Alan Murray (President)
Alan has been president of the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB), since 2011. He has been active in anti-discrimination and inter-faith work since the 1960s, and was the initial chair of All Faiths and None (AFAN), which, like ENORB, has included representatives of atheist/humanist organisations, as well as faith communities, to engage in dialogue, and action against discrimination. A former teacher, university lecturer, civil servant (UK Department of Education) and programme manager for the European Commission (focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe), he finished his career as an adviser on educational issues to the Archbishop of Canterbury, before retiring in 2009.
Etienne De Jonghe
Yvan is a humanist value worker, counsellor, or chaplain at deMens.nu, the Dutch speaking Belgian Humanist organisation. Humanist organisations regroup atheists, freethinkers, secularists, agnostics, rationalists and other non-confessional communities and are officially recognized as a life stance in Belgium, together with six other confessional religious organisations. He works for the knowledge management service and is specialised in international affairs and inter-convictional diplomacy.
He studied Orthopedagogy (social work), and has a Bachelor and Master degrees in Agogy (Societal Change Management), a Master’s in international Conflict and Security, a post-graduate degree in Critical Comparative Studies of Religion/State relationships and is now finalising Higher Studies in Security and Defence. He also took courses in Human Rights, Political Sociology, Business Management and Ethical sciences.
Yvan is the Humanist Chaplain at Brussels Airport and a Candidate Reserve Officer for the religious and humanist chaplains in the Belgian Army. He has been involved in the Humanist Community for more than two decades and is also working in philanthropic organisations such as the Rotary. He is President of Honour of the Studycircle Free Inquiry.
His academic research focussed on empowerment and democratic consciousness and later on theo-neurology of religious conflicts. He is also specialised in radical fundamentalism and extreme religious and political systems.
Dr Abdulla Faliq
Dr Abdullah Faliq is the Managing Director and Head of Research at The Cordoba Foundation. An Hon. Research Fellow at the London Metropolitan University, he has an MA in Middle East Politics (Durham University), a PhD (University of London) in Arab political Islam. He studied Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Egypt and Jordan. He has worked in university, government and policy, publishing and media settings for many years. He has built a considerable publishing portfolio, including editing Arches, The MENA Report, Insights, Spotlight, and several other reports and toolkits. To date, he has edited over 100 journal and report publications.
Faliq founded Britain’s first Muslim radio station, Muslim Community Radio and also provides tailored media training, consultancy as well as research to young professionals, BAME and Muslim organisations, and as well as state institutions and media outlets in a number of countries.
He has been the President of the Young Muslim Organisation UK (1994-6); involved with the Muslim Council of Britain since its inception (currently a member of the MCB International Affairs), and a trustee at The East London Mosque (helped set up UK’s first Muslim Archives and StrongRoom).
A founder-member of the European Network on Religion & Belief and Bosnia Heritage Foundation respectively, Faliq is a trustee at the Education Aid for Palestinians; an Advisor to Forward Thinking; Founding Director for Global Forum for Good Governance; trustee at All Faiths and None.
He was Research and Strategy Director at Global South (Istanbul); Assistant Editor for Islamism Digest produced by the Centre for the Study of Terrorism; Research Consultant for TRT World Forum (2017); CEO of Justice for Rohingya Minority; chair of Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia; and Founder and Executive Director at Centre for British-Turkish Understanding.
He has hosted several state leaders, including Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia; President Tayyib Erdogan; the current and former Grand Muftis of Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as the President of Bosnia; and Salih Hudayar, Prime Minister of East Turkestan Government in Exile.
A long-term campaigner, he has been active in advocacy and human rights for Palestinians, Rohingya, and Uyghur Muslims of East Turkistan; also supporting victims of the genocides and persecution in Bosnia, South Darfur, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, and others.
Dr. Maryana Hnyp
Maryana is the Founder and Chair of the KU Leuven Lifestance Network and coordinator of inter-religious and ecumenical relations at KU Leuven. She holds a PhD in Theology with the specialisation in social and personalist ethics, and an Advanced MA in European Studies from KU Leuven with the specialisation in fundamental rights of the European Union.
Previously Maryana worked at Caritas Europa as institutional development officer, responsible for communion and participation, capacity building and knowledge management as well as practical embedment of the Catholic Social Thought into institutional and organisational developments. She also assumed responsibilities of theological advisor to legal advisor for fundamental rights and legal advisor for institutional and social affairs at the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), and as Director of Religious Education for the international students within the University Chaplaincy of KU Leuven. She lectures on subjects of political ethics, catholic social thought, peace building and reconciliation, in various universities in Europe, Asia and North America.
Nyanchama is a decolonial expert, Pan-Africanist, anti-racism activist, and defender of human rights. She is a consultant and campaign coach for the non-profit organization Hand in Hand against Racism. She is particularly engaged in campaigns to raise awareness and mobilise bottom-up initiatives that are focused on decoloniality. Moreover, she has more than 30 years of experience in voluntarism and activism in many civil organizations.
Nyanchama has two master’s degrees, one in education and the other in social and cultural anthropology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy.
Professionally, she has wide experience in job coaching, recruitment and placement, social mobilization, activism and protest, talent scouting, prospecting and coaching, and advocacy and lobbying for the implementation of a decolonial process.
Currently, Nyanchama is the Director of the European Network for People of African Descent (ENPAD), the Vice President of Africalia, and a member of the Executive board of many other non-profit organizations: Africa Diaspora Network Europe (ADNE), People of African Descent Business (PAD Business), Creative & Performing Artists Network (CAPA), and I See You (ISY). She is also the Founder and Curator of the Chama Artistic Creations, the Pagne Africain Textile Exhibition, and the Kenya Kikwetu Abagusii Artefacts Exhibition.
Heidi is a vocational teacher, RE teacher, a journalist and a Lutheran pastor. Heidi providing training on inter-worldview issues mainly for teachers, people of religious communities and youth. She has more than two decades of experience in organising various interfaith activities at the grass roots in Finland and internationally. She has attended UNAOC high-level Forums four times as a representative of her interfaith activities.
Currently Heidi is a KAICIID Fellow and a board member of ENORB (European Network on Religion & Belief) and a committee member of Religions for Peace European Women of Faith Network. She has also served several years as an ambassador of the Parliament of World’s Religions and as a Global Council Trustee of United Religions Initiative. She has co-founded and co-ordinated four interfaith URI CCs in Finland in the last 20 years. One of them is a multi-regional NGO called Uskot ilman rajoja ry./Faiths Without Borders.
She has edited three books related to interfaith and intercultural dialogue and co- operation.
At this moment Heidi works in a project called KUKAKI II: The Cultural, Worldview and Language Awareness in Basic Education and a project on peace and global citizenship education: they are both carried out co-operatively by the University of Helsinki Centre for Educational Assessment (CEA) and the steering committee of Arto Kallioniemi’s position as UNESCO Chair on Values, Dialogue and Human Rights in Education.