Speakers

Ms Caroline Bader

Youth Secretary, Lutheran World Federation

Mrs Caroline Bader is the Youth Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Born in Germany, she is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony.

Caroline’s programmatic work includes Climate justice advocacy (including LWF delegations to UN climate change conferences), preparing for “500 years of Reformation” with the Global Young Reformers Network and ensuring youth participation and youth leadership in the LWF.


Mr Girma Borishie Bati

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission (EECMY-DASSC)

Mr. Girma Borishie is a commissioner for the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission (EECMY-DASSC), a major faith based development agency playing a significant role in changing the lives of the neediest in Ethiopia through humanitarian and developmental interventions.

Girma has served the Lutheran Church for more than two decades as a development project manager, Synod Executive Secretary, Administration and Finance Director of the national Church and since 2013 as commissioner of EECMY-DASSC. He earned his B.A. degree in Social Sciences from Addis Ababa University (majoring in Psychology) and his master’s degree from the University of Manchester (UK) in Development Management and Administration.


Ms Rosilin Bock

Evaluation Officer, Bread for the World, Germany

Rosilin Bock works as desk officer for evaluation at Bread for the World. She first became aware of the evaluation issue when working in Kenya on her MA thesis in Political Science, in cooperation with UNIFEM (today UNWOMEN).

Rosilin Bock remained loyal to the topic of Monitoring & Evaluation and spent several years with the GIZ advising NGOs on establishing outcome-oriented PME systems, first in Namibia and then in Burkina Faso in the area of gender and children’s rights. For two years now, she has been working with Bread for the World in the unit “Results Management, Internal Audit and Compliance”, where she is in charge of cross-project evaluations.


Ms Julia Brümmer

Project Monitoring Officer, Lutheran World Federation

Julia has more than eight years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of international development projects. Presently, she holds the position of Project Monitoring Officer at the Lutheran World Federation, overseeing LWF Member Church projects on four continents.

Previously, Julia worked for the evaluation section of the ILO´s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour. Since 2013, Julia is a PhD fellow in “Governance and Policy Analysis” at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. Her research focuses on impact evaluation methods. Moreover, she is a Board Member of the European Evaluation Society.


Ms Ilona Dorji

Secretary for Project Implementation and Monitoring, Lutheran World Federation

Ilona Dorji has been working with the LWF as the Secretary for Project Implementation and Monitoring since 2012. Ilona comes from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Turku Finland. Prior to joining the LWF, she worked many years as a project officer in various UN organisations and NGOs in Asia, Africa and Europe.


Dr Charlie D. Haddad

Director of Education, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL)

Dr. Charlie Haddad was born in Jerusalem. In 2000, he became the first principal of the ELCJHL’s newly-founded Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem. He accepted his present appointment as the ELCJHL Director of Education in 2002.

Dr Haddad holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree. He received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK. For many years he served as a member of the Faculty of Engineering at Birzeit University and then as the director of the Vocational Training School of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Beit Hanina, part of East Jerusalem.


Ms Simangaliso Hove

Secretary for Planning and Finance, Department for Mission and Development

Simangaliso Hove was born in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Zimbabwe. She has served the Lutheran World Federation – Department for Mission and Development as Secretary for Projects and Program Coordination from 2007 to 2014 and was appointed Secretary for Planning and Finance with effect from 2015.

Having obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Commerce and several diplomas in Finance, Accounting and Personnel Management, Simangaliso has also served the Zimbabwe Council of Churches as Head of Finance for more than 20 years before joining the Lutheran World Federation in 2007. Simangaliso is currently a doing her doctorate in Business Administration with Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.


Mr Kishore Kumar

Director of the Division of Social Action department (DSA) at the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI)

Mr Kishore Kumar has been working as a Director of the Division of Social Action Department (DSA) at the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India (UELCI) since 2006. In this capacity he facilitates the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of UELCI and its member churches for DMD/LWF projects.

Having studied Economics and Rural Development and Management, Kishore first served the Lutheran World Service and then joined the UELCI Urban Communication Project. He worked among the Kolkata slum dwellers for nearly twelve years in the capacity of Project Coordinator and later as the Director of the project.


