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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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Rev. Helen Summers

Founder and Director, The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Advisory Group Member, Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG)
Council Member, Council of Chaplains for Tertiary Institutions

Reverend Helen Summers is an Interfaith Minister, ordained in New York in 1997. Helen is the founder and director of The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne. Helen served as a Board Member of the 2009 Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions and Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee. She is a...


Dr. Leonard Swidler

Founder and Director, Dialogue Institute

Co-Founder/Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Professor of Catholic Thought & Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University

Leonard is a Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in the Religion Department of Temple University, where he has taught since 1966. At Temple, and as a visiting professor at universities around the world – including Graz, Austria; Tübingen, Germany; Fudan University, Shanghai;...


The Right Rev. William E. Swing

President and Founder, United Religions Initiative

Co-Founder, Episcopal Community Services

Retired Episcopal Bishop, California, USA

Bishop William Swing is the President and Founder of the URI. Bishop Swing had the original vision of URI in 1993 in response to an invitation from the United Nations which asked him to host an interfaith service honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. Bishop Swing served as...


Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin

KAICIID Advisory Forum
Professor, National Islamic University Indonesia

Former President, Muhammadiyah

Din Syamsuddin is a Professor on Islamic Political Thought at National Islamic University, Jakarta. Currently he is acting as Special Envoy of the President of Republic of Indonesia for Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue and Cooperation. He was President of Muhammadiyah, from 2005 to 2015...


Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed

National Director, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed is the National Director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), heading up its Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, DC. He served for 12 years (1994-2006) as Secretary General of the Indiana-based national umbrella organization, which has more...

Dr. Nayla Tabbara

Dr. Nayla Tabbara

Co-Founder, Adyan Foundation

Dr. Nayla Tabbara is director of the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management at Adyan, Foundation for Diversity, Solidarity and Human Dignity. She holds a PhD in Science of Religions from École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris and Saint Joseph University, Beirut. She is also a muslim...

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Sister Emily (Emeline) Tannous

Director of the MECC Theological and Ecumenical Department (TED)

Sister Emily (Emeline) Tannous is a member of the religious order dedicated to Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, founded in Lebanon in 1853 and currently coordinator of the Theological and Ecumenical Department in MECC. Committed to the pastoral life in the church and to ecumenical, interfaith and...


Dr. Sayyed Jawad Mohammed Taqi Al-Khoei

Secretary General, Al-Khoei Institute

Co-Founder, Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue (ICID)

UNESCO Chair, Development of Interreligious Dialogue Studies, University of Kufa

Dr. Sayyed Jawad Mohammed Taqi Al-Khoei is the Secretary-General of the Al-Khoei Institute in Najaf, Iraq, a pioneering centre that combines a traditional Islamic seminary with a contemporary interfaith academy. He was born in December 1980, in Najaf into the family of the spiritual leader for Shia...


Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit

General Secretary, World Council of Churches

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2009 and installed in January 2010. An ordained minister in the Church of Norway, Dr Tveit has led the 350-member fellowship of Christian churches from 110 countries, representing about 550 million...

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Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya

UNESCO Chair Professor for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Banaras Hindu University

Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya is widely regarded as the pioneer of peace studies in India and holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding at Banaras Hindu University, in addition to over thirty years teaching international relations and peace studies as well as managing the...

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