Deputy Secretary General: Assoc/Prof. Anna Halafoff
PhD Monash University, MLitt University of New England, BA University of MelbourneDr. Anna Halafoff is an Associate Professor in Sociology and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University, and was a Research Associate of the Religion and Diversity Project at the University of Ottawa. In 2011, Anna was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' Global Expert in the fields of interfaith relations and religion, conflict and peacebuilding. Her current research interests are religious diversity, interreligious relations, education about religions and worldviews, preventing violent extremism, Buddhism and gender and Buddhism in Australia. Anna has published widely in these fields and is regularly called to comment on them in the media. Her research has also had a demonstrable impact on policy and curricula pertaining to religious diversity in Australia. Anna’s recent books include The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions (Springer 2013) and Education about Religions and Worldviews: Promoting Intercultural and Interreligious Understanding in Secular Societies (Routledge, 2016 edited with Elisabeth Arweck and Daniel Boisvert).