Selected Biographies of Present and Past
Members of the Board of Directors of
United States Association of the Club of Rome
Cecil Ivan Hudson,
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 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
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 National Laboratory.
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 tests.
Dr. Hudson 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 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.
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
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 experience of pregnancy,
labor, childbirth and lactation.
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
Francesco Stipo is a lawyer, author
and expert in international affairs. Born in Italy in
1973, he is a naturalized United States citizen.
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.
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
In March 2008 he gave a speech
at the United Nations on U.N. Reform.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.