Participants

Approximately 20 delegates/staff/advisors will participate in the conferences from each of the two regions (Denmark/Middle East). From Denmark as well as the Middle East, participants will include both Christians and Muslims. Proportionally, we find it relevant that the majority of the Danish delegation will be Christians and the majority of the Middle East delegation will be Muslim. Thus there will be a religious balance.

 

Participants in Copenhagen

 

Denmark


  • Dean Anders Gadegaard
    Dean Anders Gadegaard

    President of the National Council of Churches in Denmark. Co-chairman of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Lutheran Church. Member of the Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches. Involved in interfaith dialogue for more than 20 years.


  • Erling Tiedemann
    Erling Tiedemann

    Councilor for the Roman Catholic Bishop in Denmark. Member of the board of the National Council of Churches and the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Roman Catholic Church. Has translated the document A Common Word to Danish.


  • John Peter Gotz
    Rev. John Peter Götz

    National leader of the Evangelical Free Church of Denmark. Former leader of Youth For Christ. Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Evangelical Free Church. Involved in interfaith dialogue for decades.


  • Paul Verner Skaerved
    Paul Verner Skærved

    Former professor at the Teachers’ Seminary teaching Christian theology and religion. Former Chairman (now member) of the Council for International Relations og the Danish Lutheran Church. Involved for years in initiatives on interfaith dialogue and participated e.g. in the delegation of church leaders to Egypt 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. The Lutheran Church in Denmark. Member of the Contact Group. Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Lutheran Church.


  • Karsten Nissen
    Bishop Karsten Nissen

    Bishop of the Diocese of Viborg since 1996. The Lutheran Church. Has been involved in research of theological aspects of ecumenism, mission, diakonia and interfaith dialogue. Former member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation representing the Lutheran Church in Denmark. Participated in the delegation of church leaders to Egypt 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. of the Lutheran Church of Denmark Participated in the dialogue meetings in Egypt 2006.


  • Peter Fischer-Møller
    Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller

    Bishop of the Diocese of Roskilde since 2008. The Lutheran Church. President of Danmission. Danmission is involved in a number of dialogue initiatives in e.g. Egypt and Lebanon. Has participated in a number of international and national conferences for Muslim and Christian leaders.


  • Niels Nymann Eriksen
    Rev. Niels Nymann Eriksen

    Lutheran Pastor for immigrants in Copenhagen. PhD of religion philosophy. Involved in the 2011 meeting in Denmark of Iraqi leaders – a partnership of the Diocese of Copenhagen and the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. From these meetings a fatwa was sent against sectarian violence helping the number of a declining number of violence against religious minorities in Iraq.


  • Karina Dahlmann
    Rev. Karina Steinecke Dahlmann

    Lutheran pastor. Involved in local interfaith initiatives in Denmark for more than 15 years. Stayed in Jerusalem 1999-2000. From 2006 chairman of the Intercultural work of the Diocese of Haderslev.


  • Mads Christoffersen
    Rev. Mads Christoffersen

    General Secretary of the National Council of Churches since 2008. MA of Theology and African Studies. Has been involved in interfaith and intercultural dialogue locally, nationally and internationally for a number of years. As a General Secretary, he has organized a number of events and initiatives for Muslims and Christians. Secretary of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians.


  • Harald Nielsen
    Rev. Harald Nielsen

    Lutheran pastor (emeritus). Former General Secretary of Danmission. Manager of the Danmission dialogue team 2003-10 responsible for e.g. the interfaith dialogue programs in the Middle East and East Africa. Leading the delegation of church leaders to Egypt in 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. Has been involved in the planning of three Danish conferences of peace and reconciliation in Iraq.


  • Agnete Holm
    Rev. Agnete Holm

    Dialogue consultant of Danmission. Has been involved in dialogue initiatives for more than 20 years – at Danmission since 2004. Responsible for projects in Asia and the Middle East including dialogue projects in Lebanon and Syria. Visits to Lebanon and Syria 3-4 times a year.

