MS General Surgery
Dr. Deepak M. Ranade has completed his M.Ch (Magister Chirurgiae) Neurosurgery in 1994 from University of Bombay (K.E.M. Hospital). He topped the University with a gold medal. Other Qualifications: M.S. General Surgery from University of Pune (B.J. Medical College) in 1991. M.B.B.S. General Medicine & Surgery from University of Pune (B.J. Medical College) in 1986. Work Experience: He is “Professor and Head of Department” of Neurosurgery at D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri. Working as Post Graduate Guide for M.Ch (Neurosurgery) students. He worked as an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at K.E.M. Hospital Pune (Feb. 1996 to 2000) and performed around 300 major neurosurgeries independently. He performed brain and spine surgeries since 1996. Presentation and Fellowships: He has done a fellowship in Endoscopic Spine Surgery at Phoenix, Arizona and is one of the very few spine surgeons who are proficient with this revolutionary technique. He also has done a fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery in Seoul, South Korea. He has presented papers at National and International Conferences. He writes regularly in the Speaking Tree column of the Times Of India and has so far contributed more than 25 articles in this prestigious column. Dr. Ranade is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon attached to Krishna Hospital and can be consulted by prior appointment. He is also the consultant Neurosurgeon at Shashwat Hospital, Karve Road, and Sanjeevan Hospital, Karve Road.His consulting rooms are at Sanjeevan Hospital, Karve road and is available for consultations between 3-5 pm on all working days, except Tuesday.
President and spiritual head of the
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Chidanand Saraswati is the founder or co-founder of several humanitarian environmental ganizations which serve a number of causes, including: Ganga Action Parivar, to preserve and protect the Ganga river and its tributaries; India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), which provides education, health care, youth welfare, and vocational training; Divine Shakti Foundation, which provides education and assistance to widowed and impoverished women and children, as well as the protection of street animals in India such as cows and dogs; the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) to provide access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene; and Project Hope, an umbrella organization that brings together various humanitarian and environmental organizations in times of disaster to provide both emergency relief and long-term rehabilitation.
Honourable Rachel Miner
Founder and CEO, Bellwether International, London, UK
Honourable Rachel Miner works at the intersection of economics, human rights, and policy to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief, also known as freedom of conscience. As executive director of Bellwether International, Honourable Rachel Miner works directly with government leaders, faith and belief leaders, and other nongovernmental organizations to address the growing human rights violations that affect groups such as the Uighurs in China and Rohingya in Myanmar. One project included the delivery of over 40,000 books, school supplies, and clothing for implementation of a literacy program empowering children displaced because of their religion in Nigeria. She has worked extensively on public policy in the United States Senate and most recently in the Utah State Legislature, helping to draft and facilitate support for three separate bills that ensure protection to sexual assault survivors. Honourable Rachel Miner intends to pursue a graduate degree in economics and then attend law school. Honourable Rachel Miner was named a 2021 Truman Scholar and as such intends to spend several years in public service upon graduating. Honourable Rachel Miner enjoys rock climbing and attending live jazz performances.
MAHANT YOGI AMARNATH
Renowned Scholar & Sadhak & Himalayan Yogi
Yogi Amarnath, An Eminent Interior Design Consultant from Mumbai Suddenly Stopped His Established Professional Practice, Nine Years Before and Left for Penance to Himalayas. • After Returning to Mumbai Few Years Back, Started Motivating People to Practice “Zero Meditation “Which Is the Best Possible Way to Achieve Peace in Day to Day Life • His Teachings Are Totally Towards Purity of Mind Without Performing Any Rituals, Recommended Under Any of the Religions or Sect. • In Fact, The Entire Teachings Are Towards Movement; “Away from Ritualism” As The Rituals Have Diluted the Teachings of Spiritualism. • He Is Trying to Convince People to Move Towards Meditation with Scientific Evidence Available Today After Research by Eminent Medical Experts, Scientists, And Psychiatrists. • He Also Insists People to Move Towards “Service of The Needy “As (Sewa) As Basic Fundamental for Spiritual Advancement. • In Order To Reach Out To And People In Large numbers, He Now Wishes To Carry Out His Spiritual Teachings Through A Foundation Named “In Search Of Peace Foundation “ With Intention To Create Awareness And Training People To Practice Meditation With Simple Techniques And Motivate People To Render Services To The Needy Sector Of The Urban And Rural Society
Dr. Arash Fazli
Professor and Head; the Baha'i Chair for Studies in Development -Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
Dr. Arash Fazli is Assistant Professor and Head of the Bahai Chair for Studies in Development at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. Prior to joining the Chair, Dr. Fazli worked as a journalist with The Hindu and The Times of India and as a Principal Researcher with the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity at Haifa, Israel.
