Convenors, Director, Co-Chairs and Editorial Panel        
                 
       
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia
Co-convenor and Co-chair, Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia is a faith practitioner and visionary in the fields of faith propagation, education, intra and interfaith. Bhai Sahib Ji is the Spiritual Leader and Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, UK - a charitable organisation with its Headquarters in Birmingham. It has two sister organisations in Leeds and London with branches in India and Kenya. He is also Chairman of the Nishkam Centre which engages in a plethora of civic activities. He is the first British Sikh to be awarded the official title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, SGPC, Amritsar, for his selfless service in propagating the Sikh faith, engagement in interfaith work and heritage conservation. A recipient of the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding, in 2012 he was also awarded a Papal Knighthood of St Gregory the Great (KSG). He is an International Trustee and Co-President of Religions for Peace (RfP) which promotes a culture of peace in over 100 countries. He is a member of: the Elijah Board of World’s Religious Leaders (EBWRL) , the Fetzer Institute’s Advisory Committee (FAC) on Religions and Spiritualities, and the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) and DfID’s Faith Working Group. He is Chair of Sangat TV Trust Board, Chair and Trustee of the Museum of World Religions, UK (MWR-UK), Patron of United Religions Initiative, UK (URI - UK), member of Birmingham Faith Leaders Group (BFLG), Birmingham Council’s Faith Round Table (FRT) and Birmingham’s Lunar Society. 
       
                 
                 
        Dr. William F. Vendley
Co-Convenor and Co-chair, Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Dr William Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. He is a member of its World Council which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents. He coordinates the activities and projects of Religions for Peace’s 92 national and 5 regional councils. Dr. Vendley is a pioneer in advancing multi-religious cooperation to help resolve conflict and has been engaged in multi-religious peacemaking efforts in Syria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and other countries. Dr. Vendley is an advisor to a number of governments on matters related to religion and peace. He advised US President Barack Obama through his service on the Multi-religious Cooperation and International Affairs Task Force of the White House Faith-Based Council. He was appointed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and re-appointed by Secretary Kerry as one of ten members of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Partnership with Civil Society and he is a Co-chair of the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Dr. Vendley is a recipient of the UNICEF Lifetime Achievement Award. 
       
                 
             
       
Dr Josef Boehle
Director, Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Dr Josef Boehle is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. He received a postgraduate degree in Theology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and received his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2001 for his thesis on ‘Inter-religious Co-operation in a Global Age’. He has worked for international interreligious organisations and helped to organise major conferences and summits addressing interreligious, intercultural and intercivilisational issues. From 2005-2010 he was a member of a UK Government (DFID) sponsored Research Consortium on ‘Religions and Development’. Dr Boehle previously participated in a 4 year process of developing the United Religions Initiative Charter (1996-2000). He was the European coordinator of the URI from 1997-2000. The URI Charter has been distributed and is actively consulted in many countries around the world. Dr Boehle was also a coordinator of the development of the Concept Note of the Interactive Hearing with Civil Society of the 2007 High-level Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace.


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Co-chairs:

Rabbi David Rosen

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Rev Kosho Niwano


Editorial Panel:

The Editorial Panel consists of:
the two Co-convenors, Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh and Dr William F. Vendley,
10 Editorial Panel Members and
the Director of the Editorial Panel, Dr Josef Boehle.

Editorial Panel Members:

Prof Pal Ahluwalia, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth, UK

The Rt Rev Dr Bishop Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, UK

Dr Marius Felderhof, Director, Museum of World’s Religions (UK), UK

Dr Omnia Marzouk, President, Initiatives of Change International, UK

Rev Kosho Niwano, President Designate of Rissho Kosei-kai, Japan

Prof Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion, St Olaf College, USA

Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC, Israel

H.E. Prof Dr Din Syamsuddin, Leader, Muhammadiyah;
Moderator of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace


Prof Garrett Thomson, CEO, Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace, UK and USA

Maria Voce, President, Focolare Movement, Italy


Staff and Volunteers:

Neil Deuchar, Programme Manager

         
         
         
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison." 
       
--- Nelson Mandela