About the Organization

Dialogue for Peace is a Norwegian foundation started by the Norwegian-Pakistani conservative politician Aamir Javed Sheikh. Foundation Dialogue for Peace's mission is to work for peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict and the promotion of respect for human rights internationally. The closest advisers of the Foundation Dialogue for Peace is the former Prime Ministers of Norway Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik and Mr. Kåre Willoch.

Board Members

Inge Lønning (late)

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Chairman since 2004 – 2013

Mr. Inge Lønning was internationally known scholar of Martin Luther and systematic theology. He was greatly inspired by Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was professor of theology at the University of Oslo 1971-2008 and dean of the university from 1985 to 1992. Lønning mark as a politician, first and foremost, as head of the European Movement in EU battle in the 1990s, later as Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1997 to 2009. He was the 1st Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1998 to 2002, Vice-President of Parliament from 2001 to 2005 and President of Lagtinget of Parliament from 2005-2009.


Aamir Javed Sheikh

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Mr. Sheikh is founder and president of the Foundation Dialogue for Peace Norway since 2004. He was member of the Oslo Parliament, Norway 1995 – 2011. Political adviser to the Conservative Party (2001 – 2003) He has also been vice chairman of Center against Ethnic Discrimination of Norway 2002 – 2006 and Head of 17th May Committee 2008 (Norways National day celebration committee) He is also President Norway Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of 14th August Committee Norway since 2003.


Henrik Syse

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Board Member

Mr. Henrik Syse is a Norwegian philosopher, employed at the Institute for Peace Research. He is the son of former Prime Minister of Norway Jan P. Syse. At PRIO he works on the ethics of war, historically and systematically, as well as on the relationship between religion and the use of armed force. He is also a lecturer at Bjørknes College, contributing to the Master's degree program jointly undertaken by PRIO, Bjørknes, and the Australian National University.


Muhammad Anwar Soofi

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Board Member

Mr. Muhammad Anwar Soofi is one of the first who came to Norway in the early 70s from Pakistan. He was also one of the first who founded Pakistan's association in Norway. He is a journalist, writer and vise President of 14th August committee Norway.


Kåre Willoch

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Senior Advisor

Mr. Kåre Willoch is a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party. He served as Minister of Trade and Shipping in 1963 and 1965–1970, and as Prime Minister of Norway from 1981 to 1986. He since has held the offices of Governor of Oslo and Akerhus (1989–1998). In recent years Willoch engaged especially in the Israel-Palestine conflict.


Kjell Magne Bondevik

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Senior Advisor

Mr. Bondevik is the founder and president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights. He was Prime Minister of Norway 1997-2000 and 2001-2005. He has also been Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Church and Education. He was a member of the Norwegian Parliament from 1973-2005. Mr. Bondevik served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa in 2006-2007. Mr. Bondevik holds the degree of Cand.Theol. and was ordained as a priest in the Lutheran Church of Norway in 1979.



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