Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill OAM

Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill OAM

Bid wins:
Harvard World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN)
18-22 March 2013

About:
Des Cahill is Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Studies at RMIT University and has been one of Australia’s leading researchers in the areas of immigrant, cross-cultural and international studies for three decades. His many publications and research projects have focussed on immigrant and multicultural education, ethnic minority youth, immigrant settlement, ethnic community development, intermarriage and, more recently, religion and globalization. Since the events of September 11, 2001 he has played a major role in researching and bringing together the various faith communities in Australia and across the world, especially between Christians and Muslims. Since 2001, he has chaired the Australian chapter of Religions for Peace Australia, and since 2008 has been Deputy Moderator of Religions for Peace Asia. He successfully led Melbourne’s bid to stage the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s largest interfaith gathering and played a key role in winning the International UN Model conference in Melbourne. He has also been awarded with an honorary fellowship with the Australian Council for Educational Leadership.  In 2010 Professor Cahill was awarded an O.A.M. for 'services to intercultural education and to the interfaith movement.' He has recently been working on projects with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, The Australian Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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