Daniel Cervan

Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA)

Daniel Cerván-Gil holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa / St. Paul University where he was a fellow of La Caixa Foundation. Since 2003 he has held several positions as project manager in the fields of social inclusion, migration, youth and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. As a lecturer at the University of Granada, Spain, he conducted research on the fields of intercultural relations, migration and citizenship, and Religious Education and conflict in European societies. Daniel was with the Andalusian Chair for Dialogue among Religions. He has published extensively on ethnic-based conflict. Most recently, Daniel was Project Specialist at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). At the UNAOC , Daniel held various responsibilities including projects of the Migration and Integration Program, such as policy dialogues and conferences on migration in London and Melbourne. He was also part of the team that organized two major UN conferences in Qatar and Vienna. And managed a program aimed at helping social entrepreneurs, many of them working in the field of migrants’ integration, to scale their impact more effectively through sustainable scaling pathways. Currently, Daniel is the Senior Project Director at the Metropolis Secretariat in Ottawa, where he overseas the creation and development of the Metropolis Professional Development programme.


UNAOC Pillar

Areas of Focus


  • Advocacy
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring
  • Research
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Networking
  • Reconciliation
  • Coordination
  • Team Building
  • Social Media

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