Leadership

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Dr. Johannes Reimer, Director of Public Engagement

Dr. Johannes Reimer is Professor of Missions Studies and Intercultural Theology at the Ewersbach University of Applied Arts in Germany and the University of South Africa. Since September 2016, Johannes Reimer has led the Peace and Reconciliation Network of the World Evangelical Alliance. He is personally involved in several conflict resolution programmes, for instance in the Ukraine, and has written extensively on integral mission and peace. His books have been published in 15 languages.

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Michael Mutzner, WEA Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva

Michael Mutzner is Swiss and French. He has a master degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. After working as an Advocacy and Training Officer at the Franciscans International in connection with the UN in Geneva, he joined the Swiss Evangelical Alliance as one of their Secretary General in 2010. Since 2012, he also serves as the WEA Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.

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Albert Hengelaar, WEA UN Geneva Advocacy Officer

Albert Hengelaar (1952) from the Netherlands spent his professional career until 2009 as a CEO of a Christian charity in the Netherlands, pioneering high degrees of partner project ownership. This concerned mainly evangelical church denominations in Africa and Asia. All of this triggered his interest in the value of churches for society. He serves as advocacy officer to the UN in Geneva.

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Wissam al-Saliby, WEA UN Geneva Advocacy Officer

Wissam al-Saliby is Lebanese. He holds a master degree in international law from the Universty of Aix-Marseille, France. In February 2013, he moved from a career in human rights advocacy and education to ministry by taking on the position of Development and Partner Relations Manager at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon. In January 2018, he reconnected with his human rights law education and experience by joining the World Evangelical Alliance in Geneva as United Nations Advocacy Officer.

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Matthias K. Boehning - Director, WEA Sustainability Center in Bonn

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Rev. Dr. Rebecca Goropevsek - Representative to the UN in New York

Rebecca Goropevsek was born and raised in Slovakia, later lived in Austria and Switzerland for a number of years and currently resides in the United States. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on marital counseling and adoption. Since joining the WEA in 2012, Rebecca worked with the Secretary General before becoming part of WEA’s UN team where she oversees the internship program with local partner colleges. In addition to her role as WEA’s Representative to the UN in New York, she also serves as Coordinator of WEA’s Children Network.