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Convening September 10-12, 2016 in The Hague



The participants of the Global Parliament of Mayors project Third Planning Session, 19 September 2014. Amsterdam

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Professor Benjamin Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. Dr. Barber is the author of 17 books, including the classic Strong Democracy, the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld and his most recent book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities (Yale University Press, 2013) which is the foundation for the Global Parliament of Mayors.


As a scholar with a Ph.D in Government from Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Princeton University, the City University of New York, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland; he has won Guggenheim, Fulbright and American Council of Learned Society fellowships, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Grinnell College, and received the Palmes Academiques (Chevalier) from the French Government and the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin.


Barber has acted as a political advisor of organizations and agencies worldwide concerned with citizenship, civil society, community service, education and democracy. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and around the world. He has been an outside adviser to President Bill Clinton and has consulted with President Roman Herzog and President Johannes Rau of the Federal Republic of Germany, President Milan Kučan and President Janez Drnovšek of Slovenia, and the Center for European Perspective’s Intercultural Dialogue, the Liberal Party of Sweden among many others. Dr. Barber’s recent work has connected him with mayors, political advisers and intercity associations around the world, propelling the development of a Global Parliament of Mayors from theory into practice.


From January 2014 - December 2015 Eileen was the Executive Director for the GPM Project, working to develop the GPM. As of January 2016 and the confirmation of a host city and date, her role is now Senior Consultant.


Originally from New York, based in the UK for over thirty years Eileen's background includes many years working at director level with local government, regional development agencies and international cultural programmes.

Eric comes to the Global Parliament of Mayors Project with a degree in Political Science from Emory University and several years of experience in state and local politics. Eric served in the Connecticut state legislature as the aide to the senate co-chair of the Environment Committee, where he ran the Senator’s office and helped to negotiate and advance his policy priorities. He has worked on mayoral and state senate campaigns, most recently directing field operations and fundraising for Ted Kennedy, Jr. Eric oversees the day-to-day program development at the GPM.


Dr Benjamin Barber, Founder

Eileen Haring Woods,  Senior Consultant


Emilie Saccone

Eric Emanuelson, Program Director

Emilie Saccone, Executive Assistant

Emilie joins the Global Parliament of Mayors Project after a year serving as an Americorps Service Member with the New York City Civic Corps.  During her time with the Civic Corps Emilie worked at Make the Road NY, a community based organization in Brooklyn and Queens, supporting the Adult Education Department. Emilie collaborated with the Adult Education Department and the volunteer team to empower immigrants and the working class of NYC. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and plans to one day continue her studies, focusing on refugee movement and resettlement.

Emilie Saccone