Tariq Banuri has broad experience in government, academia, civil society, and the international system, most recently as the Director, Division for Sustainable Development, at the United Nations. He started his career in the Civil Service of Pakistan, went on to receive a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, joined the United Nations as a Research Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), a model that he adopted in setting up and serving as the founding Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan. He has served on national as well as international forums for policy, advocacy, and research, including as the chair of the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), a founding member of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), member of the board of governors of Pakistan’s central bank, member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, and Member/ Secretary of the Presidential Steering Committee on Higher Education, and as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Nobel Prize winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Eric K. Hutchings
Eric is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 38. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2001. Hutchings earned his B.A. in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University. Representative Hutchings serves as the Chair of several committees in the Utah State Legislature, including the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Utah International Relations and Trade Commission.
Geoffrey Ho In Lee, Global Ambassador for U Asia Campus
Geoff is the Global Ambassador for the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) at Incheon Global University in South Korea. He was born in Salt Lake City to a Korean father and American mother giving him access to both cultures. Geoff works in a business advisory role for the UAC. He has founded and run several successful businesses in the media and legal fields. Geoff currently serves as SVP of Placemedia, a New York-based media concern; and Board Director of Infinite Scale, a Salt Lake-based sports design consultancy. He received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Aside from his business endeavors, Geoff was a co-founder of the non-profit Polynesian Power Foundation and is a Director of NFL PLAY 60, the NFL’s health and fitness initiative for children. In his spare time, he is an avid skier, hiker and traveler.