Dr. A. K. Merchant
National Trustee cum Secretary, Lotus Temple
Dr. A. K. Merchant is the National Trustee cum Secretary, Lotus Temple & Bahá'í Community of India; General Secretary, The Temple of Understanding-India [NGO with consultative status at the United Nations]. National Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust; Associate Secretary General, Global Warming Reduction Centre; Visiting Faculty, Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. A subject expert for research scholars enrolled for "interfaith education and Indian culture" of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; Honorary Director, Messrs. MK Aromatics Limited, Chennai. Dr. Merchant is the author of three monographs: (i) Communal Harmony India's Greatest Challenge (1991), which has been quoted in one of the Supreme Court Judgments on "Babri Masjid Ram Janambhoomi" dispute, and (ii) Hindu Dharma evam Bahá'í Dharma (1999), (iii) Five Basic Human Values & the Bahá'i Faith (2009), and over two hundred articles and research papers that have been published in national and international dailies, journals and books. He is an active promoter of gender justice and has spoken on numerous occasions for the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action; the environment and ecology; world peace, inter alia; Resource Person for the promotion on discourses of science, religion and development.
Honourable Mr.Anand Raman
Director of Product management (AI Platform), Microsoft, USA
Anand Raman is a Director of Product management for AI Platform at Microsoft. Previously he was the TA & Chief of Staff for Microsoft AI, covering Azure Data Group and Machine Learning. In the last decade, he ran the product management and the development teams at Azure Data Services, Visual Studio and Windows Server User Experience teams at Microsoft. Anand holds a PhD in Computational fluid mechanics and worked several years as researcher before joining Microsoft.
Dr. Santosh Bhave
Dr. Santosh Bhave, Director- HR & IR at Bharat Forge Ltd
Always worked for Change management and people capability building.Also integrated corporate and academic interaction in phased manner.Various learning initiatives were introduced to bridge the skill gap.
Vice President of the India chapter of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT India)
Kiran Yadav is an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, a premier institute of India. He is presently Chairman & Managing Director of Success TryAngles (a unit of Livewire Training & Management Services Pvt Ltd) a company dedicated to Management Education and Corporate Training in the fields of aviation, banking, emergency care, travel & tourism. He has over three decades of professional experience serving the aviation, education and travel & tourism industry in various capacities. He has been a board member of many international organisations. He is responsible for launching several business enterprises with a reputation for creating innovative services. Kiran has also been involved since start–up with two National Travel & Tourism institutes in India: The Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management, under Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi, and Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, University of Mumbai. Currently he devotes significant time engaging with many top management institutes as Honorary visiting faculty in promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth. His unconventional teaching style makes him a very popular mentor and sought after educator. Commenting on IIPT India’s creation, Kiran said “We deeply appreciate the help and support of IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore and IIPT Chapter Coordinator Daphne Lowe Kelley extended to us in forming the India Chapter and we promise to make it one of the most active and vibrant Chapters of IIPT.”
Global Partner Ecosystem | Technology & Transformation Evangelist
Associate Vice President, Zensar Technologies Ltd | Regional Director at Heartfulness Institute | Industry Faculty & Mentor for AI, Great Learning | Certified Life Transformation Coach Technology Leadership: Experienced IT Leader (22+ years) with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry with forward looking focus on Artificial Intelligence. Skilled in IT Strategy, Pre-sales, Software Development & Support and Integration. Strong consulting professional with a PMP credentials focused to deliver value to clients through Digital Transformation. Geographical exposure: Exposure of working in North America, Europe, South East Asia and Far East. Understanding of cultural aspects of working with people. Non-profit Leadership: Strong leadership skills in building nonprofit volunteer organizational base and bringing about change in organizational culture with growth focus. 10 years in North America and 10 years in India. Life Coach: As Heartfulness Meditation Trainer, have coached hundreds of youth, parents and adults in navigating through the travails of life. Being trained as an Internal Coach under the auspices of International Coaching Federation (ICF). Regularly conduct annual Summer Camps for children.
