Faith is playing an increasingly influential role in this century's political, economic and social landscape, while intercultural divides are diverting valuable resources away from addressing the pressing global issues of today.
Are the religious mores of faith-based societies an impediment to, or an asset to, social progress, political order and economic development? What prospects exist for collaboration between the West and the Islamic world on fulfilling the economic agenda of the Makkah Declaration of the Organization of the Islamic Conference?
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahdi Hadavi, Founder and President, Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution, Islamic Republic of Iran David A. Harris, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee, USA Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington DC (2001-2006), USA Rick Warren, Author, Saddleback Church, USA
Chaired by Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008