  • Dr. Asmat Ullah Mojadeddi
    Dr. Asmat Ullah Mojadeddi

    President of the Muslim Council of Denmark. Co-chairman of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians. Signed the document A Common Word. Has participated in the following conference of A Common Word. Has been involved in a number of interfaith initiatives and projects.


  • Stine Høxbroe
    Stine Høxbroe

    MA of Cultural Geography specialized in national, ethnic and religious conflicts, conflict resolution and reconciliation – focusing on the relation between the Arab World and the West. Former General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Denmark (2008-11). Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians.


  • Abdul Wahid Pedersen
    Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen

    Imam in Copenhagen since 1997 and the first in Denmark to give khutbah in Danish. Secretary General in Danish Muslim Aid. Co-founder of Islamic Christian Study Centre in Copenhagen in early 90′s. Active participant in inter-faith dialogue in Denmark since late 80′s. In regular meetings with core reprenentatives of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism in Denmark. Member of the Danish National annual meeting of Christians and Muslims. Active in many international conferences on inter-faith issues, among them the big conference in Madrid staged jointly by the Spanish and the Saudi king. Have written several articles on inter-faith issues. Participated in numerous radio broadcasts on inter-faith issues. Many years the Danish representative of Global Network of Religions for Children.


  • Imran bin Munir
    Imam Imran bin Munir

    Imam, author, translator and lecturer. Has been involved in interfaith dialogue for a number of years. BA of Arabic. Now studying Islamic Studies in Copenhagen. Educated in dars nizami studies. Teaching young in Islam and the Danish society.


  • Mustafa Gezen
    Mustafa Gezen

    Spokesman for the Muslim Council of Denmark BA of Religion and Danish literature. MA in History of Religion. Involved in interfaith dialogue for more than ten years. Chairman of the Muslim organization Dialogue Forum Denmark and Dialogue Forum Copenhagen. Co-founder of the Muslim Council of Denmark in 2006.


  • Helene Larsen
    Helene Larsen

    School teacher in Danish and Christianity at a Muslim private school for since 2001. Volunteer at the Muslim Council of Denmark and Muslims in Dialogue. Employed by the Municipality of Copenhagen in a network to prevent radicalization among young people. Born Christian, but has been a Muslim for the last 20 years. Speaks and writes Arabic.


  • Pernille Bramming
    Pernille Bramming

    MA of Political Science and French. Reporting from the Arab World since 1989. Lived in Cairo 1991-96 as the Middle East Reporter for the Danish newspaper Politiken. Since 2001, editor at the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen – still reporting from the Arab World. Visiting the region frequently.


  • Jakob Skovgaard
    Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

    Professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies in Copenhagen. Has been living in Cairo, Damascus and Beirut for a number of years and is still visiting frequently. Involved in a number of international dialogue conferences with both religious and political leaders. Former Manager of the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute, Cairo (2005-08).


  • Lisbet Christoffersen
    Prof. Lisbet Christoffersen

    Professor of Law, Religion and Society at the Dept. of Society and Globalization at Roskilde University since 2010. PhD (1998) on church law in Denmark. Associated the Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen, and professor at the Faculty of Theology in Copenhagen and the EU-financed research project Religare on Religion and Law. Author of a number of articles and books on law and religion – including both Islam and Christianity.


  • Jørgen S. Nielsen
    Prof. Jørgen S. Nielsen

    Holds a personal chair financed by the Danish National Research Foundation, which is the core of the Centre for European Islamic Thought. His research is on Islam in Europe with a special focus on the political, social and institutional challenges Islam holds for the European communities. A long experience with interfaith dialogue in both Europe and the Middle East.


