FOE Board & Members


Board Members

Chair: Vita de Waal ( Foundation ƒor GAIA )

Secretary: Mutua Kobia (MLP)

Treasurer: Abdul Amir Hashom (Al-Hakim Foundation)

interim Board Members: Stacy Dry Lara (FAWCO) – Shahida Mohamed (IPS)


Founding Members

Foundation ƒor GAIA (GAIA) – The Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE)  – Lucis Trust (link) – World Goodwill (link) – Al-Hakim Foundation (link) – Euro Mena (link) – FINCIR


Foundation ƒor GAIA (GAIA) – The Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE) – International Islamic Relief Organisation Saudi Arabia (IIROSA)  – Lucis Trust (link) – World Goodwill (link) –  Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS)  –   United Network for Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) – Mothers Legacy Project (link) –    Centre for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) – Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH) – International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) – Intervida (link)  – International Council of Women (ICW/CIF) – Mouvement Mondial des Mères (MMM) –   Institute for Global Education (IGE) – Al-Hakim Foundation (link) – Solar Cookers International (SCI) – Fairleigh Dickinson Univerity (FDU) – Euro Mena – FINCIR – Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO)


About Members

*F = Full member  –  *A = Associate Member

in alphabetical order


The Foundation was established in July 2004 for promoting intellectual excellence, religious dialogue and cultural understanding. It brings relief to the poor and those thus disposed, providing access to education and promoting democracy and good governance within civil society. Al Hakim Fdt provides humanitarian relief to support orphans 85000), care and treatment for the needy, sick, and poor,  housing and food for internally displaced people. Al-Hakim Foundation is active in the fight against illiteracy, ignorance and founded 14 primary and secondary schools and offers open cultural courses during summer holiday for male and female students in various Iraqi towns and villages with a total of 8952cultural courses for five years for 486506 participants. Al-Hakim Foundation is sponsoring an initiative aiming to help children in Iraq who are suffering from Asthma Disease. Thousands of Iraqi children lost their lives this year and last years when they get asthmatic attacks while they do not have access to treatment.

Al-Hakim  Areas of Work:  Culture – Democracy – Women Affairs – UN – Youth and Sports – Humanitarian Relief – Education.

Al Hakim is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.           

UNOG Representative: Amir Hashom


Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. However, their real commitment is to helping individuals transform their perspective of the world from material to spiritual. It supports the cultivation of a deep collective consciousness of peace and of the individual dignity of each soul.

BKWSU is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the United Nations accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also has: Associate Status with the Department of Public Information (DPI); Consultative Status with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Observer Status to the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP; and i also an Observer Organisation to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a  Flagship Member of Education for Rural People (ERP), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

In promoting the purpose and principles of the United Nations, the spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, vision and action is used by Brahma Kumaris in the areas of the Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change, Food Crisis, Gender Equality, Global Public Health, Humanitarian Emergencies, Human Rights, Women, Children, Youth, International Decades and Days.

More  • on environment initiative (link) • on UN work (link) and (link)

BKWSU is in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.     
UNOG Representative: Valeriane Bernard


ECOLISE is the European coalition of organisations supporting local community initiatives, including GEN. The members of ECOLISE include international, national and sometimes regional networks of community-based initiatives, as well as other bodies engaged in European-level research, training, communications or other activities to support community-based action on climate change and sustainability.

By bringing these organisations together, ECOLISE seeks to establish a common Europe-wide agenda and a platform for collective action. GEN Europe, GEN International, Gaia Education and the ecovillage networks of the Baltic Sea Region, Estonia, Denmark, Iberia and Italy are members together with transition and permaculture networks and European ICLEI, a local government network for sustainability.

During 2014 the 25 founding members obtained a royal decree from the King of Belgium to establish an international non-profit association. ECOLISE will hold its first-ever General Assembly on 6-8 February 2015 in Freiburg, Germany. The gathering will elect the organisation’s leadership, set fees, and decide the immediate priorities for the coalition. > web-link

Ecolise is a Partner organisation linked to GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK (GEN)  – *F

EuroMena  EURO-MENA – *A

EURO-MENA’s mission is to represent a network of public, voluntary, private and non-governmental organisations, including civil society of the Middle East and North Africa, for the promotion of the defense of human rights through education and training in human rights. Human rights are the foundation of a human society that guarantees freedom, equality, dignity, social justice and the right to development for every human being.

