Interfaith Alliance | 19-20 November 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
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The Interfaith Alliance was inspired by the Declaration of Rome of October 2017. 

Borne from a congress on Child Dignity, and adopted by Pope Francis, this declaration showed how effective inter-faith cooperation could be in combating many of society’s challenges. 

Following a series of workshops around the world, the first Interfaith Alliance forum for Child Dignity in a Digital World was confirmed for November 2018. The United Arab Emirates was selected to host this, the first biennial event, due to the country’s values of tolerance, the 200+ nationalities residing within its borders and the peaceful coexistence of multiple faiths. 

With Faith leaders intent on addressing a broader range of challenges impacting the safety and security of their communities, the Interfaith Alliance and its growing network of partners is intent on inspiring constructive, harmonious social progress for the greater good of humanity.    

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A global inter-faith alliance focused on collaboration to resolve universal social issues by setting up concrete, historical, sustainable actions.



To create awareness, mobilize and empowerfaith-leaders through a biennial event dedicated to a fundamental challenge facing in the world.

Steering committee

The Steering Committee is an evolving team of faith leaders, academics, experts and policy makers. It changes with each biennial forum, depending on the topic. 

Major Dana Humaid Al Marzouqi

Director - Project Management and Shared Services Office,
Acting Director - Child Protection Center,
The General Secretariat of the Minister of Interior

Major Dana Humaid Al Marzouqi is a representative of the Ministry of Interior in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and works with several international boards such as the International Security Alliance, the Virtual Global Taskforce and the WePROTECT Global Alliance International Advisory Board. She is a government enthusiast and is passionate about combating crimes against vulnerable people and the community. Maj. Dana has contributed to child rights and protection legislations and policy development in the UAE.

Ernie Allen

Chairman of WePROTECT Global Alliance

Ernie Allen is a global expert on child abduction, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, the “Dark Web” and public-private partnerships.  He speaks to global audiences and advises governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations.  In 2015 he was appointed by then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron to chair a global effort to combat online child abuse.  He continues to serve as chair of an expanded WePROTECT Global Alliance following the merger with the EU/US Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.  Previously, as President of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, he created the national Missing Children’s hotline; the CyberTipline to report sexual exploitation; and brought forensic services to law enforcement.  Over 180,000 missing children were found and the recovery rate increased from 62% to 97%.  He led efforts to implement global policies on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Dark Web”; created new technologies to address child victimization; reduced a multi-billion dollar commercial child pornography industry to virtually zero; and addressed child victimization as a public health crisis.  He was called “one of America’s foremost social entrepreneurs” by President George W. Bush, named “Executive of the Year” by NonProfit Times and named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine.

Rt. Hon. Baroness Joanna Shields OBE

Founder, WePROTECT Global Alliance; CEO of BenevolentAI

Baroness Joanna Shields is a technology industry veteran, parliamentarian and global advocate for children’s rights and safety online.  She is currently CEO of BenevolentAI, the world leader in the development and application of artificial intelligence and advanced computing to accelerate discovery and development of new treatments for disease. Her career began in Silicon Valley and spans over 25 years, during which she held key executive roles at leading technology companies: EFI, RealNetworks, Google, Aol and Facebook.  From 2012-2018 Baroness Shields served as the UK’s first Minister for Internet Safety and Security, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Special Advisor to David Cameron on the Digital Economy, Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Harms and Crimes and Chair & CEO of TechCityUK.  She was ennobled in 2014 and made a life Peer in the House of Lords. During her government service, Baroness Shields founded WePROTECT, a global alliance of over 80 countries, law enforcement, NGOs and technology companies working in partnership to protect children from online abuse and exploitation.  She is a member of the steering committee of the Child Dignity Alliance and a commissioner of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali

Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children; Director of Arigatou International – Nairobi

Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali is the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children, and Director of Arigatou International – Nairobi. He has worked to build peaceful, just and harmonious societies and promote peaceful coexistence between faiths and communities around the world. He focuses on interfaith dialogue and action, religious extremism and conflict transformation. He is a recipient of Coexist International Peace Prize, awarded for ‘his vision and courage in mobilizing religious and faith leaders in transforming difficult and challenging conflicts in many parts of Africa.’  Previously, he served as secretary general of the African Council of Religious Leaders and as Africa representative of Religions for Peace International.

Dr. Howard Taylor

Executive Director, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Howard Taylor is passionate about positive social change at scale.  He lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US, where he has led a global corporate foundation, established a creative social enterprise, and built government teams – all to measurably improve the lives of millions of people.  As Vice-President and Managing Director of the Nike Foundation, Howard led the development and delivery of the foundation's strategy, programmes, partnerships and advocacy.  He was the driving force behind the successful spin-out of Girl Effect as an independent, creative social enterprise that uses branded mass and social media, technology and data to change behaviours and tackle negative social norms.  Prior to Nike, Howard held senior roles across the UK Government, including at the Department for International Development (DFID), Cabinet Office, and Foreign Office.  He was Chief of Staff to two Secretaries of State for International Development, and led DFID’s largest country programmes, in India and Ethiopia.  In Ethiopia, he co-chaired the Development Assistance Group, responsible for coordinating the most impactful investment of over $3 billion/year of official development assistance to Ethiopia.  Howard serves on the Boards of Mercy Corps(Europe) and the WePROTECT Global Alliance. 

Father Hans Zollner SJ

President Centre for Child Protection, Pontifical Gregorian University Rome

Father Hans Zollner SJ is a theologian and licensed psychologist and psychotherapist.  Since 2010 he has been the Academic Vice Rector as well as Dean and Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He has been a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors since 2014 and serves as President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University.  He is regarded as one of the leading ecclesiastical experts in the field of safeguarding of minors from sexual abuse.  He was a member of the Scientific Working Group of the “Round Table on Child Abuse,” commissioned by the Federal Government of Germany.  He co-authored Chiesa e pedofilia.  Una ferita aperta.  Unapproccio psicologico-pastorale (“The Church and Pedophilia – An Open Wound:  A Psychological and Pastoral Approach” (2010)). 

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