Serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Interim Management Committee of the Commonwealth Foundation. He served as the United Kingdom High Commissioner for Ghana until 2015. Until his appointment as High Commissioner, Prof. Danso-Boafo was an Associate Professor, Deputy Director, and Coordinator of the International Health Track in the Master of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia USA.
He received Doctor of Philosophy from Howard University (Washington, DC). Dr. Danso-Boafo taught at Atlanta University, later Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1986 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2005. At Clark Atlanta University, he served as the Head of the Department of Public Administration (1989-1990) and later Head of the Post-Graduate Program in International Affairs and Development (1991-1997 and 2002-2005).He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1994.
Dr. Danso-Boafo, the author of The Political Biography of Dr. Kofi AbrefaBusia (Ghana Universities Press, 1996), and also J.J. Rawlings and Democratic Transition in Ghana, (forthcoming, Ghana Universities Press) has extensive scholarly publications on African Development issues, African Political Leadership, International Affairs, International Political Economy, the Debt Crisis, Decentralization, HIV/AIDS, Health Sector Reforms, etc. to his credit.
International Consultant in Human Development. He has over 30 years experience in Senior Management position in both government and non government organizations. Former WRF Board Member from June 2011 – January 2014.
Dr. David Dabydeen
Dr. David Dabydeen was born in Berbice, Guyana. He attended Queen’s College secondary and moved to London, England. He studied English at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with honors. He then gained a Ph.D. in 18th-Century Literature and Art at University College, London in 1982. In 2010, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Guyana in China.
Dr. Dabydeen continues to hold his academic appointment as Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom. He was a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board and is the author of seven novels, three collections of poetry and several works of non-fiction and criticism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Howard Dodson, Jr. is a national leader in the movement to preserve African American history. He was recently named the new director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and director of the Howard University Library System. Dodson retired last year from his position as director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after 27 years of service. He is credited with extending the reach and reputation of the Schomburg Center through major exhibitions and acquisitions. Today, the Center is recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. Dodson became chief of the Schomburg in 1984. Under his direction, the Center’s holdings doubled to 10 million. Acquisitions included the collections of Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry and Maya Angelou.
He is is a leader in the hemispheric struggle for human rights, economic justice, and against racism. “Chucho” is the founder of the AfroVenezuelan Network and the AfroLatinAmerican Strategic Alliance that have a strong presence throughout Latin America.
He has written and spoken widely on culture, history, and globalization and weaves together the rich history of cultural resistance with an activist perspective on today’s struggles.
Budd L. Hall, Ph.D.
Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Budd was a neighbour of Pat and Walter Rodney and the family when they both worked at the University of Dar es Salaam in the early 1970s. He was the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-based Research and is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. Former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Budd Hall has served as the Chair of the Adult Education Department the University of Toronto from 1995-2001 and as Secretary-General of the International Council for Adult Education. Budd has worked in Nigeria, Tanzania, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Thailand, Yemen, Uganda, England, and the United States. He has done both theoretical and practical work for almost 40 years in various aspects of community-based adult education and learning and participatory research. He has served as President, Chair or Vice-President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, International Council for Adult Education, Canadian Network for Democratic Learning, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Coady International Institute Advisory Board. He is a member of the International Adult Education Hall of Fame and was selected for the 2005 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovation in International Education Award. He was granted an Honourary Doctorate by St. Francis Xavier University in 2011. He is the husband of Dr. Darlene Clover, father of Dana and Shawn Hall, Grandfather of Quincy Pugh Hall , Leo Ellis Hall and Ashton Edward Hall. He is also a poet.
Dr. Keith Jennings received his PhD from Clark Atlanta University and his BA from Fisk University. He has lectured nationally and held appointments as adjunct professor at American University, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine, where he taught courses on foreign policy, health and human rights, world politics, comparative politics and Black politics.
Dr. Jennings has written numerous popular and scholarly articles on Black politics, human rights and democratic development. He is also a frequent media commentator on foreign affairs. Dr. Jennings is a 2005 recipient of the Interfaith Alliance’s Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award and a 2006 recipient of the National Center for Human Rights Education, Human Rights Defenders Award.
Dr. George Lamming
Dr. George Lamming was born in Carrington Village, Barbados, Lamming attended Roebuck Boys’ School and Combermere High School on a scholarship. Before moving to England, he worked from 1946 to 1950 as a teacher at El Colegio de Venezuela, a boarding-school for boys in Port of Spain, Trinidad. From London Lamming eventually settled in Barbados. In 1967-68 Lamming was a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the University of Miami’s Institute for Caribbean Creative Writing.
In 2003, Lamming was made a Fellow of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and in 2011 he was awarded by the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) the Caribbean Hibiscus Prize. During the next decades, lecture tours and grants took him among others to Australia, India, Tanzania, Denmark, and the United States.
