BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Dr. Sandeep Marwah is a well-known International media person, with seven World records to his credit. He is the founder of Noida Film City and Marwah Studios and Asian Academy of Film and Television now one of the ten best film schools of the World. Dr. Sandeep Marwah is associated with large number of television programs, feature films and training films. He is the producer of largest number of short films in the World. He has trained more than 19000 media professionals hailing from 145 countries of the World. Appointed by different governments across the World, Sandeep Marwah represents 56 countries as Brand Ambassador/Cultural Ambassador and Chairperson of Art and Culture.

Chancellor of AAFT University of Media and Arts, the first Film Institution in India, in November 2018 he was for his untiring contribution to the media and entertainment industry worldwide, honored as ‘Global Cultural Minister’ at the House of Commons, the British Parliament in London.

President of the International Chamber of Media & Entertainment Industry, he is a recipient of more than 100 national and international media and social organizations which includes the title of

Chairman advisory committee of Miss Earth India, he was last year,  appointed by the government of India as the Chief Scout for India.  Dr. Marwah  is a reknowned social worker, brand ambassador for Skill Development and a number of Government programs such as  ‘Save The Girl Child, Solar Energy and Tourism Development.

Global Green Ambassador, Global Cultural Ambassador, Man of Asia, Global Management Guru, Global Media Guru,  Sandeep Marwa was in 2019, Sandeep Marwah elected senior vice president of World Peace Development & Research Foundation.

The ‘Golden Boy of India’ as tagged by Lord Loomba and Lord Navnit Dholakia, Marwah is the president of 3rd Hindi Cinema Samman and 12th Global Film Festival.

For his untiring and relentless contribution to the promotion of films, television, media, art and culture throughout the World for the past four decades, the Board and Management of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON) and the Global South Economic Forum (GSEF) founders of the 1st World Film Music Awards Festival (FIMAAFEST) announced the nomination of the highest international meritorious award of the ‘Global Cultural Chancellor’ (GCC) to Dr. Sandeep Marwah.

Dr. Salma Abbasi is a technologist, philanthropist and social activist, with a proven track record as a visionary leader with dynamic drive and positive energy, she motivates both, professionals and the civil society. She is the CEO, eWorldwide Group, an international company focusing in development and security. A former Senior Vice President, Lucent Technologies, she has over 35 years’ experience in the field of technology, innovation for sustainable development and policy development for economic empowerment.

Dr. Abbasi is a graduate of Civil Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering (MSc) and has her PhD in Information Communication Technologies (ICT). This diverse engineering background has given Dr. Abbasi a unique foundation to innovatively resolve complex problems at both the strategic and tactical levels, in the Public and Private Sectors around the World.

Dr. Abbasi started her career in 1981 in Silicon Valley as a design engineer for AMD and rapidly progressed holding a series of diverse executive management positions in fortune 500 companies in fields ranging from engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and reliability, international business development and customer satisfaction. This rich experience has given her unique capabilities, knowledge and understanding to think outside the box in multiple cultures, challenging situations and in times of crisis. This led Dr. Abbasi to form the eWorldwide Group in 2001, a dynamic consortium of 37 companies, universities and organizations, providing multiple services and solutions focused in two primary areas: sustainable development and security.

As Chairperson of the eWorldwide Group, Dr. Abbasi is using her vast international experience and knowledge, along with her contacts to leverage best practices to develop unique multisector multi-stakeholder partnerships. She has successfully created strategies and initiatives that integrate policies and promote innovation to focus on ‘win-win’ scenarios, thus laying the foundations for sustainable knowledge economies. Dr. Abbasi advocates that the only way to develop a truly resilient knowledge economy is to engage local SMEs, preparing them with holistic capabilities to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and build an inclusive society. This has directly benefited local economies resulting in sustainable socio-economic development, harmonized within local context. Furthermore, she is creatively using ICTs to support the inclusion of people with disabilities and bridge the digital gender divide with practical and culturally sensitive solutions along with the inclusion for all. She is of the view that sustainably empowering women with knowledge and the ability to be economically independent will allow women to gain reliable access to food. This will sustainably tackle malnutrition and create a holistic model for ensuring safer healthier lives across all stages of life for mothers, infants and the girls of reproductive age. Dr. Abbasi has been a member of various UN agencies over the past 12 years and works very closely with Governments across the world, focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2009, Dr. Abbasi was invited by the WHO to be part of the international organizing committee for the first global forum on medical devices to build a better understanding of the role that technology can play in improving the lives of people with special needs. This resulted in her developing an innovative concept to holistically address the challenges of people with disabilities (PwDs) and to ensure their inclusion in society by the creation and implementation of the Assistive Technology Centre (ATC).

