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Shamil Idriss

President & CEO, Search for Common Ground


Shamil Idriss is President & CEO of Search for Common Ground, a global peacebuilding organization which supports communities to prevent and recover from violent conflict. With more than 650 staff and thousands more partners and volunteers working through offices in more than 30 countries, Search is the largest dedicated peacebuilding organization in the world.

In 2004 Idriss helped establish and served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders. He was appointed in 2005 by UN Secretary-General Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

Idriss has pioneered the use of interactive technology for dialogue and conflict prevention. As CEO of Soliya he led a public-private sector coalition to create a market for virtual exchanges, leading to the establishment of the Ambassador Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative announced by President Obama in 2015 and subsequent launch by the European Union of a virtual exchange fund in 2017.

Idriss is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and a recipient of the Open Society Foundation’s 2015 New Executive Award.