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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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Sri LankaBuddhism

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne

General Secretary, Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya

Vinya Ariyaratne, M.D., is general secretary of the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya, an NGO founded on the inspiration of the social teachings of the Buddha by his father in 1958. As lead facilitator for the One Text Initiative and member of the Council of the Arigatou Foundation’s Global...

UK

Dr. Karen Armstrong

British Author and Commentator, Former Roman Catholic Nun

A former Roman Catholic nun, scholar and admirer of various traditions, Dr. Karen Armstrong is a renowned British author and commentator focusing on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule. Leaving the convent in 1969 while she was studying at...

NigeriaIslam

Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa

Co-Executive Director, Interfaith Mediation Centre

Imam Muhammad Ashafa is co-director with Pastor James Wuye of the Interfaith Mediation Center of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria. As the eldest son of a Muslim scholar and spiritual leader of the Tijaniyya sufi order from a long line of Imams, Muhammad Ashafa...

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VaticanChristianityCatholicDialogueVaticanIslamic Studies

Cardinal Miguel Ayuso

KAICIID Board of Directors
President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, has always been active in interreligious dialogue, teaching in both Cairo and Rome as well as writing several notable publications on issues related to Christian-Muslim dialogue. Born in Seville, Spain, on 17 June 1952, Cardinal Ayuso Guixot was...

FranceIslam

Radia Bakkouch

President, Coexister

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...

UKHinduism

Kiran Bali

Global Chairperson, United Religions Initiative

Member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Faiths

Kiran Bali, MBE JP, is a practicing Hindu scholar and a social entrepreneur. As a recipient of numerous international awards, Kiran has been leading at the global interfaith level for many years. As an environmental activist, Kiran has been leading grassroots projects to help tackle climate action...

BahrainQatarSaudi ArabiaKuwaitChristianity

Bishop Dr. (PhD) Camillo Angelo Ballin

KAICIID Advisory Forum
Roman Catholic Vicar Apostolic, Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

Bishop Camillo Ballin is an Italian Roman Catholic bishop, writer, missionary, and educator who is the Roman Catholic Vicar Apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia, providing spiritual assistance to the Catholics in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He was ordained Priest of...

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Professor Michael Barnes

Co-Founder, Centre for Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College, University of London

Director, De Nobili Dialogue Centre, Southall, West London
Professor of Interreligious Relations, University of Roehampton
Trustee, the Lokahi Foundation, London

Michael Barnes, S.J. studied at the Universities of London, Oxford and Cambridge and is professor of Interreligious Relations at Heythrop College, University of London. A Jesuit since 1965, his particular area of expertise is Buddhism, the religions of India and Christian-Jewish Relations. His main...

BangladeshBuddhism

Principal Sukomal Barua

President, Bangladesh Chapter, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace

President, Bangladesh Inter-religious Writers and Journalists Association

President, Warm Heart - Bangladesh

Principal Sukomal Barua is President of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (Religions for Peace Asia) Bangladesh Chapter and a member of Governing Board and Executive Committee ACRP. He is also the President of Bangladesh Inter-religious Writers and Journalists Association as well as the...

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FranceIslam

Dr. Mohamed Bechari

KAICIID Advisory Forum
Secretary General, World Muslim Communities Council

President, French National Federation of Muslims (FNMF)
Secretary General, Islamic European Conference (EIC/CIE)
Founder and President, Avicenne Institute of Human Sciences, Lille (IASH)

Dr. Bechari, born in Morocco, is a leader and prolific and dynamic public figure in the landscape of European Islam. He is the President of the French National Federation of Muslims, one of the leading entities organizing Islam in France. He is also the Secretary General of the Islamic European...

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