International Treaty

To Ban The Political Use of Religion

Board of Trustees

Naguib Sawiris

Chair of Trustees

One of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, leading numerous international conglomerates active in mining, real estate development, financial services, telecommunications, investment and media, including a majority stake in Euronews, among many other sectors. Chair of Orascom TMT Investments and Orascom Investment Holding, as well as La Mancha Holding. Big donor and very highly involved in political and humanitarian campaigns and initiatives across the world.

Elisabetta Zamparutti 

Trustee

Treasurer of Hands off Cain, the international campaign for a universal moratorium on capital executions.
Former member of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture in respect of Italy.

Struan Stevenson

Trustee

Former member of the European Parliament representing Scotland (1999-2014). President of the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-14). Chairman of the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (2004-14). Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CiC). International lecturer on the Middle East and president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA). Very deeply involved in political, justice and humanitarian campaigns, especially in the Middle East.

Mila Bessmann

Trustee and Treasurer

Serial entrepreneur and investor with focus on exponential technologies (AI, AR/VR, IoT) and exposure to renewable energy and commodities. Digital artist with a track record of international exhibitions. Worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

Her latest venture Vidina  specialises in developing machine learning algorithms and creating photorealistic 3D replicas of real world humans, objects and environments from a web camera.

Naseer Shamma

Trustee

One of the most renowned musicians in the world. Ambassador of Nonviolence International, Red Cross, Red Crescent and UNESCO Peace Artist. Has organised many nonviolence workshops in preparation for the first Nonviolence Conference in Iraq. Leading campaigner to include nonviolence principles in the Iraqi education curriculum. Has led and managed numerous big initiatives to rebuild lives and infrastructure. Working extensively on spreading tolerance through his music, activities and constant presence in the media.

Salam Sarhan

Founder and Trustee

Well published writer and journalist with three books and over one thousand articles on a wide range of subjects in Arabic and English. Worked as TV presenter, producer, business editor and TV commentator for numerous leading media establishments, including BBC, Alarabiya TV, Sky News Arabia TV, Alarab daily and The Arab Weekly. 

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