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Radia Bakkouch is the president of Coexister in France, an interfaith youth-led movement that
offers young people to experience diversity in a positive way through a 1 year peace
education program. Coexister gathered 10 000 young people 10 years in 50 European cities
and outreached 120 000 students to active coexistence. Radia is in charge of advocacy, action
research and strategic partnerships. She is specialized in Peace Building, Youth Empowerment
and Conflict Transformation. She is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is also a member
of the Advisory Board of the Fondation de l’islam de France. She previously interned for the
Aladdin Project (an NGO under UNESCO focused on Jewish-Muslim relations in the
Mediterranean area), for Surfing for Peace and the French Embassy in Tel Aviv Israel. She is a
fellow of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP, operated by the State
department) and was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership
Forum. Radia graduated with a degree in international public management from the Paris
School of International Affairs in Sciences Po Paris and did an exchange program in Tel aviv
University where she studied geopolitics, peace and conflicts in the Middle East and met with
several peace initiatives.
1.) "Radia Bakkouch, nouvelle présidente de Coexister". 2015. La Croix.
2.) Eleanor, Beardsley. 2015. "In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion." All Things Considered (NPR)Newspaper Source, EBSCOhost (accessed May 17, 2017).