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Peace Ambassadors

Peace Ambassadors


Ambassador for Peace: Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musician, performer and composer of his generation. His work incorporates the legacy of Arabic music, whilst simultaneously exploring new frontiers and integrating different musical styles into his process. He was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award in 1994.

Since the 1990s, Shaheen has released four albums: Saltanah (Water Lily Acoustics), Turath (CMP), Taqasim (Lyrichord) and Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom). He has also collaborated with producer Bill Laswell in his fushion collective, Hallucination Engine (Island), and contributed selected soundtracts to the albums The Sheltering Sky and Malcolm X, amongst others. He composed the soundtrack for the United Nations sponsored documentary, For Everyone Everywhere, which was broadcasted globally in December 1998 and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Declarations of Human Rights. Shaheen, as the lead of his musical group, has also produced Blue Flame (ARK21, 2001), which was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards. 

A Palestinian born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen's childhood has always been consumed by his passion for music. His father, Hikmat Shaheen, was a professor of music and a master 'oud player. Shaheen began [;aying the 'oud at the age of five and studied the violin at the Connservatory for Western Classical Music in Jerusalem, but he never forgot his roots; "Learning to play the 'oud from my father was the most powerful influence in my musical life, and when I held and played these instruments, they felt like an extension of my arms."


Ambassador for Peace and Sport: H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer

Jack Brewer was an NFL player, known as an exceptional special teams player and veresatile defensive back. Since retiring from the game, however, Mr. Brewer has become a well-known international entrepreneur and philantrophist.

Mr. Brewer served a five year contract to the National Football League (NFL), where he served as team captain on three NFL teams, the Vikings (2003), New York Giants (2004), and Philadelphia Eagles (2005). He was also a special teams Pro Bowl candidate as a rookie, where he had his first career interception against star quarterback Brett Favre. After completing his fifth and final year in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals (2006), Mr. Brewer accepted a position as a Wealth Manager with Merrill Lynch (2007) in the Global Private Client Group located in New York City.

After a successful career at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Brewer founded The Brewer Group (2009), a diversified global advisory firm that offers private client, specialty finance and corporate advisory services. TBG's clientele includes high networth individuals, small to medium sized corporations, elite athletes, entertainers, sport agencies, investment funds and money managers. Mr. Brewer has also spearheaded various successful partnerships and initiatives in the sports, business and global development fields. As a sports finance and business professional, Mr. Brewer has also been featured in expert panels on South-South News, KFAN, Fox and CBS, and is also a regular contributor for CNBC and The Business Journals.

In addition to his sporting and business credentials, Mr. Brewer is also a passionate philanthropist. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide), which he founded in 2006. The JBF Worldwide focuses on the empowerment of women and children living within impoverished circumstances, through intiatives that provide food security, access to education, diaster relief and medical aid, and promoting peace and development through sport. His organization maintains a presence in countries including Malawi, Haiti, China, Mexico, South Africa, and others. JBF Worldwide also works in conjunction with the Joyce Banda Foundation (created by President Joyce Banda of Malawi) to develop the communities and economy of Malawi.

Jack Brewer currently serves as Chairman of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals Awards Athletes and Artists Committee, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Montessorri Model United Nations, and Senior Advisor to H.E. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, alongside his other business and advisory positions.