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Who's Who

The KAICIID Who is Who in Interreligious Dialogue is an online directory hosting information on individuals active and expert in IRD such as religious leaders, policymakers, heads of international organisations, teachers, trainers and activists.  Search the directory to connect with experts and specialists from every continent engaged in a wide variety of initiatives.

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Canon Dr. Andrew Smith

Director of Interfaith Relations, Church of England, Birmingham

Canon Dr. Andrew Smith is the Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham. In 2014, at the Bishop of Birmingham’s request, Andrew set up ‘The Birmingham Conversations’ dialogue process which involved people from six different faiths discussing ‘How faith is lived in modern society...

Norman Solomon: Rabbi, Interfaith Consultant, Scholar, Author
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Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon

Vice-President, World Congress of Faiths

Senior Associate, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

Norman Solomon was born in Cardiff, and was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has served as rabbi to Orthodox congregations in Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham. Currently, he is a member of Wolfson College of Oxford University and of the Oxford University Teaching and...

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Samir Somaiya

President, Somaiya Vidyavihar

Somaiya Vidyavihar was founded in 1959 with the conviction that modern education has to have its roots in strong values. It is among the largest private educational campus in Mumbai, and has 34 institutions with 39,000 students and 1,500 teaching staff. It provides value-based education alongside...

Mme Cissé Hadja Mariama

Mme. Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow

Presidente, Union of Oulémas Women of Guinea (UFOG)

Co-President, Religions for Peace

Founding President, Women's Association of West Africa (NWAC)

Born in Guinea, Fulani, Mme. Cisse Hadja Mariama Sow has had a distinguished political career of more than 50 years in the field of the promotion of women's rights. She is currently the president of the Union of Oulémas Women of Guinea (UFOG). She is also involved in interreligious dialogue and...

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Dr. Zilka Spahic-Šiljak

Programme Director, Transcultural Psycho-social Educational Foundation (TPO Foundation), BiH

Professor, Stanford University-Global Studies, US

Professor, University of Zenica, BiH

Zilka Spahić Šiljak holds PhD in gender studies, MA in human rights and BA in Religious Studies. Her scope of work includes addressing cutting edge issues involving human rights, politics, religion, gender, education and peace-building with more than fifteen years experience in academic teaching,...


Dr. Gunnar Stålsett

Bishop Emeritus of Oslo

Honorary President, Religions for Peace

Dr Gunnar Stålsett was born in Nordkapp, Norway in 1935. He has a long career as a promoter of peace and reconciliation. Presently he is engaged inter alia in Myanmar. He studied theology in Norway, USA and Germany. He has held several national and international posts, such as General Secretary of...

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Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous

General Director, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services

President, Protestant Churches of Egypt

Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous, born 1960, is General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services and President of the Protestant churches of Egypt. After receiving his Bachelor of Theology from Cairo Evangelical Seminary, Cairo, Egypt in 1983, he went to Coady...

Reverend Dr. Richard J. Sudworth

Reverend Dr. Richard J. Sudworth

KAICIID Board of Directors
Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Advisor

Reverend Richard J Sudworth was appointed to post of Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Advisor in September 2018. He had previously worked in the inner city ministry of the Diocese of Birmingham for 15 years, having commenced...

Deputy Secretary General Kyoichi Sugino

Deputy Secretary General Kyoichi Sugino

Deputy Secretary General, Religions for Peace (RfP)

Rev. Kyoichi Sugino serves as the Deputy Secretary General of Religions for Peace (RfP). He coordinates RfP’s affiliated interreligious councils, women and youth networks in more than 90 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Rev. Sugino has been directly engaged in...


Ven. Gijun Sugitani

Chair, Religions for Peace Japan

Supreme Advisor, Tendai Buddhist Denomination

Ven. Gijun Sugitani graduated from the faculty of law, and in 1972 he completed all the required units of PhD program in advanced literary studies. In 1968, he was ordained as the Chief Priest of Enju-in Temple of the Tendai Buddhist Denomination. A year after he was elected as the General...

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