International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

                                                              

A Culture of Peace is a Peaceful World

HONORARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AMBASSADOR AKINYEMI FAROUNBI, OON serves as the Honorary Chairman Emeritus under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. since 2015. He prior served as the Honorary Chairman from 2013- May 2015. Ambassador Farounbi served as the former Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of the Philippines since 2012-2015.


Ambassador Akinyemi is a Nigerian patriot who by God’s grace was born on 1st of October. His father was a priest of the Anglican Church and he did that for 41 years. His mother was a school teacher and a trader. He comes from a deeply religious and strict family. He was born in Ekiti but his father was from Ora Igbomina in Ifedayo Local Government Area of Osun State. His mother was from Usi-Ekiti in Ido-Osi Local Government.


Ambassador Akinyemi taught at the Oyemekun Grammar School as a Senior Geography Teacher right after college. By November 20, 1969, he joined the old WNTV/WNBS as the Establishment Officer and rose to become the Comptroller Corporate Affairs before the state creation of 1976. He opted to work in NTA Ibadan where he became the General Manager by 1977. He was transferred to NTA Akure by January 1981 and I retired from NTA on July 31, 1981. Between 1981 and 1983, he was the Chairman of BCOS, Oyo. He was the Chairman of the Directorate of Information and in that capacity, he established what is now called BCOS TV and I started work on what is now Reality Television in Iwo.


Ambassador Akinyemi consulted for the Ogun State government on Gateway Television. He consulted for the Ondo State government on what is now known as OSRC. He was on the committee that re-organised the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation in 1986. That re-organisation led to the creation of the Lagos Radio and Lagos Television as independent entities. He has been a management consultant owning a Management Consultancy Firm. He produced many television programmes, including series like Arelu, Yanpanyanrin, Agbeleku, Omonuoku, Jomijoke, etc. He also produced two celluloid films – ‘Iwa’ in 1985 and ‘Agbarin’ (1987). He was a part-time lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Department of Language and Communication Art and the Department of Mass Communication, Ibadan Polytechnic. He served as member of the Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology between 1985 and 1992. He was Chairman of Daily Times of Nigeria, 2002 and 2004. He has been Chairman of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) 2000 till now.


Ambassador Akinyemi is a Nigerian patriot who by God’s grace was born on 1st of October. His father was a priest of the Anglican Church and he did that for 41 years. His mother was a school teacher and a trader. He comes from a deeply religious and strict family. He was born in Ekiti but his father was from Ora Igbomina in Ifedayo Local Government Area of Osun State. His mother was from Usi-Ekiti in Ido-Osi Local Government.


Ambassador Akinyemi obtained secondary education at the Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, while bachelor’s degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and later University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He holds a Master's Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He attended various courses in Management, Public Administration, Development Studies and Communication Arts at the Polytechnic of Central London, City University, London and the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester United Kingdom including his Philippine Development in Entrepreneurship Innovation Diploma from the Philippine Innovation Entrepreneurship Mission, Inc.- School of Life. Ambassador Akinyemi is a title holder to Africa’s Who’s Who and Nigeria’s Who’s Who. He is a recipient of Osun State and National Merit Awards.

ATTY. RODERICK R.C. SALAZAR III serves as an Honorary Board Member of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is a Partner of the Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, a law firm based in Makati City. Atty. Salazar III was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1988. He obtained A.B. Economics & LL.B. in the University of the Philippines. He is an active member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Philippine Bar Association; Intellectual Property Law Association of the Philippines including the Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Mines. Atty. Salazar is also serving as a Trustee-Philippine Mining and Exploration Association; Accredited Mediator- Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution Group, Inc.; a trained arbitrator- Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.; Fellow- Institute of Corporate Directors; a lecturer of the University of the Philippines, College of Law & San Beda College- Alabang, School of Law.

