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Shamil Idriss is the CEO of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict transformation organization with offices in 29 countries. He was previously appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Upon departing his staff position there in 2008, Idriss retained the role of Senior Advisor to the UN, facilitating dialogue between religious leaders and activists and policy makers from the Arab region, Europe, and the United States before, during, and after the revolutions known as the “Arab Spring”. Mr. Idriss has also served as Senior Advisor at the World Economic Forum and member of the Steering Committee of the Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders. As CEO of Soliya from 2008-2014, Idriss led an effort involving public and private sector leaders to establish the field of “virtual exchange” which led to the establishment of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative announced by President Obama in February 2015. Mr. Idriss is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and recipient of the Open Society Foundation’s New Executive Award in 2015.