Director of the Peacemakers Network to join the UN NGO Working Group on the Security Council

“Delighted to represent the Network for Religious and Traditional Pacemakers and the FCA on dialogue between civil society and the Security Council”, says Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi.

The NGO Working Group on the Security Council promotes dialogue between UN Security Council members and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with special program interest in the Security Council. The NGO Working Group seeks a diverse representation of groups in the areas of human rights, humanitarian relief/development, peace promotion, and other policy areas and is currently comprised of more than 30 NGOs including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ACT Alliance and Save the Children, among others.

Dr. Elsanousi said “As a new member of the NGO Working Group, I am delighted to represent the Network and to continue the on-going dialogue between civil society actors and senior member state representatives, as well as other high-level UN officials.” The Working Group holds regular briefings for its members with Security Council ambassadors, UN officials and other actors with special knowledge of Council matters.

“FCA and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers have a long history of working with the UN as the UN various agencies are founding member of the Network.  FCA also has  a consultative status on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) ”, said FCA Executive Director Jouni Hemberg. “Membership on the NGO Working Group opens additional opportunities to build bridges between grassroots peacemakers and global actors in order to strengthen ongoing peace building and mediation efforts. I couldn’t be more pleased”, Hemberg says.

Dr. Elsanousi has served as the Executive Director of the Network since May 2018 and is also a member of the Faith-Based Advisory Council for the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development. Since its founding, the Network has been hosted by Finn Church Aid (FCA), Finland’s largest development agency and provider of humanitarian aid.


Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network that bridges grassroots peacemakers and global players to work towards sustainable peace.  Dr. Elsanousi was the director of Community Outreach and Interfaith Relations for the Islamic Society of North America. He also served on the Core Group Taskforce for the Department of State’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Dr. Elsanousi holds a bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, a Master of Laws from Indiana University, a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and a Ph.D. in Law and Society from the Indiana University School of Law.

For more information:

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Executive Director, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, tel. +1 317 506 2835 (Time zone GMT-4, Eastern Daylight Time)