Subsequently, in 2010, she also developed a concept to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by using ICT’s for delivering knowledge and awareness at the grassroots level. This was endorsed by the department of Making Pregnancy Safer, at the WHO. In response to the high mortality rate in children caused by infectious diseases, she developed a multi-dimensional school health initiative that targets ‘Preventing Avoidable Deaths from Infectious Diseases (PADID). This was endorsed by UNICEF in 2011 and is currently being implemented in Asia and Africa. In 2014, as a member of Ebola Steering Committee in Nigeria, she established the first purpose built Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC) with her team in Kaduna State. WHO commended this facility as being the first in West Africa. More recently, in 2016 in collaboration with key stakeholders, Dr Abbasi developed a holistic multi-dimensional emergency nutrition strategy and action plan to sustainably tackle malnutrition and food security at the grassroots.

Dr. Abbasi has also been actively working to drive interfaith understanding, dialogue, and awareness to bridge the socio-religious gap and promote human security in multi-cultural societies since the early 80’s. She is also working with Governments and development agencies to promote ‘effective’ community cohesion to prevent extremist violence and radicalization. In 2004 she designed unique models to holistically transform Madaris (Quranic schools) to promote interfaith harmony, understanding and social-economic development for youth. As a result of this work, the following year Dr. Abbasi was invited to be a senior associate fellow in the International Policy department and later in the Conflict, Security and Development department at King’s College, London. Dr. Abbasi is currently an advisory board member of the EastWest Institute in the US, which focuses on building trust and dialogue, influencing policies, and delivering solutions threatening regional and global stability.

Also as a member of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) High-Level Experts Group (HLEG) for Cybersecurity, she is working on defining national-level security strategies and policies for cybercrime and security. In this context, Dr. Abbasi authored the concept paper for ‘Child Online Protection’ (COP), focused on protecting children from the dangers of the internet. In June 2008, the ITU’s Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, subsequently endorsed and adopted this concept and it is now a global strategic initiative for the ITU and its member nations.

Subsequently, she joined hands with UNESCO in 2010, to help support and drive the ‘power of peace’ initiative. Recognizing the impact of the digital society on youth, she founded and championed the creation of an international network of ‘Global Cyber Ambassadors for Peace’ (GCAP). This network engages school children from around the world to embrace the ‘concept of understanding, peace, tolerance and respect’. In March 2010, Dr. Abbasi was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence for promoting understanding between global cultures by the UK Ministry of Communities and Local Government.

Dr. Abbasi has been described as a “visionary leader who executes” and pushes for results. It is her personal goal to make a difference in everything she does by striving to improve the quality of life of marginalized people all over the world. She continues to spread her positive ideas, energy, experience and understanding, by delivering key notes at various global conferences on multiple platforms ranging from sustainable development, health and general wellbeing, gender empowerment to security and policy review to create a safe space for debate and knowledge creation to support peace, understanding and harmony in the world.

  Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso 1

The Traditional Chief (Omanhene Kyeame) of Asante Juaben traditional area in Ghana, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I is the President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) made up of fifty – four (54) African countries. he is also the current President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) and the  leader of the Private Sector Council of Ghana.

A member of the Board of the Ghana EXIM Bank, a merger of 3 Government agencies namely the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), the Export Finance Company(EFC) and the Eximguaranty Company Li

mited, the President of the Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Financial Management from the Dayspring University U.S.A, a Masters’  degree in Financial Management from GIMPA and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Coast.

In addition Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I has attended several courses both in Ghana and abroad. He is a Chartered Insurer with about two decades experience in insurance practice Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I serve on several governing Boards including Central Investment Consult, Nkosuo Microfinance Co.Limited, Juaben Rural Bank Limited, PML Children Hospital, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Samara Group of Companies, University of Cape Coast Business School (UCC), West African Examination Council (WAEC), Ghana National Petroleum Authority and many more. Nana has received several awards both in Ghana and abroad and has also undertaken some Research work including the following:
• The Effect of Micro Credit on livelihood of Beneficiaries in Evidence from Juaben Rural Bank Limited.
• The Impact of State Oil Palm Plantation on the lives of the people of Juaben in the Ashanti Region Ghana

Keith Bennett –

Chairman Bennett Associates Keith Bennett is the Deputy Chairman of the 48 Group Club, the Icebreakers who pioneered Britain’s trade with the People’s Republic of China since the early 1950s, and a consultant who advises Chinese, Western and other businesses both on the China market and on ‘China going global’.