Dr. Shelby Lewis
Professor Emeritus at Clark Atlanta University, Executive Director of The Lewis Foundation, and an international development consultant. Dr. Shelby Lewis was appointed by President Barack Obama in November 2010 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. As a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the National University of Lesotho from 1982 to 1983, she helped establish the Women’s Research Collective. Lewis also served as an international consultant in Zimbabwe from 1985 to 1987, where she helped found a pan-African women’s forum and the Development Consultants Network, a development company. Lewis served on the Board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for two terms and established a partnership between CIES and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs, Inc. (UNCF/SP) during her tenure as Vice President for International Development and Director of University-to-University Linkage Programs at UNCF/SP.
Babacar MBow is an independent researcher whose work focuses on bridging academy and community knowledge. He has widely published on African Diaspora Memory, Modernity, Postmodernity and Philosophy of interpretation and culture. Mbow served for 11 years as the Broward County Libraries Division Programs and Exhibits Coordinator. He is the Director of Multitudes: The African Diaspora Center of Miami.
A consultant for the USAID, the African Union and several African states his books include: An Idea of Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art (2008), Benin: a Kingdom in Bronze (2004) and Cultural Identity in Haitian Contemporary Art (2011). Mbow is also the Managing Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (Oxford, ABC-CLIO 2008). His new book: The End of the African Postcolonial State is forthcoming in 2014.
The Honorable Zakia Meghi
The Honorable Zakia Hamdani Meghi was born in Zanzibar and earned a Master’s degree in economic history. She is a widow and the mother of five children and eight grandchildren. Zakia held several Ministerial Appointments including Minister of Finance, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism and Minister of Health. She has been a Member of Parliament since 1985. She co-authored a book with her late husband Ramadhan Meghji and Clement Kwayu on women and cooperatives. She has contributed to journals on cooperatives and tourism and women issues. Zakia was a student of Walter Rodney at the University of Dar in History and worked closely with him. She also was a member of the Sunday morning study group.
Gail A. Reid
Gail A. Reed is the founder and former International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) and Executive Editor of MEDICC Review. She has written on social and economic issues in Cuba for the last two decades. Ms. Reed’s writings include: Denial of Food and Medicine: The Impact of the US Embargo on Health and Nutrition in Cuba; Island in the Storm; and a series on women and race in Cuba with Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole. Ms Reed is also Co-Producer and Executive Producer of the award-winning film ¡Salud!, a feature documentary on Cuba and the quest for global health, released in January 2007 and distributed by MEDICC.
In the 1990s, Ms. Reed regularly contributed to Business Week magazine, and was NBC News’ first Havana-based producer-correspondent since the early 1960s. She received her MS in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.
Donald Rodney, Attorney at Law is the youngest brother of Walter Rodney. He is an attorney-at-law, a qualified civil engineer and construction specialist. He received his secondary education from Queen’s College, Guyana and his undergraduate degree in Quality Engineering from the University of Reading in England. He received his Law Degree and Legal Practice from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Central England, respectively.
His work experience includes Botswana, the Caribbean and the UK. Presently Donald lives and practices law in Trinidad and Tobago.
Kathy R. Scott
Kathy R Scott is the only sister of Walter Rodney and the fifth of six children. Kathy is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is currently Graduate Assistant, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology. She obtained her Master of Arts in Sociology, Howard University and Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with distinction at the University of Guyana. Prior to emigrating to the US she was employed with agencies focusing on Domestic Violence and Responsible Parenthood. She was also a Part-time Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana.
“Able” Mable Thomas, Georgia State Representative
Dr. Ewart A.C. Thomas
Dr. Ewart A.C. Thomas is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, USA. He was born in Guyana, and attended Queens College, Guyana and the University of the West Indies, Jamaica with Walter Rodney. Ewart received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from UWI, Jamaica in 1963. He attended Cambridge University in England, where he received his Ph.D. in Statistics in 1967. After research and teaching posts at University College London and the University of Michigan, he joined the Stanford faculty in 1972. He has served as Chair of the Psychology Department and; from 1988 to 1993, Dean of the University’s School of Humanities and Sciences.
In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies, and in 2002, received a Distinguished Teaching award from the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). In 2008, Thomas was the Ralph and Claire Landau Visiting Professor of Psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Roger van Zwanenberg
Over 60 years in socialist academic publishing including founder of Zed Press.. After retiring Roger founded a new small Journals Publishing venture, Pluto Journals, to trade and support small Cooperative in Uganda, in Cotton, Coffee and Cocoa. He is also an Agent for a small number of authors looking for publishers and a co-developer of thePluto Educational Trust.