Board of Directors

Founding Board Members

Shontaye Abegaz Shon Abegaz (United States)
Born in the United States, Shon has lived in Europe, Africa and North America. An advocate for human security, capacity building and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Shon serves as Media Liaison for TASAI, Inc. and Executive Director of the International Institute for Human Security, a peacebuilding organization focused on knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer related to key facets of human security.

Prior to her current positions, she was the Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Swiss-based Forum Just Governance for Human Security. Under her leadership, the annual conference expanded to attract individuals from over 60 countries to engage in dialogue centered on human security. Shon was also the creator and initiator of HumansecurityX, a parallel certificate training program which offered a deeper exploration, facilitated by experts, of global human security concerns. Shon is an active member of several international civic and professional organizations. In 2017 she was featured as a 'Living Book' as part of the Human Library held at the United Nations-Geneva for Geneva Peace Week. Her contribution centered on her work pursuing the 2030 Global Goals as a bridge-builder and a global citizen.



Maxwell Gomera Maxwell Gomera (UK/KENYA)
Maxwell Gomera is a Director of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Branch at UN Environment and a 2018 Fellow of Aspen New Voices. He is an expert on public investments in agriculture and nature. Maxwell Gomera is a a resource economist with extensive experience in bio-diversity conservation, commercialization of natural products and community based natural resources management. Maxwell has worked with governments and communities on integrating policy and field levels, resource economics, community tourism development and natural products development. Maxwell has served on many international boards and working groups, including being co-chair of the International Working Group on Mining and Metals that produced a mining and metals supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative - and currently is on the Board of the Community Conservation Fund for Africa (CCFA). Maxwell Gomera has a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management from the University of Western Australia. Twitter: @GomeraM


Pamela Tan Pamela Tan (United States)
Pamela Tan is the Deputy Director of Admissions at Cornell University. Her higher education experience includes serving as: the Director of Admissions of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; a member on the Committee for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with the Council of International Schools; a director at The College Board; and co-chair of the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools.




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