  • Ahmet Onay
    Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Onay

    Chairman of Danish-Turkish Islamic Foundation. He worked as Imam, preacher and Mufti at the Presidency of Religious Affairs (the Diyanet). Alongside these job carriers he also specialized on social psychology of religion in his academic life. He worked as visiting research fellow and he worked as a part time lecturer at two different universities. Some of his academic interests are Religious attitudes, Muslim religious groups, Muslim identity and Muslim Christian relations. He worked as a Project Director of Mosque Data Bank for about 80.000 mosques in Turkey.


  • Abdurrazak Sarikaya
    Mr. Abdurrazak Sarikaya

    Secretary, Danish-Turkish Islamic Foundation. Board Member of the Muslim Council of Denmark as a representative of the Danish-Turkish Islamıc Foundation. Worked as an imam in Denmark. Is studying at the Faculty of Theology of the University.

Lebanon


  • Abbas Al-Halabi
    Judge Abbas Al-Halabi

    President of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Representative of the Druze community and head of its Endowment property. Jurist and judge. Member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. In charge of key responsibilities of the Druze Community such as being the representative to the Vatican Synod for Lebanon 1995.


  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak
    Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak

    General Secretary of the High Islamic Summit in Lebanon. General Secretary of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. Political scientist. Member of several organizations such as the Lebanese UNESCO Committee, The Lebanese Writers’ Association among others. Councilor of the Grand Mufti of Lebanon (Sunni). Editor in Chief of the review Al-Ijtihad. Signed the document A Common Word. Member of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.


  • Khaled Qabbani
    Dr. Khaled Qabbani

    Ex-minister of Education in Lebanon and Head of the consultative high court in Lebanon. A consultant to the Sunni Islamic Council.


  • Sami Abou El-Mona
    Sheikh Sami Abu El-Mona

    General Secretary in the Lebanese Irfan organization since 2001. Master of Islamic-Christian relations at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.


  • Suad Al-Hakim
    Dr. Suad Al-Hakim

    Professor of Arab and Islamic philosophy.


  • Tarek Mitri
    Dr. Tarek Mitri

    Head of UN Support Mission i Libyen. Ex-Minister of information, ex-director of the World Council of Churches program of interfaith dialogue. He has a doctorate from the University of Paris and has been professor in several international institutions. Representative of the Greek Orthodox Church. Has written several books and articles on religion, law and society.


  • Hares Chehab
    Emir Hares Chehab

    General Secretary of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. Emeritus President of the Union of Christian Leagues in Lebanon. Jurist and lawyer, consultant in the field of public relations and the owner of the Arab News Agency which he founded after leaving his key position in the Ministry of Information. Furthermore, he is the President of the Union of the Emirs Chehab family in Lebanon.


  • Boulos Matar
    Bishop Boulos Matar

    Maronite Archbishop of Beirut. Member of the Pontifical Council of New Evangelization.


  • Camille Mennassa
    Mr. Camille Mennassa

    irperson & CEO of Front Page Communication S.A.L, Public Relations Company Media Consultant for Press and Television. International Vice President for the Near East of “L’union International des Journalists et de la Presse Francophone” (U.P.F). Member of the Lebanese Press Order Board.Member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. Member of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Lecturer in Communication and Journalism, MBA Level at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Joseph University.


  • Ibrahim Mohamad Mahdi Chamseddin
    Dr. Ibrahim Mohamad Mahdi Chamseddin

    Former Minister of State for Administrative Reform. President of the Association for Charity & Culture. Member of the Lebanese Forum for Dialogue. Founder of “Imam Chamseddin Foundation for Dialogue”, a civil organization which aims at spreading culture of dialogue and peace. Founding Member of the Group “Together Around Saint Mary”. Degree in Political Science and Master Dgree in Business Administration. Lecturer and active participator in many conferences, seminars and meetings in Lebanon and abroad, about political issues, Islamic-Christian dialogue and issues of Islamic Unity.