ATTY. EMMANUEL TIU SANTOS, PH.D. serves as the Honorary Board Member under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. Atty. Santos is the Founding President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the International Academy of Management and Economics; International University Foundation Montessori Learning Center, Inc.; International Montessori School in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Marikina City; Founding Chairman and President of the Euro-American-Philippine Credit Corporation. He was a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention which drafted the 1973 Philippine Constitution. He was appointed by then Philippine President Corazon Aquino to serve as Officer-in-Charge Governor of Nueva Ecija. In this capacity, he was elected as Chairman of the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon, and Secretary-General of the League of Governors and City Mayors of the Philippines. He is a holder of A.A., A.B. Political Science, and Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines- Diliman; MBA and Ph.D. from IU-IAME- Oxford. He did post-doctoral studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Atty. Santos, better known as Noli Santos received the following international awards: (1) Outstanding Service to the Cause of Freedom and Democracy, USA, 1986. (2) World’s Outstanding Governor, International Accrediting Commission, USA, 1987. (3) Community Leader of the World, ABI, USA, 2000. (4) Legion of Honor, United Cultural Convention, USA 2010. (5) Profile of Courage, ABI, Washington DC, USA, 2010. (6) Greatest Minds of the 20th Century, ABI, USA, 2011. (7) Honor of Distinguished Intellectual Contributor to the 2011 World Forum, Cambridge, England, UK. (8) True Visionary in Education/Political Economy, ABI, USA, 2012. (9) The Lifetime of Greatness Award, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, UK. (10) Top 100 Educators, IBC, Cambridge, England, 2013.


In addition, Noli Santos was awarded with following certifications and certificates: (1) Certification: The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board, Who’s Who in the World, 5th Edition, 1980-1981. (2) Certification of Inclusion International Who’s Who of Intellectuals Vol. 5, Cambridge, England, November 1982. (3) Certificate: Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, October 1, 1974.(4) Certificate: Managing People Seminar, Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, December 3, 1992. (5) Certificate: The Marquis Who’s Who, Who’s Who in the World, 22nd Edition, 2005. (6) Certificate of International Ambassadorship, World Forum, Washington D.C, June 29- July 4, 2009. (7) Certificate of Ambassadorship, World Forum, Cambridge, England, August 17 and 22 2010. (8) Certificate: Speaker, World Forum, Cambridge UK, August 17-22 2010, (9) Ambassador to World Forum 2011 and 2012. (10) Certification: The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board, Who’s Who in the World, 37th Edition, 2009-2010.

AMBASSADOR ALEX V. LAMADRID serves as the 2014 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is a Chief of Mission Class II, is currently serving as Senior Special Assistant at the Office of the Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns, Department of Foreign Affairs. Before his current assignment, he was the Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 17 other West and Central African States from 2012 to 2015. He also served as the Charge d’áffaires, a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt from 2011-2012; Charge d’áffaires, a.i./ Minister and Consul General at the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria in 2009-2012. He was the Minister and Consul General at the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2007-2009; and First Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium from 2002-2004; Second Secretary and Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Tehran, Iran from 1997 to 1998, and Third Secretary and Vice Consul, then Second Secretary and Consul, at the Philippine Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam from 1993-1997.


In the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila, Ambassador Lamadrid served as the Executive Director (2006-2007), and Director (2004-2006) at the Office of Middle East and African Affairs. He was the Principal Assistant then Director of the Office of American Affairs in 1999-2002. He was the Acting Director of the Office of Consular Affairs in 1992-1993. He started his career in the Philippine Foreign Affairs as Principal Assistant, then Acting Director of the Office of European Affairs in 1990 to 1992. He speaks Filipino, English, and Russian.

AMBASSADOR AGNES NYAMANDE-PITSO serves as the 2014 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. She is the former Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of the Philippines and a former Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Agnes has a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and a Master's Degree in Agri Science from Reading University in the United Kingdom. She has a Management Advance Programme (MAP) certificate from Witwatersrand University, an MBA from U21 Global (Singapore) and is enrolled for Swiss Management Centre.


Ambassador Agnes worked for the Anglo American Cassava project in Mtunzini (KwaZulu Natal); was a Mathematics and Science teacher in Swaziland and also at Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania where she served as a member the Agriculture Committee; A Botany lecturer at the University of the Western Cape; a Senior Manager at the Independent Development Project (IDT) dealing with community development issues. She has also served as a Board Member of the Agriculture Research Council (ARC) for two terms where she served as a Chairperson of the Finance Committee. She is an educator, development worker, and business person turned diplomat.

AMBASSADOR NONYE RAJIS-OKPARA, MFR, serves as the 2014 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. She is the former High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Singapore. Ambassador Nonye is the Pro-Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, Ogboko Ideato South, Imo, State, Nigeria and currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Philippine Innovation Entrepreneurship Mission, Inc.


Ambassador Nonye studied at Atta Girls Secondary School, Atta, Ikeduru Local Government Area, Imo State, and obtained Bachelors and Masters Degree in Transport Economic Management in Sofia, Bulgaria including Masters degree in Business Administration in Washington DC, United States of America.


