Who was  Who
at the Euskalduna, Dec. 11-13


Prof. Mona Abousenna

Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University • Founder and Secretary General of two international philosophical associations: Afro-AsianPhilosophy Association (1988-) and Averroes and Enlightenment International Association (1994)


Ms. Charanjit Ajitsingh

Ms Charanjit AjiSingh is Chair of International Interfaith Center (Oxford) and a member of the editorial circle of the URI magazine 'Initiative' • A former lecturer, principal, education director and inspector, she has published widely on educational and religious issues, Sikhism and spirituality in general • Her recent book, 'The Wisdom of Sikhism', received a wide acclaim • She is a regular contributor with books and resources on interfaith learning.


Mr. Abdeluahed Akmir

Mr. Akmir teaches History at Rabat's University • He holds the post of Director of the Morocan Center of Studies on al Andalus and on the Civilizations Dialogue • Expert with the ACALAPI project of UNESCO and Coordinator of several international colloquia on al Andalus and on Civilization's Dialogue, organized by Rabat's Centre of Studies on al Andalus • As a writer he has given several works to press, such as : The Arabic Immigration into Argentina - Immigration to Death - Morocan Presence at West Africa.


Ms Aziza Bennani

Ambassador Permanent of Morocco to UNESCO • Former Secretary of State and Chairperson of the Executive Board at UNESCO (2001-2003) • Born in 1943 in Rabat Ecole Normale Supérieure, University Mohammed V of Rabat, University of Paris X. Dipl. : Licence ès Language and Spanish Literature (1964), Diploma from Ecole Normale Supérieure (E.N.S.) (1964), Doctorate of 3rd cycle (1970) • Doctorat d’Etat ès Letters in Hispanical-American literature (1982) • Assistant , Lecturer, Professor Titular of Higher Education at the University of Rabat (1968-1988) • Chief of Departament d’Etudes Hispaniques (1974-1978) • Dean of Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at Mohammedia (1988).


Dr. James P. Buchanan

Buchanan became director of the Brueggeman center in 2003 • He studied comparative religions and ethics at Yale University and the University of Chicago, where he completed a PhD • He also studied and taught in Paris, Moscow, Beijing and Hong Kong • Buchanan formerly held the Besl Family Chair and Professorship in ethics/religion & society at Xavier and the Carolyn Werner Gannett Chair in humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology • He has lectured worldwide and published widely on a range of global ethical issues.


Mr. Michel Cardon

Michel Cardon was born in 1934 and earned University degrees in Sciences and Business Administration • He worked 34 years with IBM and had expertise in computer languages, large data processing systems design and computerized telecommunications • In 1987/89 he was on a special mission at the Government level dedicated to technology and the concept of the Humankind Sciences • Since 1994 he has activities in the french Chapter and in the European Governing Board of the NGO "World Conference on Religions for Peace" a large coalition of major religions working together to promote peace.


Acharya Sadhvi Sri Vrndaji Chaitanya

Acharya Sadhvi Sri Vrndaji Chaitanya is a Vedic Monk, and the disciple of Pujya Sri Dayananda Saraswati Swamiji, a world-renown teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit • Vrndaji has taught Vedanta at several institutions of higher education including the University of Califronia, Berkeley, University of Oregon, Eugene, and Valdosta State University • Vrndaji has particiapated in several UN and international NGO initiatives for world peace and social justice, and is the convenor of the Global Diversity Coalition, an international non-profit organisation that is engaged in organising interreligious dialogues between indigenous spiritual traditions and mainstream religions • The Global Diversity Coalition also strives to preserve religious and bio diversity by supporting the practitioners of indigenous cultures, and traditional ways of being that are endangered by globalization.


Mr. Edmund Chia

Born in Malaysia he served for eigth years as secretary of interreligious dialogue for the Asian Bishops' Conferences • He is presently teaching at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, where he specializes in courses such as Asian Theologies and Interfaith Dialogue. etc.


