Khushwant Singh studied ethnology, education, and social anthropology with a focus on migration, intercultural communication, young people and religion. Singh completed his MA at Heidelberg University and his MRes at Goldsmiths College, University of London, gaining distinction in both. After his studies, he was employed as a social worker and took care of migrants and unaccompanied refugee minors. Since 2006, he has been working in the field of international development cooperation having begun his career with GIZ (then GTZ) as a programme coordinator at the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM). He was then seconded to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and joined the coordination team of the German Government’s welcome initiative for international skilled workers, Make it in Germany. From 2015 onwards, Singh served as an advisor in the sector programme values, religion and development on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He conceptualised and implemented the dialogue series ‘Religion Matters!’ with religious representatives, and the multilingual BMZ/PaRD publication “Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development” – involving 25 religious and indigenous representatives from ten traditions. Together with his team members he was also instrumental in the creation of PaRD in 2016. In the following years he directed the Indian components of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) and the Digital Dialogues of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in India.
Khushwant Singh is engaged on a voluntary basis in the field of religion, peace, dialogue and youth work, i.a. in the SikhiCouncil. He is a founding member of the Interfaith Council of Religions Frankfurt (Rat der Religionen) and had the honour to serve as its president from 2014 to 2017. The council fosters dialogue between religions, political representatives and society.
Singh publishes articles in German and English with a focus on Sikhi/Gurmat, spirituality, ethics, sustainability, behavioural change and the global challenges facing humanity. Publications include Gurmat – The Art of Spiritual Wisdom (Gingko Press).
With 15 years of experience in international development cooperation and long-standing expertise in fostering results-oriented dialogue between actors from religion, society and policymaking, Khushwant Singh brings to PaRD an invaluable set of skills, experiences, networks and values. Both the Secretariat and PaRD members have expressed excitement at Khushwant Singh’s appointment and the new chapter this represents for PaRD.
Four out of five people feel connected to a spiritual/religious tradition worldwide. Organisations and initiatives inspired by religion, spirituality or indigenous traditions have a significant and unique contribution to sustainable development. PaRD was founded on the realisation that multi-stakeholder partnerships are essential if we are to achieve the climate targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The PaRD Secretariat supports its members in implementing the goals of PaRD. The Secretariat’s offices are located at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) – the government owned German Agency for International Cooperation.
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