B G Noakes

Benedict Rattigan was born in 1965 and educated at Eton (’78-’83) and Oxford (’92-'93), where he read philosophy. A former television producer/director, he has made films for the BBC, NBC, C4 and Granada Television. In addition to publishing two books, he has written articles for periodicals from The Philosopher to Time Out. In 2006, he founded the UK branch of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, and he now campaigns on issues relating to animal welfare, human rights and the environment.


Mitra Sarrafi-Gohar was born in 1976 and educated in Queen Mary and Westfield and Hertfordshire University, where she read biochemistry and subsequently Law. A former civil servant, she has worked in various roles within the Department for Work and Pensions and is now a Solicitor working for the Treasury Solicitor's office advising on Commercial matters. She has an interest in nutrition and animal welfare law. In 2014, she joined the UK branch of the Albert Schweitzer Institute and now works on  both legal and educational projects on issues relating to animal welfare, human rights and the environment.


Oscar Arias Sánchez was born in 1940. After studying in the United States, he read law and economics at the University of Costa Rica. Having completed his degree, he went on to take a doctorate in England. He served as President of Costa Rica between 1986 and 1990. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his work for peace in Central America. On 8 May 2006, he was elected President of the Republic of Costa Rica for the second time.*


Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He played a significant role in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa. When awarding him the Peace Prize in 1984, the Nobel Committee spoke of its ‘thankfulness and respectful joy, and this is because we feel ourselves united with him in the belief in the creative power of love.’ *


*(Honorary board, The Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac)

The teachings and philosophy of Albert Schweitzer encourage us to concern ourselves with the relation of humankind to all life - the earth and all its inhabitants. Dr. Schweitzer believed that each one of us could do a little to ameliorate suffering and misery in the world. He believed the "destiny of mankind is to become more and more humane."