Rev. Cibele Kuss

Executive Secretary of the Fundação Luterana de Diaconia, Brazil

Pastor Cibele Kuss worked for 13 years in the Evangelical Lutheran parish of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) in the city of Belem, state of Pará, Brazil. From 2007 to 2011 she served as the ombudswoman of the Public Security System for the state of Pará.

In February 2013 she became a pastor in the parish of Cristo Bom Pastor in Joinville, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. In September of the same year, she assumed the role of Executive Secretary of the Lutheran Foundation of Diakonia (FLD) in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul.


Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki

Director, LWF Department for Mission and Development, Lutheran World Federation

Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki was newly appointed as Director of the LWF Department for Mission and Development in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 1st 2016. Prior to that, he served the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) in Germany, joining UEM as Executive Secretary for Evangelism in 2005 and continuing as UEM’s General Secretary from 2006.

An ordained pastor and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Rev. Dr Mwombeki has served as General Secretary of the ELCT North-Western Diocese of Bukoba. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in biblical studies from Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University.


Ms Venah Mzezewa

Venah Mzezewa is a health professional with over 20 years of experience in the management of health-related programmes. Since 2005 she has been coordinating a regional HIV and AIDS programme for the member churches of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa.

Venah holds a Master of Arts Degree in Social Behavioural Studies in HIV and AIDS. Having started as a nurse and a midwife, her work was transformed by extensive exposure to research and programme management. She worked as a consultant for local and international organizations in formulating HIV and AIDS policies, budgets, proposals and implementing HIV and AIDS and malaria interventions.


Prof William Otiende Ogara

Organization Development and Strategy Consultant & Associate Lecturer at the Great Lakes University, Kenya

Prof William O. Ogara brings with him over 25 years of experience in both the financial and civil society sector. He worked in auditing for 10 years before going into consultancy. Today Prof Ogara is the Executive Director of CLEAR Africa, where he facilitates Coaching Support for Leadership.

A renowned expert in strategy and organization development he also teaches as an associate lecturer at the Great Lakes University in Kenya and serves as Honorary Provincial Treasurer and Strategy Advisor to the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) and as Committee member of the All Africa Conference of Churches. Prof Ogara was the head consultant for the recent LWF Diakonia Training Support evaluation.


Mr Abebe Yohannes Saketa

Coordinator for the Capacity for Diakonia Program, Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Abebe is the Coordinator for the Capacity for Diakonia Program of the LWF‘s Department for Mission and Development (DMD). As a focal person for Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD), Abebe guided periodic alignments of the program with relevant strategic goals of the department; planned and coordinated impact evaluations; organized and facilitated: a global consultation, regional strategic leadership seminars, HICD workshops, and virtual conferences on diakonia.

Prior to joining the LWF-DMD, Abebe served as Associate General Secretary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world; a position he held for more than 2 decades (1986 – 2007) after having been serving the same church as a senior secondary school director.


Dr Per Ivar Våje

Project Coordinator, “Creation and Sustainability”, The Church of Norway, Norwegian Church Aid and Christian Council of Norway

Dr Per Ivar Våje currently coordinates a project called “Creation and Sustainability” that addresses the threat of climate change from a theological perspective and brings together all denominations in Norway.

Per Ivar is educated as a soil scientist from Norway, USA and Tanzania. He also did short studies at two different schools of mission in Norway and at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. He worked as a development agent in mission for churches in Ethiopia and Madagascar for nine years and as a researcher of soil and water in the interface of agriculture and the environment for three years.


Ms Thamesha M. Watson

Young Reformer delegate

Thamesha Watson is a young member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana. Her passion is writing and she loves making people laugh and finding beauty in smiles, nature, music and arts.

Thamesha participated in the COP 21 as a LWF delegate. She also joined the “Fast for the Climate” in solidarity with the most vulnerable affected by climate change, and with those who hunger and thirst for climate justice. She believes we are all a big kaleidoscope creation, each elated with our own uniqueness, and that when we are united we can show a glimpse of God’s beautiful imagination.