Dr. Abbas Panakkal is the Director of the International Interfaith Harmony Initiative, which has been organising International Interfaith Conferences in collaboration with United Nations Initiatives, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department for Unity and Integration, and the International Islamic University Malaysia for the last six consecutive years. Dr. Panakkal was awarded a fellowship by the King Abdullah International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Vienna, Austria, and another fellowship from the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University, Australia. He earned has PhD degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia with a dissertation on ‘Malabar’ and is continuing research in the wider realm of Malabar Moorings in the South Pacific.
Dr. Panakkal, is a Project Coordinator of the G20 Interfaith Summit and is actively involved in coordinating these Summits, including co-organizing Pre-Conference Summits in the Middle East and South Asia. He has also organized intercultural engagements and adoption programmes for interreligious enrichment with the support of government and non-governmental agencies. He is a columnist, a poet, contributes to various newspapers and magazines, and writes and directs documentaries, including a number of documentary films.