William Vendley

Secretary General, Religions for Peace

William Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace (RfP), the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing action to stop war, eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. He coordinates the activities and projects of RfP’s 90 national and 6 regional councils. William has led multi-religious efforts to prevent conflicts, mediate among warring parties and heal societies in the aftermath of violence in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq and other countries. William is an advisor to a number of governments on matters related to religion and peace. He advised President Obama through the Multi-religious Cooperation and International Affairs Task Force of the White House Faith Based Council. He was recently appointed by US Secretary of State as one of ten members of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Partnership with Civil Society and is a Co-chair of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.