Faith For Our Planet (FFOP) convenes faith leaders, policy advisers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and scientists from all nations and religions to face the climate battle as one. Religion represents some of the oldest and most influential institutions in the world, making it an imperative for faith communities to unite to tackle the climate crisis.
The Advisory Board of Faith For Our Planet is headed by our Founder, His Excellency, Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa. Our Board members share a common vision of leaving a greener and more sustainable planet for future generations. Each of them has made immense contributions to environmental preservation, religious communities, and civil society.
Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa the Secretary General of Muslim World League (MWL), the world’s largest Islamic NGO, and the former Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is widely recognized as a leading global voice on interfaith dialogue, peacebuilding, and countering religious extremism. In 2020, he led a historic Islamic delegation to visit Auschwitz to honour Holocaust victims ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the former concentration camp.
Dr. Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor is a former Commissioner of National Energy Commission of Spain, and a Founding Chairman of Lightsource BP, Europe’s largest solar energy company. He is one of the pre-eminent authorities on renewable energy, and worked at UNESA, and was Special Advisor of the Energy Program of UNESCO. He is also a former special energy Advisor to the European Union.
Dr. Rajwant Singh is the Founder and President of EcoSikh, a Sikh alliance working for environmental preservation in India. He is also the Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), Communications Director of the Sikh Human Development Foundation, and Secretary of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Maryland. In addition, he has held the Presidency of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
Muhammed Magassy is the Consul for the Gambia Embassy in Paris, a former member of the National Assembly of the Republic of the Gambia and of the Economic Community of West African States Parliament (ECOWAS). He is also Executive Director of the Magassy Foundation for Relevant Easy Adult Literacy. Furthermore, he has authored several articles on fossil fuel investment, climate change and nature conservation.
Afia Salam is an environment and climate justice journalist and activist. She writes on environment, climate change, gender, media ethics and other social issues. She is Pakistan’s first female cricket journalist and a member of the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ). She is also chairperson at the Indus Earth Trust and faculty member of Media Laws, Ethics and Environmental Journalism at Pakistan’s Institute of Business Management. She is former editor of Pakistan’s first energy sector magazine, Energy Update and has also worked for IUCN as head of education, communication and outreach unit.
Dr. Michael Shank is the Director of Engagement for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a group of international cities committed to achieving long-term carbon reduction goals. He completed his doctorate in climate conflict, and has worked with United Nations, the U.S. Congress, and the Vatican, as well as prominent organizations, such as B Team, We Mean Business, Under 2 MOU and the Climate Group. He currently teaches sustainable development and climate security at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.
Dr. Fachruddin Mangunjaya is the Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Studies at the National University of Indonesia (UNAS) in Jakarta. A leading eco-activist in the Muslim world, he has worked extensively in synergizing faith, education, and environmentalism. His pioneering work in Islamic environmentalism has seen him train more than 1000 Indonesian clerics in using theology to promote conservation, which helped shape the 2015 International Islamic Declaration for Climate Change in Istanbul.
Dr. Syed Nasir Mehmood is former Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Climate Change for the government of Pakistan. He is also former Director Board of Governors at the WWF Pakistan and Islamabad Wildlife Management. He is a fellow at LEAD Pakistan, and current CEO of the Nature Clicks Institute Islamabad. He has expertise in forests, biodiversity, climate change, species conservation and international trade on wild fauna and flora. He has a PhD in Anthropology from Quaid-e-Azam University.
Haroon Sarab Diyal is a Hindu religious scholar, faith environmentalist, and a minority and human rights activist. He is a member of various peace and interfaith forums including Pakistan Hindu Temple Management Committee, National Commission of Human Rights, National Interfaith Forum on Freedom of Religion and Belief Network, and Ambedkar Society for South Asia. He is also a recipient of several performance awards for his services to peace, justice and social harmony by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, Interfaith Council for Peace, World Council of Religions, among others.
His Excellency Ambassador Chad Blackman is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations. Ambassador Blackman has worked for over fifteen years as an international trade law specialist and development consultant. Currently, he is the Chair for the Trade and Environment Committee in the World Trade Organization (WTO). In addition, he chairs the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Group in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is also the Americas Coordinator for the Government Group in the International Labour Organization (ILO), and a member of the United Nations International Gender Champions (IGC) network.