Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali – Secretary General, GNRC

Dr. Mustafa Ali, Secretary General, GNRC

Dr. Mustafa is the Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children, and Director of the Arigatou International – Nairobi. He previously served as the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for  Peace  (ACRL—RfP) based in Nairobi and the Africa Representative for Religions  for  Peace International (RfP) headquartered in New York.

Dr. Mustafa is an expert in conflict transformation, and focuses on Interfaith Dialogue, pre-Mediation, Media, Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention. He has been involved in finding ways to peacefully and sustainably address some of the most intractable conflicts in the most challenging countries and locations in Africa, including in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Libya and in his native country, Kenya.

A firm believer that ideologically-driven violent conflict should be transformed with a peaceful ideology, Dr. Mustafa has contributed to the de- escalation of the violence as well as de-legitimization of ideologies that fuel violence in a number of countries in Africa, especially mis-use of religion and targeting children and youth in the Horn of Africa, significantly reducing their justifications for the war and possible recurrence of mass violence. He has been engaged in efforts to reduce or end situations that lead to the misuse of religion to justify violence and conflicts, including terrorism around the world for the last 14 years.

Dr. Mustafa is a much sought-after conflict resolution expert by the local and international media, and has participated in dozens of conflict, war and peace related programs and discussions on a number of leading radio and television channels including Al Jazeera, British Broadcasting Corporation World.

Service Television and Radio (BBC), Central China Television (CCTV), Voice of America (VOA), German Television and Radio (DW), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Nation Media Group’s NTV, (NMG), Standard Media Group’s KTN, Citizen Television and others.

Dr. Mustafa has won or awarded many international peace awards, scholarships and programs funding. Most notably is the 2012 Coexist International Peace Prize. The prestigious peace prize was given to him in New York in March 2012 to honor his action-oriented work in interfaith relations and dialogue and conflict transformation in Africa. Former Ireland President Mary Robinson, Egypt Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa and other judges voted Dr.Mustafa to receive this prize citing ‘his vision and courage in mobilizing religious and faith leaders in transforming difficult and challenging conflicts in many parts of Africa’.

Dr. Mustafa holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom; Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy and International Studies from University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Sciences from Moi University.