Yolande Iliano – President of Religions for Peace Europe.

Involved in WCRP-Religious for Peace for over 20 years. Holds Masters in research of religious sciences, a diploma in practical political sciences, and an honor degree at the High school of pedagogy. She has been elected in 2007 as co-chair of EWFN (European Woman of Faith Network, Religions for Peace) She coordinated the launch of the EWFN in the European Parliament in 2008 and the Belgian Council of religious leaders at the Belgian Parliament at the presence of Princess Mathilde in 2009. On the 5 May 2011 she coordinated the launch of the Belgian Women of faith Network in the Belgian Parliament under the patronage of her Highness Princes Mathilde and the support of the Belgian Council of Religious leaders. In early January 2011 I was unanimously elected as president of Religions for Peace.

Rev. Kyoichi Sugino – Associate Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest organization accredited to the United Nations and headquartered in New York.

Rev. Sugino coordinates Religions for Peace regional offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and its affiliated Inter-religious Councils in over 80 countries.  He has been directly engaged in multi-religious diplomacy and track-II negotiations in Iraq, Sri Lanka and other conflict zones.  After graduating in 1991 from Gakurin Seminary in Tokyo and receiving ordination as a Dharma Teacher in Rissho Kosei-kai, a major Japanese Buddhist denomination, Rev. Sugino served as the Policy Research Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

Daniel Calder – Program Officer for Youth and Network Coordination Religions for Peace

Daniel Calder joined Religions for Peace in September 2009 to assist in its disarmament program and was assigned the position of Program Officer for Youth and Network Coordination in August 2011. He coordinates the Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network and the regional and national youth activities around the world. Prior to his assignment with Religions for Peace, he worked in Guatemala as an English teacher and served in the office of the UN NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. Daniel holds a degree in International Studies from Adelphi University and is currently earning his Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Stein Villumstad – General Secretary of European Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace (ECRL) since January 2011.

Prior to this assignment he was the Deputy Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, based in New York for five years. Stein served in different functions in Norwegian Church Aid for close to twenty years before joining RfP, latest as Regional Representative for Eastern Africa with responsibility for NCA operations in ten countries. Previously he held among others the position as Assistant General Secretary with specific responsibility for policy, peace and human rights. Stein has served on a number of committees in Norway and internationally, and he was the first chair of ACT International, a global umbrella organization for Protestant and Orthodox humanitarian organizations.

Guest Speakers

Katarzyna-Górak-Sosnowska, PhD

– Assistant professor at the Department of Economic Sociology, Warsaw School of Economics and at the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies, Warsaw University, and freelance trainer in intercultural education. Her research interests focus on socio-economic problems of Middle East and North Africa, gender and queer studies in the Islamic world, Muslim popular culture ,and Islam in Poland and wider Europe. She published over 100 of chapters, articles, and other texts, including three monographs (in Polish): ‘Arab world towards globalization’, 2007), (‘The prospects of the Arab world through the lens of the MDGs’; 2007) and (‘Muslim consumer culture’, 2011) and developed teaching materials in intercultural and development education, of which one “W kręgu kultury islamu” (co-author, 2007) has been translated into English and Estonian (2009).


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