Ms. Catherine Cornille

Associeted Teacher of Comparative Theology at Boston College • Between 1990 and 2000 se taugth History and Comparative Religion at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium • Her lines of investigation center on Theological and Methodologic questions concerning Interreligious Dialogue • Among her late published works we find: "Women Between Fundamentalism and Dialogue" and "Stanislas Breton on Christian Singularity" • A book on the Hindu-Christian Dialogue entitled "Wegen van Heil" (in Dutch), and numerous articles in the areas of Theology of Religions and Interreligious Dialogue • She is currently working on a book focusing on the Conditions for the Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue.


Ms. Gemma Tulud Cruz

She is feminist theologian from the Philippines and is presently waiting to defend her PhD dissertation at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands • Her research interest focuses on liberation ethics in migration theology.


His Eminence Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, S.J.

Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja President of the Bishop´s Conference of Indonesia, is Archbishop of Jakarta • Born Dec. 20, 1934, in Muntilan and baptized the next day at St. Anthony Church in the Archdiocese of Semarang • Studied at St. Peter Canisius minor seminary in Mertoyudan from 1951 to 1957, when he entered the Jesuit novitiate • He was ordained to the priesthood in December 1969 and named archbishop of Semarang Feb. 19, 1983, thus consecrated June 29 that year • Cardinal Darmaatmadja served as president delegate of the Asian Synod of Bishops in 1998 and became president of the bishops' conference in January 2001.


Ven Dhammananda

She did her study in India and Canada and became the first woman in Thailand to have a Ph.D. in Buddhist StudiesNiwano • Had 30 years of teaching experience in one of the top Universities in Bangkok • She had a busy and successful life both teaching and running TV dhamma talk show for 7 years • She is well known internationally among Buddhist academics with her involvement in ordination for women and concern for environment • She is one of the prestigious Peace Councilors among other leading Religious leaders of the world including H.H.the Dalai Lama • In 2004 she was awarded outstanding Buddhist women by the UN and in 2005 she was nominated for 1000 women for Nobel Peace award • She sits as a Buddhist committee member to select Niwano Peace Prize • She is editor of Yasodhara, Newsletter for International Buddhist women’s activities from 1984


Ms. Rosa María Guerreiro

Born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1952, she studied in several countries • Invited by the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) School of High Studies in Social Sciences, she taught as senior lecturer the transmission of knowledge and cultures among the three cultural communities of the Iberian peninsula (Jews, Christians and Muslims), the circulation of manuscripts and the intellectual work in the medieval Scriptoria • She joined UNESCO in 1995, appointed as Programme Specialist for the Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue of the Organization in the Division for Intercultural Dialogue.


Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Member of the Standing Committee, Conference of European Rabbis.


Dharma Master Shin Tao

Dharma Master Hsin Tao became a monk in Taiwan at age 25 • After many years of strict fasting and meditation practice he founded the Ling Jiou Mountain Wu Sheng Monastery and Buddhist Society, the Museum of World Religions in 2001 and the Global Family for Love and Peace, an NGO involved in Interfaith- and outreach work • He has also been the initiator of many Buddhist-Muslim dialogues around the world.


Rev. Yoshitaka Tomokazu Hatakeyama

Born 1 Oct. 1949 • 1972 Graduated from Musashino Art University ( Tokyo ), Studied Design • Entered Buddhist Seminary of Rissho Kosei-kai ( Tokyo ) • 1993 Appointed as the Director of External Affairs Section • 1997 Appointed as a minister of Rissho Kosei-kai in New York, USA • Appointed as the Under Secretary-General of WCRP/Japan • 2005 Appointed as the Acting Secretary-General of WCRP/Japan


Dr. James Heisig

Permanent Research Fellow of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture· Professor, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Nanzan University • After completing his studies in Europe (Ph.D. Cantab.), Dr. Heisig taught philosophy and religion in the United States and Latin America for five years • He joined the staff of the Nanzan Institute in 1978 and served as Director from 1991-2001 • He has authored, edited, and translated more than twenty-five books.Dr. Heisig is also the general Editor of the 19-volume series Nanzan Studies in Religion and Culture and the author of a best-selling series of books on the Japanese writing system.


