PANELISTS AND SPEAKERS: WORLD VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE 2011


Dr.Kenn Allen


Founder and President, Civil Society Consulting Group LLC, USA

Dr. Allen’s Washington, DC-based firm works with business and government leaders in “leashing the power of people to change the world”. He has experience in developing programs that strategize volunteering in over 30 countries. He holds a doctorate from George Washington University and is an author of several books.


Dr. Noeleen Heyzer


Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations, Thailand

Dr. Heyzer is concurrent executive director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Through her leadership, UNIFEM has formulated policies to realise women’s security and rights, among them the inclusion of women as full citizens in the constitution of Afghanistan. Born in Singapore, she holds a doctorate in Social Sciences from Cambridge University.


Tadateru Konoe


President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Japan

Konoe joined the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) in 1964, initially as a volunteer. He has dedicated his whole career to the Red Cross and Red Crescent work, both at home and abroad. Konoe also served in the Central Disaster Management Council for the Prime Minister of Japan and as Councillor of the Japan Committee for UNICEF.

Dr. Kang-Hyun Lee

President, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), South Korea

Dr. Lee has been IAVE president since 2009. A university lecturer with a doctorate degree from Brown University, he has been teaching volunteerism at the graduate school level and devotes his energy to solving problems at community-to-global level through volunteering. He has written two books on volunteerism and volunteer management.

Jet Li

Founder, One Foundation; Film, Actor and Producer

Li established One Foundation in 2007. The Beijing-based non-profit organisation supports international disaster relief efforts in coordination with the Red Cross. He is also involved with Habitat for Humanity in China and its efforts to rebuild homes in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake.

Eduardo Martinez

Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations, The UPS Foundation, USA

Martinez manages all global philanthropic and corporate relation programmes of the UPS Foundation. He sits on the Board of The Metro Atlanta YMCA and the International Association for Volunteer Effort(IAVE) Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Born in Cuba, Martinez emigrated to the United States in 1960.

Mary McPhail

Chief Executive Officer, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, UK

McPhail is a seasoned advocate for women within civil organizations, governments, and international institutions. Her commitment to gender equality stems from deeply-held personal and political values in support of social justice and human rights. She is responsible for implementing WAGGGS’ Strategic Vision, a platform for girls and young women to build a better world.

Flavia Pansieri

Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Germany

Pansieri has been the Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since February 2008. She also served as UN Resident Coordinator and Resident
Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Republic of Yemen and as Deputy Executive Director of UNIFEM in New York. Pansieri has doctoral degrees in Philosophy and Chinese Language and Literature.

Dr. Lester Milton Salamon

Director, Johns Hopkins Centre for Civil Society Studies, USA

A multi-award winning book author, Dr. Salamon is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and pioneered the study of the nonprofit sector in the United States. His book, America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, is the standard text used in college-level courses on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

Michelle Yeoh

Film Actress; Global Ambassador, Make Roads Safe Campaign

As an ambassador, Yeoh works to make road injury a global priority in public health, with the aim of reducing road deaths by 2020. Best known for her work in top-grossing Hollywood action films, she recently travelled to Vietnam for a documentary on injury prevention.