Bonnie joined Participant Media May, 2007, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of advocacy campaigns for Participants’ films. Prior to Participant, Bonnie served for six years as Director of the Artists for Amnesty program for the United States headquarters of Amnesty International, cultivating relationships with celebrity spokespeople interested in leveraging their visibility to support critical human rights and social justice issues and raising Amnesty International’s visibility, enhance organizational diversity and attract a new generation of activists through the power of popular media.
She currently also serves as Board Chair, Artists for Amnesty and on the Board of Casa Libre/Freedom House operated by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
Kathy Bushkin Calvin is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation. Formerly, as a senior member of AOL Time Warner's executive team, Kathy Bushkin Calvin guided its philanthropic activities and was one of the chief architects of the company's corporate citizenship policies.
Bushkin Calvin was also Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at America Online, where she oversaw and was a member of the board of the AOL Foundation. In 1999, she was recognized as the top communications professional in the technology industry and as one of the top women in communications/public relations.
Granoff is also Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Senior Advisor to National Security Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Global Dialogue Institute, Middle Powers Initiative, Jane Goodall Institute, and the Bipartisan Security Group. Granoff is both a Member of the World Wisdom Council and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has represented the International Peace Bureau at the Nobel Peace Laureate Summits in Rome every year since 2002. He received his Baccalaureate degree, Cum Laude, from Vassar College and Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.
Martha Nelson was named editor of The PEOPLE Group in January 2006, overseeing editorial operations for PEOPLE, People en Español, StyleWatch, People.com, and In Style. She was previously managing editor of PEOPLE, one of the most popular magazines in the world. Nelson was the founding editor of In Style, the celebrity lifestyle magazine launched by Time Inc. in June 1994. At PEOPLE’s helm, Nelson is credited with reinvigorating the magazine, evolving its design and expanding its portfolio of editorial extensions, including People.com. Her work has been lauded with several of the industry’s most distinguished accolades. In recognition of her work and leadership, Nelson was named one of the media industry’s “21 Most Intriguing” by Media Industry News in October 2005. For the past three years, Forbes magazine featured her as one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women.”
Mairead founded the Community of the Peace People in 1976 along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Mairead was the aunt of the three children who were hit by a getaway car after its driver was shot by a soldier. Their tragic deaths prompted a series of marches throughout Northern Ireland and further afield, all demanding an end to the violence. Mairead and Betty went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.
Mairead is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Norwegian People's Prize, an honorary doctorate from Yale University and Hon. Doc. University of South Korea, College of New Rochelle (NY) and special awards from Trinity College (DC) St. Michael's College (VT). She was a special honouree of the UN 'Women of Achievement' program in 1978 and of the American Academy of Achievement. In October 1990 she was named by Bishop Gerald O'Keefe to receive the 1990 'Pacem in Terris," Peace and Freedom Award in Davenport, Iowa. In June 1992 she received the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's "Distinguished Peace Leadership Award" in California.
Ramos-Horta is the second President of East Timor since independence from Indonesia, taking office on 20 May 2007. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former Prime Minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as President after winning the 2007 East Timorese presidential election. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). While he has continued to work with FRETILIN, Ramos-Horta resigned from the party in 1988, and has since remained an independent politician.
After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country's first Foreign Minister. He served in this position until his resignation on 25 June 2006, amidst political turmoil. On 26 June, following the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, Ramos-Horta was appointed acting Prime Minister by the President, Xanana Gusmão. Two weeks later, on 10 July 2006, he was officially sworn in as the second Prime Minister of East Timor. On 11 February 2008, Ramos-Horta was injured when he was shot during an assassination attempt.
The feisty, mustachioed electrician from Gdansk, shaped the 20th century as the leader of the Solidarity movement that led the Poles out of Communism. It is one of history's great ironies that the nearest thing we have ever seen to a genuine workers' revolution was directed against a so-called workers' state. Poland was again the icebreaker for the rest of Central Europe in the "velvet revolutions" of 1989. Walesa's contribution to the end of communism in Europe, and hence the end of the Cold War, stands beside those of his fellow Pole, Pope John Paul II, and his fellow Nobel Laureate and ex Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. His legacy is a huge gain in freedom, not just for the Poles but for the rest of the Communist block. His services were, as an old Polish slogan has it, "for our freedom — and yours."
Betty Williams was a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan-Williams of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a co-founder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to The Troubles in Northern Ireland.She heads the Global Children's Foundation and is President of th World Centers of Compassion for Children International. In 2006, Betty was one of the founders of the Nobel Women's Initiative along sister Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Six women representing five continents decided to bring together their experiences in a united effort for peace with justice and equality. It is the goal of the Nobel Women's Initiative to help strengthen work being done in support of women's rights around the world.
Williams is an American teacher and aid worker who received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the campaign she worked for, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). Williams continues to serve the ICBL as a campaign ambassador and editor of the organization's landmine report, and, since 2003, has held a faculty position of distinguished professor of social work and global justice at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Williams was one of the founders of The Nobel Women's Initiative set up in 2006 to help strengthen the work being done in support of women's rights around the world. She was also Head of Mission of the High-Level Mission dispatched by the Human Rights Council to report on the situation of human rights in Darfur and the needs of Sudan in this regard. The Mission issued its report on 7 March 2007.