2017 Summit Program

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Time

Session Description

Participants

Venue

19:00 – 21:00

Inaugural Session: Religion, Sustainable Development, and the Refugee Crisis

Chair:

·      Prof. Dr Kathy Ehrensperger, Research Professor, Universitaet Potsdam, Germany; Co-Chair, German G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee

 

Welcome:

·      Dr Brian Adams, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Director, Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Australia

·      Prof. W. Cole Durham, Jr., G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Susa Young Gates Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

·      Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D., President of the University of Potsdam, Germany

·      Gabriel Saez, Director of Global Affairs, National Senate of Argentina, representing Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of Argentina

·      Dr Dietmar Woidke, Ministerpräsident, State of Brandenburg, Germany

 

Formal Opening: Forum Religionen im Kontext

·      Prof. Dr Johann Ev. Hafner, Chairman, University of Potsdam, Germany

 

Musical Interlude

 

Keynote Addresses:

·      Emmanuel Adamakis, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate; Vice President, Conference of European Churches

·      Prof. Dr Ottmar Edenhofer, Director MCC, Chief Economist PIK/Potsdam, Germany

·      Baroness Emma Harriet Nicholson of Winterbourne, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom

·      Rabbi David Saperstein, Former U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom; Director Emeritus, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, United States

·      Prof. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Maldives

Audimax (House 8)

21:30 – 23:30

Dinner Reception

 

Ground Floor, First Floor, Terrace (House 9)

 

Time

Session Description

Participants

Venue

08:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session 1:
Religion, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Refugee and Famine Crisis

 

Chair:

·      Dr Arntraud Hartmann, Adjunct Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Europe, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Senior Advisor, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), Austria

·      Rev. Christo Greyling, Senior Director, Church and Faith Partnerships for Development, World Vision International, The Netherlands

·      Prof. Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, United States

·      Ulrich Nitschke, Head of Sector Program Values for Religion and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Head of the Secretariat for the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), Germany

Audimax (House 8)

10:00

10:30

Break

 

Audimax Adjoining Room, Ground Floor (House 8) + Courtyard

10:30 – 11:45

Plenary Session 2:
Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Religious Sector, and Sustainable Development

Chair:

·      Prof. W. Cole Durham, Jr., G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Susa Young Gates Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

 

Speakers:

·      Senator Sophie van Bijsterveld, Senator, Dutch Upper House of Parliament; Professor of Religion, Law, and Society, Radboud University, The Netherlands

·      Ana Maria Celis Brunet, Professor and Director, Center for Law and Religion, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, Chile

·      Prof. Gerhard Robbers, G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Former Minister of Justice for Consumer Protection of Rhineland-Palatinate; Professor Emeritus, Universität Trier, Germany

·      Rabbi David Saperstein, Former U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom; Director Emeritus, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, United States

·      Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Maldives

·      Prof. Shimon Shetreet, Greenblatt Chair of Public and International Law, Hebrew University Law School, Israel

·      Prof. Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of International Politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Director, Center for Strategic Studies, United States

Room:  Audimax (House 8)

12:00 – 13:15

Concurrent Sessions 1 (A): Civilizational Perspectives on the Crises

Chair:

·      Mike Waltner, Programme Manager, Professional Development and Learning, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Austria

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Ganoune Diop, General Secretary, International Religious Liberty Association, United States

·      Prof. W. Cole Durham, Jr., G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Susa Young Gates Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

12:00 – 13:15

Concurrent Sessions 1 (B): Faith, Sustainable Development and the Environment

Chair:

·      Professor Asher Maoz, Dean, Peres Academic Center, Law School, Israel

 

Speakers:

·      Emmanuel Adamakis, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate; Vice President, Conference of European Churcheor European Churches

·      Prof. Dr Ottmar Edenhofer, Director MCC, Chief Economist PIK/Potsdam, Germany

·      Rev. Yoshinobu Miyake, Superior General, Konko Church of Izuo, Japan

·      Prof. Dr Ibrahim Özdemir, Founding President, Hassan Kalyoncu University; Former Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Education, Turkey

·      Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, President, Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values, The Netherlands

Audimax (House 8)

12:00 – 13:15

Concurrent Sessions 1 (C): Impacts of Interfaith Collaboration

Chair:

