Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace


simon xavier guerrand-hermes

Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, Founder and Chairman of the GHFP’s Board of Trustees, was the Vice Chairman of Hermès of Paris, and board member of Hermès International. He is also the Chairman of Eden Development. Simon Xavier completed his graduate studies in Harvard Divinity School with a focus on religion and spirituality. He also holds an Honorary Fellowship at the Oxford University. He served as the Treasurer of Religions for Peace for a number of years. In 2006, he was awarded the Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in France.


Sharif Istvan Horthy

Sharif Istvan Horthy co-founder and Vice Chairman of the GHFP Board of Trustees, was born in Hungary, and is the grandson of Admiral Horthy (Regent of Hungary 1920-1944). He studied physics at Oxford University and civil engineering at Imperial College. At 25, Sharif embraced Islam. He has worked as a civil engineer and businessman in Britain, Indonesia and the USA. He is currently living in the UK. Sharif is also on the advisory board of the Three Faiths Forum, and a Trustee of the Museum of World Religions (UK).


Alexandra Asseily

Alexandra Asseily was witness to the pain of the civil war in Lebanon, Alexandra explored her own responsibility for war and for peace. She became a psychotherapist. She is a governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford, a founding member of the Ara Pacis Initiative, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. In 1998 Alexandra initiated Hadiqat-As-Samah, the Garden of Forgiveness, in downtown Beirut. She is actively involved in the Healing the Wounds of History worldwide.



Isni Astuti Horthy
Isni Astuti Horthy is a professional translator with a background in Javanese spirituality.
Tuti is dedicated to translating the words of Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, a Javanese spiritual leader and the founder of Subud, an international interfaith movement.
Her work focuses on articulating how individual’s inner and spiritual experiences can have application in our everyday lives in the world.


Hubert Guerrand-Hermes

Hubert Guerrand-Hermès (1940 – 2016) studied law before he stepped into the management of the Hermès Group. He was the Vice-Chairman of Hermès Holding Emile Hermès, and the General Manager of Hermès Group’s real estate companies. Hubert was formerly the Foreign Trade Adviser to the French Goverment. Amongst other roles, he was also Treasurer of Société des Amis du Musée National d’Art Moderne de Paris, and board member of L’Edition Artistique. In 1999, he was awarded the Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in France. Mr Guerrand-Hermès had been an important support to the work of the GHFP and his passing has been a huge loss for the Foundation.


Prof. Patrice Brodeur

Prof. Patrice Brodeur completed his doctorate studies at Harvard University. He is currently Canada Research Chair [CRC-IPG] at the University of Montreal, and Senior Adviser at the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for InterReligious and Intercultural Dialogue [KAICIID]. He recently completed a 3-week tour of 6 Arab countries to lecture on Pluralism in Canada and in Islam, organized by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is author of several books and numerous articles including a book entitled ‘Towards a Pluralist Paradigm: Religion and Democracy in the 21st century’.

The Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization aims to contribute to peacebuilding through its research agenda focused on answering the following question: How, to what extent, and with what means, have Muslim communities contributed to peacebuilding, locally and globally? To answer this broad question, the CRC-IPG focuses on four research axes.

Site: CRC-IPG Prof. Patrice Brodeur


Muhammad Ridwan

Muhammad Ridwan is an Indonesian businessman specialising in investment and property development. He is a successful entrepreneur and has been actively encouraging social enterprises and development projects in Indonesia. Muhammad serves as the Chairman of Subud Indonesia, an interfaith spiritual community. His philanthropic work largely focuses on supporting the individual’s spiritual growth, especially the growth and development of young people.