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PANGEA WORLD is the creation of its President, Dr. Hana Ayala, formerly on the faculty of the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Ayala is the originator of the TCR economic-development model (see Foundations) and the architect of PANGEA WORLD’s mission.

Governing Board

The company is governed by a Board of Directors.

Hana Ayala, Founder Director (Co-Chair) and Chief Executive Officer

Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M., Director (Co-Chair)
Mr. Douglas Freeman is former Chairman of First Foundation Advisors and former Executive Vice President and Director of Consulting and Trust Services at First Foundation Bank.

Albert F. Bennett, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Al Bennett is former Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and was the Inaugural Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean of the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Michael T. Clegg, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Michael Clegg is Co-Chair of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS), Donald Bren Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and former Foreign Secretary of the United States National Academy of Sciences (for three terms, 2002 – 2014).

John R. Evans, Director
Mr. Evans is former Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of Wells Fargo Bank, whose global assignments included those of Manager of European Continental Corporate Banking (Brussels) and Middle East Managing Representative (Tehran).

Donald B. Lehr, Director
Mr. Donald Lehr is President of the Nolan/Lehr Group, a media communications consultancy firm.

Donald G. Saari, Ph.D., Director
Don Saari is the Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, and a Distinguished Professor of Economics and of Mathematics, at the University of California, Irvine.  He is the Pancoe Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. 

The Assembly

In its organizational structure, PANGEA WORLD defines The Assembly as a body that welcomes and honors preeminent leaders, including heads of state and world-renowned scientists, interested or participating in PANGEA WORLD’s projects.

Dr. Federico Mayor, Founding Chair
Dr. Federico Mayor is the Founder and President of the Culture of Peace Foundation (Madrid, Spain) and former Director General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1987-1999).

Distinguished Advisors

John C. Avise, Ph.D., Distinguished Science Advisor
Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and award-winning author of more than a dozen trend-setting books for popular as well as professional audiences, Dr. John C. Avise is credited with launching one of the major scientific revolutions in the late 20th century.

Donald G. Saari, Ph.D., Distinguished Systems Science Advisor

have profoundly contributed to the shaping of the TCR model and have lent their expertise to the corporation’s flagship projects.

Richard S. Nicholson, Ph.D., Honorary President and Fellow
Dr. Richard Nicholson was Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Publisher of Science-the world's leading scientific journal (1989-2001).

Marjorie Reaka, Ph.D., Fellow and Project Development Advisor
Dr. Marjorie Reaka is a Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland, Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, and co-editor (with E. O. Wilson and D. E. Wilson) of the book Biodiversity II:  Understanding and Protecting Our Natural Resources, published by the National Academy of Sciences’ Joseph Henry Press.

George Angehr, Ph.D., Fellow
Dr. George Angehr is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.

Anthony G. Coates, Ph.D., Fellow
Dr. Anthony Coates is former Director for Scientific Research Programs of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and former Deputy Director of STRI.

Ceferino Sánchez, Ph.D., Fellow
Dr. Ceferino Sánchez is Director of Research at the School of Medicine, University of Panama, and former National Secretary of Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Republic of Panama.

Winston Thompson, Fellow
Mr. Winston Thompson is the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (as of January 1, 2016), former Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji to the United States and the United Nations, and former Senator and Permanent Secretary of Fiji Government Ministries.

Adam S. Wilkins, Ph.D., Fellow
Dr. Adam Wilkins, the former editor of BioEssays (1990-2008), is currently editor of the commentaries (“Perspectives”) section of Genetics and is affiliated with the Institute of Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin.  

Honorary Founding Fellows

In 2011, the world lost two extraordinary individuals, Don Fernando Eleta Almarán and Dr. Rodrigo Tarté Ponce.  These two distinguished Panamanian citizens profoundly enriched and accelerated the Pangea World journey, embracing it as part of their own.  They were passionate champions of this journey-igniting TCR Action Plan for the Republic of Panama, and—since the birth of the Pangea World corporation in 2001—tireless advocates of the Pangea World mission’s promise for Latin America and other parts of the world.  Pangea World is honored to recognize the late Don Fernando and Don Rodrigo for their vision and contribution as Honorary Founding Fellows of Pangea World, as announced at a press conference held by Pangea World’s Board of Directors and hosted by the Miramar InterContinental Panama on January 20, 2012.

Fernando Eleta Alamarán, (1921-2011), Honorary Founding Fellow
Don Fernando Eleta, honored with decorations from 13 countries, was media and finance pioneer, Panama’s Minister of Finance and Treasury and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Co-Founder of the Inter-American Development Bank, Founder and Honorary President of The City of Knowledge, and so much more.

Rodrigo Tarté Ponce, Ph.D., (1936-2011), Honorary Founding Fellow
Dr. Rodrigo Tarté was Director of Sustainable Development and Academic Director of The City of Knowledge Foundation, Director General of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Education Center (CATIE, Costa Rica), consultant to numerous bodies of the United Nations including FAO and UNEP, an artist, and much more.


Mary Roosevelt, Pangea World Ambassador
Mrs. Mary Roosevelt, the widow of the late James Roosevelt, son of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has spent all of her professional life as an educator, with a passion for international educational experiences for all students.

Her designation as PANGEA’s World Ambassador recognizes and formalizes Mrs. Roosevelt’s pivotal role in championing international awareness of PANGEA WORLD’s mission.

PhDr. Mojmír Jeřábek, Founding Ambassador of UNESCO World Heritage Villa
Tugendhat (Brno) to Pangea World
Dr. Jeřábek is the Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Brno City Municipality in the Czech Republic and, formerly, was a journalist, a cultural attaché to Germany, and a media and public relations manager of Brno Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.

Dr. Jeřábek’s nomination as Villa Tugendhat Founding Ambassador to Pangea World was formalized on 6 June 2014. It celebrates the symbolic linkage between P
ANGEA WORLD’s mission to value and guard Earth’s heritage riches via bridges of knowledge and diplomacy and the World Heritage stature of Villa Tugendhat, an architectural masterpiece by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that revolutionized the interface of human creativity and the natural environment. The creation of this position follows on the announcement of the PANGEA WORLD/Villa Tugendhat linkage—by Dr. Jeřábek and Dr. Ayala—at the PANGEA WORLD event hosted by the West Coast Headquarters of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Engineering on 7 February 2014 (see PANGEA WORLD unveils transnational model for science research and conservation).

Protocol Coordinator

Nancy J. Gould, Protocol Coordinator
Ms. Gould retired from the University of California, Irvine, where she worked for 25 years as a human resources administrator.