Keith studied History and Politics of China and South East Asia at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and on graduating worked for the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) from 1979-81, first visiting China in 1981. Prior to his business career, Keith also worked in journalism and in parliament. The British business leader, commenting on the China.

BELT & ROAD initiative believed that as a responsible member of the international community, China has long been an active participant in  such global institutions as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “China is also now increasingly taking the lead in the creation of new institutions, designed not to supplant existing bodies, but to supplement them, based on broad and inclusive participation.” Keith cites key examples such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the BRICS’ New Development Bank. “By far the most ambitious, visionary and transformative initiative that China has unveiled is the concept of the Belt and Road Initiative,” said the business leader. Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road scheme aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia, Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes

Dr. Shawn S. Chen

Dr. Shawn Chen is the President and Executive Chairman of Sias Group, Inc., California USA, Founder  and Chairman of Board of Sias International University. and Immediate  past President of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP),

Educated in China and the United States, Shawn Chen’s career has embraced education, business, and entrepreneurship in both countries. His business ventures include the hospitality industry and a steel door manufacturing business that sells its products in China and the United States. In 1998, with the approval of the Minister of Education and the State Degree Office in China, Chen founded Sias International University, an innovative educational institution through which students, leaders, and scholars from East and West can meet and profit from an exchange of ideas expressed in both Chinese and English.

Located in Henan Province near the City of Zhengzhou in Central China, Sias International University has graduated over 35,000 seniors. Dr. Chen’s future vision for the University, a campus of over 80 new buildings, now includes a 450-acre park, a-state-of-the-art green environmental facility to house the new Institute for Environmental & Social Responsibility, as well as a Medical School.

As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Sias International University, Dr. Chen is solely responsible for financing, planning, the implementation and assessment of the university’s overall operations.

Shawn Chen has received many awards from both educational institutions and the governments of China and the United States. Recent recognition includes Resolutions and Commendations from the City of Zhengzhou, the Provincial Government of Henan Province, the Governor of Kansas, the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, the Missouri State Legislature, and the Arizona State Legislature. He is an Economic Advisor to Henan Province and is regularly selected by both provincial and national government officials in China to lead cultural and trade delegations throughout the United States. He has also led League of California Cities elected officials and Mayoral associations on trade missions throughout China. Chen is frequently invited as a guest speaker by many American organizations and educational institutions, including Harvard University.

An advocate of life-long learning, Chen’s educational career spans twenty five years and includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Chongqing University in China, an MBA from Willamette University in the United States and most recently, a Special Certificate Program from Harvard University designed specifically for university presidents. He has also participated in advanced study programs at UCLA, and in 1987 received a Master’s Degree in Education from Linfield College. His Honorary Doctorates have been awarded by the University for Humanistic Studies in California, the University of the Cordilleras in the Philippines, and Danubius University in Romania.

Dr. Chen is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP). He served as the President of the AUAP from 2014 to 2016. He is an Executive Board Member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), member of the Presidents’ Circle of Cal Tech University in Southern California and Board Member of the University of West Los Angeles (UWLA).

His Excellency (H.E.) Ambassador Doctor Jagannath Patnaik, holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in International Commerce from Sambalpur University (1986), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Administration from Utkal University (1989) in India, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism from University of California (1993), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geopolitical Affairs with dissertation on “World Politics Relating to Local Self-Government” from International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences in Moscow Russia (2000), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Financial Management from Vidyapeeth-Deemed University (2006), and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Entrepreneurship from Global Open University in India (2009).

He holds multiple Expert Certifications, including in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights (2009), and as Certified Auditor for ISO standards control from the Directorate of Quality Management in New Delhi (2001).