·      Ana Maria Celis Brunet, Professor and Director, Center for Law and Religion, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, Chile

 

Speakers:

·      Pr. Peter Ciaccio, Waldensian Church in Sicily, Italy

·      Rev. Alexander Goldberg, 2015 International Fellow, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID); Jewish Chaplain of Surrey, International Advisor and Director of Programmes, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

·      Dr Abbas Panakkal, Director of International Relations, Ma’din Academy; 2016 International Fellow, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), India

·      Rev. Canon Richard Tutin, Secretary General of Queensland Churches Together, Australia

Lecture Hall 1.14 (House 9)

13:15 – 14:30

Lunch

 

Mensa (House 12)

14:30 – 16:00

Plenary Session 3:

Religion and the Economic Sector:  Religious Literacy and Germany’s G20 Objectives

 

Chair:

·      Canon Dr Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge; Founding Director, St. Paul’s Institute, United Kingdom

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Draško Aćimovic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Belgium, Belgium

·      Dr Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, United States

·      Michael Wakelin, Executive Associate in Public Education, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge; former Head of BBC Religion and Ethics, United Kingdom

Audimax (House 8)

16:15 – 17:30

Concurrent Sessions 2 (A): Alternate Visions of Development

Chair:

·      Dr Daniel Legutke, G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Desk Officer, Human Rights Department, German Commission of Justice and Peace, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Prof. Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, United States

·      Dr Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General, International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty, Switzerland

·      Dr Patrick Schnabel, Co-Chair, German G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz, Church Development Service, Germany

·      Peter Spiegel, CEO of the Genisis Institute for Social Innovation and Impact Strategies, Germany

Lecture Hall 1.14 (House 9)

16:15 – 17:30

Concurrent Sessions 2 (B): Partnership with Africa

Chair:

·      Ulrich Nitschke, Head of Sector Program Values for Religion and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Head of the Secretariat for the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Mussie Hailu Gabrestadik, Global Envoy of United Religions Initiative (URI) and Representative to the United Nations and the African Union, Ethiopia

·      Dr Akalemwa Ngenda, Faculty of Law, Brunel University, United Kingdom

·      Dr Selina Palm, Researcher, Interdisciplinary Unit for Religion and Development Research, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

·      Prof. Manisuli Ssenyonjo, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Brunel University London, United Kingdom

Audimax (House 8)

16:15 – 17:30

Concurrent Sessions 2 (C): Religion, Media and Development in the Post-Truth World

Chair:

·      Dr Robert Smith, Director, Jerusalem Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, Israel

 

Speakers:

·      Jacqueline Hughes, Convener, MA Journalism, Brunel University; Special Adviser, House of Lords Communications Committee, United Kingdom

·      Dr Peter Petkoff, G20 Interfaith Summit International Committee; Director, Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, Regents Park College, Regents Park College, Oxford and Brunel Law School, United Kingdom

·      Andrew West, ABC Radio National, Australia

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

17:30 – 18:00

Break

 

Cafeteria (House 8)

18:00 – 19:15

Concurrent Sessions 3 (A): Shrinking Space of Civil Society

Chair:

·      Prof. Tahir Mahmood, G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Distinguished Jurist Chair; Professor of Eminence and Chair, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Amity University; Founding President, South Asia Consortium for Religion and Law Studies, India

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General, International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty, Switzerland

·      Prof. Brett G. Scharffs, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

·      Ani Zonneveld, President and Founder, Muslims for Progressive Values, United States

Lecture Hall 1.14 (House 9)

18:00 – 19:15

Concurrent Sessions 3 (B): Refugees and Cultural Heritage in Transition

 

Chair:

·      Dr Peter Petkoff, G20 Interfaith Summit International Committee; Director, Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, Regents Park College, Oxford and Brunel Law School, United Kingdom

 

Speakers:

·      Michael Bochmann, Director of Water City Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, United Kingdom

·      Asst. Prof. Dr Nagihan Haliloglu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Turkey

·      Prof. Yannis Ktistakis, Assistant Professor, Demokritus University of Thrace; Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Goğaziçi University, Greece

·      Assistant Prof. Nikos Maghioros, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Audimax (House 8)

