Aziz Abu Sarah

Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of  Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”

He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, a position which bestows grants from National Geographic for environmentally-conscious projects. He is also a TED Fellow

He is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends, which aims to bridge divisions between religions, and Crossing Boundaries: Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, a manual on travelling responsibly in times of polarization.

Aziz Abu Sarah
Aziz Abu Sarah. TED 2014, The Next Chapter, March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo by: Bret Hartman

Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Arab Spring, interfaith dialogue, world religions, Iran, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, responsible tourism, Syrian refugees

Location: Washington, DC (with frequent travel to Jerusalem)

Contact Information:
Email:
 azizabusarah@gmail.com
Phone: (301) 466-6259 (c), 703-349-1554 (office) 
Middle East Mobile: +972-52-427-1058
Twitter: @AzizAbuSarah

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Luis Lugo

Luis E. Lugo is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. He served previously as the director of the religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia and was a professor of political science at Calvin College in Michigan.

During his time at Pew, Lugo has overseen research as the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream, and a survey of Latino religious affiliations called Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion. Lugo has also helped expand Pew’s international research with the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.

Lugo has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He has written and edited several books, including Religion, Public Life, and the American Polity and Sovereignty at the Crossroads? Morality and International Politics in the Post-Cold War Era.


Director, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life

Areas of Expertise: Global Religious Beliefs and Practices, U.S. Religious Beliefs and Practices, Religious Demography, Latinos, Religion & Politics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
llugo@pewforum.org
Phone: (202) 419-4590

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Eboo Patel

As an American Muslim of Indian heritage, Eboo Patel turned his vision of interreligious cooperation into a youth movement, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). IFYC’s campaign “Better Together” gets college students involved in faith discussions and community charity projects. His organization’s goal is to promote respect for religious diversity and “common action for the common good.”

Patel was a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He was also named one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009 by US News and World Report and is the author of four books: Acts of FaithSacred GroundInterfaith Leadership: A Primer, and Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise.

Founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Core

Areas of Expertise: Religion, Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation, World Religions

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact Info:

Email: communications@ifyc.org, info@ifyc.org, or teri@ifyc.org
Direct: (312) 376-4786
Office: (312) 573-8825
Twitter: @EbooPatel

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