EURO-MENA, based on its legitimacy, experience and expertise of its members, its methods and its credibility, has a fundamental role to play in contributing to the promotion of education and training in human rights the Middle East and North Africa and thus to work positively to the realization of all human rights for all citizens of this region. (link)

EuroMena Representative: Amir Hashom


The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956. FDU‘s 12,000 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs — days, evenings and weekends. FDU became the first American university to own a campus in England when it acquired Wroxton College from Trinity College, Oxford University. FDU has maintained its commitment to broadening global horizons and fostering greater international understanding. In 2000, the Board of Trustees adopted a newly focused mission for FDU: to prepare students for world citizenship through global education.

Working with UN: Fairleigh Dickinson was one of the first universities in the country to earn accreditation as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) associated with the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI). Since then, FDU has welcomed more than 70 seated ambassadors to campus. FDU students have served internships with the United Nations and participated in briefings and conferences including the annual NGO/DPI conference at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.

FDU is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.                 
UNOG Representative: Bruno Battistoli


Founded in 1931, FAWCO is an international network of 78 independent American women’s associations located on six continents. With a combined membership of over 17,000 women, FAWCO brings member clubs together to support American women living abroad, to share information on matters of common interest, and to address the particular issues affecting American citizens residing outside the USA.

FAWCO believes that enlightened women, working cooperatively throughout the world, could do much to help achieve international peace. Its objectives, defined at a meeting of seven clubs in London, were to “work towards international goodwill and the preservation of world peace, to help one another solve problems common to them all and to aid women whose citizenship rights were being ignored or restricted.” Today, FAWCO’s clubs stretch across six continents, from Norway to Angola, and from Canada to Australia. The issues that led to its creation continue to be addressed through FAWCO’s activities as a UN-accredited NGO; dissemination of information on education, U.S. citizenship, living and working abroad; support for literacy and training programs for women and children in developing countries; and environmental protection projects. FAWCO’s UN work is extensive > More

FAWCO is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.           
UNOG RepresentativeStacy Dry Lara

Gaia Education  GAIA EDUCATION – *A

We work towards a resilient future within planetary boundaries where no one is left behind.  A world of safe and nutritious food; of clean drinking water; of universal access to sustainability education; of physical, mental and social well-being.  A world which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.  A world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity; of justice and equality; of respect for race and ethnicity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realisation of human potential while promoting shared prosperity. Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability curriculum integrates the social, ecological, economic and worldview dimensions of sustainability, providing an education which is universal in scope and local in application.

Gaia Education promotes a holistic systems approach to education for sustainable development by: • developing curricula to empower change makers with inner and outer skills to redesign human presence in a sustainable world • facilitating the delivery of transformative learning programmes in response to emerging needs • disseminating grass-roots wisdom through learning communities.

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 190 programmes in 34 countries over 6 continents, reaching thousands of people. Its programmes have been offered in settings ranging from tribal women and traditional communities to children and youth, ecovillages, urban slums, universities and resilience training centers. Gaia Education works in partnership with global educators, government and nongovernment agencies, ecovillages, universities, and the United Nations to bring sustainable development solutions to communities and ecosystems everywhere.  >> web-link

Gaia Education is a Partner organisation linked to GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK (GEN)  – *F


The Foundation ƒor GAIA,  founded in 1984, calls for humankind to act in partnership with nature in protecting the complex life-support system of the planet, to husband resources appropriately, to develop clean energy sciences and to move towards a new ecological economic system that makes a clear distinction between wholesome and cancerous forms of growth.

  We work in partnership with individuals and organisations who are taking action motivated by true global perspectives in which people, society and nature are given full recognition as part of a larger evolving and fundamentally interconnected whole. Individuals and organisations working as catalysts for the transformation of human consciousness are an important part of this ecological work, because it is from such a shift that a new set of fundamental assumptions about human life will emerge.

GAIA Areas of Work: Environment • Human Rights  •Livelihoods • Wilderness • Cultural & Sacred Sites •  Tangible & Intangible Heritage • Sustainability • SDGs • Corporate Responsibility •  New Energy Sciences •

GAIA is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC. 

