Our Founder

Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religion, specializing in Metaphysics and Comparative Religion. He is Convener/Director of the Annual International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue in Nigeria, which hosts over 350 participants from more than 10 countries annually. He has travelled widely and presented papers at conferences, seminars and workshops Nigeria and abroad, including at Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Vaden Student Health Center, both at Stanford University. He was also Keynote Speaker on 'The Role of Education in Peacebuilding" at the 2013 Valencia College's "Conversations for Peace Conference", Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida, USA. Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba also serves as Resource Person, Trainer and Facilitator at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations- Education First Summer School, in Tarrytown, New York, USA, where he leads Special Sessions on Interfaith Dialogue Models and Discussions Circles. Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba is a member of the International Association of Innovation Professionals

EMMANUEL ANDE IVORGBA, PhD, is the Founder and President of The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation. He also serves as West Africa Regional Coordinator for United Religions Initiative (URI), West Africa Director for Project Happiness and Executive Director for New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation. He had previously served as Global Study Circle Coordinator for The Dalai Lama Foundation and Council Ambassador to the Parliament of the World's Religions. He was also on the Board of Directors of Museum Africa, a Chicago, USA based Metropolitan Museum and Library of African History conducting research on African cultures as well as providing a large collection of primary source documents, books and artifacts pertaining to continental Africa's history. He is the founder of the leading-edge Creative Minds International Academy, a Nigeria-based model coeducational school empowering students with tools and opportunities for critical thinking to investigate information and inter-connectedness of all life, and then make wise decisions for sustainable relationships with each other and with Earth herself. He is recipient of several awards, including 2014 Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award, in San Francisco, CA, USA. Dr.Ivorgba is Co-Producer of the 2012 Award Winning Documentary titled: "Dialogue in Nigeria: Muslims and Christians Creating their Future Together"