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We will be engaging experts and visionaries from all walks of life -- arts, media, academia, sports, politics, faith et all. In order to get the input of national and international experts of various fields, Zenji has met with several leaders including:
Tarek Fatah: One of Canada as well as India's most sought-after broadcasters, commentators and pundits, Tarek Fatah's television appearances have been seen by hundreds of millions of fans and he has been praised by many of the world's leading thinkers -- from Harvard professor and Indian statesman Dr. Subramanium Swamy to Dave Rubin, Gad Saad and Sam Harris. Tarek is also a journalist with the Toronto Sun and has written for several publications including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Huffington Post. Tarek also played a key role in nominating Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Prize as well as in the rescue of Rahaaf Mohammad from the Thai airport after she fled from Saudi Arabia. Tarek is an award-winning author whose last book "The Jew is not My Enemy" is very topical -- with a foreward by Bob Rae.
In order to explore ways to combat bigotry and hate on a global scale, Zenji met with the world-renowned Imam Mohammad Talwidi -- widely considered a media darling in his native Australia and a scholar whose views are sought after by the nation's top journalists from Sky News to The Bolt Report. Tawhidi is one of the world's most closely followed Imams on Twitter with hundreds of thousands of followers from across the world. Tawhidi will be speaking in the US with one of America's leading Hindu scholars Rajiv Malhotra - a disciple of the world famous Indian mystic Swamy Dayanand Saraswati -- the personal mentor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the father of Hindu-Jewish dialogue. Interestingly, Swamy Dayanand's UN-backed charity has chosen Zenji to be its spokesperson and to speak at its biggest charity gala that will raise millions to assist the poor and impoverished girls of India.
The Asia Bibi case has gripped the world's attention as an example of the persecution of Christians. As this is an incredible example of hate and bigotry, Zenji Nio took a meeting with the most important voice on the topic -- that of Shaan Taseer -- whose father Salman Taseer was the Governor in Pakistan who was assassinated for trying to protect Asia Bibi. Shaan is living up to his father's legacy by fighting against hate and oppression in his own way -- as an expert from the world-renowned London School of Economics. He has already been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC and other outlets pursuing justice for Asia Bibi and he believes everyone has a duty to protect the vulnerable victims of oppression.
Dr. Rev. Karin Achtelstetter is the Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief and a member of the Board for the Augusta Victoria Hospital -- a major landmark in Jerusalem on the sacred Mount of Olives. Karin also serves on the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development and has been honored as a Special Goodwill Ambassador for Israel by the Government of Israel. Karin interacts with diplomats and ambassadors pursuing the 2 State solution and has a unique background in being both a Lutheran Minister as well as part Jewish on her mother's side having pursued Jewish studies in Yiddish. Further, Karin conducted a landmark radio interview with Concentration Camp Prisoner 1 and has served on a Cannes Film Festival jury.
Pandit Roopnath Sharma is the head of the Hindu Federation comprising several of the largest Hindu temples of Toronto and is also the President of the Canadian Multifaith Federation -- the oldest Interfaith Council of Canada and the only one financed by the Government of Canada. He will be joined by Dr. Raj Patil, the Head of the North American Jain Association and Dr. Jehan Bagli -- the Head Priest of the Zoroastrian Association of North America. Hindus, Jains and Parsis have also experienced genocides in their nations and are thus very sensitive to this cause.
Dr. Abdul Hai Patel is the Trustee of the Toronto District School Board and the former Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission for several years. He is also the founder of the influential Canadian Council of Imams and is the Founder, Director and Patron in Chief of Muslim Children Aid and Support Service. He is also the Muslim chaplain for the Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto Police, Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto -- and has served on the Board of the Boy Scouts of Canada.
Other members of the group will include various leaders also profiled at www.SempoCenter.com such as:
Rev. Alex Wilson -- Member of the Parliamentary Committee on the Rohingya Crisis
Rev. Matthew Parker -- the Head of the Yonge Street Mission -- one of Toronto's most important charities that works to empower the most marginalized and vulnerable street kids across the city.
Vivian Kwok -- the former administrator of the Archdiocese of Toronto and the coordinator of their
Interfaith efforts across the GTA over the last decade, she is now the head of the Muslim Catholic Adult Student Dialogue.
Shaikh Imran Ali: The Head Imam of the Tarec Cultural Center -- one of the largest mosques in Canada which is attended by hundreds of thousands of Muslims -- is also an advisor for Law Enforcement.