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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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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...

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Most Reverend Bishop Efraim Tendero

Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance

Co Catalyst, Global Integrity Network

Bishop Efraim M. Tendero serves as Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) . He was appointed to this position upon completion of his illustrious service as its Secretary General/CEO. The WEA was founded in 1846 and is now a global ministry representing 140 countries with 600...


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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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...


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...

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Dr. William F. Vendley

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...

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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-...

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