Dr. h.c. Harold Robles

Dr. h.c. Harold Robles, a native of the Netherlands known for his international humanitarian work, has devoted his life to promoting healthcare education and information as a human right.

More than twenty-five years ago, with the support of Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s daughter Rhena, Dr. Robles founded the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities in the state of Connecticut, USA. 

Dr. Robles dedicated the work of his nonprofit organization to alleviating suffering and injustice in the world, and to creating a more equitable and sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants. Dr. Robles retired as president of the Schweitzer Institute in 1998. Today Robles is special advisor of the South African non-profit organization, Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA), which he founded. Health Promotion South Africa Trust  is dedicated to ”Prevention through Education”. Their facilitators, ”Health Promoters” are educating more than 18,000 aid workers and the local population annually. The programs of HPSA are designed to improve the quality of healthcare and to promote humanitarian values through education and public health programs. 

Dr. Stephen Gomes

Dr. Gomes’ professional career has been focused primarily on the formation, leadership and management of international business strategic alliances and cross cultural business strategies.

This assumes a deep understanding of what counts as strategic in an enterprise versus what is only short term tactical in nature.

Dr. Gomes earned a Ph.D. in Public Management and International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs funded on a NASA Ph.D. fellowship. His early career was in executive management positions with large international companies with senior responsibility for contracts with government leaders, royal family members and large corporations such as ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia and Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan. His executive duties have included extended assignments in France, Greece, China, Malaysia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia, Brazil and Holland.

Included in his work history of more than 30 strategic alliance and joint venture agreements.

Currently, Dr. Gomes manages Gomes & Company, which is a boutique executive consulting firm engaged in a broad range of domestic and international multi-party consulting assignments mostly focused on high tech and finance start-ups, joint ventures planning, action planning workshops, organization problem solving and specialized business plan strategy and development. Dr. Gomes has also taught MBA Master’s degree courses in Start up Management, Technology Commercialization and Strategic Alliance and Joint Venture Practices (Oregon Graduate Institute – now OHSU, State University of New York (SUNY-Stony Brook – Korea Campus) and Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht, Netherlands).