He began his diplomatic career as Director of International Relations and Development for the Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation (university) in Salem Tamil Nadu (1994-1999), and for Vidyapeeth-Deemed University in India (2006-2010). He is an official Ambassador for many diplomatic institutions supporting the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM):

He is the Founder of the UN registered International Centre for Human Consciousness and Research (since 2003). He served as International Director-General of the All India Human Rights Council of Liberties and Social Justice (2015), National Vice President of the UN registered World Human Rights Council in New Delhi (since 2015), Secretary-General of the International Organization for Educational Development with diplomatic mission status (since 2016), Secretary-General of the UN registered World Humanity Commission (since 2016), and Chief of Staff of the UN registered International Police Commission (IPC) India Command (since 2016).

He developed his university career as Academic Registrar of International Medical and Technological University in Tanzania (1999-2000), Director of Projects Development for the Manipal Education Network (university) in India (2000), Director of Distance Education for Sikkim Manipal University for Medical and Technical Sciences (2000-2003), Vice President of Educational Development for Manipal Education and Medical Group (2002-2003), Chancellor of Kalinga University (2003-2004), Executive Director of Education for Manipal Academy of Health and Education (2005-2006), Pro-Chancellor of Singhania University (2009-2011), and Secretary-General of the Confederation of Indian Universities (2010-2014). Former Vice-Chancellor and Academic Chairman of Kalinga University, he is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Management Board of ICFAI University Sikkim (IUS), India.

Ambassador Doctor Jagannath Patnaik received the Outstanding Leadership Award from United Nations University International Leadership Academy in Jordan (1997), recognized as Ambassador of Peace by the UN registered International Association of Educators for World Peace (1999).

Prof. (Dr.) George Antony MBA, Ph. D (Info. Sec.), Post-Doctoral Fellow (Info. Sec. Gov.), MIMA,F.IOD, FIAAP (UK), CIICIISA, CISQA, CISP, AMT-IT (AIMA), CTF (CAMI-USA), CCD (IOD), CBT (NIBM-IIBF), LA ISMS (IQMS-UK)

FISAT Business School former Dean and Director,  Dr. George V Antony has decades of leadership experience in banking, management information systems, enterprise resource management, and information security management. He has served as a teacher, academic entrepreneur, management consultant, and start-up consultant.

Currently, he is serving as Dean in Academic Entrepreneurship and innovations at Kripanidhi Group of Institutions, Bangalore.

A well known expert in Information Security Management and Governance, Human Issues in Information Security Management and Banking, George is a member of the Academic and Economic Advisory Board of several international and national institutions. Among others he currently serves as the  Regional Director of the Institute of Directors (IOD), the Honorary Ambassador of the International Association of Accounting Professionals (IAAP) UK and Kerala Chairperson of the International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry. He also holds the Chairmanship of Students’ forum of Kerala Management Association.

For his invaluable contribution towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Prof. (Dr.) George Antony was recently appointed, a member of the Board of Governors of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON).

Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed (ADM)

Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed (ADM) an Icon, Reformist and Changemaker, is a Global Strategic Management, Public Relations, and Marketing Consultant, a Prolific Entrepreneur, Renowned Public Speaker, Mentor, Author, Writer, Publisher, and Philanthropist of high repute.

Born on the 4th of July 1955, ADM, a British Citizen and Nigerian by Birth, is the Founder and Group Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON), and the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Global South Economic Forum (GSEF).

Founder of the Africa Arab Asia Pacific University Presidents (FAAAPUP), ADM is a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Member of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), Affiliate Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Member European Alliance for Innovation (EAI), Strategic Partner, Danubius Academic Consortium (DAC) and Advisory Council Member/Associate of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP). He is a very ardent and close Associate of the Association of African Universities (AAU).

A sturdy campaigner for the advancement of the Bandung Principle of the 1955 Asia Africa Conference, the alliance of the South Centre, the UN Office of the South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Group 77 @ the UN, ADM’s most recent 2020 report to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres along with his proposal on measures required to rebuild the bricks of our fractured world, as proclaimed by the World Economic Forum in 2018, can be obtained from the UN official website: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/participation/report/coe/create-and-submit/submitted-coe/438747

Advisor International Business & Corporate Affairs at BMC Advisors, Delhi, India, and Consultant at Exquisite Solutions, London, UK, ADM is the Deputy Director-General of the Asia Africa Development Council (ADCO), Co-Founder and Patron World Consortium of Universities (WCU), Research Advisory Board Member of the IBMRD Journal of Management & Research.

In recognition of his unique personality and strive for peace, prosperity and sustainable development in developing countries of Africa Arab and the Asia – Pacific, ADM was in 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively, honoured with three trees planted in his name in India (Chennai, Bhopal, and Chandigarh).

