Ganoune Diop – Secretary General, International Religious Liberty Association; Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Seventh-day Adventist Church

Dr. Ganoune Diop, PhD & Doctor Honoris Causa, is the Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists World Headquarters, and Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association, as well as Secretary of the Conference of General Secretary of Christian World Communions. Dr. Diop was the Permanent Representative of the SDA Church at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. He extensively works to foster mutual understanding between Christian faith traditions and other world religions and philosophies. He regularly trains leaders in capacity building in reference to peace, justice, and human rights: the pillars of the United Nations. He was granted a doctorate Honoris Causa for his work in helping promote a culture of human rights grounded on human dignity. He is executive editor of Religious Freedom World Report and executive editor of Fides et Libertas. Dr. Diop is graced with a fascinating combination of gifts and expertise in Biblical Exegesis and Theology, Philology with an emphasis on Biblical languages, and Comparative World Religions and Philosophies. He earned a masters’ degree in Philology at the School of Languages and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East in Paris. He earned a PhD candidacy in New Testament Studies with a focus on Apocalyptic Literature at the Catholic University of Paris. He also earner a diploma of in-depth studies in New Testament. He completed postgraduate studies in Semiotics Studies and applied Linguistics at the University of Sorbonne, Paris. He graduated from Andrews University with a PhD in Old Testament Studies in 1995. He was the Director of Global Study Centers on World Religions and Philosophies at the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church.