director 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.
Lisa Natividad
Dr. Lisa Natividad (Guam) See Video
University of Guam
Dr. Lisa Natividad specializes in exposing human rights violations against indigenous Chamoru peoples.
Mayumi Oda
Mayumi Oda (Japan/Hawaii) See Video
Artist, Activist
Known to many as the “Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. Born to a Buddhist family in Japan in 1941, Mayumi studied fine art and traditional Japanese fabric dying. In 1966 she graduatied from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. Mayumi’s unique apprenticeship dying fabric for kimonos influences the color and composition of all of her work. Mayumi has spent many years of her life as a “global activist” participating in anti-nuclear campaigns worldwide. She founded Plutonium Free Future in 1992. On behalf of her organization, Mayumi lectured and held workshops on Nuclear Patriarchy to Solar Communities at the United Nations NGO Forum and the Women of Vision Conference in Washington DC.
Jon Osorio
Jon Osorio (Hawaii)
Director of Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa
In 2010 Jonathan was the recipient of the Robert W. Clopton award for Distinguished Community Service. He has been praised for his inspirational work and contributions as an insightful, caring and intellectual leader. Osorio has devoted his life to becoming an expert in Hawai’i politics and history, music and identity, and indigenous civil rights and social justice. His community service is imbued with the gracious spirit of ohana that values children, elders, and friends. He has truly made a deep impact in the lives of so many people, as well as on numerous communities across the region.
Walter Ritte
Walter Ritte, Jr. (Molokai, Hawaii) See Video
Hawaiian sovereignty activist, Anti-GMO movement
He has been a leader of aloha aina movements for nearly four decades. As a native of Moloka’i island, he was initially involved in Hui Alaloa, which fought to maintain Hawaiian access rights. He was one of early warriors involved in resisting the US Navy’s bombing of Kaho’olawe. Walter and eight other made the first protest landing on the island Kaho’olawe on January 4, 1976. He served in the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention and was also one of the first elected trustees to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. His courage in protecting Kanaka Maoli relationships to ‘āina continues, as Walter has led the struggles against the genetic modification of Hāloa (the taro plant and elder sibling of Hawaiians), the development of luxury homes at La’au Point, and numerous other Hawaiian and anti-development issues.
Arnie Saiki (Hawaii) See Video
Research Director – Statehood Hawaii/’Imipono Projects, Coordinator, Moana Nui
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Craig Santos Perez (Guahan) See Video
Chamorro, Poet, Author, Activist
Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam), has lived in California since 1995. He is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of several chapbooks, including Constellations Gathered Along the Ecliptic (Shadowbox Press, 2007), All with Ocean Views (Overhere Press, 2007), and Preterrain (Corollary Press, 2008).He received a B.A. in Art History & Literature from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands (2002) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, where he focuses on Native American & Native Oceanic Literature and Theory.
Suzuyo Takazato
Suzuyo Takazato (Okinawa) See Video
Co-Chair, Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence
Suzuyo is a long-time feminist activist who has analyzed the interplay between sexism and militarism from the experiences of women in Okinawa. Her work has inspired global feminist peace governments for structural understanding of violence against women. She helped create Okinawa’s first rape crisis center to provide hotline and face-to-face counseling to victims of sexual violence, and in 1995, her activism led to a large-scale protest by people of Okinawa against military bases.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines) See Video
Tebtebba Foundation, Former Director, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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.
Mililani Trask
Mililani Trask (Hawaii) See Video
Vice Chair, General Assembly of Nations, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organizations (UNPO)
Mililani is a native Hawaiian attorney and expert in international human rights law. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Women’s Network and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii and the International Training Center for Indigenous Peoples, in Greenland. She is one of the primary drafters of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples which passed the UN General Assembly in 2007, and served as the Pacific Indigenous Issues. She served two four-year terms as Kia Aina (Prime Minister) of Ka Lahui Hawaii, the Sovereign Hawaiian Nation.
Lori Wallach
Lori Wallach (US) See Video
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Wallach is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies such as NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA and more. She is steeped in the domestic and international politics of current trade negotiations and disputes. She works closely with congress and civil society, scholars, and activists in the U.S. and developing countries to foster the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, off-shoring, wages, the environment, public health and food safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.
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Dale Wen (China/Germany) See Video
International Forum on Globalization – 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.
Adam Wolfenden
Adam Wolfenden (Australia) See Video
Trade Justice Campaigner, Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG)
Adam Wolfenden is the Trade Justice Campaigner with the Pacific Network on Globalisation, a Pacific based NGO that exposes the impacts of trade in the region. Adam holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and previously worked for the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET). Adam has also been involved in social justice projects such as Friends of the Earth Sydney and the Trajectories of Dissent art exhibition that coincided with APEC’s intrusion into Sydney in 2007.

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