Selected Biographies of Present and Past
Members of the Board of Directors of
The United States
Association of the Club of Rome
Cecil Ivan Hudson,
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
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 SAPís R/3 enterprise resource planning software. BIS
grew to $20 million in sales, and was sold in June 2005 to Sapient
Prior to 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.
His Management 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
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. Hudsonís 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 Armyís
Night Vision Lab.
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
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier speaker, author and founder of Laurel
Springs School, has more than thirty-five years' experience in the
field of online learning. Since its founding in 1991, Laurel Springs
Distance Learning Program has become the premier provider of
personalized education for over 85,000 students in grades K through
12. Under her directorship Laurel Springs High School received the
United Nations Global 500 Award and the President's Youth
Environmental Award. Ms. Gordanier was nominted for a Nobel Earth
Prize and received the outstanding leadership by an individual in
the field of distance learning from the United States Distance
Learning Association. Ms. Mosley Gordanier is a member of the
Clinton Global Initiative Education Team and member of the board of
the Ted Turner/Captain Planet Foundations, SEEAG, and USACOR. Ms.
Mosley Gordanier designed the first online environmental curriculum
Kids4earth and Leaders4earth for which Laurel Springs was awarded
the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North
America Association of Environmental Education. Ms. Mosley Gordanier
is a keynote speaker at numerous national and international
educational and U.N. related environmental conferences. She
currently serves as the president of the United Nations Global 500
Environmental Forum. Marilyn co-authored the books: "Towards
Corporate Environmental Excellence" and "A Parent's Guide to
Distance Learning". Ms. Mosley Gordanier has been devoted to
children and families with the idea that within each individual is
an endless source of inspiration, caring and learning. In founding
Laurel Springs School she has created the curriculum and mission for
families to succeed at distance learning. She believes that children
life's experiences are part of their education and considers life
and learning to be one and the same.
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 womenís 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
and "United Nations Reorganization. The Unification of the U.N.
System", in which he proposes to improve the coordination of the
United Nations System under the direction of the Secretary General
to increase the efficiency of international institutions.
He is also the author of "The Balanced Contribution Theory" in which
he suggests that the voting system in the General Assembly shall
reflect the political and economic balances of world nations.
In March 2008 he gave a speech at the United Nations on U.N.
Dr. Stipo is a member of the Bretton
Woods Committee, 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. He was also a
member of the international Club of Rome from 2011 to
2014. From 2008 to 2012 he served on the Board of Directors of
the India-US Chamber of Commerce of Florida.
co-author of the 2011 USA Club of Rome Report "The Future of
the Western Hemisphere" and organized the conference that took place
in Miami in January 2009.
Dr. Stipo has been Director of
the United States Association since July 2008, he was Vice President
between March 2010 and July 2011 and President from July 2011 to
July 2014. At the time of his election he became the youngest
President of USACOR at age 38. As President he commissioned 3 USACOR
Reports: "The Future of the Arctic, a Key to Global Sustainability"
published on CADMUS Journal, "The Future of the Pacific and its
Relevance for Geo-economic Interests", published on the Journal
Eruditio, and "The Future of the Atlantic and the Role of Africa in
International Development" which was released in June 2014. Between
2011 and 2014 he was the Chairman of the Legal and Political
Committee of USACOR. He co-sponsored a conference at the Smithsonian
Institution in March 2012 and was the Rapporteur in the Club of
Rome conference on the "Governance of the Commons" that took place
in Canada in 2013. At the completion of his 3 year term he
received the honorary title of President Emeritus.
Anitra Thorhaug Ph. D. in Biological Oceanography
and Chemical Oceanography.
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 Environment.
She has been consultative
to the following United Nations Agencies: FAO, UNEP, UNDP, World
Bank, and UNESCO.
She has worked on all five continents and
done projects in over 100 nations.
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.
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.
Her not-for-profit 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), and Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment Foundation. Her
present interests are monitoring sea grass health, global
restoration global coastal pollution and climate change.