Rabbi Naamah Kelman

Rabbi Naamah Kelman is a descendant of ten generations of rabbis, becoming the first woman ever to be ordained by the Hebrew Union College, in 1992 • Born and raised in New York, she has been living in Israel since 1976, where she has been working in community organizing and Jewish education • She is current Director of the Year in Israel's Program and Educational Initiatives at the Hebrew Union College • She is a board member of Rabbis for Human Rights, and deeply committed to inter-faith dialogue, and to work for Peace and Justice.


Fr. Justo Lacunza Balda

Born in Pamplna 1944, Father Justo is a member of the the Society of Missionaries of Africa, better known as the "White Fathers" • He is Rector of PISAI, the Pontificial Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome • Doctor in African Languages, specialized in Islam and Swahili, by the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. He speaks a score of languages, beside Euskera, his native language (Inglish, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, German, Portuguese, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Ha, Nyamwezi, Bembe, Fipa, Malasian) and studies Chinese • He is fairly active at the seminaria circles and has published extensibly.


Ms Dena F. Merriam

Dena Merriam is Founder and Convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a non-profit organization created by a group of women religious leaders to foster the spiritual values of global unity, peacebuilding and the development of all the peoples of the world • She was also one of the organizers of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations in 2000 • She is currently working with the United Nations to organize a series our global youth summits around the Millennium Development Goals • Ms. Merriam has a Masters Degree from Columbia University and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, AIM for Seva and Dharma Drum Mountain.


Jean Nsonjiba Lokenga

Jean Nsonjiba Lokenga, a Congolese by nationality is working since June 2005 with Amnesty International as Human Rights Defenders Co-ordinator in Africa • He is also the Vice-President of Pax Romana in charge of Africa and member the International Board of Pax Romana • Jean Lokenga holds a Masters in Development Economics from Facultes Catholiques de Kinshasa ( DR Congo)and is awaiting another Masters in Sociology from University of Nairobi (Kenya) • He has a Bachelor in Development Economics and another one in Philosophy • Has been the Africa Regional Co-ordinator of Pax-Romana, Students' Branch called the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) from 1999 to 2002, before joinging Amnesty International as the East Africa Campaigner • Speaks four African languages plus French and English.


Ms Irma Lucía Mariño Vargas

Peruvian Educatress, Irma Mariño has ample profesional experince in design, execution, and evaluation of programs to boost social leadership in young generations, and also in adult education • She is a Major in Educational Sciences, specialized in philosofy and Social Sciences, with mention onSocial Orientation and Welfare of educands • She is current principal of the School for Leaders for Development at the "Instituto Bartolomé de la Casas" in Rimac, Perú.


Félix Martí

From 1973 to 1988 Professor Martí taugth philosofy at the Theology School in Barcelona, and, from 1984 to 2002, he acted as General Director of UNESCO-Catalonia • Presided Pax Romana between 1975 and 1983 • He also presided the local technical office at the fourth Parlament of the World Religions, held within the Universal Cultural Forum in Barcelona • He is current director of the Interreligious Center at Barcelona.


Mr Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Prof. Federico Mayor Zaragoza is Co-President of the High-Level Group of the United Nations of the Alliance of Civilizations • Among his other political responsibilities, Professor Mayor has been Undersecretary of Education and Science for the Spanish Government (1974-75), Member of the Spanish Parliament (1977-78), Adviser to the Prime Minister (1977-78), Minister of Education and Science (1981-82) and Member of the European Parliament (1987) • In 1987, he was elected Director-General of the UNESCO, and was reelected for a second term in 1993 • In 1999, he decided not to run for a third term and, upon returning to Spain, created the Fundación Cultura de Paz, of which he is Chairman.


Fr. Thomas Michel, S.J.

After Arabic and Islamic studies in Egypt and Lebanon, he completed a doctoral dissertation on the thought of the Muslim scholar Ibn Taymiyya and received a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago in 1978 • In 1981, he was appointed to the Asia Desk of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and in 1988, he became Head of the Office for Islam in the same Vatican department • Since 1994, he has served as Executive Secretary of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC-OEIA), in Bangkok, Thailand • Since 1996, he is Director of the Jesuit Secretariat for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome, Italy, and Ecumenical Secretary for the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.


