Peace Through Arts Global. Founder & CEO-Iraq National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor. Baghdad
Fair Saturday Forum
Karim Kanaan Wasfi
Global peace ambassador and visionary Karim K. Wasfi was born in Cairo, Egypt, to a Syrian-Egyptian Iraqi family. A renowned cellist and conductor, Karim Wasfi is president and founder of the Peace Through Arts Global Foundation, and a member of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. With over two decades of experience in cultural diplomacy, he uses music, sound and art therapy for cross-cultural healing and integration, deradicalization, tension prevention and counter-terrorism.
His innovative approach has helped thousands of people in crisis zones to emerge from violence, fear and the intimidation of terror. His work and initiatives have received extensive national and international media coverage, including the BBC, CNN, the New York Times and Forbes, and his YouTube videos, in which he plays music after the explosions in Iraq, have gone viral with more than 33 million viewers.
Orchestrating peace through the arts and creativity is an approach toward rehabilitation, deradicalization and women's empowerment. Preventing tension through the power of musical improvisations, creativity and spiritual music, excellence and reconstruction initiatives.