We are excited to announce new JLI Leadership Board Members, Dr. Agnes R. M. Abuom, World Council of Churches, Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision International, Deepika Singh, Religions for Peace, Floyd Lalwet, Episcopal Church in the Philippines, Imad Madanat, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, and Mary Zulu Mwiche, United Church of Zambia University.
Please join us in welcoming six new board members.
Dr. Agnes R. M. Abuom, World Council of Churches
Dr. Agnes R.M. Aboum is the Moderator (President) of World Council of Churches (WCC), Central Committee. She represents the Anglican Church of Kenya on the WCC governing bodies and has been a member of the National Christian Council of Churches (NCCC) Executive Committee. She serves on the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Advisory Committee on Peace, Healing and Reconciliation; Chairs the Board of KESWICK Books and Gifts as well as serving on the Governing Board of Inter-Peace a Swiss NGO and on the Arigatou International Advisory Board. Dr. Abuom has served as an Ecumenical Accompanier for AACC and WCC. She was a Co-President of Religions for Peace. Dr. Abuom is the founder and Director of TAABCO Research and Development Consultants and an FBO known as Building Eastern Africa Community Network (BEACON), Nairobi. She is a development consultant serving both Kenyan and International Organizations coordinating social action programmes for religious and civil society across Africa. She holds a PhD in Development Studies and BS in History from the University of Uppsala (Sweden).
Floyd Lalwet, Episcopal Church in the Philippines
Mr. Floyd Lalwet is the Provincial Secretary and Legal Counsel for The Episcopal Church in the Philippines. He is also National Development Officer of the Episcopal Care Foundation, a member of the Anglican Alliance, Professor of Canon Law at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Corporate Secretary and Director of the for BIMAKA Renewable Energy and Development Corporation, Trustee and Corporate Secretary of Brent International Schools, Inc., among other Board positions. For the past almost 40 years, he has studied and resided in Quezon City. He is a pioneer in asset-based community development (ABCD), which emphasizes assets or resources instead of needs or deficiencies as the drivers of development. He re-visioned and re-structured the development program to become Episcopal ECARE (Community Action for Renewal and Empowerment). E-CARE innovated on the ABCD concept and imposed what has been adopted by in the ECP and now known as the “From Receivers to Givers” Policy. This propelled the program to become financially autonomous. ECARE also conducts programs in livelihoods and disaster risk reduction.
Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision
Andrea Kaufmann is World Vision’s Director, Faith and External Engagement, building faith-based partnerships to collaborate and advocate for the fullness of life for children. Andrea is passionate about the unique and essential role of local faith communities for sustainable global humanitarian, development and advocacy work. Her experience includes grassroots development, partnerships with local faith actors, communications, program design, management and evaluation. She has also had the opportunity to learn from and with Channels of Hope practitioners and facilitators around the world.
Andrea is former co-chair of the JLI Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub and Acting Chair of the JLI Ending Violence Against Children Learning Hub.
Imad Madanat, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International
Imad Madanat is the Vice President for ADRA Programs since October 2013. The ADRA veteran has served the agency for more than a decade. He leads ADRA International programmatic work, natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and long-term development. During the last year, he led ADRA’s programs team to triple ADRA’s USG portfolio, expand ADRA work in the MENA, Africa and Latin America. Recently played a key role in ADRA’s Global COVID-19 Task Force.
Imad was born in Jordan, moved to the US to complete his BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland in 1995. In 1999 he completed a Masters in International Management emphasis in Finance from University of Maryland, University College.
Deepika Singh, Religions for Peace
Ms. Deepika Singh is the Associate Secretary General and Director of Programmes at Religions for Peace, where she directs overall programme strategy and related implementation and monitoring. Ms. Singh has more than fifteen years of professional experience in international affairs and development, including service in USAID-funded programmes in Nepal and consultancies with UNDP, UNICEF, and other international NGOs.
She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Pace University in New York, US; a Master of Arts degree from Dhaka University in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and a BA with honors from St. Bede’s College in Simla, India.
Mary Zulu Mwiche, United Church of Zambia University
Mary Zulu Mwiche (Reverend) is a Clergy and Lecturer. In 2016, Mary started teaching Theology and Development, Community Development, Church History, Christian Education and History and Philosophy of Christian Mission. Mary also coordinates fieldwork in a formation programme for the student ministers, including liaising with Congregation Ministers and arranging Evangelism campaigns with Presbyteries. In 2019, she became a Programs Manager for Speak One Voice to promote across the Church a collective understanding of how religion, culture and society inadvertently perpetuate VAWC. In 2012-2015, Mary held the Academic Dean position in UCZ Theological College and served as Minister prior to that. Mary holds a PhD in Practical Theology and a Masters in Theology and Development from the University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal (UKZN)- South Africa.
Re-elected to the JLI Board through Dec 31, 2022
Amjad Mohammed Saleem
Imran A Umar
New Executive Committee elected
Rick Santos, Board Chair is joined by a new Executive Committee and Officers:
Anwar Khan, Secretary
Imad Madanet, Treasurer
Members: Andrea Kaufmann, Atallah FitzGibbon, Emma Tomalin, Ruth Messinger, Sally Smith, Mohammed Abu Nimer, Jim Cox and Julie Clague
Thanks to Rob Radtke, Christo Greyling, and Rachel Carnegie for your years of service to JLI!!
Thanks to Azza Karam for advisory and recent board role!