Ms. Mary Mwingira

Master Degree in Finance and Economic. She is also a Gender and Organizational Development Trainer • Executive Director Tanazania Association of NGOs, Member of the National Council of NGOs and The National NGOs Coordinating Board • Vice Chair of the National Council of the Catholic Laity and Treasurer of The Christian Professionals of Tanzania • Former President of Pax Romana-ICMICA.


Prof. Tariq Ramadam

Professor Tariq RAMADAN holds MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva • In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars • Tariq Ramadan has resigned from the post of Professor of Islamic Studies at Notre Dame University (Classic Department) and Luce Professor at the Kroc Institute (Religion Conflict and Peacebuilding) • He is currently Senior Research Fellow at Lokahi Foundation and visiting Professor at Oxford St Antony's College • Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world • He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on social justice and dialogue between civilizations.


Prof. Anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan is a Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies at Saint Olaf College, Minnesota, USA, where he has been teaching since 1985 • Prof. Rambachan was born in Trinidad and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad • He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom • Prof. Rambachan has a deep and sustained interest in interreligous dialogue and, in particular, the dialogue between Hinduism and Christianity • He has participated in numerous consultations and meetings convened by national and international organizations concerned with interreligious issues • He has been very active in the dialogue programs of the World Council of Churches, and was Hindu guest and participant in the last three General Assemblies of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, Canada, and Canberra, Australia and Harare, Zimbabwe.


Mr. Aviezer Ravitsky

Ph.D. (summa cum laude) Hebrew University 1978 • Post-Doctoral Fellow Harvard University 1979-80 • Areas of Competence Jewish Thought Philosophy Religious Radicalism Israel: Society & Culture Positions Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University (Rosenblum Chair) 1984- • Chair, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University 1994-2004 • Chair, Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University 1989-1992 • Member, Israeli Council of Higher Education 1992-2002 • Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute 1995- • Member, Israel National Council of Bioethics 2005- • Visiting Professor (USA)Harvard University; Rice University; University of Pennsylvania; Brown University; Yeshiva University; Jewish Theological Seminary of America.


Dr. María Reis Habito

Maria Reis Habito is the International Program Director of the Museum of World Religions • She studied Chinese Language and Culture at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei from 1979-81 and received her M.A. in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in 1985 • She was a research fellow at Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters from 1986-1988 and completed her Ph.D. at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitãt in 1990 • After teaching at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, she assumed responsibility for the international Interfaith program of the Museum of World Religions in 2002 • She has organized many international Interfaith conferences, notably a series of Buddhist-Muslim dialogues published under the title of "Listening: Buddhist-Muslim Dialogues 2002-2004" (Taipei, 2005).


Catalina Romero

PhD in Sociology by The New School for Social Research, New York .Teaches at the Department for Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of Peru • Specialized in Religion, Civil Society and Politics • Recent publications include: Understanding Religion in Peru (Para entender la Religión en Perú) (2004) and Religion in Peru at the turn of the millenium • (La religión en Perú al filo del milenio) co-edited with Manuel Marzal and José Sánchez • Visiting teacher at the University of Notre Dame, USA • Former director of Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas • Major Investigator at the Organization of the World Values Survey • Participates in the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems • Current Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontificial Catholic University of Peru.


Mr. Jehangir Sarosh

He is President of World Conference of Religion for Peace (WCRP-Europe) since 1999 • Founder and executive member of the European Religious Leaders Council and member of Governing Board of WCRP-International, Inter-Faith Network for United Kingdom Executive Committee member since 1994- • Jehangir is also involved with and holds executive positions with various other national and international bodies working on issues of peace, conflict resolution etc.


