Jagdish Bhagwati is a professor of Economics and Political Science at Columbia University. He has been an Economic Policy Adviser to Arthur Dunkel, Director General of GATT (1991-93), Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization, and External Adviser to the WTO. His latest books are Free Trade Today (Princeton, 2002) and In Defense of Globalization.
Tom B.K. Goldtooth is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), headquartered at Bemidji, Minnesota. Tom has been a social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years. He also co-produced an award winning documentary film, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous peoples.
David Korten is a leading critic of corporate globalization. His international best seller When Corporations Rule the World, sometimes referred to as the bible of the historic Seattle WTO protest, helped frame the global resistance against corporate globalization. His most recent book, Agenda for a New Economy, offers a practical model for restructuring our Economic system.
Mike Moore was Director-General of the WTO at the time of the Seattle WTO protests. Originating in New Zealand, Moore began his political career as Vice-president of the International Union of Socialist Youth for two consecutive terms. In 1990 he became leader of the Labour Party and consequently Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 1999 he was elected to the position of Director-General of the WTO.
Hanna Petros is a community organizer in Seattle Washington. She founded the nonprofit, Ustawi, which was dedicated to fostering U.S. awareness and demand for sustainable economic and environmental alternatives for development in Africa. She was a principle organizer for the Jubilee 2000 event during the Seattle WTO protests.
Anita Roddick founded the Body Shop in 1976 with a vision to pursue social and environmental change through the business. She campaigned for environmental and social justice issues and was on the streets in Seattle during the WTO protests. In 2003 she was knighted by the Queen. She passed away in 2007.
Vandana Siva has a Ph.D. in particle physics and is an environmental activist and author. She is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization and the founder of Navdanya, a movement promoting diversity and the use of native seeds. She is the author of numersou books, most recently, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Soil Not Oil.
Norm Stamper was Seattle’s Chief of Police during the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. He resigned a week after the protests amidst an outcry over the police brutality that occurred during the protests. He has a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior, and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing, and several op-eds.
Radhanath Swami is the author of The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami. He is the spiritual leader of the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai, India, which has initiated a number of acclaimed social action programs including Midday Meals (which feeds indigent children); missionary hospitals and eye camps; eco-friendly farms, and a number of emergency relief programs throughout India.
John Zerzan is an anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author based in Eugene, Oregon. He is believed by many to be the inspiration behind the Anarchists who engaged in property damage during the Seattle WTO protests. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of prehistoric humans as an inspiration for what a free society should look like.
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