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Profile of Audrey Kitagawa
Audrey Kitagawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kitagawa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California and a graduate of Boston College Law School. Kitagawa practiced law in Honolulu for over twenty years and at the time of her retirement in 1996, she had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, the highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession.
Kitagawa is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. She currently heads the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, is an advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations, is Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, New York, a committee of the Conference of Nongovernmental Organizations in Consultative Status with the United Nations, is a member of the World Wisdom Council, the World Wisdom Academy, the International advisory council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, the Executive Council of the World Commission for Global Consciousness and Spirituality, the National Council of Global Action To Prevent War, the Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations, and is the Co-Facilitator of the United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle at the United Nations. She is a Board member of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions.
Kitagawa has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e. Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School.
Kitagawa has published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled: The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. A chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, will soon be published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian women entitled: Learning In The Light. Her chapter: Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book: Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship. Her chapter: The U.S. In Foreign Affairs: Source of Global Security, Or Source Of Global Fear? has been published in the book: America & The World The Double Bind.
Kitagawa has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.