  • Khalil Chamseddin
    Mr. Khalil Chamseddin

    Human Resources Manager in ACC – Association for Charity and Culture. Business Administration graduate from Saint-Joseph University Beirut (2006). Currently finishing his masters’ project in Human Resources Management: Re-engineering and implementation of the personnel evaluation and appraisal process. Field of software implementation and Human Resources systems consultancy (2006–2011). Has participated in several inter-religious dialogues with the MECC in Lebanon, Netherlands and Egypt. Active in different inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues with local associations.

 

Jordan


  • Hanan Ibrahim
    Dr. Hanan Ibrahim

    PhD from the School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in Comparative Feminist Studies in the Post-colonial Era. University Professor in the English Department – Amman Ahliyya University – Amman-Jordan, and Consultant for many institutions. Before: Director of two women’s NGOs, Head of Women’s Postgraduate Studies at Jordan University, Head of the English Department, Head of the UNDP’s Quality Assurance Programme for Arab Universities, and others.Many in the field of cultural studies, feminism, English Literature, and interfaith dialogues. Participation in local, regional and international meetings and conferences on feminism, inter-cultural/religious issues, post/modern literature and others.

 

Syria


  • Sheikh Mohamad Al-Yaqoubi
    Sheikh Mohamad Al-Yaqoubi

    A Syrian Islamic scholar and murshid. A descendent of the Prophet Muhammad) through his grandson Hasan ibn Ali.His collection of poetry is growing.Since his youth he has been teaching the Islamic sciences such as Aqidah (Islamic theology), Tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis), Hadith (Prophetic tradition), Tasawwuf (Sciences of the heart), Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Usul (origins and fundamentals), Mustalah (hadith terminology), Nahw (Arabic grammar).He was until recently resides in Damascus and was a public teacher at institutions there. He was the first Muslim scholar who addressed strong critics to the Syrian regime and had to leave Syria.


  • Metropolit Jean Kawak
    Metropolit Jean Kawak

    Bishop of Damascus and Director of the Patriarch office of the Syrian Orthodox Church (Berou)


  • Isber Saba
    Metropolit Saba

    Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch. Archdiocese of Bosra Hauran (South Syria). Born in 1959. Civil engineering (Lattakia University- Syria) , Diploma in Theology (Balamand university – Lebanon). Bishop since 1998. Member of the Middle East Council of Churches, Executive Committee for four years.

 

Iraq


  • Sayyed Jawad
    Dr. Youssef al Khoey

    Director of Public Affairs at the Al-Khoei Foundation where he is engaged in interfaith, intra faith, community cohesion, capacity building and academic projects locally, nationally and at the UN where Al-Khoei Foundation has a General Consultative Status at the Social and Economic Council. Worked as a commissioner for the Islamophobia project, a founding member of FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism), a founding member of the National Council for the Welfare of Muslim Prisoners, a member of the Prison Service chaplaincy Council and is the Shia Muslim advisor to HM Prisons. Also a founding member of the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) which was set up in 2006. In his academic capacityhe gives occasional lectures at British and overseas universities on Muslim community and interfaith issues and is currently the Director of the Centre of Academic Shia Studies which organizes conferences in co-ordination with the Middle East Department of SOAS at the University of London.


  • Mohamed Abdul-Aziz
    Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Aziz

    Deputy Secretary General of the Arab Thought Forum.

 

United Arab Emirates


  • Sayyed Ali Al-Hashmi
    Sheikh Sayyed Ali Al-Hashmi

    Special Advisor to His Highness President of United Arab Emirates. His Excellency Al Sayyed Ali al Hashimi is an Islamic scholar internationally renowned. He was the Special Adviser to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Nahyan and also had the honour to lead his funeral prayers in November 2004. Currently he is the Religious Advisor to His Highness The President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


  • Youssef al-Hassan
    Dr. Youssef al-Hassan

    Retired ambassador, author and expert in dialogue among civilizations and religions. He is also a member of the Arab Group on Islamic-Christian Dialogue.


