President & CEO
Shamil Idriss became the President & Chief Executive Officer of Search for Common Ground in September 2014. Shamil worked with us in a variety of capacities from 1993 - 2004, including as Burundi Country Director - the organization's largest program at the time - and as our first Chief Operating Officer from 2001 - 2004. Prior to returning to SFCG, he was the CEO of Soliya, a pioneer in the use of new media for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange and founding member of the Exchange 2.0 Coalition. In 2005 he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a project of the Secretary-General established to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation between Western and Muslim-majority societies. He has served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders and the Board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.