Manager of Technical Consulting
Executive Vice President of Salesforce's "Faithforce Global Equality Group",Hyderabad
Miss.Sukie Singh is a dynamic individual with a diverse background and a passion for making a positive impact on the world. As the Manager of Technical Consulting and Executive Vice President of Salesforce's "Faithforce Global Equality Group" in Hyderabad, she embodies creativity, drive, and a strong humanitarian spirit. With a degree in Information Systems from the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University Bloomington), Sukie's journey into the tech world began in 2016. Her love for analytics led her to pursue further education, specializing in business analytics and intelligence. This academic foundation, combined with her global experiences, has shaped her into a well-rounded Technology Architect at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Sukie's commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through her leadership role in Faithforce Global. She tirelessly works towards fostering mutual respect and cooperation among individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs, advocating for #EqualityforAll. Beyond her professional achievements, Sukie is an avid traveler and a people person. Her extensive global travels have allowed her to connect with people from various cultures, making her a natural at forming new friendships. She thrives on positive interactions and strives to surround herself with like-minded, motivated individuals who share her values and commitment to community engagement. In essence, Sukie Singh is a dedicated professional, a global citizen, and a compassionate advocate for equality, all rolled into one remarkable individual.
Brian J. Grim
Founding President ,Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
Brian holds a doctorate in quantitative sociology from Penn State and is author of scores of academic articles and books. He is former chair of the World Economic Forum’s global council on the role of faith and a speaker at Davos. Brian was previously a senior researcher and director of international data at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. He lived and worked in China, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the former USSR, where he was instrumental in setting up the first western-style business school in the Soviet Union. Brian’s work centers on “building” religious freedom for all (including those without a religious faith) as opposed to advocating for religious freedom. Read what a builder’s approach is here. Brian’s recent widely reported research finds that religion contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, more than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology U.S. companies including Apple, Amazon and Google. Brian is also global chairman of Dare to Overcome. Dare to Overcome’s signature event is the Global Business & Intercultural Peace Award. Held first in Rio de Janeiro (2016) with the support of Brazilian President Michel Temer, followed by South Korea (2018) under UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s patronage, Tokyo (2021) with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s active support, and Washington DC (2022) with American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, becoming our partner. In setting up the awards, Brian worked closely with the “Business for Peace” platform of the United Nations Global Compact. Brian is a global expert on international religious demography and the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom. He is on the advisory board of Notre Dame University Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative and the advisory board for Brandeis University’s Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. He is also a research associate at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs (CURA) and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University. Brian was previously an advisor for the religion & geopolitics project of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and an associate scholar at the Religious Liberty Project at Georgetown University. He was a speaker at the first-ever TEDx event at the Vatican. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s founding president in 2014, Brian directed the largest social science effort to collect and analyze global data on religion at the Pew Research Center. His books include The Price of Freedom Denied (Cambridge Univ. Press), The World Religion Database (Brill), The World’s Religions in Figures (Wiley) and The Yearbook of International Religious Demography (Brill). He and his wife, Julia Beth, are co-authors of Grims’ New Fairy Tales of Love Overcoming Evil, Brian has appeared as an expert on global religion on numerous media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Fox, CBS, C-SPAN, and regularly presents to high level audiences throughout the world including the White House, State Department, European Parliament, the Vatican, and various the United Nations bodies including the Human Rights Council, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the UN Global Compact.
A Mechanical Engineer and MBA in Marketing and Finance by education, an innovator at heart and an entrepreneur by profession, Prashant is a known name in the field of Big data Analytics industry. He forsake his corporate career to do something more, something innovative and started Inteliment as a bootstrap company in 2004. It is under his direction that Inteliment Technologies has grown and developed into a full-fledged niche player in the Big Data Science, Analytics, IoT space globally. His leadership empowered the creation of Inteliment’s Innovation Lab an incubator for ideas that disrupt the Technology R&D space, Open Source Innovation and Product Engineering space.
Principal Representative of The Baháʼí International Community to the UN
Ms. Bani Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the UN. As part of the community of international NGOs at the UN since 1994, she is currently serving on the Steering Committee of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council. She has served as President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as co-facilitator of the NGO Working Group on UN Access, co-facilitator of the GEAR campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform), Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF and member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls, Convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM and Convener of the Advocates for African Food Security. Ms. Dugal holds a Master’s degree (LL.M) in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, New York, and a law degree (LL.B) from the University of Delhi, India. She has authored published articles, statements, and papers. Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1988, she practiced law before the Supreme Court of India.
