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Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos is Associate General Secretary, Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations of the National Council of Churches USA.
Previously his responsibilities included helping the NCC formulate its position on international issues and U.S. foreign policy. High on the agenda were the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq War, and Darfur.
His responsibilities in international affairs often called upon his experience in interfaith relations. In the last four years he was extensively involved in initiatives of the Interfaith Relations Commission. Before he came to the NCC, he served as executive director of the U.S. Conference of Religions for Peace, which is a national non-profit organization that promotes multi-religious collaboration and religious-secular partnerships on issues that cut across community lines. He also served as advisor to the secretary general of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, the USCRPs parent organization, which advances this same mission globally.
Dr. Kireopoulos has also been closely associated with the Faith and Order Commission and has spent most of the last 20 years in ecumenical dialogue. This began with a seminary internship and continued through his membership on the Commission, where he represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Dr. Kireopoulos holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology from Fordham University (2003); a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimirís Orthodox Seminary (1991); a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (1983); and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University (1981).
Dr. Kireopoulos has almost 15 years of experience in non-profit management, including administration, board relations, budgeting, development, program direction and public relations.
Previous to leading the United States Conference of Religions for Peace, he worked as Special Assistant to the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, where his duties included representing the Greek Orthodox Church at the United Nations and at the US State Department, and as the Assistant to the Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, in the area of executive communications.
Among his affiliations, he is the past president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
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