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I Am Your Protector is an all volunteer community, the team is composed of
peace – interfaith – social justice activists, students, academics, experts, diplomats, artists from over 25 countries
I Am Your Protector’s Advisory Board
André Azoulay He has been King Hassan II and is now King Mohammed VI’s Special Advisor. He also chairs the Committee of Wise Men for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations, is Deputy Chairman of the Foundation of the three cultures and three religions, administrator of the Mediterranean Forum as well as Goodwill Ambassador of Monaco and the President of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Muddassar Ahmed is founding Managing Partner at Unitas Communications Ltd, a strategic communications consultancy, where he’s lead on projects for the United Nations, US State Department, the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) amongst many others. He also founding President of the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he’s President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Dept. IVLP Association. He’s a Director of the European Network of (US State Dept) American Alumni, HRH Prince’s Youth Business International & Faith’s Forum for London. He also recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor to the UK Government on combatting anti-Muslim hatred. He has been listed for 3 years in a row as amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally.
Shamil Idriss President and CEO of Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding organization. He has led Search’s efforts to end violent conflict in more than 35 countries globally, including some of the most devastating conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa. Shamil was appointed in 2005 by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Stephen Smith Executive Director of the USC Spielberg Shoah Foundation, holds the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He is the founder of the United Kingdom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, England and cofounded the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide.
Jim Dratwa has held several positions of great responsibility in that regard at the European Commission and now heads the ethics sector in BEPA (the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President of the European Commission), Dratwa is also the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Bioethics.
Tamar Miller former Director of Leadership Development and Executive Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is an organizing strategist for social benefit programs, foundations, institutions of higher learning, and religious organizations. She was on the founding board of the Alliance for Middle East Peace and is currently advisor to the Albert E. Marks Charitable Trust.
Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. Dr. Hussein holds a PhD in Near Eastern Cultures from Harvard University. He is a contingent faculty member and has taught at Hofstra University, Fordham University, Iona College, Virginia Theological Seminary, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, SUNY Old Westbury, and Columbia University
Mehnaz Afridi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College.
I Am Your Protector’s Team
Co-Director, Dani Laurence Andrea Varadi born as a political refugee from Hungary in Switzerland, lived in the Middle East and in Paris, she is the founder and Co-Director of I Am Your Protector she has been involved in various initiatives, campaigns and projects building in the fields of conflict resolution, interfaith and identifying the root causes and mechanism of how hatred, discrimination, persecution and even extermination are built and how to prevent them. She has been presenting and advising to foundations, organizations, international conferences and universities.
Co-Director, Aziz Abu Sarah Former Executive Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2009-2015), National Geographic Explorer and Cultural Educator, he produced the National Geographic series Conflict Zone. Aziz has received numerous awards, including the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, the Eisenhower Medallion from People to People International, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism from Search for Common Ground.
Head of New York Chapter, Sara Camnasio is a science educator, and a UX designer in training. She is currently a Master’s student at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, focusing on technology and media. She graduated cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College with a degree in physics and a minor in dance. She was as an assistant researcher in the Astrophysics department at the American Museum of Natural History, TEDxCUNY speaker she promotes women’s participation in science. In 2015, she received an Avon-Tukman fellowship and a Mellon Foundation grant to direct, produce and curate a multi-disciplinary event around the topic of humans in space.
Head of Los Angeles Chapter, Mara Burger held a number of positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), including coordinator roles and designed and led leadership programs. She has since a decade been involved with cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue and is trained in dialogue facilitation. She is currently pursuing her MPA at the University of Southern California and earned her B.A. in psychology and legal studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Head of Pakistan Chapter, Rizwan is active in the field of interfaith harmony and intercultural dialogues in Pakistan, he has been selected to contribute to the National Human development Report by United Nations Development Program Pakistan where he raised the issues about marginalized communities of Pakistan and suggestions of solutions. He also works on strengthening marginalized communities through small and medium enterprises development with technical and financial support.
Head of United Kingdom chapter, Sara Conway is the Partnership Manager at Young Barnet Foundation, she joined the voluntary sector after a career in communications and the music sector. She has worked and volunteered for a range of charities and social enterprises in the children and youth sectors including: Bigga Fish; Spread a Smile; and One to One Children’s Fund. Sara is co-founder of Unity, an interfaith friendship and social action volunteering group in North London and the surrounding area, working with a range of local and international organizations.
Head of education, Kelly Alpert Vest, has been a pioneer in the field of cross-cultural and interfaith programming. Her award winning initiatives have changed the lives and attitudes of many, helping to foster sharing and understanding among some of the most conflicted communities in the world. Winner of the Suffolk County Human Rights Award for Excellence in Educational Programming. As Director of Community & International Relations for the Suffolk Y JCC, one of the largest JCC’s in North America, Kelly conceived of and lead the HAMSA (Heroes Are Made through Service and Action). Her Seeds of Change program, awarded honors by the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center. She launched the No Place For Hate® campaign in partnership with Massachusetts municipal leaders which has grown over the last 15 years into a national force for good adopted by municipalities, schools and institutions throughout the country, positively impacting the lives of millions.
Head of IT, Rozi Rahmanan, founder and director of Eyes On the Net
Head of Design, Gulraiz Khan, Designer and Lecturer, Humanities & Social Sciences Habib University