Hon'ble Smt. Justice Roshan S. Dalvi
Justice Roshan S. Dalvi was born on 6th November 1953. She completed B.Com in 1973 (with Specialisation in Business Management) and LL.M. in 1978 from University of Bombay. She was appointed Fellow of Government Law College and awarded Merit Scholarship of University of Bombay in (LL.M). She had practiced as a Counsel on the Original Side of the Bombay High Court from August 1976 to September 1989 in Civil and Corporate matters. She was visiting faculty at The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and Narsee Monjee institute of Management Studies for Corporate Law between 1979 and 1989. She was appointed as Judge, Bombay City Civil and Sessions Court in September, 1989. She had presided over Civil and Criminal matters and Special Court, CBI, and Special Court MPID for anti-corruption and investor fraud cases. She served as Principal Judge, Family Court, Mumbai from July 2004 to December 2004. She was selected to participate in the Judicial Training Programme in Gender and Law at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK meant for Indian Judicial Officers under the Indo-British Judicial Sensitization programme conducted by the British Coucil in Conjunation with National Judicial Academy and has since been a member of the Association of British Scholars (ABS), Mumbai Chapter for undertaking various socio-legal programmes. She had conducted workshops/Colloquia as Resource Person/Trainer for Judges and Lawyers on Gender Laws, Court and Cases Management and Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR). She was elevated as Judge to the Bombay High Court Bench in June, 2005 and appointed as a Judge of the Special Court (TORTS), Bombay w.e.f. 19th November,2012. She retired on 6th November, 2015.
Prof. Swati Karad Chate
Trustee | Secretary-General | Executive Director, MAEER's MIT Group of Institutions | Pune
Prof. Swati Karad – Chate joined MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune as an Executive Director in 2006. She possesses a strong administrative strand in establishing and operating various educational units under this conglomerate. She is a Masters’ in Electronics & Tele-Communications Engineering and has attended various Executive programs in Leadership capacities, Potential leadership qualities among Professional Women and in Organizational Leadership. She, being the daughter of the visionary and eminent educationist Dr. Vishwashanath D. Karad, has made his vision as her mission to create the knowledge hub which imbues the essence of spirituality in every aspect of its learners’ development. She is following the footsteps of her farsighted erudite father. She is leading the march towards developing a completely modern education system with the blend of ancient Vedic wisdom, which could transform young generation into a group of holistic human beings who will be equipped to face this dynamic world by providing excellent technological proficiencies as well as the congenial and conducive environment to grow as ingenious thinkers.
Prof. Faizan Mustafa
Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Nalsar University Of Law
Prof. (Dr) Faizan Mustafa is the Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University, Patna. He was the founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa and Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law for ten years. He was given prestigious award of Best SAARC Law teacher in 2014.He has also served as Dean, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University and Registrar of AMU. He is the founder Director of KIIT Law School. He has been the Advisor to National Law School & Judicial Academy, Assam. He is known for his institution building abilities and democratic leadership. He is also visiting faculty to several reputed institutions in India and abroad. He has visited and lectured in several countries of the world. He has earlier served in U.A.E. and Africa. Prof. Mustafa is a gold medalist in LL.M. from Aligarh Muslim University. He completed his Ph.D. in Copyright Law. He also has a diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights from International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. As a keen researcher and avid academician, Dr. Mustafa has authored 8 books and has about 400 national and International papers to his credit. Supreme Court of India has also quoted his article in its decisions on right to die Sabrimala. He has worked in unexplored areas like Copyright Law, HIV Law, Art.356, Strict Liability Law, Freedom of Information Law, Religious Conversion Laws, Trade Union Law etc. He regular contributor to National Newspapers and runs a YouTube Channel namely Legal Awareness Web Series.
Business Consultant -ICE CONSULTANTS, Pune India
President -MIT-WPU Pune Alumni Chapter
Nasrin Ejner is an Engineer, from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune India and a post graduate Masters in Business Administration from Charles Strut University Sydney , Australia. With over 25 years of industry experience, Nasrin has honed her expertise in various aspects of management, training, mentoring, and coaching. Her current focus lies in delivering training programs that cater to life skills, soft skills, and experiential learning. She specializes in offering these programs to universities, colleges, Chemical, Oil & Gas industries. Recognition and awards highlight her exceptional dedication and contributions to the community and the welfare of NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). In January 2015, she received the prestigious 'Bharat Gaurav Award' from the India International Friendship Society. This award, presented by Dr. Bhisma Narain Singh, the Former Governor of Tamil Nadu & Assam, is a testament to her outstanding services and commitment to the Indian diaspora. It recognizes her significant contributions to the well-being and support of NRIs, acknowledging her as a valuable asset to the community. Nasrin's commitment to community service during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic was acknowledged with the 'WORLD BOOK OF RECORDS LONDON – Certificate of Commitment." This recognition underscores her unwavering dedication to serving the community during a time of global crisis. It not only honors her past contributions but also motivates and inspires her to continue making a positive impact globally.
Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath
Indian educationist, political scientist, Former principal, Lady Shri Ram College,
Dr. Gopinath became a member of BCCC in January 2020. She is a renowned educationist, academician and former Principal of the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi. She is the founder and incumbent director of ‘Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP)’. A former Member of the National Security Advisory Board, she was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007. Dr. Gopinath studied Political Science at LSR College for Women. After doing her Masters from University of Massachusetts, she obtained her Ph.D. from University of Delhi. Earning a Fulbright Scholarship, she also did her post-doctoral research at Georgetown University. She started her career as a faculty member at JNU and later joined LSR College for Women. She served as its Principal from 1988 to 2014. Besides numerous papers, she has written four books.
Swami Radhikananda Saraswati
Preceptor & Founder, Sidhayoga Ashram, Pune
Swami Radhikananda Saraswati is the daughter of the renowned historian Padmabhushan Setu. Swamiji was initiated by Swami Mukhtananda, and subsequently by her Guru, Swami Umananda. Swamiji plunged into spiritual ‘sadhana’ and founded the Sidha Yoga Ashram in Pune, India in 1987. Today, the Ashram is an abode where hundreds of seekers on the spiritual path find solace. Swami Radhikananda’s unique contributions to society were acknowledged in 1997, when the title ‘Dharmalankar’ was conferred upon her. Swamiji is the author of numerous books on Kundalini Yoga, including Dnyaneshwari Once Again – a complete English translation of Dnyaneshwari’s epic.
Dr. Pramod Mujumdar
Author and dedicated activist
As an accomplished author, Dr. Pramod Mujumdar has written extensively on topics related to social harmony, intercultural understanding, and community integration. His writings serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for individuals and organizations striving to create more inclusive and harmonious societies. In addition to his literary contributions, Dr. Mujumdar is actively involved in grassroots activism and community engagement. He works tirelessly to bridge gaps between different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups, fostering dialogue and mutual respect. His efforts often involve organizing events, workshops, and initiatives that bring people from various backgrounds together to promote understanding and cooperation. Dr. Pramod Mujumdar's dedication to social harmony is reflected in his advocacy for the rights of marginalized and underrepresented communities. He stands as a voice for those whose voices are often unheard, advocating for their inclusion and equal treatment within society. Through his writing and activism, Dr. Pramod Mujumdar continues to make a significant impact on the promotion of social harmony and the advancement of social justice, leaving a lasting legacy of tolerance, unity, and respect for diversity.
Secretary General of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Religious Leaders (LACCRL) and the Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office of Religions for Peace.
Elias Szczytnicki is a prominent figure in the realm of interfaith cooperation and religious leadership, holding key positions in organizations dedicated to promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding in Latin America and the Caribbean. He serves as the Secretary General of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Religious Leaders (LACCRL), a role that places him at the forefront of efforts to bridge religious divides and foster unity in the region. In his capacity as Secretary General, Szczytnicki plays a pivotal role in facilitating dialogue and collaboration among religious leaders from diverse faith traditions. He is committed to addressing the pressing social and environmental challenges faced by the region through interfaith cooperation, emphasizing shared values and common goals. Furthermore, Elias Szczytnicki serves as the Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office of Religions for Peace. This organization is dedicated to harnessing the power of religion to promote peace and social justice globally. Szczytnicki's leadership in this capacity underscores his commitment to advancing the role of faith communities in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. Through his tireless efforts, Elias Szczytnicki has become a respected advocate for interfaith dialogue and cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean, fostering an environment where religious diversity is seen as a source of strength rather than division. His work continues to contribute significantly to the promotion of harmony and collaboration in the region's religious landscape.
Interim Director of Religion and Inclusive Societies (USIP)
Palwasha Kakar is a highly regarded expert in the fields of religion, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. She serves as the Interim Director of Religion and Inclusive Societies at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a position that reflects her dedication to fostering peace and inclusivity through the lens of religion. In her role at USIP, Palwasha Kakar plays a pivotal role in advancing the understanding of the complex relationship between religion and conflict, as well as the transformative potential of religious actors in peacebuilding efforts. She spearheads initiatives that seek to engage religious communities, leaders, and institutions as essential partners in promoting peace, tolerance, and reconciliation. Kakar's career has been marked by a deep commitment to addressing the intersection of religion and conflict in various global contexts. She has worked extensively with religious leaders and communities in conflict zones, focusing on building bridges, promoting dialogue, and countering violent extremism. As a thought leader and practitioner, Palwasha Kakar's work extends beyond academia. She actively contributes to policy discussions and international forums, emphasizing the importance of religious literacy, interfaith dialogue, and the inclusion of religious perspectives in peacebuilding processes. Her efforts are instrumental in promoting a more peaceful and inclusive world where religion is a force for positive change. Palwasha Kakar's leadership at USIP underscores her dedication to advancing the critical role of religion in building more inclusive and peaceful societies, making her a respected figure in the field of peace and conflict resolution.
Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves
Research Leader, Centro Brasileiro de Estudos em Direito e Religião – CEDIRE; Professor in the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – UFU
Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves is a distinguished figure in the fields of law and religious studies in Brazil, recognized for his academic leadership and contributions. He holds the position of Research Leader at the Centro Brasileiro de Estudos em Direito e Religião (Brazilian Center for Studies in Law and Religion - CEDIRE) and is a respected Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Federal University of Uberlândia - UFU). As a Research Leader at CEDIRE, Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves plays a pivotal role in advancing the study of law and religion in Brazil. The center is known for its scholarly work and research in the intersection of these two fields, addressing issues related to religious freedom, legal aspects of religious practices, and the broader societal implications of religion in Brazil. In his capacity as a Professor at UFU, Professor Alves imparts his knowledge and expertise to the next generation of legal scholars. His teaching and mentorship contribute significantly to the academic development of his students and the broader legal community. Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves is renowned for his research, which often focuses on the intricate relationships between law, religion, and society in Brazil. His work informs legal discourse and policymaking, particularly in areas related to religious freedom and the legal rights of religious communities. His dedication to scholarship and education underscores his commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics between law and religion in Brazil and beyond.
Dean, Peres Academic Center Law School
Asher Maoz is a prominent legal scholar and educator who has made significant contributions to the field of law. He serves as the Dean of the Peres Academic Center Law School, a position he has held with distinction for several years. Maoz's leadership has been instrumental in shaping the academic environment at the institution, fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and intellectual rigor. As a Dean, Maoz plays a pivotal role in overseeing the academic programs and faculty at the law school. Under his guidance, the school has gained a reputation for producing high-caliber legal professionals who are well-equipped to address the complex challenges of our ever-evolving legal landscape. Maoz's expertise extends beyond his administrative role. He is a respected legal scholar with a wealth of knowledge in various areas of law, and his research has enriched the academic discourse. His commitment to advancing legal scholarship and promoting justice is evident in his work and his influence on the legal community. In addition to his academic achievements, Asher Maoz's dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive learning environment has left a lasting impact on the Peres Academic Center Law School and the broader legal community. His leadership continues to inspire future generations of legal professionals, making him a highly regarded figure in the field of law
Her Excellency Yuyun Wahyuningrum
Chair and Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)
Her Excellency Yuyun Wahyuningrum is a prominent Indonesian diplomat and human rights advocate who holds the esteemed position of Chair and Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Her role is instrumental in advancing the cause of human rights within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. In her capacity as Chair and Representative, Yuyun Wahyuningrum plays a critical role in shaping the human rights agenda of ASEAN. Her leadership is characterized by a strong commitment to upholding and promoting human rights principles and standards throughout the member states of ASEAN. Wahyuningrum's career has been marked by a deep dedication to human rights advocacy. She has been actively involved in various national and international initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting human rights, with a particular focus on issues such as gender equality, freedom of expression, and the rights of vulnerable populations. Her Excellency Yuyun Wahyuningrum's tenure as Chair of AICHR underscores her exceptional diplomatic skills and commitment to advancing human rights in a diverse and complex region. Her work contributes significantly to the promotion of human dignity, equality, and justice within the ASEAN community, making her a respected figure in the field of human rights on both the national and international stages.
