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Team

Scherto Gill is the GHFP’s Executive Secretary and Senior Fellow. She is responsible for its office leadership and provides direction and clarity to the GHFP’s strategic research and policy development. Scherto works closely with the GHFP’s Trustees and CEO in advancing the GHFP’s mission, carries out the board’s decisions, and supervises the GHFP’s programmes and activities. She is also on the Board of Rising Global Peace Forum, and Spirit of Humanity Forum. Scherto directs the UNESCO/GHFP partnership on Transformative Education and Collective Healing, and she is a co-Chair of G20 Interfaith Forum Education Working Group. She contributes to the development of UK’s Spirituality in Education initiative, and is a Trustee of Lewes New School. She is author and co-author of numerous books and articles. https://scherto.com/books/

Garrett Thomson is the GHFP’s CEO. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford. Currently he is Compton Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster, USA.  He was formerly the CEO of the World Subud Association from 2005-2010. Garrett is the author of numerous books including Needs; Kant; Introduction to Modern Philosophy; and a series of introductory texts on Descartes, Locke, Aristotle, Kant, and Leibniz. He co-edited the six-volume The Longman Standard History of Philosophy. His other recent works include Una Introduccion a la Practica de la Filosofia, On Philosophy and On the Meaning of Life. Most recently, Garrett has co-authored books as part of the GHFP’s research team.

Alice McCarthy SommervilleAlice McCarthy Sommerville is a Research Assistant at the GHFP. She has an MA in Person-Centred Education from the University of Sussex, and a degree in English (with Philosophy). Her research work is underpinned by an interest in the connections between education, the good life (living well/rightly/doing the right thing) and human flourishing, with a particular focus on respecting children and young people as rational agents. Alice works primarily on the GHFP’s Human-Centred Education projects, supporting schools to nurture students’ and teachers’ well-being and whole-person growth. Alice is a governor and director of Sands democratic school in Devon, UK.

Ali Moussa Iye is a Research Associate at the GHFP. He joined UNESCO in 1997 as Coordinator of the Programme of Culture of Peace in the Horn of Africa and then of the Programme on the Fight against Racism and Discrimination. He directed two important UNESCO Programmes: The Routes of Dialogue (Slave Route Project, Silk Roads project ) and the General and Regional Histories Project. He is the Coordinator of the General History of Africa project. Ali has expertise in Political Anthropology and has published books on the endogenous democratic institutions and practices in the Horn of Africa. He is the founder of a new think tank called “AFROPROSPECTIVE: A Global Africa Initiative”.

Daniela Maria Urrutia is a co-director of GHFP’s programmes in Colombia. She has been consultant for corporate social responsibility and community development. For 30 years, she has been managing large-scale national and regional projects in Latin America. Daniela helps shape community-led innovative solutions on key development areas such as racial and gender equality, resolving environmental conflict, resource management and employment. She has led collaborative consultation and project evaluation processes and participatory project planning initiatives within diverse communities. Daniela also supports the development of pedagogical models and evaluation methodologies that facilitate community learning and participation, working with businesses, guilds, minority groups, NGOs and governments. 

Katherine Jegede supports the GHFP’s research in developing a collective healing programme. She is an Author, TV and Radio host whose research interests focus on self-actualization within a social justice framework. She is the founder of the Thinking Woman’s Writing Award which is in production for 2021. She most recently assisted Lord John Alderdice of the Liberal Democrats (UK) as a researcher for a review of racism and its political impact within the party.  In her role at the Open University, Katherine works on a MSc scholarship program for students based in Uganda. Katherine has conducted research for the publication Africa Health, where she led a project establishing a learning resources center at one of Nigeria’s leading teaching hospitals. She has also worked for the WHO developing teaching materials for communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is married and lives in Milton Keynes, UK. 

David Cadman is a research professor at the GHFP. He holds a number of professorial chairs and fellowships at universities in the UK and America.  He is presently a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St. David.  He is a Trustee of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Editor of the archive of the speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, volumes 1 and 2 having been published in 2014 by the University of Wales Press and a third volume being prepared for publication in 2018.  

Kurian Thomas is a Research Advisor at the GHFP. He provides spiritual guidance to our research development. As Vice-President of  the Fetzer Institute, Kurian has overall responsibility for directing and coordinating programmes aimed at supporting spiritual transformation. His former experiences working at Save the Children and Oxfam have prepared him to oversee Fetzer’s projects across the globe on a range of topics related to spirituality, conflict resolution, and democracy. Kurian has published on topics related to leadership, democracy, organizational culture, and social change.