Prof. Azza Karam & Steve Sarowitz Join the 2021 Parliament as Featured Luminaries

The Parliament is excited to announce the sixth round of luminaries that will be participating in the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions. These two luminaries are deeply committed to justice and the promotion of peace in eradicating intolerance and violent extremism.

Join the Secretary General of Religions for Peace, Professor Azza Karam, and award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian, Steve Sarowitz, at the Parliament in October.

Prof. Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam serves as the Secretary General of Religions for Peace – the largest multi religious leadership platform with 92 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. She also holds a  Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, in The  Netherlands – of which she is a citizen.  She served as a Senior Advisor on Culture, at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and  as Coordinator/Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and  Development (UN IATF-R&D); and founder of the Multi Faith Advisory Council of the UN IATF R&D.

In those capacities, she coordinated engagement with members of a Global Interfaith  Network for Population and Development with over 600 faith-based organizations from all regions  of the world, representing all religions and interreligious affiliations. She was the Lead Facilitator for  the United Nations’ Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion, Development and Diplomacy,  building on a legacy of serving as a trainer cum facilitator of inter- cultural leadership and  management in the Arab region as well as Europe and Central Asia.

Professor Karam has served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004, as well as other  intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations since the early 1990s, such as International IDEA,OSCE, and Religions for Peace. Simultaneously, she lectured in various academic institutions in  Europe, in North America (including the United States Military Academy/West Point), Africa and  the Middle East.

Join award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian Steve Sarowitz at the upcoming 2021 Parliament!

Steve Sarowitz

Steve Sarowitz is a film producer, business leader, humanitarian, and changemaker whose efforts in entertainment are focused on creating impactful, purpose driven content. In a continuation of this personal mission, Sarowitz co-founded Wayfarer Studios—alongside multihyphenate Justin Baldoni—as an independent financial and production engine to pioneer multi-platform film and television productions that elevate and speak to the human spirit on a global scale.

As a passionate believer in the power of television and film to reach the hearts of their audience and foster progress, Sarowitz has made it his mission to produce projects that can serve as true agents for social change. Sarowitz has helped fund and promote a number of powerful, award-winning documentaries including He Named Me Malala which was short-listed for the 88th Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Features category and received two Women's Image Network Awards nominations, including Best Documentary and Best Producer. 

A dedicated member of the Bahá'í faith, Sarowitz Executive Produced The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá'í Faith, an award-winning documentary chronicling the origins of the Bahá'í Faith and its acknowledgement of the oneness of humanity's major religions in order to promote peace and unity rather than intolerance and extremism.

As a native to the corporate world, Sarowitz is the Founder and Chairman of Paylocity—a leading U.S. provider of payroll and HR solutions. He also currently serves in leading roles at global payroll providers Blue Marble and Payescape, but his true passions extend well beyond the boardroom. Sarowitz has long been an international philanthropist with an interest in promoting unity, peace, and universal education to create lasting, actionable change for a brighter future.

There has never been a more pressing time for us to reach across faith, religious and spiritual boundaries to find solutions to today's most pressing issues. The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions provides a unique opportunity for religious & spiritual leaders, theologians, activists, and organizers around the world to share their work with the global interfaith movement. 

Offering 400+ programs and the opportunity to connect with hundreds of presenters and organizers, the 2021 Parliament will be an unforgettable gathering for all attendees.

Don’t miss out on Early Bird savings coming to an end on August 31st!