Prof. Javier Martinez-Torron
Professor of Law, Complutense University (Madrid, Spain)
Professor Javier Martinez-Torron is a distinguished legal scholar and academic figure known for his extensive contributions to the field of law, particularly in Spain. He holds the esteemed position of Professor of Law at Complutense University, located in Madrid, Spain. Throughout his career, Professor Martinez-Torron has garnered recognition for his expertise in various aspects of law, including constitutional law, religious freedom, and human rights. His scholarship and research have significantly enriched the academic discourse in these areas, making him a respected authority in both national and international legal circles. As a Professor of Law, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the education and intellectual development of countless students. His commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of legal principles and their societal implications has left a lasting impact on the legal community. Professor Martinez-Torron's work in the realm of religious freedom is particularly noteworthy. He has dedicated substantial efforts to studying and promoting religious tolerance and pluralism, contributing to the broader discussions on the intersection of religion and law. His research in this domain has influenced legal frameworks and policies, both in Spain and on a global scale. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Javier Martinez-Torron is widely admired for his dedication to advancing the principles of justice, human rights, and legal scholarship, making him a prominent figure in the Spanish legal landscape and beyond.
House of Commons
David Burrowes is a British politician known for his active involvement in the House of Commons. Born on June 16, 1969, he has made significant contributions to UK politics, particularly as a Member of Parliament (MP) and a dedicated advocate for various social and political causes. David Burrowes served as the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate from 2005 to 2017, representing his constituency with dedication and commitment. During his time in the House of Commons, he became known for his principled stances on issues such as family values, human rights, and criminal justice reform. As a parliamentarian, Burrowes played an active role in debates and discussions related to immigration, criminal justice, and civil liberties. He was a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform, particularly in areas related to rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates. Furthermore, David Burrowes was involved in campaigns and initiatives to promote stronger family bonds and support vulnerable children and families. His work in this regard reflected his commitment to social conservatism and his belief in the importance of family values as a cornerstone of a stable society. While his time as an MP ended in 2017, David Burrowes left a notable legacy in the House of Commons, known for his passionate advocacy on issues that mattered deeply to him and his constituents. His dedication to public service continues to be remembered in the UK political landscape.
Kimberlie Orr is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse background in law and public health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a specialization in immigration and alternative dispute resolution, both earned from Brigham Young University. During her career, Kimberlie Orr has held key positions that reflect her commitment to issues related to immigration and asylum. As part of the Attorney General's Honors Program, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Executive Office of Immigration Review in Los Angeles, California. In this role, she provided valuable assistance to immigration judges by offering expertise on complex immigration cases, underscoring her dedication to upholding immigration law and policy. Additionally, Orr worked as an asylum officer within the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Her responsibilities included evaluating affirmative asylum applications, conducting interviews with applicants, researching country conditions, and applying relevant laws and policies. Her work in this capacity touched upon sensitive issues, such as assisting unaccompanied minors and potential victims of trafficking, highlighting her commitment to protecting vulnerable populations. Kimberlie Orr's impressive career and dedication to immigration and asylum matters are exemplified by her noteworthy achievements and her recognition as a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship recipient, further attesting to her contributions and expertise in these vital areas
Executive Director; Baku International Multicultural Center
Ravan Hasanov is a notable figure in the realm of multiculturalism and cultural diplomacy, serving as the Executive Director of the Baku International Multicultural Center (BIMC). BIMC is an institution based in Baku, Azerbaijan, dedicated to fostering intercultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperation on a global scale. Under Hasanov's leadership, the Baku International Multicultural Center has played a pivotal role in promoting multiculturalism as a means to bridge divides and promote peace. The center's initiatives aim to celebrate and preserve the rich diversity of cultures, languages, and traditions worldwide, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and mutual respect. Ravan Hasanov's work extends beyond the borders of Azerbaijan, as he actively engages with international organizations and partners to advance the cause of multiculturalism and intercultural cooperation. His commitment to building bridges between different communities and nations has earned him recognition as a global advocate for cultural diversity and harmony. Through a range of cultural events, educational programs, and initiatives, Hasanov and the Baku International Multicultural Center have made significant strides in promoting tolerance and understanding among diverse cultures. Their efforts contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious world where the value of cultural exchange and cooperation is recognized and celebrated. Ravan Hasanov's role as the Executive Director of BIMC underscores his dedication to the principles of multiculturalism and serves as a testament to his commitment to fostering a world where people of all backgrounds can coexist in peace and mutual appreciation.