Amjad Mohamed Saleem is a political scientist with extensive knowledge on peace building, humanitarian affairs and development work. He has a particular interest for futures and foresight, and interfaith engagement. He has worked for different organisations on peace building and humanitarian action. Amjad sits on the board of the Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Communities. He is a regular contributor to Fair Observer and the Global Order, an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a senior fellow of the Global Peace Institute. He has published in a number of journals, chapters in several books and published a book in 2008 entitled "Lessons from Aceh". Amjad has an M.Eng from Imperial College, London, an MBA from U21 Global Singapore and a PhD from Exeter University.
If 2020 has taught us anything it is that it is hard to keep faith or trust in what we previously considered to be normal, conventional or orthodox. The simultaneity of the pandemic and the lockdown, showed complex globalised fragility never experienced before. The effects of the COVID-19 lockdown shows us that we are in postnormal times where the “conventions about how society is supposed to function have been undermined. Nothing describes the post normal reality of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown than what has happened within the space of faith and religiosity. This panel will describe the journey undertaken in these postnormal times around faith and religiosity