Global Ethic Committee


  • Rev. Charline Manuel
  • Nitin Ajmera
  • Sahar Alsahlani
  • Debra Boudreaux
  • Imam Saffet Catovic
  • Dr. Mary Doak
  • Swami Ishatmananda
  • Mr. Bruce Knotts
  • Mahrukh Motafram
  • Kaleb Nyquist
  • Dr. John Pawlikowski
  • Dr. Kusumita Pedersen
  • Charline Manuel

    Rev. Charline Manuel

    Committee Chair
    Charline has been an ordained Unity Minister for nearly thirty years. Currently serving as a board and leadership consultant to faith-based organizations throughout the US. Charline has been active in peace and community work, taking delegations to study at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, building wells for fresh water in Africa, building a school in Haiti, and in the US, working on community development to build affordable housing in urban areas.  She served as Senior minister for over twenty years in a multicultural congregation in Miami, FL. 

    Charline is on the faculty of the Unity Urban Ministerial School located in Detroit, Michigan and serves on the Board of Directors of Unity World Headquarters in Missouri. In addition to serving as chair for the Global Ethic Committee, Charline currently serves as the Parliament’s secretary of the Board of Trustees.  

    After attending the 2004 Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, which Charline describes as a life-changing event, she has been dedicated to the mission of the Parliament and the pursuit of just and fair living conditions within local communities and around the globe. Charline currently makes her home outside of Orlando, FL.

  • Nitin Ajmera

    Nitin Ajmera

    Nitin Ajmera is a senior management professional and practitioner of the Digambar Jain tradition. He is Chief Financial Officer at New York Sports Club and its family of brands. He also teaches at Drexel University. He has been associated with the Jain Center of America-New York and Jain Samaj of Long Island in many capacities ranging from a teacher in Jain Sunday School, committee chair, to the President. Nitin is the Chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

  • Saahar alashlani

    Sahar Alsahlani

    Sahar Alsahlani has been on the interfaith scene in NYC for years, in myriad roles that promote interfaith social justice. She is a member of the Community of Living Traditions, an intentional multi-faith community, and co-chair of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, the country’s oldest interfaith organization geared toward peace and non-violence. Alsahlani is also on the board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Religions for Peace, USA, United Nations-affiliated NGOs; a fellow at Greenfaith, an interfaith environmental network; and a board member of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Alsahlani perceives her work as a way to encourage civic engagement with people from different backgrounds in the five boroughs. She has been involved in justice activism as a representative of CAIR and the broader Muslim community, including environmental justice causes, such as Standing Rock, and racial justice causes, such as Ferguson and Charlottesville

  • Debra Boudreaux

    Debra Boudreaux

    Debra Boudreaux is a senior volunteer with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. She has more than 32 years of experience working on major projects related to charity, medical care, education, and humanitarian aid. Debra was previously the CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Foundation and several community advisory councils for SARS, H1N1, Ebola, and COVID-19. Debra engages with Social Work and Sustainability of Global Environmental Changes among SDG grass roots projects. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and serves as a member of the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council. To this day, Debra has patterned her daily life on the teachings of Dharma Master Cheng Yen: “Gratitude, Respect and Love.” She carries this spirit into communities in need and all over the world.

  • Imam Saffet Catovic

    Imam Saffet Catovic

    Imam Saffet Abid Catovic has his MBA and is a long-time US Muslim Community Organizer/Activist and Environmental Leader. He was a national organizer of Bosnia Task Force – USA a coalition of the major National and Regional Muslim Organizations advocating for an end to the Genocide in  Bosnia during the early 1990s.  From 1992-2001 Served in various Senior level capacities in the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina including Minister Counselor at the Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations  – NYC and Deputy Federation Contract Administrator at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States in DC. Currently Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force and serves on the Parliament’s, Board of Trustees; Member of the Statewide Clergy Council of Faith in New Jersey (part of the Faith in Action National Network), and Board member. GreenFaith Fellow and serves as their Senior Muslim advisor; Co-founder and Chair of the Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ); a founding committee member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Green Initiatives;  Consultant to the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change (2015); a founding member of the Global Muslim Climate Network (GMCN);  Co-drafter of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) “Fatwa” Religious ruling on fossil fuel divestment; Member of the scholars Drafting team of “Al-Mizan-Covenant for the Earth” organized under the auspices of  UNEP – Faiths for Earth; Board member-Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)  Advisory group Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology; Imam and Muslim Chaplain at Drew University Madison, NJ where he also received his MA in Religion and Society, specializing in Religion and the Environment and is currently Doctorate of Ministry student. Head of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith, Community Alliances and Governmental Relations in Washington, DC.

  • Dr. Mary Doak

    Dr. Mary Doak

  • Rev. John

    Swami Ishatmananda

  • Mr. Bruce Knotts

    Mr. Bruce Knotts

  • Mahrukh Motafram

    Mahrukh Motafram

    Mahrukh Motafram is a first generation immigrant from India who arrived in the US to pursue higher education. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984 with a Master’s degree in Bio-Organic Chemistry. Further education included an Associate degree in Business and Marketing from the Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI in 2002. She is currently pursuing a certification in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University, WA.

  • Kaleb Nyquist

    Kaleb Nyquist

  • Rev. John

    Dr. John Pawlikowski

  • Dr. Kusumita Pedersen

    Dr. Kusumita Pedersen


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