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Akeel BILGRAMI (India)

Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, faculty member of the Committee of Global Thought and director of South Asian Institute (Columbia University)

Akeel Bilgrami is the Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, faculty member of the Committee of Global Thought and director of South Asian Institute (Columbia University). He teaches courses and seminars regularly in the department on philosophy of mind and language of Columbian University and also in the Committee on Global Thought and Political Science on issues in politics and rationality as well as religion and politics in a global context.

Prof. Bilgrami is also the director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
He is author of various articles and books. The most famous are «Belief and Meaning», «Self Knowledge and Resentment» and «Politics and the Moral Psychology of Identity» as well as over fifty articles in philosophy and in theoretical issues in politics and culture.




Co-chairman of WPF “DoC” and Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame

Fred Dallmayr is well-known as political theorist specializing in modern and contemporary European thought with an additional interest in comparative or cross-cultural philosophy. Among his publications are: «The Other Heidegger», «Beyond Orientalism: Essays On Cross-Cultural Encounter», «Achieving Our World: Toward a Global and Plural Democracy», «Dialogue Among Civilizations: Some Exemplary Voices», «Hegel: Modernity And Politics»  etc. Fred Dallmayr holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Munich and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. He is past president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP). He is also co-chairman of WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations“, Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, member of the International Coordinating Committee of “World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations” and of the Scientific Committee of “RESET – Dialogue on Civilizations”.


b252d97fb608Piotr DUTKIEWICZ (Poland)

Professor of Political Sciences

Piotr Dutkiewicz is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University and former Director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies.
His research interests are related to European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. He is the author of some books: «New Europe. The Impact of the First Decade, Volume 1: Trends and Prospects»; «Theory and Practice of the Civil Society in Russia», «Basics of Local Governance», «NATO Looks East», «Ukraine: Social and Economic Transformation», «The Worst is Over?», «Democracy Without Liberalism», «Unemployment Insurance in Canada» (all are co-edited).

Besides that, Prof. Dutkiewicz is also Director of four large-scale projects on regional development, unemployment insurance, labor market and social policies, expert for youth at risk project in Russia, a member of a Canadian Official State delegation to Russia (2003) and Advisory Board member of the Valdai Discussion Club, a group of forty world renowned experts on Russia.


Bundeskanzler Dr. Alfred GusenbauerAlfred GUSENBAUER (Austria)

Co-Chairman of WPF “DoC”, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, member of the Austrian Parliament (since March 1991) 

He studied political sciences, philosophy and law at the University of Vienna (Dr. phil. 1987).

From January 1981 till September 1990 he was an executive Secretary for Youth of the Social Democratic Party of Austria. His former position is federal chairman of the Socialist Youth (SJ) (1984 – 1990).
From 1985 till 1989 Mr. Gusenbauer served as a Vice-President of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). Also he was a senior research fellow in the Economic Policy Department of the Chamber of Labour from 1990 – 1999, chairman of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe (1995 – 1998) and Secretary general of the Social Democratic Party in Lower Austria from November 1999 till February 2000.

Also he serves as a member of the Austrian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1991. Since 2000 he holds such positions as Secretary general of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, leader of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian Parliament (February 2000), leader of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (April 29th 2000) and Chancellor of Austria since January 2007 till December 2008.


9236dbaf5247Hans KOEHLER (Austria)

Founder and president of the International Progress Organization (IPO)

Dr. Hans Köchler is professor of the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and holds the Chair of Political Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology. He is the founder and President of the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.), an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations, and a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum «Dialogue of Civilizations». Dr. Köchler is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including «Democracy and the International Rule of Law», «Global Justice or Global Revenge?» «International Criminal Justice at the Crossroads» and «World Order: Vision and Reality». He serves as editor of the series Studies in International Relations and member of the Editorial Board of several journals, including «Wisdom and Philosophy» (Tehran) and the Indian «Journal of Politics». In 2000, he was nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as international observer at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands (“Lockerbie Trial”). Dr. Köchler has received numerous honours and awards, including doctor degrees honoris causa from Mindanao State University (Philippines) and Armenian State Pedagogical University, and an honorary professorship from Pamukkale University (Turkey).


9e46aa830426Raffaele MARCHETTI (UK)

Professor of International Relations, LUISS University

Raffaele Marchetti (Laurea, Rome; PhD, London) is assistant professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and the School of Government of LUISS where he holds a Jean Monnet European Module on EU’s Engagement with Civil Society funded by the European Commission. His research interest concerns globalization, global governance, and transnational civil society.