UNOG Representative: Vita de Waal


The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a sustainable future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity. As a solution-based, multi-stakeholder alliance, GEN provides information, tools, examples and global representation to the expanding network of those dedicated to developing and demonstrating sustainability principles and practices in their lifestyles and communities around the world. Our goals:

To advance the education of individuals from all walks of life by sharing the experience and best practices gained from the networks of ecovillages and sustainable communities worldwide.
To advance human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation by empowering local communities globally while promoting a culture of mutual acceptance and respect, effective communications, and cross-cultural outreach.
To advance environmental protection globally by serving as a think tank, incubator, international partner organization and catalyst for projects that expedite the shift to sustainable and resilient lifestyles.
To advance active citizenship and community development by coordinating the activities of regional ecovillage networks and reaching out to wider society and policy makers in order to accelerate the transition to sustainable living.

GEN is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC. 

UNOG Representative: Vita de Waal


The Institute aims at reawakening an awareness of spiritual values in daily life and promoting planetary awareness, which leads to planetary citizenship and to the creation of a spiritually oriented and sustainable world based on spiritual values such as love of truth, personal responsibility, sense of justice, constructive co-operation, selfless service of the greater whole. Its activities include: participation in conferences; consultancy; publication of studies; collection of documentation in the ten fields of service of the ten seed-groups: education, politics, religion, science, psychology, economics (including finance), communication (including telepathy), enlightened observation, healing and creativity.

Areas of Work:  spirituality, values to live by, United Nations, global commons, seed-groups – IPS  Website (link)

IPS has Roster status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.    

UNOG Representative: Rudolf Schneider and Shahida Mohammed


also known as the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia, IIRO and IIROSA), is a charity based in Saudi Arabia founded by the Muslim World League in 1978. The IIRO has enjoyed consultative status on the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1995 and has since been involved in many joint programmes with UN Agencies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.  It was the first Islamic NGO to gain observer status with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). (link)

IIRO is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.       

UNOG Representative: Fawzia Al’Ashmawi


We are a diverse team with passions to serve women, men and families working to create a better world for all.   Our motto “One woman, One family, One act of service, One at a time” defines that it truly is the “one” that matters. We are addressing the most pressing issues identified by the United Nations as facing human rights and the well being of women.  In addition to our  grassroots humanitarian projects, arts and culture programs, awareness campaigns and education programs, we work at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva, Switzerland where we participate in the Commission on the Status of Women and serve hand in hand with other nongovernmental agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping families worldwide. (link)

MLP is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council /ECOSOC. 

UNOG Representatives: Afton Beutler and Mutua Kobia


Also known as The SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF THE TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM, the Order of the Temple is a Christian ecumenical organization founded in 1804 by the physician Fabré-Palaprat with the support of Napoleon, and officially recognized in 1853 by Napoleon III. The Order operates on the basis of the traditions of the medieval Knights Templar, it does not claim ‘direct descent’ from the historical medieval Order itself. Like the Knights Templar of old, we operate as a modern-day worldwide network of educated professionals, providing both a highly respected body of expertise, an influential voice to support commitment to the less fortunate of the world, and to promote the time-tested chivalric ideals of honor, honesty, civility, tolerance, care for our fellow man, and support for ecumenical religious faith throughout our individual nations and throughout the world community. OSMTH’s raison d’etre is expressed through the Brussels Declaration: “Aiding humanity on the pilgrimage through life.”

OSMTH Areas of Work: Christian Ethos, Spirituality and Values, interfaith dialogue, bridge-building, human rights, . We also seek to increase awareness of conflicts and their causes and work towards their future prevention and ultimate peaceful coexistence of all nations. We seek the betterment of humanity through education, world brotherhood, chivalric principles, and civil behavior and treatment among one-another.

OSMTH is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council /ECOSOC.   

UNOG Representative: Marcel De Picciotto


The Planetary Association for Clean Energy  (PACE) is an international interdisciplinary network of advanced scientific thinking that promotes, plans, co-ordinatse and implements “clean energy systems”. It was conceived by Parliament’s first woman Speaker, Senator Muriel M. Fergusson, and co-founded by scientist Senator Chesley W. Carter, M.Sc. while chair of 2 Senate standing committees on Science and Health in the early 1970s. With his steward-ship, the PACE network confirmed the phenomena of acid rain and of ozone layer depletion for Canadian policy decision-makers, resulting in international treaties. It also facilitated the world’s 1st “blue-bin” recycling initiative, in Ottawa.

