Prof Mustapha Cherif is a philosopher and researcher specializing in international relations and dialogue between cultures. Cherif has written numerous works on religion, civilization and dialogue between cultures. He has held many senior positions including minister of higher education and ambassador. He was awarded the UNESCO-Sharjah prize for Arab Culture and the Ducci Foundation peace prize in 2013. He is currently Director of Arabic and Islamic Studies at at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain.