H.E. Hon. Yohan A.C. Byrde – Secretary General and Executive Chairman

The Honorable Yohan Byrde has a vast background in International Business Development, Branded hotels, Education and Psychology and has held many key positions in a broad range of fields ranging from the UN,- Airline Industry, Food Industry, Storage Industry, Commercial and Global Trading, Education and Counseling, Politics and Political strategies, Policies, International Relations, International and Local Economic Community Development, New Business Development, Hospitality, Hotel, Resort, Entertainment & Fashion Consultancy, Change Management. Mr Byrde also served on over 18 boards and committees nationally and internationally and has wide experience in Board Governance, International Business Development, Education, Globalization and consulting, public policy and European Affairs and was recently appointed to the Directorate Global Diplomatic Council. On 5 March 2021, Mr. Byrde was appointed High Commissioner – Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs and Dean/Director of NHRF GATC.

E-mail: yohan.byrde@globaldiplomaticcouncil.org

Jeroen Zandberg

Mr. Jeroen Zandberg – Deputy Secretary General/Executive Director

Mr. Jeroen Zandberg has been working with underrepresented States, nations and Peoples for over twenty years, assisting them in their cultural, political and economic development and integration into the international structures that bind the world together. Mr. Zandberg is a member of numerous Boards of organisations supporting and representing underrepresented nations. Furthermore, he frequently provides trainings on politics, lobbying in the EU and human rights. Mr. Zandberg has authored several books on politics and political philosophy as well as the history of Southern Africa and is active in Dutch politics. A few of his books have been translated into English like: The philosophy of Ubuntu and the origin of democracy and the Rehoboth Griqua Atlas

E-mail: jeroen.zandberg@globaldiplomaticcouncil.org

Mr. Bernard Merkx – Vice Chairman/Director General

Mr. Bernard Merkx is a renowned plastics recycling, waste management and marine litter expert with over 30 years of experience and a broad high-level network both in the international public and various private industry sectors. Next to his career in the international plastics industry, where he has held several senior management positions in among others Schoeller Allibert, a globally active plastics converting group, he has devoted a lot of his time and energy to establish a solid legal and economically viable basis for today’s European plastics recycling industry. In 2011 Mr. Merkx established the Netherlands based consultancy company Green Wave Plastics, which aims to assist companies in the international plastics & rubber industry, fishery and some other industries in the transition to improve sustainability and profitability by offering pragmatic solutions. Mr. Merkx is a member of various Board of Directors and Advisory Boards and co-author of several studies on environmental issues. Since November 2011 he is Honorary President of Plastics Recyclers Europe after 12 years of Presidency. Furthermore, Bernard is co-founder of the Waste Free Oceans Foundation; a Brussels based not-for-profit organization that is actively working on solutions to marine litter challenges.

E-mail: info@globaldiplomaticcouncil.org

Dr. Tererai Trent – Global Ambassador for Education GDC-ICD Senior Fellow

Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah’s “All-Time Favorite Guest”, Dr. Trent is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, mentor, and founder of Tererai Trent International.

Mr. Nileish Malhotra – Ambassador India

Mr. Nileish Malhotra is an experienced actor, director, producer and international promoter of cultural programs who has starred in Hindi and English feature films under such renowned directors as Sir Richard Attenborough in ‘Gandhi’, Nicholas Meyer in ‘the deceivers’ in English, Blondie Singh in Bollywood in English and many more leading roles.

Dr. (Mrs.) Suraina Malhotra – Chief Political Advisor India, Commissioner Medical Affairs

Dr. (Mrs.) Suraina Malhotra holds a doctorate in medicine and is a political leader presently holding the post of President – North Central District –Mumbai Mahila & Doctor’s Cell – Nationalist Congress Party – Mumbai Pradesh. – 2nd term. She has held the posts of Mumbai General Secretary of Mumbai Nationalist Mahila Congress Party as well as of the Doctor’s Cell.

Shafeeq Shahul Hameed – High Commissioner Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs/Director Management Board

Dr. Shafeeq Shahul Hameed is an internationally renowned human rights advocate who has founded the NHRF and is a member of the international diplomatic corps.

Dr. Samuel Jacobs-Abbey – GDC-ICDGA Representative to the United Nations – NY, Geneva and Vienna – Special Envoy to the African Union

Dr. Samuel Jacobs-Abbey is the Executive Director of Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies. A scientific researcher, consultant, Diplomat, and expert in Global Public Health Policy. He has an extensive background in International Human Rights, Leadership and Conflict Resolution. A distinguished fellow from the Institute of Comparative Studies, University of Connecticut. He holds an Associate degree in Health Information Management and a Bachelor of Science Healthcare Administration from Purdue Global University. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Healthcare Management and Health Policy from Donald R. Tapia School of Business, Saint Leo University and a Ph.D. in Health Services with a Special Concentration in Public Health Policy from College of Health Science, Walden University. He holds two non-academic Doctor of Leadership Management & (Human Rights and Peace). Dr. Jacobs-Abbey is a United Nations Institute for Research and Training trained professional in Resilience of local governments and a frequent speaker at the United Nations and a keynote speaker at charitable events across the globe. Passionate about training and education, he created the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies to help students nurture skills and knowledge.

E-mail: j.abbey@globaldiplomaticcouncil.org

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