Rabbi Soetendorp "was born in Amsterdam in 1943. As an infant he was saved by non-Jews during the Second World War. He has then re-established Jewish communities in the Netherlands.
"He is Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Community in The Hague (The Netherlands), presides over the European Region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and is now the co-Chair of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders, a founding member of Green Cross International, and an Earth Charter Commissioner.
"He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the World Peace Summit. He acts as advisor to the American Jewish World Service and is the Founder and Chair of Hope Foundation for Children for Universal Education, which aims to raise 0,1% of gross yearly income for education of children everywhere.
"Awraham Soetendorp participates as a key discussion partner of the World Economic Forum in his function of Religious Leader. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Council of Religious Leaders, launched in Bangkok in June 2002."