He was scientific coordinator of FP6 Strep project SHUR. Human Rights in Conflicts: The Role of Civil Society; and was Fellow at the European University Institute, the Italian National Research Council-CNR, and in the Network of Excellent GARNET. Global Governance, Regionalisation & Regulation. He was also research contractor for the FP6 research project DEMOS. Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of Society, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies-EUISS. He taught at LSE, American University of Rome, John Cabot University, Universit? de Geneve, and University of Naples L’Orientale and carried out research at University of Exeter, University of Nottingham, and University of Urbino. In 2005, he received the Lawrence S. Finkelstein Award by the International Studies Association-ISA, Section on International Organization.

He has published 8 books/edited books and more than 50 articles in journals/edited books. He is currently completing a book on The Other Side of Global Politics: Goals, Strategies, and Impact of Civil Society Mobilizations and working on a long-term project on Constructing Global Legitimacy. The Competition for World Order.


53da1801b448Chandra MUZAFFAR (Malaysia)

President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) 

Malaysian social activist, scientist and intellectual, thinker and human rights militant.

His research interests include civilizations dialogue, religion, human rights, internal Malaysian political process and international relations. On these subjects Mr. Muzaffar has published more than 500 articles and about 20 books.

Mr. Muzaffar is actively engaged in social activities and currently heads a large non-governmental public organization «JUST», whose mission is to promote the ideals of social justice and concern for preservation of human dignity at the global level. Furthermore, «JUST» is also working on building of a just and tolerant civilization based on universal spiritual and moral values, shared by everybody.



Adrian PABST (UK)

Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent; visiting professor at the Institute of Political Studies de Lille (Sciences Po). 

Dr. Pabst is a lecturer in politics at the University of Kent (UK), and a visiting professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po).

Since 1998, he also has been a research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies.
His teaching and research are at the interstice of political theory, political economy and European politics. He has also a strong interest in global geo-politics and in the complex links between religion, politics and economics. His post-doctoral research was on democracy, capitalism and religion with a focus on rival sources of sovereignty. Drawing on this research, he is currently writing The Politics of Paradox, a book on alternatives to the logic of left/right and state/market that has been dominant since the secular settlement of the French Revolution.

He is the co-editor, with Angus Paddison, of «The Pope and Jesus of Nazareth: Christ, Scripture and the Church» and, with Christoph Schneider, of «Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World Through the Word». Dr. Adrian Pabst is also the author of «Metaphysics: The Creation of Hierarchy» and the editor of «The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy».

Since 2007, Adrian has been an editorial associate of the journal TELOS and a fellow of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. For the past five years, he has also been writing regularly for the comment and op-ed pages of The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Moscow Times, The National and The Huffington Post on geo-politics, political economy, Europe and religion.


c29bb0a3a9bdWalter SHWIMMER (Austria)

Co-Chairman of WPF “DoC”, Chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Forum 

Mr. Schwimmer is Austrian politician and diplomat. From 1971 until 1999 (28 years) he was a member of the Austrian Parliament (National Council), serving as a chairperson of several committees (Justice, Health, Housing and Construction) and deputy leader of his political group (OVP – Austrian People’s Party). From September 1, 1999 until September 1, 2004, Mr. Schwimmer was secretary general of the Council of Europe.

Also he was chairman of Interparliamentary Union of Friendship of Austria and Israel in the Parliament of Austria (1976-1999) and member of the National Counsel of the Association “Asia-Israel” (1973-1999), then he was its vice-president (since 1977) and president (1982-1999).

Currently Mr. Schwimmer is consultant for International Relations and European Affairs, member of a board of the «Crans Montana Forum», honorary Secretary General of the «Maison de la Mediterranee» and chairman of the International Coordination Committee of the WPF «Dialogue of Civilizations».


f147295bfa65Vladimir YAKUNIN (Russia)

co-founder of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, founder of Endowment for the WPF “DofC”

Russian statesman and public figure, philanthropist, professor, head of Public Policy Department at the School of Political Science at Moscow State University by Lomonosov.

Born 30 June 1948 in Russia.

Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics as a Mechanical Engineer in 1972 and began his career as a junior research scientist at the State Institute of Applied Chemistry. After completing military service in the Soviet Army, he worked consecutively as an engineer and senior engineer at the Administration of the State Committee of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for Foreign Trade and was also head of department at the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Between 1985 and 1991, Mr. Yakunin was Second and then First Secretary of the USSR’s Permanent Representative Office at the United Nations. He was then Chairman of the Board at the International Centre for Business Cooperation before becoming head of the North-Western Federal District Inspectorate of the Senior Control Department of the President of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Yakunin became Deputy Minister of Transport in October 2000 and first Deputy Minister of Railways in February 2002. In October 2003, the Board of Russian Railways unanimously appointed Yakunin First Vice-President of the Company.

Vladimir Yakunin was appointed president of Russian Railways Joint Stock Company by the Government of the Russian Federation in June 2005, June 2008, June 2011, and reappointed in June 2014.