18:00 – 19:15

Concurrent Sessions 3 (C): Conflict Resolution

Chair:

·      Mag. Elizabeta Kitanović, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Communication, Conference of European Churches, Belgium

 

Speakers:

·     Dr Brian J. Adams, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Director, Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Australia

·    Omar Al Kaddour, Director of Religious Freedom and Diversity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina

·    Antti Pentikäinen, Executive Director of the Secretariat and Convener of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers; Special Envoy for the Prime Minister of Finland for the Migration Crisis, Finland

·      Prof. Alberto Quattrucci, Secretary General of Peoples and Religions, Sant ‘Egidio Community, Italy

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

20:00 – 22:00

Dinner

 

Kongresshotel

 

Time

Session Description

Participants

Venue

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session 4: Perspectives on the Refugee Crisis

Chair:

·      Pastor Peter Jörgensen, G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Representative of the Organization of Protestant Free Churches with the German Government, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Carmen Asiaín Pereira, G20 Interfaith Summit International Organizing Committee; Senator, Parliament of Uruguay; President, Latin American Consortium for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Uruguay

·      Dr Peter Bender, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP); Member of the Steering Committee of Religions for Peace, Germany

·      Dr Hany El-Banna, President, The Humanitarian Forum; Founder of Islamic Relief, United Kingdom

·      The Hon. Jan Figel, Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the European Union, European Commission, Slovakia

·      The Very Reverend Fr. Nabil Haddad, Founder and Director, Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC); Dean, Saints Peter and Paul Old Cathedral, Jordan

·      Elke Loebel, Deputy General Director of Migration and Refugees, Federal Ministry of Cooperation and Development, Germany

Audimax (House 8)

10:30 – 11:00

Break

 

Cafeteria (House 8)

11:00 & Continuing through the day

Special Training Program:
Self-Reliance Training as an Antidote to Radicalization

·      Dr Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation

Audimax Foyer (House 8)

11:00 – 12:30

Concurrent Sessions 4 (A): Youth Interfaith Engagement

Chair:

·      Anja Fahlenkamp, G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Founding Director, Faiths in Tune, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Samir Akacha, Vice-President, Coexister Europe, France

·      Charly Burridge-Jones, ParliaMentors Program Assistant, Three Faiths Forum (3FF), United Kingdom

·      Ishrat Hossain, Doctoral Researcher in International Relations, Linacre College, University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations; Representative of Cumberland Lodge; Representative of Dialog Perspektiven, United Kingdom

·      Jad Lehmann-Abi-Haidar, Representative of Dialogperspektiven: Religionen und Weltanschauungen im Gespräch (Religions and

Worldviews in Conversation), Germany

·      Rachel McCave, MA Student, Institute for Intercultural Diplomacy, Germany

Lecture Hall 1.14 (House 9)

11:00 – 12:30

Concurrent Sessions 4 (B): Roundtable on Countering Violent Extremism Issues

Chair:

·      David Kirkham, Director, BYU London Centre; Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United Kingdom

 

Speakers:

·      Sue Breeze, Head of Bilateral Team, International Counter-Extremism Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

·      Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Executive Secretary for Human Rights and Communication, Conference of European Churches, Belgium

·      Dr Kishan Manocha, Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR, Poland

·      Tina Ramirez,  President and Founder of Hardwired, Inc., United States

Audimax (House 8)

11:00 – 12:30

Concurrent Sessions 4 (C): Religion, Development and Economic Impact of Religion

Chair:

·      Frerich Görts, German G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee;

Undersecretary Retd., National Director of Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, India; G20 Interfaith Summit International Organizing Committee

·      Assoc. Prof. Keith Thompson, Associate Dean, School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Sydney, Australia

·      Prof. Marco Ventura, Department of Law and Religion, University of Siena, Italy

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

 

Mensa (House 12)

13:30 – 15:00

Plenary Session 5: The Challenge of Refugees and Food Crises

Chair:

·      Dr Brian J. Adams, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Director, Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Australia

 

Speakers:

·      Roland Bank, Senior Legal Officer, Office of UN High Commissioner of Refugees, Germany

·      Prof. Mohammed Jamouchi, General Secretary, Religions for Peace Europe, Belgium