 Representing the United Kingdom, 10 countries in South East Asia and Africa, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed was in 2012 appointed International Strategic Business and Marketing Consultant by the UN Head Office New York-based World Energy Forum (WEF). Thereby the WEF 2012 Strategic Global Media Event he officially proposed was under his guidance, successfully organized by the Government of Dubai (UAE) at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai (the world’s tallest building) on 19th July 2012.

 Founder of the African Child Association (ACA), the African Children Strategic Alliance, and the ACA Social Enterprise, as a Children’s Rights Advocate and Social Entrepreneur well acknowledged by the UK government, Abdul in 2005 established a multi-purpose social enterprise center in Westminster, the heart of the City of London. Beneficiaries of the humanitarian self-sustaining project included ex-offenders, refugees, lone parents, and young people ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET), and those with disabilities and mental health issues.

With his clients trained in computing, plumbing, electrical, painting and decorating, plastering, carpentry, and in the manufacturing of black bin bags (with his Chinese counterparts), for local authorities, the multi-diverse projects conducted from four outsized shop units and an allocated large size portion of a government school in Lambert Walk, London, operated a Recruitment Centre, ICT Centre, a Money Exchange Centre, a Charity Shop, a Hair Salon, Music Recording Studio and a Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Centre.

Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights, he has singularly raised over £15m for charity causes in Nigeria and the UK and was instrumental to the submission of proposals by children to the office of the Mayor of London and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) on how best to make London and the UK, in general, a safer community and child-friendly society.

In April 2009 he was invited from the UK to Abuja, Nigeria by the country’s First Lady to organize a World Summit of the African Child (WOSAC) and to oversee the establishment of an African Child Resource Development Centre. With a promise to raise the sum of N5 billion towards the project which was initiated by him, the Nigeria First Lady was full of praises for Abdul and his organisation, AASGON.

ADM was in 1996, commissioned by UNICEF to Launch the UNICEF Nigeria World Report and for well over a decade he worked in partnership with UNICEF and international organizations such as ILO, USAID, Africare and the UN NGO Children’s Rights Committee. In the late eighties, he served on the board of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Africa’s leading human rights group and was particularly interested in children’s rights protection and the rehabilitation of prisoners, which was then lacking in the country.

In early 90’s Abdul’s organization, Child Welfare League of Nigeria (CWLN) worked in close partnership with UNICEF, Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK), Antislavery International, UK Consortium for Street Children, the Railway Children, NSPCC and the London Criminal Justice Board.

Hailed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, his globally acclaimed organization, CWLN established an orphanage and rehabilitation center for destitute, troubled disaffected youths, abused and the homeless.  In an Island within Lagos State, he established a medical center for the rural community, and in association with Sight Savers, England UK organized an annual ‘Free Eye and Dental Care Camp for Children and Families in the Northern part of Nigeria and received encomium from Nigeria’s First Lady.

Receiving Abdul at his Ota residence, former Military Head of State and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and newly elected Co-Chair Council of World Ex-Presidents, Chief (Gen.) Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR was full of praise for his genius, tenacity, and humanitarian ideals as exemplified by the efforts of the CWLN, an organization that was highly extolled by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) during Abdul’s official visit to the CWLA headquarters in Washington DC, USA.

In 1991, as CEO and Managing Director of De Dove Consortium, ADM in commemoration of Nigeria’s hosting of the OAU (Africa Union) Summit initiated and successfully organized the first-ever International Trade Fair, in Abuja. The fair was the first to be held in Abuja as the new capital city of Nigeria and was officially declared open by the then Nigeria Head of State and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

In his bold effort at advancing human capital and extensively promote sustainable development toward ensuring that the North of Nigeria is not left behind in the country’s development, he established the ‘Arewa Industry, Business, and Education Council (AIBEC), which in partnership with the New Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC) and Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff as Chairman, was successfully launched in Kaduna on 6th April 2000. Late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero had stressed that the project, AIBEC, as initiated by Abdul, was to better the lives of the poor and the economically disadvantaged and pleaded for the initiative not to be hijacked by the affluent for the affluent.

Happily married to Wendy, ADM is blessed with four highly industrious children and five beautiful grandchildren.

He loves the Arts and takes delight in playing the game of Rugby, Polo, Table Tennis, Squash, and Football.