Born in Tunisia, Larbi Bouguerra holds a doctorate in physical sciences from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). Previously, he studied geography in Tunisia and psycho-pedagogy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was a teacher-researcher on both sides of the Mediterranean and has been assistant in the Faculty of Medicine of Paris and research director associated with the CNRS in Paris. In addition, he was Professor at the Faculty of Sciences in Tunis. He also directed the Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Fine Arts of Tunis then the National Institute of Scientific and Technical Research of Tunisia. He has published a dozen books dealing with the environment – water in particular – and the spin-offs of Science in the countries of the South. His book “The Battles of Water” has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and English. He is responsible for the Water Program of the Alliance for a Responsible and Solid World and, in this capacity, runs an international network focused on the governance of water, the common good of humanity. He is also a collaborator with the Monde Diplomatique, Research, various newspapers, he is also a consultant to the WHO and UNESCO. Prof. Bouguerra was elected as a full member of the Tunisian Academy of Science, Arts and Humanities Beit al Hikma (Carthago).
B. (Hass) Dellal AO
Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations, social cohesion and integration and prevention strategies on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council, Member of the Australian Multicultural Council, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. In 2006, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.
Yuliana Metodieva is publisher and editor-in-chief of the platform for human rights ‘Marginalia’. A journalist, she earned a masters degree in Bulgarian philology from the University of Sofia ‘St.Kliment Ohridski’. She’s among the founders of the first human rights organization Bulgarian Helsinki Committee /1993/ and its magazine ‘Obektiv’, awarded with a first place at the International Media Festival /2004/ for contribution in establishing of media niche for human rights in Bulgaria. She’s author of surveys on ethnical media, on /non/freedom of expression and on tabloids. Basing on a sociological research of untraditional beliefs ‘Media and religions’ she becomes a scriptwriter of the documentary ‘They, the others’ which was awarded at the Festival in Sarajevo /1998/. In 2014 she creates Marginalia, the only site for information and commentaries of religious, ethnic and sexual rights. Big amount of its articles are also dealing with refugees stories and problems. The team she works with consists of renowned experts, sociologists, journalists who work predominantly for free. So far the site has published science articles, surveys and reports of contributors from the USA, Berlin, Paris, Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands. In 2016 Marginalia wins the prize Free Electron of BlueLink. Yuliana Metodieva is a national finalist in the European Award for Diversity Journalism – 2016
Michelle Yesudas is a human rights activist, formal legal practitioner and legal adviser working on human rights. She was called to the Malaysian Bar and formerly practiced with Messrs Daim and Gamany and was the Legal/Campaign Coordinator with Lawyers for Liberty, where she worked on cases involving human rights defenders, free speech, freedom of assembly, police brutality and statelessness. She then worked as a campaigner for Amnesty International’s International Secretariat and worked on the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, focusing on a wide range of issues, including extrajudicial executions, death penalty work, and freedom of expression. She is currently the Senior Legal Adviser for the International Commission of Jurists in Myanmar and is a technical adviser on areas of human rights, legal reform, gender and advocacy work with various national partners. She read law at University of London and she completed her Masters in International Development Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick.