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Dr. Manal Omar

Currently with USIP as the Acting Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center, Manal continues to travel across the Middle East working with civil society. Previously, Manal was working as the Regional Program Manager for the Middle East for Oxfam – Great Britain. She worked to respond the emergency humanitarian crisis in Palestine and Lebanon, while supporting on going work in Yemen, Iraq, and Egypt. Previously, she worked with Women for Women International as Regional Coordinator for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. She was responsible for setting up operations in Iraq, and lived in Baghdad from 2003 to 2005.

Manal has over three years experience working with the World Bank’s development economics group. She launched her career as a journalist in the Middle East in 1996. UNESCO recruited her to work on one her first lead assignments in Iraq in 1997/98. Manal has carried out training programs on in Yemen, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Sudan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kenya, and many other countries.

Manal has been profiled in many media outlets including the Washington Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, Glamour, Times, and Newsweek. Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Azizah Magazine, and Islamica magazine. Manal has been awarded the Silver Medal for the Economis/Shell 2001 Global Competition for her paper titled “Gender Mobility: The Long and Winding Road to Women and Transportation”.

Day 2: Plenary III: Keeping Faith in Times of Hate: Combating Hate Speech as a Cornerstone of Conflict Prevention

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Lejla Hasandedic-Dapo

United Religions Initiative (URI) Europe Liaison Officer, board member of European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN), Religions for Peace

Maria Cristina Kaveri Cantoni

Member executive board, Religions for Peace Italy

Chairperson, RfP European Women of Faith Network

Ms. Ana Maria Daou

Community Engagement Senior Coordinator, Adyan Foundation

Deputy Coordinator, International Youth Committee

Ms. Fatima Hallal

Junior Researcher, Hartford Seminary-Interreligious Relations

Member, International Youth Committee

H.E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan

Archbishop of Abuja, Archdiocese of Abuja

Honorary President, Religions for Peace

Mirian Akuaba De-Souza

Youth Representative, Ghana Conference of Religions for Peace

Member, International Youth Committee

Dr. Manal Omar

Founder and CEO, Across Red Lines

Dr. Fadila Grine

Senior Advisor, Islamic Coorperation Youth Forum (ICYF)

Prof. Evelin Lindner

Founding Director and President, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Germany

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

President, Divine Shakti Foundation

Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Prof. Dr. Riem Spielhaus

Professor of Islamic Studies and Education, George-August University Göttingen

Ani Zonneveld

Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)

Dr. Salim M. AlMalik

Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)

Irmgard Maria Fellner

Director for Cultural Relations Policy and Deputy Head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office

Nihal Saad

Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson to the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

Lydia Funck

General Secretary, Church and Peace; and Member of RfP Youth Media Team

Renz C. Argao

Director, Argao Center for Psychological Services

Coordinator, Religions for Peace International Youth Committee

Grandmother Marie-Josée Rankin-Tardif

President, Kina8at Together
Elder from the Anicinape (Algonquin) tradition

Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami

Director and CEO, Aurora Vision, Film Director

H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis

Metropolitan of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate Religions for Peace

Dr. Thoraya Obaid

Former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Saudi Arabia

Clara Mayer

Spokesperson, Fridays for Future Germany, Feminist and Environmental Activist

Prof. Takaaki David Ito

Professor of Spiritual Care at the Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies

Annette Schavan

Chairmanship of the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society

Ravinder Kaur Nijjar

Chair of Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network

Musonda Mumba

Chief of Terrestrial Ecosystem Unit, UNEP

Audrey Kitagawa

Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Prof. Mary Evelyn Tucker

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Laura Vargas

Inter-Religious Council of Peru – Religions for Peace, Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Blanca Lucía Echeverry

Country Facilitator, Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, Columbia

Bishop Munib Younan

Bishop Emeritus President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Honorary President, Religions for Peace

Dr. Nayla Tabbara

Co-Founder, Adyan Foundation
Co-President, Religions for Peace

Prof. Anantanand Rambachan

Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College
Co-President, Religions for Peace

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, OBE KSG

Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Dr. Claudia Alfons

Mayor of Lindau, Germany

Prof. Cornelius Omonokhua

Executive Secretary, Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC)

Hon. Ela Gandhi

Trustee, Gandhi Development Trust

Co-President, Religions for Peace 

Karima Bennoune

UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
Homer G. Angelo & Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair & Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis
School of Law

Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE

International Director, Department of Interreligious Affairs in the American Jewish Committee
Co-President, Religions for Peace

Laura Anyola Tufon

North Regional Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Service, Cameroon

Emina Frljak

Program Coordinator, Youth for Peace

Sharon Rosen

Global Director, Religious Engagement, Search for Common Ground, based in Jerusalem

Dr. Kezevino (Vinu) Aram

President, Shanti Ashram, Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace

Dr. Lilian Sison

Chair, Asia and the Pacific Women of Faith Network

Dr. Suphatmet Yunyasit

Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Women of Peace Registry; Human Rights and Peace Studies, Faculty, Mahidol University; Secretary-General, Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Thailand; Member, RfP International Women’s Coordinating Committee

Sima Samar

Former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan

Winner of the Right Livelihoods Award

Düzen Tekkal

Journalist, Filmmaker, War Reporter, Human Rights Activist,
Founder, Hawar Help and German Dream

Jama Egal

National Peacebuilding Coordinator of the Somali Government

David Eades

Journalist, BBC

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam

Secretary General, Religions for Peace

Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen

Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala Primate of the Church of Sweden
Co-Presiden, Religions for Peace

Dr. Aruna Abhey Oswal

Vice President, World Jain Confederation
Co-President, Religions for Peace

Humberto Carolo

Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign Canada, MenEngage Network

Mahnaz Afkhami

Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership

Rabbi Rachel Rosenbluth

RfP Regional IRC, Middle East & North Africa Council of Religious Leaders

Musimbi Kanyoro

Board Chair of Women’s Learning Partnership
Former CEO of Global Fund for Women

Bishop Margot Käßmann

Former Chairperson, Evangelical Church of Germany
Co-President, Religions for Peace

Dr. Mary McAleese

Former President of the Republic of Ireland

Rev. Sr. Agatha Ogochukwu Chikelue

Nun of the Daughters of Mother Mary of Mercy; Co-Chair Nigerian & African Women of Faith Network
Executive Director Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP)
Chair, Religions for Peace International Women’s Coordinating Committee

H.E. Ib Petersen

Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

H.E. Gillian Triggs

Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

H.E. Michelle Müntefering

Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Foreign Office, Germany

H.E. António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Angela Merkel

Federal Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany

Rev. Kosho Niwano

President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-Kai, Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace, Buddhist, Japan