Baha’i Representative at the 2018 World Economic Forum

Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office, spoke at a panel discussion titled “The Power of Faith”. This discussion was part of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland on January 23-26, 2018.  

Also included on the panel were: Christiana Figueres, Brian J. Grim, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, and Hamza Yusuf Hanson. The conversation was moderated by Daniel Shapiro, Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Harvard University, USA. The panel discussed the role of faith in healing the fractures in today’s societies.

The Baha’i International Community (BIC) represents the worldwide Baha’i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity. Active in various global fora, the BIC maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. It is registered with the UN as an NGO in 1948 and currently has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as accreditation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The BIC collaborates with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter- and non-governmental organizations, academia, and practitioners. Read more at

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. To learn more about this Forum visit:

If you enjoyed this video, you may also be interested in a talk Ms. Bani Dugal gave at the 2016 ABS Conference: Reflections on Engagement in Discourses at the International Level

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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