Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès
Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, Founder and Chairman of the GHFP’s Board of Trustees, was the Vice Chairman of Hermès of Paris, and board member of Hermès International. He is also the Chairman of Eden Development. Simon Xavier completed his graduate studies in Harvard Divinity School with a focus on religion and spirituality. He also holds an Honorary Fellowship at Oxford University. He served as the Treasurer of Religions for Peace for a number of years. In 2006, he was awarded the Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in France.
Sharif Istvan Horthy
Sharif Istvan Horthy, co-founder and Vice Chairman of the GHFP’s Board of Trustees, was born in Hungary, and is the grandson of Admiral Horthy (Regent of Hungary 1920-1944). He studied physics at Oxford University and civil engineering at Imperial College. At 25, Sharif embraced Islam. He has worked as a civil engineer and business consultant in Britain, Indonesia and the USA. He is currently living in the UK. Sharif is also on the advisory board of the Three Faiths Forum, and a Trustee of the Museum of World Religions (UK).
As a witness of the pain of the civil war in Lebanon, Alexandra explored her own responsibility for war and for peace. She became a psychotherapist. She is a governor and co-founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford, a founding member of the Ara Pacis Initiative, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. In 1998 Alexandra initiated Hadiqat As-Samah, the Garden of Forgiveness, in downtown Beirut. She is actively involved in the Healing the Wounds of History Programmes worldwide.
Prof. Patrice Brodeur
Prof. Patrice Brodeur is the Senior Adviser at the KAICIID Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. He previously held the Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism and Globalisation at the University of Montreal. Patrice completed his doctorate studies at Harvard University. Recently, he completed a 3-week tour of 6 Arab countries to lecture on Pluralism in Canada and in Islam, organised by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is author of several books and numerous articles including a book entitled ‘Towards a Pluralist Paradigm: Religion and Democracy in the 21st century‘.
Isni Astuti Horthy
Isni Astuti Horthy is a professional translator with a background in Javanese spirituality. She has dedicated her life to translating the words of Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, a Javanese spiritual leader and the founder of Subud, an international interfaith movement. Isni’s work focuses on articulating how individuals’ inner and spiritual experiences can have application in our everyday lives in the world.
Muhammad Ridwan is an Indonesian businessman specialising in investment and property development. He is a successful entrepreneur and has been actively encouraging social enterprises and development projects in Indonesia. Muhammad serves as the Chairman of Subud Indonesia, an interfaith spiritual community. His philanthropic work largely focuses on supporting individual’s spiritual growth, especially the development of young people.