  • MHassan Idrees
    Mr. Hassan Idrees

    Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

 

Saudi Arabia


  • Prof. Jaber Alyamani
    Prof. Jaber Alyamani

    Currently Associate professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Full-time seniour consultant for the Ministery of Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vice president, Naqa (anti-smoking charitable society), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vice president, Committee for Western Europe Youth, WAMY, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Member, Steering Commitee for New Muslims, Muslim World League, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Member, Ethics Committee, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Guest speaker in scientific, social and religious gatherings, meetings and conferences in many countries.

 

Regional officers


  • Radwa Salah
    Radwa Salah

    Program Coordinator of The Arab Group for Muslim- Christian Dialogue, Egypt.


  • Dr. Riad jarjour
    Dr. Riad Jarjour

    General secretary of the Arab Group For Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Further studies include the STM degree in Islamic studies from the Near East School of Theology, and the D.Min. degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. A chaplain in South Lebanon for several years, he joined the Middle East Council of Churches in 1978 as Director of the Youth Program, and in 1983 became co-director of the Ayia Napa Conference Center in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.In 1985 he was named Associate General Secretary of the MECC and Director of its Unit on Education and Renewal. The MECC has become increasingly involved in Christian-Muslim dialogue under Rev. Jarjour’s leadership.

 

World Council of Churches


  • Clare Amos
    Mrs. Clare Amos

    WCC programme executive for interreligious dialogue and cooperation. Has formerly worked for the Middle East Council of Churches and the Near East School of Theology. While living in Beirut, her experience of dialogue was rooted in the difficult years of Lebanese civil war and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.


  • Marietta Ruhland
    Mrs. Marietta Ruhland

    Administrator of the Program on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches (since 2007). She has a university degree in modern languages, and worked for several years in education and in training for adults. Her involvement in WCC has been mainly in the area of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, and she worked on the main Christian-Muslim conference held in November 2010 and organised by the WCC in association with the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt institute.

 

Participants in Beirut

 

Denmark


  • Dean Anders Gadegaard
    Dean Anders Gadegaard

    President of the National Council of Churches in Denmark. Co-chairman of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Lutheran Church. Member of the Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches. Involved in interfaith dialogue for more than 20 years.


  • Erling Tiedemann
    Erling Tiedemann

    Councilor for the Roman Catholic Bishop in Denmark. Member of the board of the National Council of Churches and the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Roman Catholic Church. Has translated the document A Common Word to Danish.


  • John Peter Gotz
    Rev. John Peter Götz

    National leader of the Evangelical Free Church of Denmark. Former leader of Youth For Christ. Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Evangelical Free Church. Involved in interfaith dialogue for decades.


  • Paul Verner Skaerved
    Paul Verner Skærved

    Former professor at the Teachers’ Seminary teaching Christian theology and religion. Former Chairman (now member) of the Council for International Relations og the Danish Lutheran Church. Involved for years in initiatives on interfaith dialogue and participated e.g. in the delegation of church leaders to Egypt 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. The Lutheran Church in Denmark. Member of the Contact Group. Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians representing the Lutheran Church.


  • Karsten Nissen
    Bishop Karsten Nissen

    Bishop of the Diocese of Viborg since 1996. The Lutheran Church. Has been involved in research of theological aspects of ecumenism, mission, diakonia and interfaith dialogue. Former member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation representing the Lutheran Church in Denmark. Participated in the delegation of church leaders to Egypt 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. of the Lutheran Church of Denmark Participated in the dialogue meetings in Egypt 2006.


  • Peter Fischer-Møller
    Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller

    Bishop of the Diocese of Roskilde since 2008. The Lutheran Church. President of Danmission. Danmission is involved in a number of dialogue initiatives in e.g. Egypt and Lebanon. Has participated in a number of international and national conferences for Muslim and Christian leaders.


