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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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USAChristianityInterfaithEducationEnvironmentHuman RightsWomenUnited Nations

Alison Van Dyk

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Temple of Understanding

Alison Van Dyk holds M.A. degrees in clinical psychology and transpersonal counciling psychology. She has been a child psychotherapist in private practice for the past 30 years. In 1989 she founded the Early Childhood Project for preschool at risk children in the South Bronx, New York. She is...

USAHinduismHinduVedantaRamakrishnaVivekananda

Swami Varadananda

Hindu Monk of the Ramakrishna Order

Board of Trustees, Parliament of the World’s Religions Swami Varadananda is a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order, which has its headquarters at Belur Math in India. Swami Varadananda joined the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago in 1973, was ordained in 1982, and is now the manager of the...

William Vendley
GlobalChristianityWilliam Vendley Religions for Peace

Dr. William F. Vendley

KAICIID Advisory Forum
Former Secretary General, Religions for Peace (RfP)

Dr. William F. Vendley is the former Secretary General of Religions for Peace International. Its World Council consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents. From 1994 to 2019 he coordinated the activities and projects of Religions for Peace in 90 national and 5 regional councils. He...

Katherina von Schnurbein
BelgiumChristianityEuropean CommissionAntisemitismDialogueReligionHumanism

Katharina von Schnurbein

Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism, European Commission

In December 2015, Katharina von Schnurbein, a German national, was appointed the first European Commission Coordinator on combating Antisemitism. Before, she was advisor to Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the Commission's dialogue with Churches, religions, philosophical and non-...

IsraelJudaism

Prof. Dr. Itzchak Weismann

Professor of Islamic Studies, Haifa University

Itzchak Weismann is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and former Director of the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University. He is also the editor of Sahar (Crescent) series of translations into Hebrew of major modern Islamic texts. His scholarship focuses on Salafism, Islamic movements in the...

NigeriaChristianity

Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye

Co-Executive Director, Interfaith Mediation Centre

James Wuye is an Assemblies of God Pastor and co-director with Imam Muhammad Ashafa of the Interfaith Mediation Center of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria. He is the son a soldier who fought the Biafra War. During the 1980s and 1990s, James Wuye got involved in...

Bishop Munib Younan
PalestineChristianityLutheran

Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan

Bishop Emeritus, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

Former President of the Lutheran World Federation
Honorary President of the Middle East Council of Churches
Founder and member of the core group of Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land
Judge of the World Interfaith Harmony Week

Bishop Dr. Munib Younan was is the former President (2010-2017) of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a global communion of Christian churches with 145 member churches in 79 countries representing more than 70 million Christians. In his capacity of president of the LWF the bishop signed with his...

MalaysiaIslamIslamBuddhismSouth East Asia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf

Associate Professor, The International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Malay World, Malaysia

Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf is Associate Professor and Deputy Dean for Students Development and Community Engagement and also Coordinator, Islam and Buddhism Programme at The International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and Malay World (ISTAC-IIUM), Malaysia. Dr. Yusuf is also a Senior Fellow at the...

Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk
EgyptIslam

Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hamdy Zakzouk

KAICIID Advisory Forum
Member, Senior Scholar Council of Al Azhar

Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk, born in Dakahlia on 27 December 1933, is an Egyptian academic and politician. He is a professor of philosophy and teaches philosophy at his alma mater, Al Azhar University. He is the Egypt's former minister of religious endowment which he held from 1996 to 2011. He obtained...

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