·      Timothy Lavelle, Senior Food Security Advisor, USAID Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives, United States

·      Prof. Alberto Quattrucci, Secretary General of Peoples and Religions, Sant ’Egidio Community, Italy

·      Gary B. Sabin, Europe Area Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Germany

Audimax (House 8)

15:15 – 16:30

Concurrent Sessions 5 (A): Latin American Perspectives on Promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Chair:

·      Assoc. Professor Gary Doxey, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

 

Speakers:

·      Cristina Calvo, Director, International Program on Democracy, Society, and New Economies, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

·      Prof. Juan Navarro Floria, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

·      Gabriel Saez, Director of Global Affairs, Argentine National Senate, Argentina

·      Dr Raul Scialabba, President, Argentine Council for Religious Liberty (CALIR), Argentina

·      Elías Szczytnicki, Secretary General and Regional Director, Religions for Peace Latin American and the Caribbean, Peru

Audimax (House 8)

15:15 – 16:30

Concurrent Sessions 5 (B): Faith-Based Responses to the Refugee Crisis

Chair:

·      Dr Fred Axelgard, Senior Fellow, International Relations, The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, United States

 

Speakers:

·      Sir Iftikhar Ayaz, Chairman, International Human Rights Committee, United Kingdom

·      Naomi Hunt, Fellow and Program Manager, Refugees in Europe, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Austria

·      Ali Nasser Muthanna, Regional Manager, AMAR International Charitable Foundation, Iraq

·      Dr Erin K. Wilson, Associate Professor of Politics and Religion, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Lecture Hall 1.14 (House 9)

15:15 – 16:30

Concurrent Sessions 5 (C): Interfaith and Food Security

Chair:

·      Dr Patrick Schnabel, Co-Chair, German G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Evangelical Church Berlin0-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz, Church Development Service, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Ramin Khabirpour, Former Vice President of Danone Europe; CEO, Khabirpour Consulting, Germany

·      Rev. Nicta Lubaale, General Secretary, Organization of African Instituted Churches, Kenya

·      Dr Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, United States

·      Dr Luise Steinwachs, Head of the Unit for Basic Services and Food Security, Brot für die Welt, Germany

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

16:30 – 17:00

Break

 

Cafeteria (House 8)

17:00 – 18:15

Concurrent Sessions 6 (A): A Common Word Among the Youth: Interfaith Development Goals

Chair:

·      Rev. Dr Jim Christie, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Professor of Whole World Ecumenism and Dialogue Theology, University of Winnipeg, Canada

 

Speakers:

·      Rawaad Mahyub, Chair, A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY), United Kingdom

·      Jana Jakob, Co-founder of Soul Sisters, Sweden

·      Claudia Pizzuti, National Head, Youth Section of Comunità Religiosa Islamica Italiana; President of Youth Programs, A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY), Italy

Lecture Hall 1.02 (House 9)

17:00 – 18:15

Concurrent Sessions 6 (B): Women, Faith, and Human Rights

Chair:

·      Bani Dugal, Principal Representative to the UN, Bahí’í International Community, United States

 

Speakers:

·      Saba Detweiler, Representative bei Bahá'i Gemeinde in Deutschland, Germany

·      Asst. Prof. Dr Haliloğlu, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University Alliance of Civilizations Institute

·      Jacqueline Hughes, Convenor, MA Journalism, Brunel University; Special Adviser, House of Lords Communications Committee, United Kingdom

Audimax (House 8)

18:15 – 19:00

Concluding Plenary: Recommendations and Next Steps

Chair:

·      Prof Dr Kathy Ehrensperger, Co-Chair, German G20 Interfaith Summit Organizing Committee; Research Professor, Universität Potsdam, Germany

 

Speakers:

·      Dr Brian J. Adams, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Director, Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Australia

·      Prof. W. Cole Durham, Jr., G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Susa Young Gates Professor of Law and Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, United States

·      Dr Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Summit Executive Committee; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, United States

·      Prof. Juan Navarro Floria, Professor of Law, Pontifical Universidad Catòlica, Argentina

·      Ulrich Nitschke, Head of Sector Program Values for Religion and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Head of the Secretariat for the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), Germany

Audimax (House 8)