International Steering Group

 The International Steering Group has oversight of all executive components in the Plant for Peace initiative. It is a non-legal entity made up of renowned global figures that can help influence decision makers and donors to support the Plant for Peace strategy. The primary function of the International Steering Group is to guard the integrity of the Plant for Peace initiative and to ensure that the actions taken to accomplish its goals are geared towards efficiency, long term sustainability and optimal results for the intended audiences. The ISG will also be responsible for transmitting the core messaging for each strategic initiative. In the case of Afghanistan, the ISG will host an International Conference to present the project to the world.

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali
Board member

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali was honored as a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine in 1998, the first Arab woman to be featured. Also, in 2002 she was elected as a laureate of the Global 500 Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement (UNEP). Again she was the first Arab female, and in fact the only individual, to be selected, the rest being organizations.

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Francesc Vendrell CMG

Francesc Vendrell CMG
Chairman

Ambassador Francesc Vendrell, currently a Senior Consultant to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Senior Fellow at the LSE and Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins University, Bologna, spent the academic year 2008-09 as Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton University.

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James Brett

James Brett
Board member

As Founder of Plant for Peace, James has overseen the development of the Plant for Peace strategy since early 2007.

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Justin Mundy

Justin Mundy
Board member

Justin Mundy has thirty years experience of working on climate change, environment and energy issues and has done so within the public, multilateral and private sectors. He is currently Director of The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which has been set up to reflect His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ vision and aims in the area of sustainable development.

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Ambassador Muhammad Masood Aslam

Ambassador Muhammad Masood Aslam
Board member

Ambassador Muhammad Masood Aslam was appointed ambassador for Pakistan to Mexico in June 2011. Prior to this, he had a distinguished career in the Pakistan military, spanning 40 years, until he retired as Lieutenant General in April 2010.

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Ambassador Rakesh Sood

Ambassador Rakesh Sood
Board member

Born on 5th February 1953, Ambassador Rakesh Sood joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976 after completing Post Graduate studies in Physics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He subsequently pursued Post Graduate studies in Economics and Defence Studies.

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Christopher Langton OBE

Christopher Langton OBE
Advisor

Christopher Langton is Head of Independent Conflict Research & Analysis (ICRA). He spent 32 years in the British Army. Subsequently he worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) for 9 years where he was the focus on Afghanistan.

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Kamal Alam

Kamal Alam
Board member

Kamal brings a much needed regional focus to Plant for Peace, using his experience of work in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Pakistan to connect this project to the wider Middle East and Muslim world.

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