Before assuming his position as the Indonesian Ambassador to the UK and Ireland in February 2016, Dr. Rizal Sukma was Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD). Since receiving a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1997, he has worked extensively on such issues as Southeast Asian security, ASEAN, Indonesia’s defence and foreign policy, military reform, Islam and politics, and domestic political changes in Indonesia.
Dr Therese Hopfenbeck is Associate Professor and Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment. She is the Research Manager of PIRLS 2016 and has also been appointed by the Norwegian Minister of Education to chair the board of the Norwegian Centre for Learning and Behavioural Research in Education. She has been invited as external expert on Assessment for Learning research projects in India and South Africa, and is Lead Editor of the international research journal Assessment in Education: Principles, policy and practice.
Sister Jayanti is Director of the International Co-ordinating Office of the Brahma Kumaris (BK) in London . In 1986, during the International Year of Peace, BK launched the Million Minutes of Peace Project, which gathered over one billion minutes of peace in the form of prayer, meditation and positive thoughts. The Brahma Kumaris received seven Peace Messenger Awards from the United Nations. The Global Co-operation for a better World Project was launched from the House of Parliament in London in April 1988 and sought to increase co-operation and understanding between nations, communities and individuals gathering over hundred of thousand of people in 129 countries.