  • Niels Nymann Eriksen
    Rev. Niels Nymann Eriksen

    Lutheran Pastor for immigrants in Copenhagen. PhD of religion philosophy. Involved in the 2011 meeting in Denmark of Iraqi leaders – a partnership of the Diocese of Copenhagen and the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. From these meetings a fatwa was sent against sectarian violence helping the number of a declining number of violence against religious minorities in Iraq.


  • Karina Dahlmann
    Rev. Karina Steinecke Dahlmann

    Lutheran pastor. Involved in local interfaith initiatives in Denmark for more than 15 years. Stayed in Jerusalem 1999-2000. From 2006 chairman of the Intercultural work of the Diocese of Haderslev.


  • Mads Christoffersen
    Rev. Mads Christoffersen

    General Secretary of the National Council of Churches since 2008. MA of Theology and African Studies. Has been involved in interfaith and intercultural dialogue locally, nationally and internationally for a number of years. As a General Secretary, he has organized a number of events and initiatives for Muslims and Christians. Secretary of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians.


  • Harald Nielsen
    Rev. Harald Nielsen

    Lutheran pastor (emeritus). Former General Secretary of Danmission. Manager of the Danmission dialogue team 2003-10 responsible for e.g. the interfaith dialogue programs in the Middle East and East Africa. Leading the delegation of church leaders to Egypt in 2006 following the Cartoon Crisis. Has been involved in the planning of three Danish conferences of peace and reconciliation in Iraq.


  • Jonas Norgaard Mortensen
    Rev. Jonas Norgaard Mortensen

    Regional coordinator for Danmission. Living in Cairo leading the work with church network, development and interfaith dialogue in Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. In partnership with CEOSS leading the “Arab European Dialogue” program. Involved in dialogue projects in Lebanon in partnership with ADYAN and FDCD such as “Leaders for interreligious understanding and cooperation”.


  • Agnete Holm
    Rev. Agnete Holm

    Dialogue consultant of Danmission. Has been involved in dialogue initiatives for more than 20 years – at Danmission since 2004. Responsible for projects in Asia and the Middle East including dialogue projects in Lebanon and Syria. Visits to Lebanon and Syria 3-4 times a year.

  • Dr. Asmat Ullah Mojadeddi
    Dr. Asmat Ullah Mojadeddi

    President of the Muslim Council of Denmark. Co-chairman of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians. Signed the document A Common Word. Has participated in the following conference of A Common Word. Has been involved in a number of interfaith initiatives and projects.


  • Stine Høxbroe
    Stine Høxbroe

    MA of Cultural Geography specialized in national, ethnic and religious conflicts, conflict resolution and reconciliation – focusing on the relation between the Arab World and the West. Former General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Denmark (2008-11). Member of the Contact Group for Muslims and Christians.


  • Abdul Wahid Pedersen
    Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen

    Imam in Copenhagen since 1997 and the first in Denmark to give khutbah in Danish. Secretary General in Danish Muslim Aid. Co-founder of Islamic Christian Study Centre in Copenhagen in early 90′s. Active participant in inter-faith dialogue in Denmark since late 80′s. In regular meetings with core reprenentatives of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism in Denmark. Member of the Danish National annual meeting of Christians and Muslims. Active in many international conferences on inter-faith issues, among them the big conference in Madrid staged jointly by the Spanish and the Saudi king. Have written several articles on inter-faith issues. Participated in numerous radio broadcasts on inter-faith issues. Many years the Danish representative of Global Network of Religions for Children.


  • Imran bin Munir
    Imam Imran bin Munir

    Imam, author, translator and lecturer. Has been involved in interfaith dialogue for a number of years. BA of Arabic. Now studying Islamic Studies in Copenhagen. Educated in dars nizami studies. Teaching young in Islam and the Danish society.


