MEET THE CAMPAIGN

We are a small but growing community  of volunteer members and co-founders that form a dedicated team, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. Meet some of us below.

SUSAN RIKER

CO-FOUNDER

Susan is an accomplished executive with extensive leadership experience in media, business development, strategic partnerships and human resources. She led a thirty-year career dedicated to managing innovative projects, building effective teams, and forging successful domestic and international partnerships in private and non-profit sectors. She has a keen ability to generate new businesses, create and grow collaborative partnerships, and develop talent. She is also committed to bringing her leadership experience to her work as an Executive Leadership Coach and to help leaders navigate professional and personal challenges, accomplish their goals and reach their full potential. 

ANA RAFEALA BATISTA

CO-FOUNDER

Originally from Portugal, Ana Rafaela is currently living in Romania. She works as a Project Assistant for the Department of Peace Operations at PATRIR, in Romania, and as a Youth Project Coordinator for the European Association of Young Educators, in Portugal. Despite her busy schedule, Ana Rafaela is an instrumental part of the Communications Group and is helping to build the Campaign’s brand and online identity. Ana Rafaela has many ideas on how to improve Communications processes and how to enhance discussions on regional issues.

GUS SPETH

CO-FOUNDER

Gus is an American environmental lawyer and advocate. He worked for the United Nations as Administrator of the UN Development Program from 1993 to 1998. He is the author of several books and articles related to environmental and globalization issues; he is strongly committed to the emergence of a Global Environmental Governance. He has received several awards for his remarkable work and contributions, such as the  National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America's Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Blue Planet Prize. Prolific researcher, he also holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

GETACHEW DIRIBA

CO-FOUNDER

Getachew is a perfect synthesis of North and South - equally comfortable on a rural farm in his native Ethiopia working the soil or in a board room at the United Nations in New York contradicting the received wisdom of the experts on agriculture and food policy.  He is a father of four who has raised a family on two continents and an author who has bridged two worlds - with the quiet wisdom and forceful logic of someone who has worked the real problems of the globe for a lifetime and fought for the citizens of the world no matter how humble their origins.  Getachew has the humanity, the humility and the humor which is a perfect fit for the culture of the Campaign, along with the passion, professionalism and willingness to connect with people that will make his contribution a truly lasting one.

ELISA CASTELLI

CO-FOUNDER

Elisa is an expert on security, defense and crisis resolution in the Middle East and North Africa Region, having earned Master degrees on both Security, Defense and Crisis Resolution and Middle Eastern Studies. She speaks Arab, French, and English. Elisa has played an instrumental role for the Campaign, designing a strategy for introducing the concept of Universal Responsibility in the Middle East, moderating our first event in French and helping with the Communications and Social Media Strategy of the Campaign. She is currently supporting the Membership and Communications Teams.

JERILYN ASHER

CO-FOUNDER

Co-Founder and/or Executive Vice President of several organizations and start-ups – Jibo Inc (currently), The State of the USA (past), Rainmaker Group Inc, Lincoln Trust – Jerilyn is a dynamic leader with 25 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, senior executive and innovator in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She has held leadership posts in six health care companies and served as a Senatorial adviser on health care policy and business initiatives for both the public and private sectors.
Her area of expertise includes Specialties such as deep expertise in health care business, policy and strategy, corporate development, capital campaigns (as CEO, raised over $300M), collaborations and strategic partnerships with government agencies, NGO's and multi-sector corporations.

POONAM ARORA

CO-FOUNDER

Prof. Poonam Arora is the Louis F. Capalbo Professor and Chair in the Management Department at Manhattan College, and a Research Scientist at AC, Earth Institute, Columbia University. Prof. Arora’s research program explores the phenomena of sustainability in dynamic socio environmental-economic systems. Her work has been published in management, psychology, economics, and sustainability journals. Prior to joining academia, Prof. Arora worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Co., and an investment banker at Citi. She earned her BBA summa cum laude in Business Economics from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University, where she was an NSF Graduate Fellow. She lives with her family in New York.

BEATRIZ DE LEÓN COBO

CO-FOUNDER

Born in Madrid and living in Paris, Beatriz is a researcher specialized on security issues in Sub-Saharan African. She has recently graduated with a MSc on Security, Defense and Crisis Resolution while working for a think tank on religious studies. As an Associate Researcher, she regularly contributes to ATALAYR international strategic review. She believes the best way to confront our global problems is by assuming greater individual and collective responsibility. This is why she is committed to make the world a better place through dialogue on what means to be a 21st century world citizen.

TOMÁS LOICK NEVES

CO-FOUNDER

Graduated with a MSC in International Relations, Tomas has experience in doing research and is interested in several fields such as Development, Environmental and Human Right. He currently works for the Consumer Insight Team of Disneyland Paris, France. From Brazilian origins and culture, he is also French, and most of all, he shares a common global citizenship with a few billion others. He understands that all his professional experiences and academic diplomas are nothing more than letters on a piece of paper if he doesn’t commit to taking actions towards preserving this shared condition of humanity. That is what the Campaign represents to him at this point in his life: an opportunity to take action. He is proud to be a part of such a diverse and unselfish group of people who have come together in an attempt to change the game on some of the most vital global issues.

