Join us as we celebrate our alumni and generate support for Outward Bound Peacebuilding programs around the world!
Monday, May 4th from 6:30 – 8:30pm
The New York Times Building
Hosted by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., Chairman and Publisher of The New York Times, this exclusive event for supporters and friends will feature Judy Cheng-Hopkins, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on and Chancellor of the University for Peace, and Forsan Hussein, alumnus from the 2011 Palestinian-Israeli Emerging Leaders Program, as honored speakers.
Forsan Hussein is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Zaitoun Ventures, an investment company that builds its own startups, and invests in innovative Israeli companies in the medical device and personal health space. Forsan was the Chief Executive Officer of the Jerusalem International YMCA, an institution that promotes harmony between Palestinians and Israelis since its establishment in 1878. Forsan was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Three Arches Company in Jerusalem and Tiberius – a YMCA subsidiary company. Prior to this position, Forsan worked as an investment consultant for Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles focusing on thematic investment strategies. Since the age of 10, Forsan has been involved in various organizations that promote Middle East peace and foster cooperation and coexistence. As part of his social entrepreneurship efforts, Forsan created several international non-profit organizations including Shalam and Peace Camp Canada. Currently, Forsan is a board member of IceCure and BSP-Biological Signaling Processing and advises various startups. In addition, he serves on board of a number non-profits including Social Finance-Israel, Mabat. Forsan is a member of the Palestinian-Israeli Emerging Business Leaders Network, and currently a Kauffman Fellow (class 19). Forsan holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Judy Cheng-Hopkins of Malaysia is the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on and Chancellor of the University for Peace. From 2009 – 2014, she served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peacebuilding Support. She has held a number of high level appointments throughout the United Nations system including, UN’s Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Director of the World Food Programme Office in New York, and Director of World Food Programme’s Asia and Eastern Europe region. She also served the United Nations Development Programme in Africa for over 10 years, first in Zambia, then in Kenya and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa. She received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University (1978). In 2013, Columbia awarded her the Global Leadership award. In 2015 she was bestowed the title of “Datuk” by the Malaysian govt, an honour equivalent to knighthood.