Shamil Idriss

Chairman of the Board

Shamil Idriss became the Chairman of Soliya's Board in 2014. 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 to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation between Western and Muslim-majority societies. He later became the CEO of Soliya, a pioneer in the use of new media for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange and a founding member of the Exchange 2.0 Coalition. Shamil has served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and on the Board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.