Kolya Abramsky edited the book Restructuring and Resistance, Diverse Voices of Struggle in Western Europe, and is involved in anti-authoritarian global anti-capitalist networking processes, at the global, European, and local levels, with a current focus on renewable energy.
Christophe Aguiton is a leader of the French Association to Tax financial Transactions to Aid Citizens (ATTAC) and the European March Against Unemployment.
Ruli Agus is a leading member of the Federation of Indonesian Peasant Unions and the global network Via Campesina.
Akimoto Yoko is a member of ATTAC-Japan and of the Asian Pacific Workers Solidarity Links editorial committee.
Michael Albert coordinates the www.zmag.org network and is the author of many books on participatory economics and the progressive movements, including Realizing Hope, Parecon, Remembering Tomorrow and Moving Forward.
Samir Amin directs the Third World Forum in Dakar, chairs the World Forum for Alternatives, and has authored numerous books on global capitalism, including, most recently, Beyond US Hegemony : Assessing the Prospects for a Multipolar World and Memoirs of an Independent Marxist.
Franco Barchiesi, an Italian, holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and teaches in African Studies at Ohio State University in the United States.
Tord Bjork is cofounder of the Popular Movements Study Group and is a member of Friends of the Earth Sweden, Network Institute on Global Democracy and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
Heinrich Bohmke is a filmmaker and legal activist based at the Centre for Civil Society in Durban.
Patrick Bond directs the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, and has authored, most recently, Looting Africa and Talk Left Walk Right.
John Catalinotto is a journalist and lecturer at City University of New York, who has represented the International Action Center at tribunals in the U.S. and in Vienna and Belgrade.
Peter Custers is the author of Capital Accumulation and Women's Labour in Asian Economies and Questioning Globalized Militarism.
Arturo Escobar is based at the University of North Carolina in the United States where he is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, and author of the influential book Encountering Development.
The Group of Nineteen who authored the Porto Alegre Manifesto is comprised by prominent scholars and activists Aminata Traoré, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Eduardo Galeano, José Saramago, François Houtart, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Armand Mattelart, Roberto Savio, Riccardo Petrella, Ignacio Ramonet, Bernard Cassen, Samir Amin, Atilio Boron, Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Tariq Ali, Frei Betto, Emir Sader, Walden Bello and Immanuel Wallerstein.
Michael Hardt is a professor of literature at Duke University, Durham, the United States, and coauthor (with Toni Negri) of Empire and Multitudes.
Sergio Haddad is president of the Brazilian Association of NGO's and executive secretary of. the Acao Educativa Assessoria Pesuisa e. Informaçao, a Sao Paulo-based organisation for adult-education research.
Dorothea Haerlin is with ATTAC-Germany and the Berlin Water Table.
François Houtart was for three decades professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and presently co-directs the World Forum for Alternatives and Centre Tricontinental.
Madhuresh Kumar is a researcher and social activist, CACIM programmes coordinator, secretary of the Kolkata civil organisation Unnayan, collaborator on the books World Social Forum: Challenging Empires and Talking New Politics, and author of Globalisation, State Policies, and Sustainability of Rights.
Peter Marcuse is a lawyer and planner who teaches urban planning at Columbia University in New York City, and who has authored Globalizing Cities and Of States and Cities.
Steve Martinothas worked as a machinist, truck driver and union organiser, presently teaches at San Francisco State University, and recently authored The Rule of Racialization.
Antonio Martins, a founder of the World Social Forum and International Council member, has worked in many alternative papers in Brazil, and is responsible for the Brazilian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, as well as serving as a facilitator of ATTAC-Brazil.
Francine Mestrum is a Belgian social scientist and specialist on development issues (and author of Mondialisation et pauvreté), and an activist with ATTAC.
Prishani Naidoo is an activist and researcher with the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and a post-graduate student at the Centre for Civil Society.
Geoffrey Pleyers, a Belgian sociologist focusing on global social movements, is FNRS Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and an associate researcher at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (Paris) and at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance (LSE). He attended the first five World Social Forumsas well as the 2006 Polycentric WSF in Bamako.
Ruth Reitan is based at the University of Miami’s Department of International Studies, and authored Global Activism and The Rise and Decline of an Alliance: Cuba and African American Leaders in the 1960s.
Jai Sen, director of CACIM, is an architect, urban designer and a civil campaigner on dwelling, labour, planning and rights related issues, and co-editor of World Social Forum: Challenging Empires.
Subir Sinha is Lecturer in Development Studies and Chair of the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and a scholar activist on social and environmental issues, the history of Indian development, contemporary social movements, neoliberalism and civil society, and transnational development regimes.
Teivo Teivainen is chair of the politics department at the University of Helsinki, teaches at the San Marcos University in Lima, coordinates the activities of the Network Institute for Global Democratization in the Americas, and authored or coauthored books including Enter Economism Exit Politics, A Possible World, Dolar Un Voto and El poder mundial y desafíos democráticos.
Marko Ulvila is a Finnish free lance researcher and democracy activist based in Tampere, the member secretary of Democracy Forum Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – Finland, and chairperson of NIGD.
Ruby van der Wekken is the NIGD’s World Social Forum coordinator.
Ahmed Veriava is a Johannesburg movement activist, an analyst with Research and Education for Development, and a masters student at the Centre for Civil Society in Durban.
Peter Waterman, is a British scholar-activist of international labour and social movements, and co-editor of World Social Forum: Challenging Empires and author of Los nuevos tejidos del internacionalismo y la solidaridad’ (The New Nervous System of Internationalism and Solidarity).
Chico Whitaker, winner of the 2006 ‘Right Livelihood Award’, is a WSF cofounder, a former city councilor for the Workers Party (resigning in 2006 due to political disagreements), and author of The Challenge of the World Social Forum.