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Sheikh Saliou Mbacke is the president of Cadre des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement (CRSD), an interfaith group of Senegalese religious leaders working to promote the health and development of their country, and he also works as an international consultant. He is an advisor to the World Faiths Development Dialogue for a family health project in Senegal. Previously, he served as the continental coordinator for Inter-faith Action for Peace in Africa. He is a spiritual leader of the Mouride family, a core institution of Senegalese Sufi Islam, and has lived within the tradition since birth. He is a member of the International Selection Committee for the Niwano Peace Prize and has collaborated with the United Nations on religious defamation and climate change. He was educated in Touba in the Islamic Qur'anic tradition, then at the University of Tunis and University of Salamanca.