Selected Biographies of
Members of the
Board of Directors of
The United States Association of the Club
Cecil Ivan Hudson,
James Gray M.D.
Dana Raphael, Ph.D.
Francesco Stipo, Ph.D.
Anitra Thorhaug Ph.D.
Dr. Noel Brown is the former Director of the
United Nations Environment Programme, North American Office. After
receiving a Ph.D from Yale University, he became an organizer of the
Stockholm Conference for the Environment in 1972. Dr. Brown is the
President of the Friends of the United Nations, a fellow of the
World Academy of Arts and Sciences, a founding member of the Aspen
Global Change Institute and Chairman of the International Institute
for Peace through Tourism. He also serves in the Board of Directors
of the Climate Institute. Dr. Brown teaches environmental policy at
the Elizabeth Mann Borghese Dalhousie Marine Institute in Canada.
Cecil Ivan Hudson, Jr.,
Now retired, Dr. Hudson is a Physicist who is
an internationally recognized expert in technology and in futures
planning. In 1998, he founded Business Information Solutions, LLC to
provide business intelligence services to companies using SAP’s R/3
enterprise resource planning software. BIS grew to $20 million in
sales, and was sold in June 2005 to Sapient Corporation.
founding BIS, he conducted management consulting on the information
technology aspects of restructuring in the electric utility
industry, defined elements of a futures research project for the
Center for Global Security Research at LLNL, reviewed the Sandia
2020 Futures Project, and assisted in the development of a
technology "toolbox" for use by the US Strategic Command Science
Advisory Group in a future-based wargame.
positions include Corporate Vice President, SAIC, Group Vice
President, JAYCOR, (responsible for Divisions dealing with Health
and Environment, Advanced Concepts, Weapon Systems, and Military and
Management Analysis), Vice President, the Titan Corporation and
Director of Technology Programs for Expersoft, a startup software
company. His career began at Lawrence Livermore National
He has managed numerous projects related to
international security policy, high technology weapon systems,
operations research and systems analysis. He has published chapters
in four books on advanced technology weapon systems and
international security policy, and has written papers ranging from
the effects of radioactivity on sewage digestion to future energy
needs and resources for the US to the relationship between nuclear
and conventional weapons. He has directed both theoretical and
hardware programs, including conducting 23 full scale nuclear
Dr. Hudson’s computer experience ranges from the dawn of
the computer era, to the largest mainframes, to the development of a
PC-based hypermedia intelligent tutoring system, (including a course
in triage for USAF Battlefield Nurses), and the development of an
Assumption Based Truth Maintenance System for Automatic Target
Recognition Algorithm Development, for the Army’s Night Vision
From the mid 60s to mid 70s, Dr. Hudson was Chairman of the
Futures Planning Council of the Episcopal Diocese of California, and
from the mid 70s to early 90s was Chairman of the Technology Working
Group for the California Seminar on International Security and
Foreign Policy. He is a member of the International Institute for
Strategic Studies, and is a past President of the US Association for
the Club of Rome. He has also been a serious student of Tibetan
Buddhism for 27 years.
Dr. Hudson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from
the University of Virginia (1962), and a BS in Physics (With Highest
Honor) from Georgia Tech (1958).
James Gray, M.D.
Dr. James Gray, MD is a practicing medical doctor and was
affiliated as chief physician with the University of Houston until
2010. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He is building
an e-business and several other businesses, including an historical
cultural theater and his restored ranch in Burton, TX. He has been
on the USACOR Board for 3 years as newsletter editor and also serves
on the nominating committee. He was a major author and committee
chair of the health section of The Future of the Western Hemisphere.
Dana Raphael, Ph.D.
Dr. Dana Raphael is a medical anthropologist, writer and
lecturer. Her interest in breastfeeding inspired her to found The
Human Lactation Center in 1975 with Margaret Mead, an institute
devoted to researching patterns of lactation worldwide. The Center
is now a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that has consultative
status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
She is also the Executive Director of the Eleventh Commandment
Foundation, a NGO that researches the long-term effects of childhood
sexual abuse on women’s experience of pregnancy, labor, childbirth
She is credited with initiating the role of the
modern doula, a supportive person who pairs up with women during
their labor and delivery and helps the new mother to assure her
success with breastfeeding.
Dr. Raphael has served as an adjunct
professor at Yale University, School of Medicine, and as an invited
lecturer in the United States, China, India and Japan. She has
received two Fulbright awards, chaired or participated in more than
fifty conferences and symposiums, written or edited five books and
over 50 articles.
Francesco Stipo is a lawyer, author
and expert in international affairs. Born in Italy in
1973, he is a naturalized United States citizen.
He holds a Ph.D.
in International Law and a Master Degree in Comparative Law from the
University of Miami.
He has been practicing international law
since 1999 and worked as a foreign law advisor and of counsel for
European and American law firms.
He is the author of the books
"World Federalist Manifesto. Guide to Political Globalization" (www.worldfederalistmanifesto.com)
and "United Nations Reorganization. The Unification of the U.N.
He also is the author of "The Balanced Contribution
In March 2008 he gave a speech at the United Nations on
Dr. Stipo is a member of the International Club of
Rome, an active member of the National Press Club and the Atlantic
Council of the United States in Washington D.C., and a Fellow of the
World Academy of Art and Science. From 2008 to 2012 he served on the
Board of Directors of the India-US Chamber of Commerce of
He contributed to the 2011 USA Club of Rome Report
titled "The Future of the Western Hemisphere" with an article on
"The Development of Free Trade Agreements in the American Continent"
and organized the conference that took place in Miami on January
31st-February 1st 2009. Since 2011 he has been the
Chairman of the Legal and Political Committee of USACOR.
Stipo has been Director of the United States Association since July
2008, Vice President between March 2010 and March 2011 and was
elected President in March 2011.
Anitra Thorhaug Ph. D. in Biological Oceanography and
Professor Thorhaug is presently a Research
worker at Yale University. Dr. Thorhaug has recently been the
candidate for Under Secretary General of the United Nations for
She has been consultative to the following United
Nations Agencies: FAO, UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, and UNESCO.
has worked on all five continents and done projects in over 100
The academic work of Professor Thorhaug includes being
faculty at a series of leading US Universities such as UC Berkeley,
Yale, Florida International University, University of Miami Medical
School and Marine Sciences, Wood's Hole, and foreign institutions
such as Weizmann Institute & Philippine's Women's University.
Her major contributions to research have been the first to do
large scale seagrass restoration and restoration in the tropical
Pacific and tropical Atlantic, Setting standards for outflow in
tropical and subtropical thermal effluents and for oil pollution,
physiology of marine plants, especially seagrasses and giant algal
cells (biophysical work with A. Katchalsky).
She has authored
over 200 scientific papers and abstracts, and 10 books and many
grants and contracts.
She has been consultative to government,
which includes local to international level and industry on
solutions to environmental in thermal, petroleum, siltation from
bridges, roads and dams, salinity changes, and other infrastructure
and mining. Her work has been recognized on several continents and
by several UN programs.
She is the recipient of a gold medal from
UNEP and member of the prestigious UNEP Global 500. She has
contributed to environmental action by organizing decision-making
conferences on energy and the environment, bay restoration, and
tropical bay planning, and thermal pollution.
activities include The UN Earth Society (board member), The
Botanical Society of America (board member, editorial member of
American Journal of Botany and chair of Physiological Section 9
years), USA Club of Rome (board for 15 years, chair for 5 years,
chair elect), and Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment
Foundation. Her present interests are monitoring sea grass health,
global restoration global coastal pollution and climate change.