XXI Secretariat of the Congress


(11 October 2023, Astana)

Representatives of Islam:

Abdulrahman Abdullah AlZaid, Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim World League.

Nazir Mohamed Mohamed Elnazir Ayad, Secretary General of Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy.

Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashаzadeh, Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Board.

Mohammed Abdulwahed Alarifi, Advisor at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Alshahhat Abdulhamid Mohamed Algindi, Rector of Egyptian University of Islamic Culture Nur-Mubarak.

Ali Akbar Ziaei, Head of the Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Muhammad Zia Ul-Haq, Director General of the Islamic Research Institute and Professor of Shariah and Islamic Law at International Islamic University.

Neset Bodur, Counsellor on Religious issues at the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Kazakhstan.


Representatives of Christianity:

Khaled Akasheh, Bureau Chief for Islam of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City.

Yuriy Novgorodov, Representative of the Lutheran World Federation, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Jo Bailey Wells, Deputy Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Bishop

Deacon Elijah Kashitsyn, Secretary for Interfaith Relations of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.


Representative of Judaism:

Joel Adler, Representative of the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.


Representatives of Buddhism:

Pu Zheng, Deputy Secretary General of the Buddhist Association of China.

Byambajav Khunkhur, Da Lama of the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery – the Centre of Mongolian Buddhists and Secretary General of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace.

Jookyung, Chairman of the Central Council of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, Monk.

Montian Thananart, Secretary General of the World Fellowship of Buddhists.


Representative of Hinduism:

Samir Shantilal Somaiya, Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University.


Representative of Taoism:

Master Li Xinjun, Chief administrator of Beijing Baiyunguan Monastery of the Chinese Taoist Association.


Representative of Shintoism:

Shinsaku Mitsui, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Jinja Honcho Association of Shinto Shrines.


Representatives of International Organizations:

Anna Pavlyuchenko, Advisor to the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Mohamed Abdelsalam, General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Elders.

Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.


Representatives of Religious Organizations of Kazakhstan:

Nauryzbay Haji Taganuly, the Grand Mufti and Chairman of the Muslim Spiritual Board of Kazakhstan.

Bishop Gennady of Kaskelen, Administrator of the Affairs of the Orthodox Church of Kazakhstan.

Tomash Bernard Peta, Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana.

Yeshaya Elazar Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan.

Lyazzat Yangaliyeva, Director of Public Information Office of the Bahá'í Community in Astana.

Honored Guests:

Aida Balayeva, Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Afra Mohamed Alsaabri, Director General of the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates.

Zamir Haji Rakiev, Supreme Mufti of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Khamid Ishmatbekov, First Deputy Chairman of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan.

Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed AlKhalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence.


Representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

Maulen Ashimbayev, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Kairat Umarov, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Kanat Iskakov, Vice-minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Bulat Sarsenbayev, Chairman of the Board of the N.Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Inter-Civilization Dialogue, Commissioner for the Promotion of the Goals and Objectives of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.