Amineh Hoti is the Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Action. She was the co-founder of the first Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations in Cambridge, now The Woolf Institute. She founded the Society for Dialogue and Action at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK. She has conducted ethnographic field research and lectured on peace building in Europe, America, the Middle Eastern and in South Asia. She has also worked on designing innovative courses and peace building textbooks for students and teachers. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Lucy Cavendish College, the University of Cambridge.

Relationship history with Lucy Cavendish College:

Dr Hoti did her PhD in Social Anthropology at Lucy Cavendish College and graduated in 2004. In 2005, she was a Visiting Scholar and then, for several years, a Fellow Commoner at the College. At a time when UK had the terrible events of 7/7, she led the peace building initiative in the Society for Dialogue and Action at Lucy Cavendish College which included peace talks and courses. The Centre offered and pioneered peace building courses for women and people of different cultural and religious groups and included everyone. The Centre gained the support of the Queen of England, Prince William, Prince Hassan of Jordan, the former Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams and Dr Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as well as the then Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor John Hipkins.

Current occupation/positions held:

Executive Director, Centre for Dialogue and Action

Degrees and Honours:

PhD Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Membership of Professional Bodies/ Associations:

2005-2018 Founding Director, Society for Dialogue and Action at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK.

2013-2018  Steering Committee, International Abrahamic Forum, Happenheim, Germany.

2015-2016  Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2015-2018  Global Advisory Council Member, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington D.C. USA.

2016-2017  Member, Graduate Committee for MPhil/Ph.D. processing. University of Management & Tech (UMT).

2010-2018  Patron, UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum.

2015-2018 Guidance and Examination Committee, for Ph.D. students of Peace and Conflict Studies, Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan.

2006-2010 Co-Founder and first Director, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR), Cambridge, UK.

2009-2010 Member, SACRE (advisory body to UK government on Religious Education & Good Citizenship), UK.


2017 The practical outcomes of interfaith dialogue in Pakistan and the UK: anthropological notes from the field of a Muslim woman leading dialogue. UNESCO’s publication

2016  Hoti, Amineh & Ahmed, Z.S. ‘Peace education in Pakistan’, in Handbook of Research on Promoting Global Peace and Civic Engagement through Education, edited by K. Pandey, Upadhyay, Pratibha and Jaiswal, Amit, IGI Global, Hershey, pp.323-337.

2016   ‘The Inspiration Behind Aligarh - A Quest for Knowledge and Bridge Building: Cultivating Young Peace Educators to Promote Global Social Harmony’. In Aligarh University’s Sir Syed Bicentenary Commemorative Volume.

2013  Muslim Perspectives on the Nature of God. Woolf Institute Collection. Cambridge: The Woolf Institute.

2012 'Healing our World by Valuing Diversity' Innovative Voices in Education, ed. E. G. Kugler (R. & Littlefield Education).

2010  'Death and Celebration among Muslim Women' in Pakistani Women, ed. Sadaf Ahmed (Oxford University Press).

2010  'Women’s Agency' in The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies, ed. Ahmed and Sonn. Sage Publications.

2006  Sorrow and Joy Among Muslim Women: the Pukhtuns of Northern Pakistan (Cambridge University Press).

2006 Valuing Diversity: Towards Mutual Respect and Understanding, Consultant Editor.