  • Mustafa Gezen
    Mustafa Gezen

    Spokesman for the Muslim Council of Denmark BA of Religion and Danish literature. MA in History of Religion. Involved in interfaith dialogue for more than ten years. Chairman of the Muslim organization Dialogue Forum Denmark and Dialogue Forum Copenhagen. Co-founder of the Muslim Council of Denmark in 2006.


  • Helene Larsen
    Helene Larsen

    School teacher in Danish and Christianity at a Muslim private school for since 2001. Volunteer at the Muslim Council of Denmark and Muslims in Dialogue. Employed by the Municipality of Copenhagen in a network to prevent radicalization among young people. Born Christian, but has been a Muslim for the last 20 years. Speaks and writes Arabic.


  • Pernille Bramming
    Pernille Bramming

    MA of Political Science and French. Reporting from the Arab World since 1989. Lived in Cairo 1991-96 as the Middle East Reporter for the Danish newspaper Politiken. Since 2001, editor at the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen – still reporting from the Arab World. Visiting the region frequently.


  • Jakob Skovgaard
    Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen

    Professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies in Copenhagen. Has been living in Cairo, Damascus and Beirut for a number of years and is still visiting frequently. Involved in a number of international dialogue conferences with both religious and political leaders. Former Manager of the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute, Cairo (2005-08).


  • Lisbet Christoffersen
    Prof. Lisbet Christoffersen

    Professor of Law, Religion and Society at the Dept. of Society and Globalization at Roskilde University since 2010. PhD (1998) on church law in Denmark. Associated the Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen, and professor at the Faculty of Theology in Copenhagen and the EU-financed research project Religare on Religion and Law. Author of a number of articles and books on law and religion – including both Islam and Christianity.

Lebanon


  • Abbas Al-Halabi
    Judge Abbas Al-Halabi

    President of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Representative of the Druze community and head of its Endowment property. Jurist and judge. Member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. In charge of key responsibilities of the Druze Community such as being the representative to the Vatican Synod for Lebanon 1995.


  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak
    Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak

    General Secretary of the High Islamic Summit in Lebanon. General Secretary of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. Political scientist. Member of several organizations such as the Lebanese UNESCO Committee, The Lebanese Writers’ Association among others. Councilor of the Grand Mufti of Lebanon (Sunni). Editor in Chief of the review Al-Ijtihad. Signed the document A Common Word. Member of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.


  • Khaled Qabbani
    Dr. Khaled Qabbani

    Ex-minister of Education in Lebanon and Head of the consultative high court in Lebanon. A consultant to the Sunni Islamic Council.


  • Sami Abou El-Mona
    Sheikh Sami Abu El-Mona

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  • Sayyed Hani Fahs
    Sayyed Hani Fahs

    A high Islamic Shiite scholar, writer and intellectual advocate for interfaith Dialogue. Member of the Supreme Shiite Committee. Member of the Committee for Islamic-Christian Dialogue. Member of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.


  • Suad Al-Hakim
    Dr. Suad Al-Hakim

    Professor of Arab and Islamic philosophy.


  • Tarek Mitri
    Dr. Tarek Mitri

    Ex-Minister of information, ex-director of the World Council of Churches program of interfaith dialogue. He has a doctorate from the University of Paris and has been professor in several international institutions. Representative of the Greek Orthodox Church. Has written several books and articles on religion, law and society.


  • Georges Massouh
    Fr. Georges Massouh

    Professor of Islamic Studies at Balamand University. Founding member of the Arab group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.


  • Bassem Rai
    Fr. Bassem Rai

    Professor of Moral and political philosophy.


  • Camille Mennassa
    Mr. Camille Mennassa

    Chairperson & CEO of Front Page Communication S.A.L, Public Relations Company Media Consultant for Press and Television. International Vice President for the Near East of “L’union International des Journalists et de la Presse Francophone” (U.P.F). Member of the Lebanese Press Order Board.Member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Committee. Member of the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Lecturer in Communication and Journalism, MBA Level at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Joseph University.


  • Pamela Chraibeh Badine
    Dr. Pamela Chrabieh Badine

    Doctor in Sciences of Religions (University of Montreal). She is Associate Research Scholar and Director of International Relations (Canada Research Chair, Islam Pluralism and Globalization, University of Montreal, Canada). Dr. Chrabieh Badine is also Teaching Fellow (Holy Spirit University, USEK, Kaslik, Lebanon). She has been a blogger, activist, artist and author of many books and articles on war memory, peacebuilding, youth, interfaith dialogue, art therapy and diversity management.

 

Jordan


  • Hala Kh. Salem
    Hala Kh. Salem

    Holds a University degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Jordan in 1998. Joined the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies in 2000, the year in which the center was established. In 2005, appointed as an Executive Director of the center up till now.

 

Syria


  • Mahmoud Akaam
    Sheikh Mahmoud Akaam

    Moufti of Aleppo, Syria. Ph.D. from University of Sorbonne in Paris. Lecturer at the university of Allepo. Councellor for the Minister of Religious Affairs. Author of more than 400 books.


  • Metropolit Jean Kawak
    Metropolit Jean Kawak

    Bishop of Damascus and Director of the Patriarch office of the Syrian Orthodox Church (Berou)


  • Harotune Selimian
    Rev. Harotune Selimian

    BA in Theology from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1992, he received a Master’s degree in Divinity from the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, he got a Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from the Bossey Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2001, he received the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) in Ministry, a joint program of the Near East School of Theology and McCormick Theological Seminary of Chicago, Illinois. After five years of fieldwork in Lebanon and Syria, he assumed this first three-year pastoral ministry in a rural area at the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church of Kessab, Syria in 1988-1990. He is currently the President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria since 2004, and the pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Bethel Church of Aleppo, Syria since 1992.

 

Iraq

 

United Arab Emirates


  • Sayyed Ali Al-Hashmi
    Sheikh Sayyed Ali Al-Hashmi

    Special Advisor to His Highness President of United Arab Emirates. His Excellency Al Sayyed Ali al Hashimi is an Islamic scholar internationally renowned. He was the Special Adviser to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Nahyan and also had the honour to lead his funeral prayers in November 2004. Currently he is the Religious Advisor to His Highness The President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


  • Youssef al-Hassan
    Dr. Youssef al-Hassan

    Retired ambassador, author and expert in dialogue among civilizations and religions. He is also a member of the Arab Group on Islamic-Christian Dialogue.

 

Saudi Arabia


  • Prof. Jaber Alyamani
    Prof. Jaber Alyamani

    Currently Associate professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Full-time seniour consultant for the Ministery of Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vice president, Naqa (anti-smoking charitable society), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vice president, Committee for Western Europe Youth, WAMY, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Member, Steering Commitee for New Muslims, Muslim World League, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Member, Ethics Committee, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Guest speaker in scientific, social and religious gatherings, meetings and conferences in many countries.


  • Mohamed Mahfouz
    Dr. Mohamed Mahfouz

    A Saudi intellectual and writer, as well as a human rights activist, he advocates for a civil state on the Arab world.

 

Regional officers


  • Radwa Salah
    Radwa Salah

    Program Coordinator of The Arab Group for Muslim- Christian Dialogue, Egypt.


  • Dr. Riad jarjour
    Dr. Riad Jarjour

    General secretary of the Arab Group For Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Further studies include the STM degree in Islamic studies from the Near East School of Theology, and the D.Min. degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. A chaplain in South Lebanon for several years, he joined the Middle East Council of Churches in 1978 as Director of the Youth Program, and in 1983 became co-director of the Ayia Napa Conference Center in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.In 1985 he was named Associate General Secretary of the MECC and Director of its Unit on Education and Renewal. The MECC has become increasingly involved in Christian-Muslim dialogue under Rev. Jarjour’s leadership.