Dr. Hashim El- Tinay
The International Peace Quest
Salam Sudan Foundation
founder and president of the International Peace Quest Institute (IPQI)/Salam
Sudan Foundation (SSF), a think tank/civil society organization/NGO created in
Paris in 1985 and since 1998 operating out of Washington, DC with branches in
Paris and Nairobi and since June 2006 in Khartoum. Dr. El-Tinay contributed,
and quietly, through his persistent advocacy for a more just, peaceful and
humane world, to the call for societal renewal in the 21st century
and the shift in American foreign policy toward a peace rather than a
war-centered policy locally, regionally and globally and especially vis-ŕ-vis the
After the signing of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace
Agreement (CPA) on January 9th, 2005 in Nairobi, IPQI & SSF
organized a number of workshops and forums in Washington, DC to explain to the
media, the American public and all those following Sudanese developments the
CPA’s significance to both American and Sudanese national interest, the future
of Sudanese-American relations and its promise for moving the world toward a
culture of peace. These included think tanks, research institutes,
universities, corporations, and faith and community leaders.
Dr. Hashim El-Tinay, is a Sudanese-American
researcher, public speaker, writer, and international
cross-cultural, interfaith relations and language consultant. He has been a
passionate advocate for justice, peace, democracy and human rights and dignity,
locally and globally, since his university days, and has been working
tirelessly since 1985 for peace and justice through cross-cultural and interfaith
cooperation and explaining Islam from an Abrahamic perspective, as a message of
universal mercy, justice, peace and dignity.
In recognition of his dedication to peace and human
rights, Dr. El-Tinay is the recipient
of several Peacemaker in
Action and Ambassador of Peace Awards. Dr. El-Tinay has been involved with faith-based and secular educational
institutions to consider cross-cultural and interfaith strategies for global
justice, peace, democracy, human rights and dignity and sustainable social and
economic development. Dr. El-Tinay has been sharing his universal vision
worldwide through public speaking and writing in Arabic, English and French
highlighting a unique perspective rooted in the Sudanese, Afro-Arab, and Nile
Valley 5,000 year spiritual heritage.
He believes that working through grassroots and people-to-people education
and public diplomacy for a better understanding between religions, cultures and
civilizations is the best way to serve the cause of world peace and the renewal
of World civilization. He has been quietly working through deeper cultural and
spiritual awareness between people to bridging the gap of understanding between
America, Europe and the Muslim world and, beyond politics, to improving
relations between the American and Sudanese peoples.
He is also an assembly member-at-large of the Interfaith Conference of
Metropolitan Washington (IFC), an active member of the Woodstock Center’s
Inter-religious Dialogue on Education, Georgetown University and a member of
the board of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF).
Before settling in Washington, DC in 1998, Dr. El-Tinay resided for 20
years, in Paris, France, where he founded in 1985 the
International Peace Quest Institute (IPQI)/ Salam Sudan Foundation (SSF), an
international think tank/NGO promoting the emergence of a culture of peace.
Moreover, he established and
was editor-in-chief of SSF’s community
publication Le Messager (The Peace Quest Messenger),
whose originality resided in providing a forum for an open and calm debate on
religion, spirituality, the West and issues of justice, international
development, from a universal, inclusive perspective. He created El-Tinay &
Associates, an international cross-cultural relations and language consultancy
firm, now based in Washington, DC.
In 1986 and as a result of the Sudanese people’s
ouster of the second military dictatorship [1969-1985], though non-partisan,
El-Tinay heeded the call of his hometown grassroots community in Um Rawaba, in
the Sudanese Midwest and ran for a seat in Parliament. After a close but
unsuccessful race (an outcome that later proved to be a blessing) he returned
to continue his professional and advocacy work in Paris.
Prior to that Dr. El-Tinay worked as a Liaison Officer in the International Cooperation and External
Relations Department of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) in Paris and as a consultant with the Philosophy Division of the Social Sciences Sector of UNESCO.
He left UNESCO to pursue a doctoral research in international relations at the
University of the Sorbonne, writing, public speaking and advocacy.
His brilliant and dynamic career started in 1965 serving
for ten years as a Sudanese diplomat in Khartoum, Sudan, Paris, France and
Lagos, Nigeria. For ideological differences, El-Tinay resigned, chose to
emigrate and became Associate Secretary of World University Service [WUS],
an international NGO, in Geneva, Switzerland,
that contributed to the struggle against colonialism in Africa and apartheid in
South Africa and supported the education of Palestinian refugee students.
El-Tinay also worked as a Public Affairs Specialist at the Information and
Public Affairs Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He resigned
from the World Bank, to pursue his quest for a more just and meaningful calling
through research, writing, public speaking and
El-Tinay, a believer in continuous education, has a
bachelor of law degree from Khartoum University (1965), a Masters in diplomacy
and international relations from the International Institute of Public
Administration/Sorbonne in Paris (1968) and a Doctorate summa Cum Laude with
greatest distinction in international relations from Strassford University in the
United Kingdom in 2003. He is computer
and internet literate.