Ken Kitatani
Executive Director

Ken Kitatani currently serves as the Executive Director of the Forum 21 Institute. He is also Chair of the United Nations NGO Committee for Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns and Co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Center for Earth Ethics of Union Theological Seminary. Ken graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.


Jim MacLellan
Deputy Director

Jim MacLellan is currently Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles. He is responsible for trade promotion programs including Trade Connect education seminars to assist local businesses entering global markets. Trade Connect was awarded the Presidential E Star Award in 2013 for service to the nation’s exports. Prior to joining the Port in 1992, he worked for more than 20 years in the international shipping business. As Adjunct Professor, from 2008 to 2015, he taught international trade and shipping at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (formerly Monterey Institute Graduate School of Business Studies). He currently serves as Chair of the Pacific Chapter of the US – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (MEI) and Board Member of California Manufacturing & Technology Consulting (NIST – MEP).


Dr. Kurt Johnson
Director of Life Sciences and Spirituality

Kurt Johnson has worked in professional science and comparative religion for over 40 years and serves on many international committees, particularly at the United Nations. He is on the faculty of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and is the co-author of the very influential 2013 book on the future of world religions: The Coming Interspiritual Age.  In science, with a PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Comparative Biology he was on the staff of the American Museum of Natural History and is currently associated with the McGuire Center for Biodiversity at the University of Florida. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders and has published over 200 scientific articles and seven books. He is founding member of the Contemplative Alliance and President of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. At the United Nations he serves on the Executive Committee of the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.


Kazunao Sato
Director of Sustainability and Global Affairs

Kazunao Sato is the Japan Representative of CSEO Space Alliance International, and a stakeholder member of the SDGs platform development of the Japanese government. He is also a member of Corporate Risk Management Committee of the International Aeronautics Federation and is on the Jury of the Challenge Leadership Group,Sustainable Urban Communities of Massachusetts Institute of Technology SOLVE.Kazunao continues to serve as the Senior Strategic Director of Business and Sustainability at several major professional firms. For over 18 years Kazunao has served as Director, CFO and COO for several competitive global industries, finance securities and service industries in APAC, the Indian Sub-Continent and Japan. His experiences include, Intelligence and strategy consulting, M&A, JV incubation projects, PE analysis for investment, IPO, financial management, PMO across multiple countries and disciplines, debt management and fund raising to develop corporate business exposure and opportunities and operations-performance improvement and transformation. Kazunao has served as a United Nations Global Compact Leader for leading social sustainability and strategy projects that include CSV, social innovation, human rights DD, inclusive business, social impact fund/bonds, ESG, and strategic relationship development between the private sector, international organizations, UN agencies and NGO’s.