Initiatives of Change International
IofC USA is a member of the Initiatives of Change International Association. This is a voluntary association of the independent national legal bodies of Initiatives of Change (IofC). It was founded in April 2002 under the Presidency of Cornelio Sommaruga, former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr Sommaruga was succeeded as President by Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun and Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi. The current president is Dr. Omnia Marzouk.
Based in Caux Switzerland, Initiatives of Change International is governed under the civil code of Switzerland. It is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It is a global network active in over 60 countries and formally incorporated in 44 countries. The international body represents the universality and multi-faith character of the movement and facilitates its relationships with the United Nations and other international institutions and organizations through its Geneva office.
IofC International is governed by an International Council and an annual Global Assembly. Currently two Americans are serving on the International Council - Chris Breitenberg, who serves as director of communications for IofC International, and Cricket White who is the US training and facilitation director.
Dr. Omnia Marzouk, President of IofC International
Dr. Marzouk was born in Madrid but spent her formative early school years in Egypt. She moved to Australia as a teenager and studied medicine at Sydney University while her father served as Egyptian Ambassador. She is currently Associate Medical Director at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England.
For many years, she has been particularly involved in intercultural and interfaith dialogue within the UK as well as taking part in similar initiatives in countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She is committed to building bridges of understanding between the west and the Muslim/Arab world. She says, “The greatest strength of Initiatives of Change is people who start with themselves and take action locally but think globally.”