With the National Research Council of Canada, and the personal intercession of the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Pierre E. Trudeau, by July 1976 PACE founders gave the highest priority to identifying and reviewing advanced clean energy technologies. The founders included Dr. Marcel Vogel, chief scientist at IBM (developed memory systems for computers) and Dr. Henry K. Puharich (MD, physicist, micro-electronics for hearing aids and water-as-a fuel-on-demand, and advancement analyses for Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Senator Carter and Prime Minister Trudeau on worldwide, lossless transmission of electrical energy). This initial nucleus of scientists grew from 1979 to a network that currently comprises around 3,500 individuals and institutions in over 60 nations.  Since 1981, books, proceedings, monographs and electronic publications have been released to both general and specialist audiences.

In 1990, the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Research on Environment and Economy conferred associative status to PACE.

PACE Areas of Work: Clean Energy Technologies, e.g. nuclear waste remediation, air-to-water, radiation awareness from a multitude of sources, e.g. mobiles, smart meters.

PACE is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC. 

UNOG Representative: Vita de Waal


Sacred Earth Trust (SET) has branches based in the UK and India. It is a not for profit organisation set up in 2009 to support and to encourage the sustainable development and environmental protection of Sacred Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, through working in co-operation with the local communities, indigenous people and international groups. As a GEF UNDP SGP partner, Sacred Earth Trust is receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their ground-breaking plastic block technology project based in Bodh Gaya, as a model for sanitation projects in rural villages.

Sacred Earth Trust endeavours to find practical and innovative solutions on environmental issues, working within the diverse communities and connecting with the wider network; to work together  towards the transformation of consciousness to enable the maximum potential and growth for human development and in using environmental awareness and our relation to the planet as a tool for reflection.                 More about usOur Projects – Our Solutions


Solar Cookers International (SCI) spreads solar cooking awareness and skills worldwide. Tens of thousands of individuals and organizations — from all over the world — have learned about solar cooking through SCI’s excellent publications and have benefited from SCI’s information exchange networks, research, technical support, and the SCI-sponsored, internationally recognized Internet resource for solar cooking information: the Solar Cooking International Network wiki-based website. With SCI’s simple water pasteurization indicator, people can make their water safe to drink by heating it in a solar oven, saving fuel. SCI is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.

Our global goal is for 20% of all families, worldwide, to have access to solar cooking technology by 2030. Since its founding in 1987, SCI and the SCInet members have distributed more than 155,000 solar cookers globally.  Through global advocacy, programs, partnerships, and education, we spread solar cooking in 114 countries—and counting. (link)

SCI is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council /ECOSOC


SIRCle, designed to create an innovative, open source curriculum for active citizenship and social and holistic entrepreneurship, was born out of strong, long-term relationships between the 8 European partners. These partners bring a wide range of nationally and internationally well-established networks, and are active in diverse sectors such as Education, Art, Science, Economics and Entrepreneurship, Ecology and Technology, Social Work and Wellbeing. They focus on social innovation, sustainable living, resilient community building, individual empowerment, holistic business and right livelihood. SIRCle sees itself as a node within a very large and pulsating web of connections, fostering and co-shaping solutions to enable us to live and work within healthy and balanced eco-systems. SIRCle aims to play an active role in the existing landscape of social change makers and looks forward to collaborating with other projects, partners, networks and active citizens across geographical, cultural and language boundaries.

We are here to support the development of life sustaining cultures. Our flexible and collaborative curriculum offers a compass and a living map for a journey of individual and collective fulfillment, integrity and contribution.We offer this to individuals and groups, from a rich diversity of backgrounds, who are called to marry their love for the planet with the capacity to thrive financially. We envision the empowerment of individuals; the establishment of supportive networks; the transformation of existing organisations; and the birthing of new social enterprises ­all embedded in a field of resilience and economic prosperity.

The Sustainable Innovation for Resilient Communities (SIRCle) project uses adult education to address one of the most pressing needs of our time, namely how to marry effective grassroots responses to climate and social change with the capacity to make a sustainable living in a challenging economic climate. More about us

SIRCle is a Partner organisation linked to GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK (GEN)  – *F


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