Abu Dhabi | Director of the International Interfaith Harmony Initiative and senior researcher at the Abu Dhabi-based World Council of Muslim Communities, Dr. Abbas Panakal has been elected as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Religious Life and Belief at the University of Surrey. Dr. Abbas will provide guidelines. The appointment is for two years.
Dr., who is also an academic fellow at Griffith University in Australia, said that it will help promote cultural diversity among students from different faith backgrounds and further strengthen research on the friendships of integrated communities. Abbas said. Religious Life and Belief Center is moving into its new operational phase and on this occasion, Dr. Surry University Dean Alexander Goldberg said in a statement that Panakal’s appointment as an advisor is highly promising.
The Advisory Council consists of a group of 22 members from eight faiths and other humanist traditions. As the Director of International Interfaith Harmony Initiative based in Malaysia, Dr. Abbas Panakal plays a key role in organizing international conferences in collaboration with United Nations initiatives and the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department of Unity and Integration.
He was also the project coordinator for the G20 Interfaith Summits in the Middle East and South Asia. Panakkal Cultural interventions and other programs have been organized for the development of secular society with the support of government and non-government agencies. In multiple friendship conferences in countries like UAE, Australia, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Morocco, South Africa, UK, Vatican and the International Youth Conference held at the United Nations (2018), Dr. Abbas Panakal was the preacher. Ibn Battuta is the director of the International Center of Intercultural Studies and a fellow at the International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna.