The members of the Network for Dialogue come from both faith-based and secular organizations working at the local, national, and European levels on the integration and social inclusion of refugees and migrants in Europe. Network members are also religious leaders, academics and other experts who endeavour to assist and support the social inclusion of newcomers in host societies using dialogical approaches. Network members have vast experiences in working with refugees and migrants in different European contexts. They engage with other institutions on the national and European level in order to bring forth voices of grassroots initiatives in policymaking.
Dag-Kristian PontvikADRA Italy
Dag-Kristian Pontvik has been the Country Director of ADRA Italy since January 2017.
Igor MitrovićADRA Serbia
Igor Mitrović has been the Executive Director of ADRA Serbia since 2011.
Dr. Ángela María ArbeláezART Bridges
Dr. Ángela María Arbeláez is the founder of the nonprofit cultural organization, ART Bridges in Lesbos (Greece).
Maria Lucia UribeArigatou International office, Geneva
Maria Lucia Uribe has been the Executive Director of the Arigatou International office in Geneva since 2013.
Dr. Alba Sabaté GauxachsBlanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture
Dr. Alba Sabaté Gauxachs is the Deputy Director at the Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture and a professor at the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona.
Alba is a journalist and holds a PhD in Communication. She was also a KAICIID European Region Fellow in 2019, a member of the Global Board of Directors at the World Association for Christian Communication and UNAOC Fellow 2020. Alba serves as a news contributor at CatalunyaReligió.cat.
Nejra Kadić MeškićCentre for Cultural Dialogue
Nejra Kadić Meškić is a CEO at the Center for Cultural Dialogue that builds intercultural societies and fights growing mistrust and polarization by strengthening intercultural and interreligious dialogue, with a special approach to people on the move.
Her motto is: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Dima MahjoubDiaspora Network Alliance
Dima Mahjoub is an active member of the Diaspora Network Alliance (DNA), a non-affiliate organization that aims to empower newcomers by providing them with opportunities and tools to assimilate and become active members in their host countries.
Haythem Kamel BadawyFSL
Haythem Kamel Badawy is the Director of the Training and Awareness
Association in Luxembourg (Formation et Sensibilisation de Luxembourg
Dr. Francesca CadedduFondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII in Bologna
Dr. Francesca Cadeddu works for the Foundation for Religious Sciences in Bologna, Italy.
Amanda FiguerasForo Abraham
Amanda Figueras is a journalist and writer, truly passionate about interfaith dialogue and is working with Foro Abraham (Spain).
Dr. Archimandrite Panteleimon PapasynefakisGreek Orthodox Church
Dr. Archimandrite Panteleimon Papasynefakis was ordained as a Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church in 2001.
Amina KhalidInitiatives of Change UK
Amina Khalid academically specialises in the Sociology of Medicine and Social Policy with a Masters in Equality and Diversity Policies.
Dr. Amjad Mohamed SaleemInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – IFRC
Dr. Amjad Mohamed Saleem works for the IFRC as the Manager for the Inclusion, Protection and Engagement Unit.
Atallah FitzGibbonIslamic Relief Worldwide
Atallah FitzGibbon is the Faith Partnerships Advisor at Islamic Relief Worldwide, where he has worked for 25 years, previously serving as Policy and Strategy Manager and International Programmes Director.
Jelena DjurdjevićJesuit Refugee Service
Jelena Djurdjević is a social worker and Project Coordinator of the Integration House, Pedro Arrupe, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service Serbia.
Carl DahlbäckKyrkoherde Nacka församling
Carl Dahlbäck was ordained as a Priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden in 1990.
Elena DiniSacred Heart Basilica Rome
Elena Dini is Senior Program Manager of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Karl Johannes ZarhuberUniversity for Teacher Education of Lower Austria and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies– IFRC
Karl Johannes Zarhuber works with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, based at the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna as Global Coordinator for the Humanitarian Education Initiative.
Nefeli Themeli is the Global Programmes Manager for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and has been a volunteer of the movement for more than 20 years.
Marina LiakisZa’atar NGO
Marina Liakis is a French-Greek citizen and serves as Director of Za’atar NGO.
Ruham Al-BezraDialogue Facilitator
Ruham Al-Bezra works as Dialogue Facilitator at The International Dialogue Centre (KACIID) in Vienna.
Elisabeth PalugyayExpert in Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue and Migration
Elisabeth Palugyay is working as consultant for intercultural and interreligious dialogue in Vienna.
Mabrouka RayachiSupervisor for Islamic Education
Mabrouka Rayachi originally comes from Tunisia and has been living in Austria for 29 years.
Jon RasmussenWorld Organization of the Scout Movement, Denmark
Jon Rasmussen has a Bachelor in Social Education and is an Intercultural and interreligious dialogue practitioner, coach and peace-builder.
Isabel Martins da SilvaMEERU | Abrir Caminho
Isabel is the Community Director of MEERU | Abrir Caminho, which aims to promote community cohesion through Dialogue and Proximity.
Rositsa AtanasovaCenter for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria
Rositsa Atanasova has served as Advocacy Expert for the Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria since 2019.
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Ilan CohnHIAS Europe
Ilan Cohn is the Director of HIAS Europe. He joined HIAS in 2019 from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Since 2000, he has been working on a broad range of international migration and integration issues, mostly at the intergovernmental level.