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Dr. Thoraya Obaid

Ms. Obaid was Director of the Division for Arab States and Europe at UNFPA from 1998 to 2000.  Before that, she had worked in various positions at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).  She held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary between 1993 and 1998, and was Officer-in-Charge of ESCWA in 1994 and 1995.  Among other positions, she was Chief of the Social Development and Population Division in 1992 and 1993.  Ms. Obaid has published many articles and presented papers in national, regional and international meetings on issues related to Arab women and the Arab/Muslim social context.

Ms. Obaid directs UNFPA’s population and reproductive health programme, as well as the Fund’s relations with the United Nations system and the international community of donors and programmecountries.  She provides leadership for advocacy and fund-raising for the organization’s programmeand budget, and manages UNFPA’s financial and human resources, consisting of approximately 1,000 staff.  The post of Executive Director is at the level of Under-Secretary-General.

Ms. Obaid studied English Literature and Cultural Anthropology at the Universities of Mills College in California and Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan, where she was awarded a PhD.

Day 3: Film Screening & Discussion with Film Director - Women, Faith & Diplomacy 2020

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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