World Council

The World Council is elected at World Assemblies. It is comprised of distinguished religious leaders who are dedicated to building peace. The World Council is a global agent of multi-religious action and entrusted with Religions for Peace governance.

Co-Moderators

Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah, Muslim, MAURITANIA and SAUDI ARABIA
President, Forum for Peace in Muslim Societies, Abu Dhabi Read Bio Interview

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H.E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Roman Catholic, NIGERIA
Archbishop of Abuja, Archdiocese of Abuja Read Bio

Rev. Kosho Niwano, Buddhist, JAPAN
President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-Kai Read Bio

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Dr. Vinu Aram, Hindu, INDIA
Director, Shanti Ashram Read Bio

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Treasurer

Mr. Steve Killelea, Buddhist, AUSTRALIA
Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Secretary-General

Dr. William F. Vendley

Co-Presidents

H. M. Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, Muslim, NIGERIA
Sultan of Sokoto Read Bio

Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak, Muslim, LEBANON
Secretary General, Islamic Christian National Dialogue Committee

Rt. Rev. Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, Protestant, GERMANY
Head of the Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad, Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Read Bio

H.G. Luigi Bressan, Roman Catholic, ITALY
Archbishop of Trento, Archdiocese of Trento Read Bio

H. E. Archimandrite Philaret Bulekov, Orthodox, RUSSIA
Vice Chairman, Department of External Church Relations, Russian Orthodox Church

Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, Muslim, IRAN
Head, Islamic Studies Department, The Academy of Sciences Read Bio

H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel, Orthodox, FRANCE
Vice President, Conference of European Churches Read Bio

Honourable Ela Gandhi, Hindu, SOUTH AFIRCA
Trustee, Gandhi Development Trust Read Bio

H.E. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez, Muslim, TURKEY
President, Presidency of Religious Affairs Read Bio

H. E. Dr. Nedzad Grabus, Muslim, SLOVENIA
Mufti of Ljubjana

Sheikh Muhammed Yusuf Hallar, Muslim, ARGENTINA
Secretary General, Islamic Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean

Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Protestant, CANADA
General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches

Ms. Martina Heinrichs, Roman Catholic, NETHERLANDS
Co-President, Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women

H.E. Mar Gregorious Yohanna Ibrahim, Orthodox, SYRIA
Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Jewish, UNITED STATES
President, Union for Reform Judaism

His Holiness Karekin II, Orthodox, ARMENIA
Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, Armenian Apostolic Church

Ven. Chung Ohun Lee, Ph. D,, Buddhist, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
President, Won Buddhist International

His Holiness Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, Hindu, INDIA
President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission

Dr. Rajae Naji, Muslim, MOROCCO
Professor of Law, Mohammad al Khamis University

H.E. Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, Muslim, UGNADA
Grand Mufti, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council

The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Anglican, BURUNDI
Primate, Anglican Church of Burundi

H. E. José Francisco Cardinal Robles Ortega, Roman Catholic, MEXICO
Archbishop of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Jalisco

Mrs. Aruna Oswal, Jain, INDIA
Vice President, World Jain Confederation

Ven. Farong Ren, Taoist, CHINA
President, Chinese Taoist Association

Chief Rabbi David Rosen, Jewish, ISRAEL
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee Read Bio

Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako, Roman Catholic, IRAQ
Archbishop of Baghdad (Chaldean), Archdiocese of Baghdad (Chaldean)

Sr. Carmen Sammut, Roman Catholic, VATICAN
President, International Union of Superiors General

Mr. Jehangir Sarosh, OBE, Zoroastrian, UNITED KINGDOM
Representative, World Zoroastrian Organization

Priestess Beatriz Schulthess, Indigenous, COSTA RICA
President, Indigenous Peoples Ancestral Spiritual Council

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Sikh, UNITED KINGDOM
Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Shri Samir Somaiya, Hindu, INDIA
Chairman, Somaiya Vidyavihar

Mme. Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow, Muslim, GUINEA
President, Muslim Women of Guinea

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Methodist, USA
Bishop, United Methodist Church

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Muslim, UNITED STATES
National Director, Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America

Serigne Mansour Sy, Muslim, SENEGAL
President, Federation of Islamic Associations of Senegal

Honourable Dr. Rajni Tailor, Hindu, KENYA
President, Hindu Council of Africa

Rev. Tsunekiyo Tanaka, Shinto, JAPAN
President, Association of Shinto Shrines

H. H. Shri Shri Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Hindu, INDIA
Abbot, Sri Puthige Matha

Ven. Prof. Bellanwilla Wimalaratna Anunayake Thero, Buddhist, SRI LANKA
Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Evangelical, CANADA
Chairman, Christian Media Corporation International
Advisor, A.D. TV Series
Global Strategist, Crossroads Global Media

Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Lutheran, NORWAY
General Secretary, World Council of Churches

Emmaus Maria Voce, Roman Catholic, ITALY
President, Movimento Dei Focolari

H. H. Samdech Tep Vong, Buddhist, CAMBODIA
Great Supreme Patriarch, Kingdom of Cambodia

MODERATORS OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE AFFILIATED REGIONS

H.E. Raymundo Cardinal Damasceno Assis, Roman Catholic, BRAZIL
Archbishop of Aparecida, Sao Paulo, Archdiocese of Aparecida, Sao Paulo; Moderator, Religions for Peace-Latin America and Caribbean Council of Religious Leaders Read Bio

H.E. Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje*, Muslim, UGANDA
Grand Mufti, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council; Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace-African Council of Religious Leaders

Dr. Din Syamsuddin, Muslim, INDONESIA
Leader, Muhammadiyah; Moderator, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace Read Bio

Rev. Dr. Thomas Wipf, Protestant, SWITZERLAND
President, Community of Protestant Churches in Europe; Moderator, Religions for Peace-European Council of Religious Leaders

REPRESENTATIVES OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Ms. Paddy Meskin, Jewish, SOUTH AFRICA
President, South African Union of Temple Sisterhoods

Dr. Lilian Sison, Roman Catholic, PHILIPPINES
Director of International Relations, University of Santo Tomas

REPRESENTATIVES OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACEINTERNATIONAL YOUTH COMMITTEE

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Orthodox Judaism, UNITED STATES
Director of Programming, Education, and Community Engagement, Bais Abraham Congregation

Ms. Sunila Ammar, Protestant, PAKISTAN
Executive Secretary For Ecumenical Formation, Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment, Christian Council of Asia

 

*Also Elected by the Assembly as a Co-President