Current Judges

upJohn J. Brennan
is Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor of The Vanguard Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest investment companies with current assets of more than $4 trillion. Mr. Brennan joined Vanguard in July 1982, was elected President in 1989, served as Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2008, and as Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2009.

upDavid Brooks
is a columnist for The New York Times, commentator for the PBS NewsHour, and commentator for National Public Radio. He is the author of four books including The Road to Character (2015). He has also been a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic.

upLim Siong Guan
is a Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He was Group President of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, from 2007 to 2016, and is currently Advisor to the Group Executive Committee of GIC. He served 37 years in the Singapore Civil Service, holding many senior appointments including Head of the Civil Service, Permanent Secretary variously in the Ministry of Defense, the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, and Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

upSherman A. Jackson
is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His research interests begin in classical Islamic Studies, including law, theology and intellectual history, and extend to placing this legacy in conversation with the realities of modern Islam in the West, especially Muslim communities in America.

upAlbert Lincoln
was the Secretary-General of the Bahá’í International Community, an international non-governmental organization representing the members of the Bahá’í faith to the world, from 1994 to 2013. Prior to that he practiced law in France and Africa for 23 years. He is a direct descendent of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and a more distant relative of the 16th, Abraham Lincoln.

upChinmay Pandya
is Pro Vice Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti University (Vishwavidyalaya, DSVV), a non-conventional center for higher learning, education, and research, established in 2002 in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Director of the School of Yoga and Health at DSVV, and Chairperson of the International Festival of Yoga, Culture and Spirituality.

upRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, and has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than 25 books. His central message of appreciation and respect of all faiths, with an emphasis that recognizing the values of each is the only path to effectively combat the global rise of violence and terrorism, sets him apart as one of the world’s most respected intellectuals and admired religious leaders.

upJennifer Wiseman
is an astronomer, author and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy and has worked with several major national observatories. She is also interested in national science policy and public science outreach, and has held leadership roles in several scientific societies. She frequently gives talks to schools, congregations and public audiences on the excitement of astronomy and scientific discovery.

upMoneef R. Zou'bi
is Director General of the Islamic Academy of Sciences (IAS), having served previously as its Technical Affairs Director and Deputy Executive Director. The IAS is an independent, non-political, nongovernmental, and non-profit making organization of distinguished scientists and technologists dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of science and technology in the Islamic World. Dr. Zou'bi also serves as Science Advisor to the InterAction Council, an independent international organization comprised of former heads-of-state working towards peace and security in the world.

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Previous Judges

The Duchess of Abercorn
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The Duke of Abercorn
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Prof. Dr. Durre Sameen Ahmed
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His Royal Highness Prince
Albert of Belgium
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Mr. Norman E. Alexander
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The Hon. Walter H. Annenberg
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Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Ph.D.
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H.R.H. Princess Areej Ghazi
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Francis Cardinal Arinze
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Dr. M. A. Zaki Badawi
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Mr. K. Shankar Bajpai
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Prof. Stephen Barr
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His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
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Justice P. N. Bhagwatti
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The Hon. James H. Billington
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The Rev. Dr. Eugene
Carson Blake
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The Most Rev. Stuart Blanch
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Baruch S. Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D.
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The Viscount Brentford
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The Viscountess Brentford, OBE
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Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell
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President George H. W. Bush
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Prof. Suniti Kuymar Chatterji
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Patriarch Daniel Ciobetea dash
Prof. Sarah Coakley
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The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. the Lord Coggan
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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
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Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS
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Ramanath Cowsik, Ph.D.
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Mrs. Winifred Crothers
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The Dalai Lama
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Senator John C. Danforth
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Mr. Gurcharan Das
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Prof. Paul Davies
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His All Holiness Demetrios I
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Mr. Richard M. De Vos
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Mr. Masakazu Echigo
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Her Majesty Fabiola,
Queen of the Belgians
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Mr. Charles R. Fillmore
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President Gerald R. Ford
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Mr. James Dillet Freeman
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Mr. George Gallup, Jr.
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Mr. Robert W. Galvin
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Prof. David Gelernter
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Mary Ann Glendon,
J.D., L.L.M.
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Dr. Mehdi Golshani
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Mr. J. Peter Grace
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Griffiths
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Bruno Guiderdoni, Ph.D.
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The Most Rev. John Habgood
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Dr. Otto von Habsburg
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Mr. Yasuf A. Haroon
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Senator Orrin Grant Hatch
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Senator Mark O. Hatfield
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Sir Brian Heap, CBE
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Dr. Robert L. Herrman
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Sir John Houghton, CBE
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howe
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Prof. Kaikhosrov D. Irani
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Max Jammer, Ph.D.
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Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
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Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia
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Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
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Dr. Inamullah Khan
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Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan
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Prof. Ursula King
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Kingsdown
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Dr. Margaretha Klompe
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Mr. Philip M. Klutznik
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Prof. Padmanabhan Krishna
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Dr. Harry G. Kuch
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Dr. Carl M. Kuttler, Jr.
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Prince Heinrich von und zu Liechtenstein
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Sir Bernard Lovell
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Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg
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Dr. David McCaughey
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The Rev. Dr. James I. McCord
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The Most Rev. Mark McGrath
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Sir Alan Macotta
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The Rev. David Mainse
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The Rt. Rev. Michael Mann
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Mr. Márcio Matta
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The Hon. Sir Clement Maynard
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Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Menuhin
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Dr. Glenn R. Mosley
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The Rev. Nichiko Niwano
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The Rev. Nikkyo Niwano
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Major General The Duke of Norfolk, KG
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Prof. Michael Novak
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Monshu Koshin Ohtani
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The Lord Abbot Kosho Ohtani
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The Rev. Dr. Stephen Orchard
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Mr. Nani A. Palkhivala
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The Hon. Apasaheb Balasaheb Pant
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The Rev. Canon Dr. Arthur Peacocke
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The Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
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William D. Phillips dash
The Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling
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Her Serene Highness The Princess Poon Pismai Diskul
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Rev. Dr. John C. Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS
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Ravi Ravindra, Ph.D.
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Mr. Matthieu Ricard
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Mr. Edward S. Rogers
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Mr. Edmund Leopold de Rothschild
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The Rev. Prof. Robert J. Russell
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Mrs. Anwar el Sadat
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Prof. Vladimir Shmaliy
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Mr. William E. Simon
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Dr. Nagendra Singh
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Esther Sternberg, M.D.
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Sir Sigmund Sternberg
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Prof. Eleonore Stump
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Prof. M.S. Swaminathan
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The Rt. Rev. John V. Taylor
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Baroness Thatcher
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Prof. Walter Thirring
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Thurlow
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The Hon. Leo Tindemans
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Prof. Faraneh Vargha-Khadem
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The Rt. Hon. the Viscount Tonypandy
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Prof. Miroslav Volf
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Prof. Tu Weiming
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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
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Mrs. Helen Robson Walton
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Weidenfeld
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The Rt. Hon. the Lord Wigoder
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Prof. Gayle Woloschak
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The Rt. Rev. Sir Robin Woods
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Dr. Anne D. Zimmerman
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Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon
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Archbishop Józef Zycinski