Dr. Luigi De Salvia – President of ENIB
Catholic – Religions for Peace Italy
Born in San Severo, Italy in 1948 and a resident of Rome since childhood, Dr. Luigi is an MD, Specialist in Ophthalmology. In 2002, he became a Graduate in Catholic Theological Culture and since 2003, he has been involved in Interreligious events, specifically focused on issues of suffering, health care etc. within the Ophthalmic Hospital of Rome, where he was serving as surgeon. From 2007 to 2016 he was the Secretary General of the Italian Chapter of Religions for Peace (WCRP).
In 2008, he founded the Association “Ascoltare le Sofferenze” (“Listening to the Suffering”) for Interreligious cooperation in Medicine and Health Care. In 2010, he was the coordinator of the international conference “Religions, Cultures and Human Rights: a complex relationship in evolution” held in Rome at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs. Since February 2010, has worked on promoting a project for the welcoming of different Religious and Cultural Traditions within Hospitals and Health Facilities. From 2011-2018 he has been the Professor of Cultural and Religious Mediation within the Masters programme at Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He has headed multiples delegations of RfP Italy to visit Israel, Palestine, India, Nepal, China, and Myanmar. Since December 2016, Dr. Luigi has been the President of Religions for Peace Italia and since February 2023 President of Religions for Peace Europe.
Dr. Elisabeth Naurath – Vice President of ENIB
Lutheran – Religions for Peace Germany
Dr. Elisabeth Naurath is a theologian and religious educator. Since 2013, she is a professor of Protestant theology with a focus on religious education and didactics of religious education at the University of Augsburg. Her work focuses on peace education and interreligious education. She founded the Peace Education Center for Interreligious Education and is involved in various interdisciplinary committees and interreligious organizations. Dr. Naurath has a PhD in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care. She was elected as Chairperson of RfP Germany in March 2021. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Naurath is a member of the Scanning Commission on Nurturing a Sustainable Environment for Religions for Peace International.
Dr. Marcel Israel – Vice President of ENIB
Jewish – Religions for Peace Bulgaria
Dr. Marcel Israel was born in Plovdi, Bulgaria into a Sephardic Jewish family and has both Bulgarian and Spanish nationality, splitting his time between both countries. Dr. Israel received his PhD from the Technical University in Dresden in Industrial Controls and Telecommunications. He is an active member of the Jewish community in both Madrid and Sofia and is the former President of the Central Council of Jewish Religious Communities in Bulgaria. Currently, Dr. Israel is a researcher and lecturer on Jewish history/religion and Sephardic Linguistics (Ladino language). He is also a member of the following interfaith organizations: Bulgarian Forum for Interreligious Dialogue and Partnership; Vice-President of Abraham Forum for Interreligious Dialogue, Madrid; DBF, German- Bulgarian Forum for Cooperation, Berlin. Dr. Israel speaks English, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian and some Hebrew.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Genti Kruja – Vice President of ENIB
Muslim – Religions for Peace Albania
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Genti Kruja is a lecturer of Sociology of Religion, Intercultural and Interfaith Communication and Interreligious Dialogue at Bedër University College. He is the President of the Institute of Dialogue “Prizmi” and the Secretary General of the Albania Interreligious Council. Prof. Kruja has participated and contributed in many international conferences on Education, Freedom of Religion and Interfaith Dialogue. He is author of a lot of research papers and book chapters published by leading publishing houses as well as author of the books Albanians Facing the Challenges of Interfaith Understanding (2008) and History of Interfaith Dialogue (2023). Prof. Kruja is also Fellow of “The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) for Religious Pluralism in America” at Seattle University, Washington and International Fellow of the KAICIID. In 2022, he was elected as expert of Religious Freedom at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Vice President of European National Interreligious Bodies, Religions for Peace Europe.
Prof. Dr. Joan Hernández-Serret – Secretary General Religions for Peace Europe
Christian – Religions for Peace Spain
Professor and doctor Joan Hernández-Serret has been Secretary General of the European Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace’s regional Interreligious Council in Europe, since May 2023. Dr. Hernández-Serret teaches sociology, culture and religious diversity courses for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs at universities such as the Faculty of Communication and Humanities of the International University of Catalonia (UIC), the Catalan School of Public Administration, the Higher Institute of Religious Studies of Barcelona (ISCREB) – Faculty of Theology, University of Barcelona (UB), University of Sant Joan de Déu, and in the KAICIID interreligious e-learning course.
He is also the Director of the Official Interreligious Trust in Spain – GTER, the Director of the Diocesan Secretariat of Interreligious Relations of the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Barcelona and the representative of Religions for Peace in Spain. He was co-director of the IV Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona in 2004 and worked as co-director of the international, multi-religious, and inter-generational event in Spain “At a Crossroads: An Intergenerational and Multireligious Response to the Social and Environmental Crisis“ in 2022.
Ingrid Rosendorf Joys
Catholic – Religions for Peace Norway
Ingrid Rosendorf Joys (born 1971) is general secretary of the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities of Norway. She has initiated, led and participated in several interfaith dialogue programs, including Jewish–Catholic dialogue and an Abrahamic forum.
Joys holds a Master’s degree in sociology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has previously been the head of communications at the European Council of Religious Leaders and Caritas, and the head of external relations at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo. She received the Martin Luther-King Non-Violence Award in 2022. She is a member of the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission and several public boards, including the board of the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Theology and the Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombuds specialist advisory board.
- Cinderella Lee – Christian – Religions for Peace UK – Secretary of ENIB
- Mirjam Ates-Snijdewind – Sufi – Religions for Peace Netherlands
- Sladjana Sarit Ninković-Lekanić – Religions for Peace Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Imam Essan Secundar – Muslim -Religions for Peace Belgium
- Heikki Huttunen – Religions for Peace Finland
- Brigitte Proksch – Religions for Peace Austria
- Peter Lööv Roos – Religions for Peace Sweden