MAMDOUH ALQUDSI

CO-FOUNDER

Mamdouh presents himself as a world citizen, born in Damascus, Syria. Currently living in Germany, he is doing an internship at the Administrative Department of the U.N., as part of the Communication Team of UN75. He possesses a multidisciplinary academic background that includes degrees in Management & Business, Finance & Banking, and Intercultural Education & Psychology. Thus, he has experience in the field of cross-cultural dialogue and communication. He describes himself as sociable and a people person. His gift is creativity and the motivation for contributing constantly, he has experienced many types of inequality, segregation, and pre-judgement. He believes that no one deserves to be treated this way. Therefore, he is dedicating my efforts to end suffering and reduce any inequality.

KATE MCGARR

CO-FOUNDER

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After growing up in the small town of Washington, Connecticut, USA, working in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC and traveling the world as a published photographer, Kate has recently completed her Master of Arts in International Affairs in Paris, France, with a focus on Human Rights and Dignity. Having lived and experienced different environments, she loves discussing different topics with people of various backgrounds and experiences, allowing for reflection, self-education and a continuous expansion of worldview. She has worked as a Fellow Researcher for The Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention.  According to her, the Campaign for Human Responsibilities is a unique opportunity to bring people from all over the world together for a unified purpose --- to own the responsibility for our own, and each other's, wellbeing.

TIMOTHÉE RAKOTONANDRIANINA

CO-FOUNDER

Tim is currently the Head of Public Affairs at Make it Real– Policy Design, Paris, France. He describes himself as “a builder”.  He loves Examined lives, being in Flow and screenwriting (be it in cinema, policy, or daily life). He seeks to build a world where each born individual is considered an end in itself: self-owned and free to live their life in their own terms according to the Law of equal freedom, where consent and enlightened commitment are the bonding force of society. To build anything, however, we share a need for reliability. Reliability in natural or moral persons comes out of solid commitment both in terms of integrity and agency. Experience has proven that the only effective commitment is self-imposed, and that is his definition for Responsibility.

CHRISTOPHER HOENIG

CO-FOUNDER

Chris is a child of the Redwood Forests in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in the midst of both war and social revolution. He is an innovator working at the leading edge of 21st century civics, a citizen who lives a life of service, a practical executive with a vision for the future, a philosopher schooled in history, an author with a message for the world, a poet who loves language, and a father who knows love is the most powerful force on Earth. He is dedicated to leaving the world a better place through collaboration on fundamental innovations in the practice of citizenship and leadership. Over a 30-year career, he has charted a path of service which varied from research director to public speaker; from private enterprise and government service to civil society; from artist to innovator; and from entrepreneurship to leadership at the national and global levels. His affiliations have included some of the world’s leading organizations, including McKinsey & Co., the U.S. Federal Government, IBM and the National Academy of Sciences.  He authored The Problem Solving Journey: “Your Guide for Making Decisions and Getting Results” and has degrees in history and world affairs from Yale University, Cambridge University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

GIULIANA E. SALAZAR-NORATTO

CO-FOUNDER

Giuliana was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Texas, USA. Because of this transition early in her life, she is passionate about improving the lifestyle of people around the world and working internationally. Giuliana earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering as an NSF Graduate Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she built her career in the USA, Spain, Ireland and France, where she most recently worked as a post-doctoral researcher for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Currently, Giuliana is an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, pivoting to the business sector to increase her direct contribution to society and continue her passion of empowering and helping people. Giuliana joined the Campaign for Universal Human Responsibilities because she believes that we are an international community that can provide an outside perspective and thoughtfully reflects on different societies nowadays, and we dare to dream that we can change the world for the better.

JULIE SUN

CO-FOUNDER

Julie is currently working as a growth strategist marketer. She contributed to the creation of the social and audience development practice for Nickelodeon. With her skills and experiences, she became a change agent helping organizations and start-ups adapt and adopt change. She believes family is the foundation of any strong individual. The strength to be different, and the courage to explore. She also believes in freedom. According to her, choice allows you to fail, to learn, to live with intent. Outside of being a mom of two beautiful mixed babies, she focuses her energy on organizations and ideas that can help change the trajectory of our society for the better.

DENNIS SSEBUGWAWO

CO-FOUNDER

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Dennis was born in Mukono, Uganda. He is currently completing his Professional Accountancy training course (CPA). He has previously worked, and he is still involved, with different local, non-profit youth and children organizations. He feels that the Campaign for Universal Human Responsibilities will not only help him realize his potential but also influence many people across the globe in fulfilling their human responsibilities. He is, therefore, thrilled and excited to be part of such an ethical global initiative that will allow him to share, practice, and discuss shared thoughts and ideas in making the world a better place for all.

Volunteers and Members 

Amina El Sharif

  Libya

📍Ottawa

Communications Team

Justine Ghannad

  France

📍Paris

Communications Team

Zoe Rimba

Indonesia

📍Yakarta

Discussions Team

Russia

📍Frankfurt

Environment

Trisha-mae Capistrano

Canada

📍Vancouver

Henrique Leandro Fernandes

Brazil

📍Belo Horizonte

Michele Orzan

Italy

📍Budapest

Carmen Sánchez Jurado

  Spain

📍Paris

Membership Group

Talia Zaidi

Canada

📍Ottawa

Communications Group

Scott Gilkeson

United States

📍Washington, DC

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