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We are honored to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director

Peace Islands Institute New York is honored to announce the appointment of Emre Celik as its new Executive Director.


Emre comes to Peace Islands Institute after 10 years in Washington DC where he was President of the Rumi Forum, an organization dedicated to interfaith and intercultural education and projects of engagement. He has worked in numerous non-profit and community organizations with a focus on education, social harmony, community collaboration and interfaith understanding. During his university years he set up the first Muslim Students Association at the University of Technology, Sydney, he helped establish private schools in Sydney and Brisbane, sat on the Melbourne Advisory Committee for the Parliament of World Religions and on the Victoria Police Multifaith Council. In Washington DC he sits on the Religious Freedom Center’s Committee on Religious Liberty and the International Religious Freedom Roundtable on Capitol Hill. In October 2015, he organized the first ever White House Eid-al Adha reception where he also provided opening remarks.  


He was presented with the 2016 University of Sydney, Technology Alumni Award for community service, and in May 2017 he was a contributor to the online education series “Five Minutes of Religious Freedom” for the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute. In March 2017 he became the Chairman of the IFLC USA (International Festival of Culture and Language). He has been interviewed by the Washington Post, New York Times and numerous other media outlets in the US, Europe and Australia on issues related to diaspora Muslims, interfaith relations and the Islamic World. His writing has appeared in Democracy JournalFox News, ISLAMiCommentary, Lobe Log and Huffington Post. Emre regularly speaks on issues of pluralism and diversity, interfaith and intercultural understanding, Muslim Americans and the Islamic world.


Emre has been active in interfaith and intercultural issues for more than 25 years. Originally from Australia, he has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology,Sydney , a Masters in Education and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CSU Australia). 


Emre looks forward to engaging with the wider “Peace Islands” network. Do not hesitate to make contact via emre@peaceislandsny.org or his direct line 646 992 1881.


You can also connect with him via FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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