Guest List

Officiating Guest


Mr. WU, Hongbo

  • Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Former China’s Ambassador to Germany
  • Former China’s Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines

Opening Keynote Speaker


Professor XU, Jialu

  • President of the Organizing Committee of Nishan Forum
  • Vice-chairman of the 9th and 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee
  • Dean of the College of Chinese Language & Culture, Beijing Normal University
  • Director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion, Beijing Normal University

Keynote Speakers


Cardinal McCARRICK, Theodore E.

  • Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
  • Participant of the Conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI as the successor to Pope John Paul II
  • Counselor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Former member of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom
  • Former Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad

Ven. Master Xue Cheng

  • Member of the Standing Committee, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
  • Vice President of the Organizing Committee of Nishan Forum
  • Vice President in Executive, the Buddhist Association of China (B.A.C.)
  • Prizewinner of "Atish Dipankar & Visuddhananda Peace Gold Award"
  • Secretary-General of the China Committee on Religion and Peace


Mr. CHAN, Chauto

  • Chairman Representative and President, China Energy Fund Committee

Doctor HO, C.P. Patrick

  • Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
  • Member of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
  • Former Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government



Mr. LIU, Changle

  • Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports, the Eleventh National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
  • Vice President of Nishan Forum Organizing Committee
  • Visiting Professor, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Wuhan University, Nanjing University and Communication University of China
  • Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings, Ltd., JP
  • Director of the International Board of the US National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Professor SWIDLER, Leonard

  • Founder and President of the Dialogue Institute: Interreligious, Intercultural , International
  • Professor of Catholic Thought & Interreligious Dialogue, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
  • Co-Founder and Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies
  • Visiting Professor at Tübingen (Germany), Fudan University (Shanghai), Temple University Japan (Tokyo), Chinese University of China (Hong Kong)

Professor CAO, Weidong

  • Vice President, Beijing Normal University
  • Deputy Director of Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion, Beijing Normal University
  • Professor in the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University
  • Doctoral Supervisor, Beijing Normal University
  • Long involved in the research on the history of German thought, the Frankfurt School and Sino-German cultural relations

Mr. HACKETT, James T.

  • Former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Adjunct Professor in Management, Graduate School of Business, Rice University
  • Chairman of the Board, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • International Oil Company Executive of the Year by the World National Oil Companies Congress (2012)
  • Inductee in the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2009)

Prof. HUANG, Pumin

  • Executive Dean and Professor of School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China
  • Member of Guiding Committee on History Teaching, Ministry of Education of China
  • Deputy Secretary General of the History Society of China
  • Executive Chief Editor of the Journal of Chinese Classics

Professor KOHN, Livia

  • Professor Emerita of Religion, Boston University
  • Visiting professor, San Francisco State University (2007)
  • Adjunct professor, Shandong University
  • Dr. habil., University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Former Research associate of Fairbank Center, Harvard University

Professor FU, Youde

  • Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies, Shandong University
  • Director of the Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of China – The Center for Judaic and Inter-religious Studies, Shandong University
  • Professor of School of Philosophy and Social Development, Shandong University
  • Chairman of Philosophy Society of Shandong Province

Doctor BORELLI, John

  • Former Consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
  • Former Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Special Assistant to President for Interreligious Initiatives, Georgetown University
  • National Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Mission for the U.S. Jesuit Conference
  • Coordinator of the Woodstock Interreligious Dialogue on Education, Woodstock Theological Center

Mr. ZHANG, Jiyu

  • Member of the Standing Committee, the National People's Congress
  • Vice President of the Organizing Committee of Nishan Forum
  • Vice President, Chinese Daoist Association
  • Editor in Chief, China Daoism
  • Honorary President of Daoist Association of Jiangxi Province

Doctor McLUHAN, Eric Marshall

  • Cultural Scientist, University of Toronto
  • Developer of the Thinking and Writing workshops
  • Founder of McLuhan & Davies Communications, Inc.
  • Writer of The Human Equation series (2011, 2012)
  • Writer of Theories of Communication (2011)



Prof. YOU, Bin

  • Professor of Christian Studies, School of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Minzu University of China
  • Director of Institute of Comparative Scripture and Inter-religious Dialogue (ICS), Minzu University of China
  • Director of Research Office, Minzu University of China
  • Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Harvard University

Doctor JOHNSTON, Douglas M.

  • President and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, Washington
  • Former Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Navy
  • Former Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Dr. MAYS, Rebecca

  • Director of the Dialogue Institute: Interreligious, Intercultural, International
  • Former Director of Master's program in English and Publishing, Rosemont College

Prof. ZHU, Xiaojian

  • Executive Director of the Presidium of the Organizing Committee of Nishan Forum
  • Chairman of Chinese Textual Hermeneutics Research Association
  • Executive Director of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching

Prof. YANG, Guiping

  • Professor of Islamic Studies, School of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Minzu University of China
  • Author of more than 30 articles on Islam
  • Author of Studies on Ma Dexin's Thoughts (2004,2008), Harmonious Development of Hui Islam and Chinese Western Society (2010)

Professor HSIUNG, James C.

  • Professor of Politics, New York University
  • Director of Contemporary U.S.-Asia Research Institute
  • Consulting Editor of Asian Affairs Quarterly
  • Correspondent Academician of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Author and Editor of 21 books in English, + over 150 articles/book chapters in Chinese & English

Prof. FAHEY, Joseph

  • Ambassadors of Peace of Pax Christi USA
  • Former General Secretary and Chairperson of Pax Christi USA
  • Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College in New York City
  • Former NGO Representative for the University Center for Peace Research (Vienna) at the United Nations

Prof. XIE, Lujun

  • Professor and Doctoral Tutor, College of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Minzu University of China
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
  • Master of Philosophy, Peking University

Professor HUANG, Yushun

  • Professor of Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University
  • Doctoral Supervisor, Shandong University
  • Member of International Confucian Association
  • Member of the Confucian Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Professor BERTHRONG, John H.

  • Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, School of Theology, Boston University
  • Acting Director of the Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University
  • Co-editor of Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans (Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • Co-editor of Confucianism in Dialogue Today: West, Christianity & Judaism (2004)
  • Writer of Expanding Process: Exploring Philosophical and Theological Transformations in China and West (SUNY 2008)

Prof. ZHANG, Xudong

  • Professor of East Asian Studies, New York University
  • Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University
  • Ph.D. 1995 (Literature), Duke

Prof. LIU, Chengyou

  • Professor, School of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Minzu University of China
  • Ph.D. of Buddhism, Renmin University of China
  • Author of Researching on the Modern Buddhism in China - Monk Yinshun Biography (Taiwan, 2008)

Doctor CAI, Xiangyuan

  • Lecturer of Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University
  • Foreign philosophy major at the Department of Philosophy, Peking University (2003-2010)


  • Former President of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Associate General Secretary, Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations of the National Council of Churches USA
  • Former Special Assistant to the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Ms. DENNIS, Marie

  • Co-President of Pax Christi International
  • Former Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns


  • Technology Strategist and Futurist
  • Managing Partner, TMT Strategies LLC
  • Co-founder of New York's original Internet association, NYNMA