International Youth Committee

The Global Interfaith Youth Network is led by the International Youth Committee (IYC), comprised of fifteen members representing the world's faith traditions from six continents. The present IYC was elected at the Religions for Peace VIII World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan in August 2006. The Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network and the IYC is led by the Youth Coordinator, Ms. Stellamaris Mulaeh, who is actively engaged in grassroots multi-religious youth-led Peacebuilding in Kenya.

The IYC holds an annual summit where they formulate concrete plans to strengthen the Global Interfaith Youth Network.

The last IYC meeting was held in Manila, the Philippines. The IYC met and formulated concrete plans to strengthen the Global Interfaith Youth Committee through the creation of viable youth networks in more countries, new partnerships with organizations and religious communities, and the securing of funding through various grants. The IYC not only convened in Manila for the IYC meeting, but also led the subsequent ASEM Pre-event - “Interfaith Youth Roundtable on Migration” and the launch of “Restoring Dignity – Religious Youth Say No to Violence Against Women.”



Ethan Bodnaruk, Mennonite, Mennonite Church

Deputy of Coordinators

Sunila Ammar, Christian

Thomas Gilet, Muslim

Members of the IYC


Catherine Njuguna, Roman Catholic, IMCS

Moses F.M.D Nemour, Muslim, IRC- Liberia


Sunila Ammar, Protestant, CCA

Takashi Hashimoto, Buddhist, RfP Japan

Dahnil Anzar Simanjutak, Muslim, Muhammadiya


Natalie Pylypiv, Greek Catholic, RfP EIYN

Thomas Gilet, Muslim, Muslim Scouts of France

Rupal Maru, Hindu, National Hindu Students Forum

Latin America & the Caribbean

Marcelo Leites, Protestant, WSCF

Victor Gomes, Roman Catholic, Focolare

Middle East & North Africa

Rev. Ramy Nair, Coptic Protestant, CEOSS

Manar Bilal, Muslim, Syria Interfaith Youth Network

North America

Rori Picker Neiss, Orthdox Judaism, Bais Abraham Congregation

Ethan Bodnaruk, Mennonite, Mennonite Church