Award Jury

The Global Pluralism Award jury is comprised of international experts from various disciplines related to pluralism. Jurors have championed the values upon which the Award is founded: appreciation for human diversity and promotion of more inclusive societies.

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark | Canada – Chair

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada

Mr. Clark was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, serving as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister (1979-1980) and one of the most distinguished Secretaries of State for External Affairs (Foreign Ministers) in Canadian history (1984-1991), then becoming Minister of Constitutional Affairs. Mr. Clark played a key role in some of the defining accomplishments for pluralism in recent history – the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, the Ottawa conference which agreed on the “two plus four” formula to unite Germany at the end of the Cold War and the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord in Canada (a complex Canadian constitutional accord among the federal government, the provinces and territories, and indigenous peoples). Today, as he sits on numerous Boards and Foundations, he applies that experience to promoting democracy and encouraging innovation and practical reforms in the developing world.

His Worship Naheed Nenshi | Canada

Mayor of Calgary

Mr. Nenshi is currently serving his third term as Calgary’s 36th mayor. Prior to becoming mayor, he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business and a trusted business advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the USA. As mayor, Nenshi’s leadership has resulted in many positive changes for Calgary. He has transformed the municipal government to reinforce a culture of citizen-focused improvement and contributed to building more inclusive communities with initiatives such as “Enough for All,” a program to reduce by half the number of Calgarians living in poverty by 2023, “Trans Day of Visibility,” a day to build awareness of the challenges faced by transgender communities in Calgary and a refugee program that welcomes an average of 1,100 refugees per year to the city.

Advocate Bience Gawanas | Namibia

Lawyer & Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare

Ms. Gawanas is a lawyer by profession and was elected for two terms as the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2003 and 2008.  As the Commissioner of Social Affairs, she initiated programmes and developed policy instruments and programmes relating to social development. She also served as the Ombudswoman of Namibia and as a member of the Public Service Commission of Namibia. Until recently she served as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Services and currently as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare of Namibia. In her role, she provides policy and legal advice on governance and social development matters particularly on poverty eradication and human rights and social policy for marginalized and vulnerable groups. She holds a LLB (Hons), Utter Barrister, Executive MBA and a honorary Doctorate in Law.

Dr. Dante Caputo | Argentina

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Caputo is an academic, diplomat and politician who served as Argentina’s foreign affairs minister. He graduated in political science at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires in 1966, and subsequently obtained a graduate degree in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 1972, he earned a doctorate in Political Sociology at the University of Paris where he continued to teach in later years. As foreign affairs minister, from 1983 to 1989 under President Raúl Alfonsín, Caputo made important contributions to democracy and pluralism in Argentina and Latin America through negotiations of peaceful solutions. For instance, he signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1984 between Chile and Argentina which ended the Beagle Channel conflict. He also directed the efforts for a single Latin American market, signing agreements with Uruguay and Brazil which formed the basis of Mercosur. He was elected President of the 43rd session of the General Assembly in 1988. In 1993 he was appointed the UN Secretary General’s representative to Haiti, and negotiated an agreement to facilitate democratic transition on the island. Between June 2001 and September 2004, he directed the Regional Project on democratic development in Latin America of the United Nations Development Programme.

Ms. Pascale Thumerelle | France

Former Vice-president, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Vivendi

Ms. Thumerelle has made a great contribution to define the scope of responsibility of the media sector and cultural industries to society. Thumerelle set the promotion of cultural diversity in the production and distribution of content as a strategic CSR issue directly linked to Vivendi’s activity. She put in place verifiable indicators to monitor the implementation of this goal and advocated the board making it part of the variable remuneration of Vivendi Senior Executives. Concrete and measurable indicators to follow up this commitment include the promotion of local talent or the empowerment of women in media and artistic creation. Pascale led an integrated reporting process based on financial and non-financial information to establish the link between Vivendi’s investments in culturally diversified content and value creation for Vivendi and its stakeholders (artists, employees, local communities, investors, institutions, customers). Willing to foster the dialogue with all the Group’s stakeholders, Thumerelle launched « Culture(s) with Vivendi », a web site dedicated to the contribution of the cultural and media industries to sustainable development. In 2015, Pascale Thumerelle, was selected to be part of the Global Diversity List launched by The Economist. This list recognizes figures from the public and private sectors that have distinguished themselves worldwide through their commitment to and efforts on behalf of diversity.


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