”There is far more that unites us as human beings than divides us”

Professor Nasser D. Khalili

"Bringing people together through art, culture and education"

“No Child is born to hate, we are all born as a human being first; Religion is given to us at birth”

Professor Nasser D. Khalili

Professor Khalili is a leading voice in the global movement to advance mutual respect and understanding amongst nations in the world today. Building bridges has been a consistent theme throughout his life’s work and he has been recognised globally for his contributions in this field.

Over the past three decades, Professor Khalili has been actively involved in a number of ambitious and innovative projects through the Khalili Foundation; a family charitable endeavour that has the mission to connect people through the power of art, culture, education and the natural environment.

Through the Foundation, Professor Khalili has driven a number of projects to connect people of different cultures, faiths and beliefs. Following a decision to take the message of unity globally, its most ambitious project to date is a unique collaboration initiated in 2016 with the Commonwealth Secretariat whose patron is HM The Queen. Launched in 2017, following a seed-fund donation by the Foundation of Åí250,000.00, the ‘Faith in the Commonwealth’ initiative supports religious literacy and ‘global citizenship’ among young people in the Commonwealth and beyond. The partnership between the Khalili Foundation and the Commonwealth Secretariat sets a new global standard and will empower a new generation to collaboratively address the ethnic, cultural and religious challenges facing the world today.

Professor Khalili is a co-founder and member of the Global Leadership Council of ‘The Global Hope Coalition’, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our heritage and build bridges across cultures. These extraordinary people are fighting hate and violence, denouncing bigotry and preserving dignity for all. They are risking their lives; they are Everyday Heroes. The Global Hope Coalition was launched at the New York Public Library on September 18, 2017, chaired by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at a star-studded special ceremony bringing together 550 government and business leaders, cultural icons, philanthropists, and human rights activists with the avowed aim of “taking the fight against extremism and intolerance to the next level.” At the event, ten men and women from  around the world who are taking great risks to oppose extremists, wherever they spread lies, bigotry, and hatred, were honored as Everyday Heroes.

The Global Hope Coalition is taking action to engage, mobilize and strengthen the global network of Everyday Heroes fighting to end violent extremism, preserve cultural heritage and promote intercultural dialogue by:

• Creating and fostering a support network

• Establishing training programs

• Setting up a results-based evaluation, monitoring and reporting system

• Enhancing fundraising capabilities

• Facilitating academic and leadership outreach

The founding members of the Global Hope Coalition are men and women of from various backgrounds and cultures, united in the conviction that extremism and intolerance pose a grave threat to the future of our children, shared cultural heritage and intercultural relations. This threat can only be overcome through the mobilization of civil society forces, international organizations, and the private sector working in tandem with Member States of the United Nations. The Founders of Global Hope Europe, based in Switzerland, are Irina Bokova, Eric de Rothschild, Nasser David Khalili and Ylias Akbaraly.

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Other Khalili Foundation initiatives include:

  • House of Peace
  • Maimonides Interfaith Foundation
  • Maimonides Interfaith Explorer
  • Visions of Splendours

please visit us at www.khalili.foundation

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Comments & Reviews

I am particularly pleased that the 2014 Award for the Dialogue of Cultures goes to Professor Nasser David Khalili. In the person of Professor Khalili, we are honouring a truly remarkable leader in reaching out boldly across cultural and religious divides and proving that, as he has said himself, what we have in common is far greater than what divides us. He is the perfect laureate for the Aladdin Award for the Dialogue of Cultures.

Gerhard Schröder Former Chancellor of Germany - June 2014

Dear Professor Khalili, you have always been an ambassador for the values that inspire UNESCO’s action

Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the designation of Prof. Nasser D. Khalili , as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Paris - October 2012

My Dear David, what can I say, here stands a Galileo. I have known you for many years when the late holy father pope John Paul II of blessed memory created you a Knight of St. Sylvester, I said of you at that time if you remember that you had in one person the great wisdom of 3 religious leaders: a Chief Rabbi a Cardinal and Grand Mufti. This was true then and it’s true today.

Words of the holy father Pope Benedict XVI (read by his representative) on the occasion of presenting the honour of Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St
 Sylvester (KCSS) - 2009