Ilja is the Founder and Director of the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC). Born in Berlin, with Jewish roots dating back centuries, one of his ancestors was among the first to be knighted. Ilja was a counselor in Vienna’s Hashomer Hatzair and represented the University of Vienna three times at international Harvard student conferences. Each time he won the 'Harvard Award for Exemplifying the True Spirit of Diplomacy.' Ilja wrote a scientific article about being a Jewish student studying at an Austrian University six decades after the Holocaust. It was published by the university and integrated into curriculum. He started the Muslim Jewish Conference as a nonprofit organization in Austria in 2009 and has committed a decade to forming innovative networks of cooperation among a new generation of changemakers. The MJC has organized ten conferences in the last ten years, bringing together more than 1,000 young Muslims and Jews from over sixty-five countries.