Executive Council

Vice President Education, Dr. Laj

Vice President Programs, Dr. Noor Gilani

Vice President National Membership, Dr. Rodica Pop

Vice President Publicity, Dr. Bruce Cook

Vice President Public Relationship, —

Bruce Cook, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce Cook lives with his wife, Mary, in Elgin Illinois.Between the two of them, they have twelve grandchildren. He earned a B.A. in Radio-Television from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Speech Arts from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Temple University, Philadelphia. His favorite things include writing, websites, gardening, driving, and scuba diving.
In July 2016, Bruce joined Maria Cristina Azcona as co-editor of Strategies for Peace (Cook Communication). He published his novel Harmony of Nations: 1943 – 2020 with JustFiction Editions in 2012.
Bruceserves on the faculty of ORT Technical Institute in Skokie, IL. His affiliations include: World Mediation Organization as a Fellow, Worldwide Peace Organization Bruce as Vice President/Founder, and Global Harmony Organizationas a board member. Bruce is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Americain an annual listing.
Bruce has developed a variety of websites, starting with www.author-me.com in 1999. These include www.wwpo.org, www.innisfreepoetry.org, www.enskyment.org, www.reservebooks.com, www.worldsundayschool.com. He has also developed 5 Android Apps in the Google Play Market.

Dr. Rodica Silvia Pop

Dr Rodica Silvia Pop has been a middle school teacher since1978, and the  founder member as well the president of Children for Children -Children for Peace Foundation in Romania since 1995. As a teacher she promoted globally, education for all and a culture of peace.  In 1983 she was recognized as Honorary Citizen of Dalas , USA, and considered Global  Ambassador of Peace. In 2010, she received the national “Best Teacher of the Year,” award. In 2013, the 23rd General Conference of ICOM-CECA offered her the Best Practices Award for Education and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Creativity is her strength. Some of her school projects have been recognized on an international level at the Global Education Festival in Sanremo, Italy, where her school continuously won the First Prize in Creativity for 14 projects during 2008-2016. A pioneer in Museum Education in Romania, she earned a Phd degree in that discipline. The IGH experiment would be an educational and personal experience that would assist children and adults alike in their transformation to a peaceful and harmonious way of living.

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Noor Gillani, D.Sc. is of ethnic Asian-Indian origin, was born in Tanzania, received his grade-school education in Tanzania and the UK, then went to the USA for higher education, receiving his AB cum laude at Harvard University (1967), and his MSc and DSc (1974) at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).
After his doctorate, Dr.Gillani pursued an academic career for 36 years before retiring in 2010. Throughout that period, his principal research focus was on Air Quality studies. First, he was a staff member culminating as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WUSTL (1974-1992). The last years of his career (1995-2010) were as Principal Research Scientist at NASA’s National Space Science and Technology Center and Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. During his career, he has also spent sabbatical leaves at other universities (NCSU) and at US Federal Government research labs (DOE, EPA and TVA). He also served in a number of advisory science committees in industry and State and Federal Government programs, and as US Delegate to NATO’s Commission for the Challenges of Modern Society (NATO/CCMS), and on the Steering Committee of its Air Pollution Pilot Program (1984-92). Dr.Gillani’s biography has appeared in a number of Who’s Who publications.
Dr.Gillani has also served actively and for long as a volunteer: as Member of Aga Khan Education Board of the USA, and Founder and National Director of its innovative child development and parent empowerment program (1987-97); as Founder and President of the PYAR Foundation for children in distress around the world (2000 – ); since 2007, as a Member of the International Association of Educators for World Peace, and its VP for Programs for the last four years; and locally, in a number of social justice causes and interfaith work for 13 years, importantly to counter Islamophobia through education. Starting in 2017, he would serve as (a) Asst. to the Director of Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in India, in New Projects Planning and Management related to the Center’s many humanitarian programs
Dr.Gillani is a proud father of three grown-up children and two grand-children. His interests include religious studies. Having developed a model of Islamic Humanism, he lives by it. His prime focus in life now is on the search for Truth in its physical and spiritual dimensions, based principally on studies, and the practice of love, service and meditation.