Mr. Onno Seroo

Coordinator of UNESCO Programs at the Unesco-Cat (UNESCO Centre of Catalunya) • He is a member of the Council for the Promotion of Peace at the Generalitat de Catalunya • Vicepresident of the Special Commity on Human Rights at the Conference on ONGs, as a consultant with the UN's Economic and Social Council at Geneve • Secretary General of the European Foundation Kreddha - International Council for Peace to States, Ethnic Groups and Minorities at Hague • Member of the International Center for Geo-Strategic Studies at Geneve.


Ms. Alice Shalvi

Alice Shalvi, professor emeritus of English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was born in Germany in 1926 • Educated in England (1934-1949) and immigrated to Israel in November 1949 • In addition to her university teaching (1950-1990), she headed an experimental high school for religious (Jewish) girls (1975-1990) and from 1984 to 2001 was the founding chairwoman of the Israel Women's Network, the country's major advocacy organization on women's rights and status • Most recently (1996-2003) she served consecutively as rector, president, and chair of the Executive Board of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.


Rabbi Israel Singer

October 2001, Israel Singer was appointed Chairman of the World Jewish Congress Governing Board • April 2002, he was elected president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, the “Claims Conference” • Elected chairman of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations in June 2002 • Raised in Brooklin, N.Y. he was ordained rabbi in 1964 at Yeshiva Torah vo’Daath • Taught Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the City University of New York and, from 1969 to 1971, taught Political Theory in the Department of Politics at Bar Ilan University in Israel • He has delved in politics in several instances.


Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa

Founder and Director of the Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development (TICD) and its resource center, under Satheirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation • Founder and Director of the International Network of Engaged Buddists (INEB) • Founding member of the Coordinating Group for Religion and Society, est. in 1976, Bangkok • Member of the Advisory Board of Buddhist Peace Fellowship, USA • Member of the Advisory Board of Institute of Asian Democracy, USA • Member of the Advisory Board of International Campaign for Tibet, USA • Member of the International Advisory Board of Partage avec les enfants du tiers-monde, France • Member of the Editional Board of Solidarity, Manila, the Philippines


Père Antoine Sondag

Ecclesiastical Assistant to PAX-Romana ICMICA-MIIC


Dr. Maram Stern

Dr. Maram Stern is Deputy Secretary General (since 1996), Vice President (since January 2005) and Permanent Representative to Europe and Asia (since 1990) of the World Jewish Congress [WJC], the umbrella organisation representing all Jewish communities in over 80 countries world-wide • Dr. Stern is also responsible for WJC participation in inter-religious dialogue and consultations with the Christian churches and other faiths • He was educated at the Lycée Français de Berlin and holds a Doctorate in Medicine, a Doctorate in Dentistry and is a qualified maxilo-facial surgeon • He has studied at the University of Vienna (Austria), at Brown University in Providence (USA), at the University of Erlangen (Germany) and at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) • Dr. Stern speaks English, French & German, and is currently learning Spanish.


Prof. David Tracy

David Tracy is Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago • Has been a member of the faculty of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago since 1969, and currently holds the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Chair • He has been a guest lecturer at the Beijing Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion • Trinity College, Dublin • Gregorian University, Rome • Catholic University, Leuven • Lund University, Sweden • the Hartmann Institute, Jerusalem • and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland • His published works include Blessed Rage for Order: The New Pluralism In Theology • The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism • Plurality and Ambiguity: Hermeneutics, Religion and Hope • Dialogue with the Other: The Inter-Religious Dialogue • and On Naming the Present: Reflections on God, Hermeneutics, and Church.


Ms. Agneta Ucko

Agneta Ucko is the Director of the Arigatou Foundation in Geneva and the Secretary General of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children • She has studied in Sweden and holds a Masters Degree in Theology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosocial Dynamics and in International Relations • Agneta Ucko has been involved in developing educational material as well as in teaching ethics, and has initiated a new model for working with refugees for the Red Cross Society in Sweden • Agneta Ucko was the Deputy general Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation before taking up her assignment with the Arigatou Foundation and the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education for Children in 2003.


Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko

The Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko is from Sweden and is an ordained minister of the Church of Sweden • He has studied Jewish-Christian dialogue and interreligious relations in France, Israel and India • He received his doctorate in theology at the Senate of Serampore College, Calcutta, India, where he wrote his thesis on the concepts of "people" and "people of God" as integral to the Jewish tradition and to Minjung and Dalit theologies • He is since 1989 Program Executive for the Office of Interreligious Relations and Dialogue of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Geneva, Switzerland • Dr. Ucko is author and editor of several books, such as, Worlds of Memory and Wisdom - Encounters of Jews and African Christians, The People and the People of God - Minjung and Dalit Theology in Interaction with Jewish-Christian Dialogue, The Jubilee Challenge - Utopia or Possibility? • He is the editor of Current Dialogue and a Board Trustee for Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.


José Luis Villacorta

PhD in Philosophy and Literature, specialised in Modern and Contemporary History • He teaches on Oriental Religions and Islamic Culture at the Departament of Antropology of Deusto University in Bilbao • He is a Member of Pax Romana and UNESCO Etxea (UNESCO Local House) with special dedication to Bilbao's Foro Interreligioso


Mr Rishi Vidhyadhar

Rishi Vidhyadhar was born in an affluent family in Jaipur, India on may 6th 1962 • He experienced a series of inner awakenings in early age, which led him to the Spiritual Master Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar • Through the past few years he has traveled ceaselessly overseas to gain a deeper insight into their spiritual traditions as well its philosophies • He provides an efficient channel for transmission of his Guru's teachings • He embodies compassion, with clear reason, as it is the foundation of his Guru's vision.


Ven. Dr. Jinwol Young H. Lee

Dean of Religious Affairs of Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea • Acting Chairman of Committee for International Relations of Jogye Order • President of the United Religions Initiative of Korea • Member of Presidential Commission for Sustainable Development, Korea • Executive Committee Member of World Fellowship of Buddhists • Executive Committee Member of Asian Conference for Religion and Peace • International Advisor of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies • Board Member of Elijah Interfaith Academy.


Prof. Mourad Wahba

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Egypt. BA, Philosopohy, Cairo University (1948), MA Philosophy,Cairo Univ (1953) • PhD Philosophy, Alexandria Univ. (1956) • Major publications: Le Systeme chez Kant (MA, 1965) • The System in Berson's Philosophy (PhD,1970) • Philosophical Discourse in Moscow (1972) • The Story of Philosophy (1970) • Truthlords (1990); The Philosophy of Creativity (1989) • The Story of Dialectics (1999) • The Story of Aesthetics (1989) • The Paradox of Averroes (2000) • Major edited conference proceedings: Unity of Knowledge (1980) • The Future of Islamic Civilisation (1991) • Philosophy and the Massman (1982) • Philosophy and Civilisation (1988) • Cultures in Conflict or in Dialogue? (1991) • Roots of Dogmatism (1987) • Cultural Tolerance (1999) • Averroes and Enlightenment (1994) • Creativity and Pax Mundi (1996) • Terrorism and Teaching Philosophy 1998) • One Civilisation, Many Cultures (2000) • Co-editor with Mona Abousenna,Manifesto of Creativity in Education (2000) • Co-editor with M Abousenna the bi-annual Journal of "Averroes Today" and the "Forum" Newsletter • International Organisations: Founder and Honorary President, Afro-Asian Philosophy Association,APA (1978- ) • Founder and President, Averroes & Enlightenment International Association (1994- ) • Member of the Steering Committee of International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP,1993-2003).


Bishop Dr Zacharias M. Theophilus

Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan, Mar Thoma Syrian Church, India is an active member of the World Council of Churches • Priest for 40 years, and Bishop for the last 25, he served in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, North America and Europe • Did basic education in India, Post Graduate and Doctoral studies in Mission and Theology at Princeton and Boston University USA • Was a Member of Executive Committee Christian Conference of Asia • Member of the Central and Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches from 1991 till today • Written articles in journals of the church, presented papers in several conferences and seminars • He travels extensively to participate in inter religious and Inter Cultural Dialogues, especially in the World Religious and Spiritual Leader's Conference in Taiwan and in the in the United Nations Assembly of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.


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