Board of Advisors

Marcia Grant (United States)

  • Diplomat, US Foreign Service (retired)

  • Academic Planning Head, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

  • Former Dean, American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Paris

  • Former Founding Dean, Effat College, Jeddah

  • Former Director, Edward S. Mason Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Former Director, US-Mexico Fulbright Program

  • Retired Foreign Service Officer, United States Information Agency


  • Ph.D., The London School of Economics and Political Science, England

  • M.A. and M.A.L.D., Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts, USA

  • B.A. with Honors, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA

Ambassador Dr. Musa Bin Jaffar Bin Hassan (Sultanate of Oman)

  • Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO

  • Former Professor at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy

  • Chair of the Consultative Committee of UNESCO's Arabia Plan since 2002

  • President of UNESCO's 33rd General Conference

  • Former President of the Arab Group at UNESCO (1986 and 2004)

  • Formerly Director of Cultural Relations and Director General of Scholarships and External Relations at the Ministry of Education and Youth in Oman

  • Former Member of the Executive Board of ALECSO - Arab League's Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization


  • Ph.D. in Law, Sorbonne University, Paris, France

  • M.A. in Geography at the University of Beirut, Lebanon

Georges B. Lambrakis (United States, Greece)

  • Diplomat, US Foreign Service (retired)

  • Formerly Chair of the Faculty of International Relations and Diplomacy, Schiller International University, London, England

  • Formerly Director of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Paris, France

  • 31-year career as a U.S. Foreign Service diplomat posted in Europe, Africa, East Asia and concentrating on the Middle East (Israel during the Six Day War, Beirut during the civil war, Tehran through its revolution)

  • Formerly Chief of the Training Staff assigning State Department personnel into in-house and external training


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, George Washington University, USA

  • M.A. in International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts and Harvard Universities, USA

  • M.A. in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, USA

  • A.B. in English and Creative Writing, Princeton University, USA

Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG (United Kingdom)

  • Diplomat, United Kingdom (retired), specialist in African politics, Near and Middle East

  • Secretary General of the Order of Saint-John

  • Former Professor at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Paris, France

  • 35-year diplomatic service included:

    • High Commissioner to Pakistan (also responsible for Afghanistan)

    • High Commissioner to Nigeria British Ambassador to Benin

    • Head of the British Interests Section, Tehran, Iran

    • Counsellor/Head of Chancery, Paris, France

    • Head of West African Department, FCO, and non resident-ambassador to Chad

    • British Ambassador to Gabon

    • Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, England

    • On loan to the European Commission (DG VIII)

    • First Secretary/Head of Chancery in Belgium

    • First Secretary/Head of Chancery in Baghdad, Iraq

    • Second Secretary (political) in Beirut, Lebanon

    • Second Secretary in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


  • Henry Fellow, International Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

  • Graduate Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, Lebanon

  • B.A. with Honors, English Literature, Lincoln College, Oxford University, England

Lady Mette MacRae (United Kingdom)

To be completed

Alan Riding (United Kingdom)

Writer and Journalist

Alan Riding is a Brazilian-born Briton who studied economics and law before becoming a journalist and writer.

Working successively for Reuters, The Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times, he reported from the United Nations in New York, Latin America and Western Europe. For much of his career, Riding covered political and economic affairs.

During the final 12 years before he retired from journalism in 2007, he was the European cultural correspondent for The New York Times, based in Paris.

In 1980, Riding was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University for his coverage of Latin America and he has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club and the Latin American Studies Association in the United States.

He is author of the best-selling book, Distant Neighbors: Portrait of the Mexicans, and co-author of Essential Shakespeare Handbook and Opera. He is currently completing a new book, And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris.

Serge Schmemann (United States)

  • Reporter, Editorial Page Editor of the International Herald Tribune

  • Writer for the United Nations

  • Deputy foreign editor at the New York Times

  • New York Times Bureau Chief in Bonn, Moscow and Jerusalem successively

  • Metropolitan reporter for The Times

  • Reporter for Associated Press


  • M.A. in Slavic studies, Columbia University, USA

  • B.A. in English, Harvard University


  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1991 for his coverage of the reunification of Germany

  • Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing, for his documentary about Yasir Arafat and Ariel Sharon, "Mortal Enemies," produced by New York Times Television for the Discovery Channel.

Lucio Sia (Philippines)

  • Programme Specialist at UNESCO, Division of Higher Education (Section for Teacher Education)

  • Educational psychologist and guidance counsellor at the University of the Philippines


  • Ph.D., summa cum laude, American Graduate Schol of International relations and Diplomacy, Paris, France

  • M. A. in Comparative Literature, Sorbonne University, Paris, France

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