Ambassador Nonye has also undertaken other trainings in Information Technology in the United Kingdom, The Business Enterprise, Computerised Accounting, Website Design and Internet Technologies, all in Westminster College, London, United Kingdom. She is currently pursuing a PhD Degree at the School of Management Technology (SMAT), Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State. In 2014, she obtained her non-degree program, Philippine Development in Entrepreneurship Innovation Diploma from the PIEMI- School of Life.


Ambassador Nonye was the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer and current Chairperson of Rhema International Inc., was a member Governing Board of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Nigeria, member Governing Board of FHA Homes Nigeria Ltd., immediate past Director General, Rochas Foundation Inc., She was the National Organizing Secretary Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industrialist (NASSI-Woman), President Nigerian Female Executives, member National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) and Care-Glow International.


Ambassador Nonye led the Finance/Administration of Owelle Rochas Presidential Campaign Organization in 1997 and in 2011 Imo Rescue Mission – The Governorship Campaign Organization of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, providing the needed effective organizational skills and leading the management team of the campaign. She was a candidate for the Orlu Senatorial election into the Nigerian Senate of the 2011 National Assembly and she emerged as Imo West Senatorial flagbearer under All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).


Ambassador Nonye obtained the Adadioranma Title for her exemplary lifestyle and selfless services to humanity in 2007. She was honoured by Rotaract Club, Federal University of Technology Owerri with The Award of Excellence for Humanitarian Services in 2008. Rhema Life Church International also honoured her with the Peculiar Woman Award for her exemplary lifestyle and uncompromising faith in God and generosity in kingdom works. In 2009 she was conferred with The World Changers Golden Leadership Merit Award. In 2010, she was anointed a Deaconess of Day Spring Bible Church in acknowledgement of her standing commitment to the ministry. In 2011 she was conferred The Nigeria National Honour, Member Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR). In 2015, she was honored and awarded the most remarkable Female Ambassador, by the Exclusive Accolade Award and Investors Summit in Atlanta Georgia, United States of America. She holds a traditional Chieftancy titled "UGO LOLO" BY HRH EZE BARR AEA DURUEBURUE.

CONSUL VISITACTION “EVIE” COSTA serves as the 2015 Peace Diplomacy Fellow and Spokesperson of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. She is the Consul Ad Honorem of the Togolese Republic to the Republic of the Philippines, and an active member of the Consular Corps of the Philippines.

HON. CAMILO EDUARDO SANHUEZA BEZANILLA serves as the 2016 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is the current Charge D'affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Chile to the Republic of Manila since 2015, and the Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines in 2017. Hon Sanhueza is a graduate of the Chilean Diplomatic Academy (ACADE) “Andres Bello” (1987-1988). He has served twice in the Chilean Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, between 1990-1995 and 2004-2009; and the Chilean Mission to the European Union (EU), between 1998-2002, at which time he formed part of the negotiating team of the Association Agreement between Chile and the European Union.


Hon. Sanhueza is an expert on matters of security and defense, on which he has written several articles in national and international journals, he has also given classes at the University of Chile and Catholic University in Santiago; graduated in the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies (ANEPE). On a closer note, Sanhueza participated and chaired important international forums and regimes particularly in the field of Disarmament of Weapons of Mass Destruction (nuclear, biological, and chemical) and Conventional (landmines and cluster munitions) amongst others.


An alumnus of the of the United Nations Disarmament Program; Member of the Committee of Confidentiality of the Organization Prohibiting Chemical Weapons (OPAQ) based in the Hague, Netherlands- a quasi-judicial body of which he was President from 2000-2002; and the Registry of Experts in Measures of Confidence and Security of the Organization of American States (OEA).


He also worked in the Legal Department of the Chilean Antartic Institute in 1989; in the Department of Special Policy (1996-1997); and the Department of Multilateral Policy (2003-2004), specifically in the Security Council Unit, also served as Deputy Director of the International and Human Security in 2010, consequently as Director of Antartic Affairs between 2010-2013; served as Consul General of the Consulate of Chile in Sydney Australia.

AMBASSADOR RODRIGO DO AMARAL SOUZA serves as the 2017 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of the Philippines since January 2016. He obtained Business Administration at the School of Business Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation / SP in 1979.


As an outstanding Brazilian Diplomat, Ambassador Souza was awarded the Order of Rio Branco Officer Medal in Brazil for his diplomatic service, and for meritorious achievement in other civil and government fields in 1994. He was posted to the Embassies of Brazil in Buenos Aires (1987 – 1990), Santiago (1995 – 2000), and Rome (2000 – 2003).


In Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as Head of the Middle East Division (2005 – 2008), Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary General for Political Affairs (2008 – 2011), and Director for Immigration and Legal Affairs (2011 – 2015).


The Ambassador received another award for the Order of Rio Branco, Brazil, as Grand Officer in 2010. Ambassador Souza is accompanied by his wife Madame Lais Fátima Afonso do Amaral Souza in Manila, the Philippines.

HON. BENJAMIN ZIGA serves as the 2017 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is the First Secretary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines. He was formerly posted in the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, New York City in 2011 as an Assistant to the First Committee Expert.


Hon. Ziga obtained Master of Arts in International Affairs, Concentration in Conflict and Security in the New School University of New York City. He obtained Bachelor of Arts in Government & Strategy in the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel in 2009 with prior education in the International American School of Tel Aviv, Israel and Cairo American College in Egypt.


He was posted to various designations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic as follows: Second Secretary, Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2014-2016); Development Cooperation Section, and Legalization Section in the MOFA CR (2014).


He was previously engaged as a Researcher on International Counter Terrorism Efforts in the Richard Horowitz & Associates, NYC and obtained short term Observers in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe under the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Kyemo Kartli Region of Georgia (2013) including various international trainings on security and military specifically in Prague Security Studies Institute and in the Military Academy of Czech Republic among others. He can speak Czech, English, Polish and a conversant of Slovak and Spanish.

DR. CHETAN KUMAR serves as the 2017 Peace Diplomacy Fellow under the Honorary Board of Trustees of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding to the United Nations [UN] Resident Coordinator and to United Nations Development Program [UNDP] in the Philippines. His current work focuses on building national and local capacities for the prevention and resolution of conflicts, the promotion of dialogue, and the constructive management of diversity. Over the past fifteen years, he has provided significant assistance for the development and implementation of such initiatives in twenty-one countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, including the direct support for “insider mediation” and dialogue initiatives in Haiti, Guyana, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nepal and the Philippines.


From 2004 to 2012, he developed, initiated and managed the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, through which Peace and Development Advisors are deployed by UNDP and the UN Department of Political Affairs to support conflict prevention initiatives.


Prior to joining UNDP, he had worked for the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; the International Peace Institute in New York; and the Programme in Arms Control at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the United States.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

REY RUNTGEN MARTIN DEL ROSARIO serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Executive Board of the Philippine Innovation Entrepreneurship Mission, Inc.


The Peace Chairman attended various conventions on foreign relations and business operations at Harvard University, New York Wagner School, London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, University of Toronto; attended various Model United Nations in UN Office of Vienna [Vienna International Model United Nations 2006]; UN Office in Geneva [Geneva International Model United Nations 2008]; 53rd Harvard International Model United Nations 2007; Oxford International Model United Nations 2006; and the Hong Kong International Model United Nations 2004.


Chairman del Rosario is an Asian Graduate Student Fellow of the Asian Research Institute at the National University of Singapore in 2014 and a Ph.D. candidate in Development Studies at De La Salle University- Manila. He conceived Pinoy Leadership Innovation, based on the theoretical framework of Wharton’s School of Business leadership expert Dr. Robert House. He speaks Filipino, English, and a conversant of Spanish and French languages.

DARIUS HUANG YIH JUN serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc. He is the current Senior Vice President of the Amoy Canning Corporation Limited in Singapore but currently based in Perth, Australia, one of the oldest canned foods company in the Asian region.


Vice Chairman Huang is the current Vice-Chairman (F&B Working Group) in Singapore Manufacturing Federation since 2015. He is also an active member in the Singapore Manufacturing Federation- Youth Group since 2014 including the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Singapore since 2015.


Vice Chairman Huang obtained Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Human Resource Management at Murdoch University in Australia in 2012. He prior earned Diploma in Business Administration at the Singapore Polytechnic University in 2007. He served as Police Officer- Sergeant in the Singapore Police Force from 2008-2012, garnered the Commander’s Eagle Award – For Devotion To Duty and Consistently Maintaining a High Standard of Performance as a Neighbourhood Police Centre Officer in 2012.

Ms. Sheena G. Sesbreno serves as the Social Secretary under the Executive Board of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

Ms. Marichu E. Duarte serves as the Office Director under the Executive Board of the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.

Mr. Juveir Calim serves as the Volunteer Office Head of the Peace Volunteers under the International Peace Diplomacy Corps, Inc.