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  • Drolor Bosso Adamtey I [r]: Add brief definition or description (Dr. Kingsley A. Fletcher) is The SUAPOLOR of the Se (Shai) Traditional Area in Ghana, West Africa, leading his people beyond the 21st century into Peace, Progress and Development. His work as an international adviser, lecturer, author, humanitarian, educator, historian, entrepreneur and, minister has touched over one hundred countries, covering five continents. He is often sought after by many Heads of State and global leaders for his counsel, wisdom and spiritual leadership. He is the Founder and Chairman of Life for Africa. His Majesty holds two doctorates in Philosophy and Theology and is currently pursuing his third doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Drolor is a member of the distinguished University of Oxford Round Table.
  • Kevin Andrews [r]: Add brief definition or description has been a member of the Australian Parliament since 1991. He has served as the Australian Minister for Ageing (2001-03), Employment and Workplace Relations (2003-07), and Immigration (2007). He is currently the Chairman of the Opposition Policy Review and Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Economics Committee. He was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee that produced the important report "To have and to hold: Strategies to strengthen marriage and relationships" (1998). Kevin, and his wife, Margaret, have been involved in family policy and practice for many years. They helped to establish the Marriage Education Programme Inc. in 1980
  • Constantin Asavoaie [r]: Add brief definition or description Executive Director of Prison Fellowship (Romania), works with broken families, ex-delinquents, street children, teenage mothers
  • Julie Beck [r]: Add brief definition or description general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • L. Brent Bozell III [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Benjamin Bull [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Byron Calhoun [r]: Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the West Virginia University at Charleston; board of directors, Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society; board of directors, Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists [e]
  • Janice Shaw Crouse [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Jaap E. Doek [r]: Add brief definition or description is emeritus professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (since July 2004). He is currently an advisor/consultant involved in among other activities of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN on Children and Armed Conflict, the regional office of UNICEF for East and Southern Africa, a number of UNICEF country offices and some governments of States Parties to the CRC.
  • W.J. Eijk [r]: Add brief definition or description was part-time and since February 1999 full-time professor of moral theology at the Theological Faculty of Lugano in Switzerland. He was ordained as bishop of Groningen on November 6, 1999. In January 2008 he took possession of the archiepiscopal see of Utrecht.
  • Pat Fagan [r]: Add brief definition or description is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Family and Religion at the Family Research Council, Washington, D.C. since October 2007. Prior to that, from 1994, he was the William H.G. FitzGerald Senior Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Since 1984 Fagan has worked in public policy, in the US Senate, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for President George H.W. Bush.
  • Don Feder [r]: Add brief definition or description is Communications Director of World Congress of Families and editor of World Congress of Families News. He is also Director of Communications for the documentaries “Demographic Winter” and the “Demographic Bomb.”
  • Babette Francis [r]: Add brief definition or description National & Overseas Co-ordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc., a pro-family, pro-life NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the UN; Ichair of English language group, Pontifical Council for the Family Third World Congress of Pro-Life Movements (1995)
  • András Gábos [r]: Add brief definition or description Senior Researcher at TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Budapest (January 2000–present). His main research interests are fertility effects of intergenerational transfers, cost of raising children, work incentive effects of family policies, poverty (especially child poverty) and income inequality.
  • Marie Claire Hernández [r]: Add brief definition or description Founder member and former President of Family & Society, and a member of the Board of “Red Familia”, (Family Network), Mexico
  • Josien de Klerk [r]: Add brief definition or description (1975) trained as an anthropologist at the Radboud University Nijmegen and specialized in medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. During her work for Doctors without Borders in Kenya (2000-2001) in an HIV/AIDS prevention and care program, she was confronted with the situation of older people loosing family members to HIV/AIDS. In 2002 she was accepted for a PhD position at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research with a study on the changing position of older people in their families as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She worked as a junior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam from 2006-2007 and started work as a program manager at WorldGranny in January 2008 where she works on the projects for older carers in East and Southern Africa.
  • Roel Kuiper [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionProfessor of Social Sciences, Reformed Highschool Zwolle (The Netherlands), and Senator for the Christian Union
  • Richard Land [r]: Add brief definition or description Princeton and Oxford-educated, Dr. Richard Land has served as president of the outhern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988
  • Gwendolyn C. Landolt [r]: Add brief definition or description graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, and was called to the Bar of that province. She has participated in approximately 20 Supreme Court of Canada and lower level cases on pro-life and family issues. Mrs. Landolt is the founder and first president of Right to Life and Toronto and Area and the co-founder of the political arm of the Canadian pro-life movement, Campaign Life. She is the co-founder and current National Vice-President of REAL Women of Canada (Realistic, Equal, Active, for Life) whose objective is to protect and support the natural family. REAL Women is an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
  • Steve Mosher [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionspecialist in China population issues, and president of the Population Research Institute
  • Paul Masusu [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionExecutive Director of Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia
  • Moïse Napon [r]: Add brief definition or description General secretary of the Christian Relief and Development Organization in Burkina Faso
  • Gilbert Okoronkwo [r]: Add brief definition or description President of “Africa Christian Television—ACT”, Cote d’Ivoire (1995- present). Executive Secretary of the Communication Commission of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa—AEA (1990-)
  • Maria Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou [r]: Add brief definition or description Member of the group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats, Representative of the Greek Confederation of Large Families in COFACE (1998-2004). President of Intergroup on Family and Protection of Childhood of the European Parliament
  • Rekha Pande [r]: Add brief definition or description is the Head and Coordinator of Centre for Women’s Studies and a faculty in the Department of History at University of Hyderabad
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson [r]: Add brief definition or description resides with her husband Paige Patterson, the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, at Pecan Manor in Fort Worth, Texas. She describes herself as first and foremost a homemaker, and that task has always commanded her priority in time, energies, and creativity. Dr. Patterson is a widely used free-lance writer and speaker and is the author of numerous books. Currently she is Professor of Theology in Woman’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has traveled to more than 100 countries; she met with Pope John Paul in his private apartment in the Vatican; she served as Chair for President Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Bible Committee and was received in the Oval Office; she has had coffee with former Israeli Prime Minister Menachen Begin in his Knesset office; she’s been the guest of Yaser Arafat at a midnight banquet in Sadam Hussein’s palace guest house in
  • Simon Polinder [r]: Add brief definition or description Lecturer at the Department of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen
  • Bill Saunders [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Jill Savage [r]: Add brief definition or description, director of Hearts at Home and author of "Professionalizing Motherhood" speaks at a variety of moms groups and events throughout the year. Hearts at Home is an organization committed to equipping women in the "profession" of motherhood.
  • Carlos Simón [r]: Add brief definition or description was born in Caceres (Spain). Since September 1995 he has been priest of the diocese of Coria-Cacares. He has a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Navarre and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. On February 9, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Deputy Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
  • Kees van der Staaij [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionMember of the Dutch Parliament on behalf of the SGP (Reformed Political Party), spokesman for foreign affairs, justice and home affairs.
  • Christine Vollmer [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionIn 1981 she founded the Asociación Provida de Venezuela - PROVIVE, and has since been its president. She has served with numerous organizations that support the family. She founded and is the president of the Latin American Alliance for the Family. Since 1992 she has been a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In 1995 she was a founding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. As president of World Organization for the Family she organized congresses all over the world which were attended by thousands of people.
  • Joel Voordewind [r]: Add brief definition or description Member of Parliament for the Christian Union. Spokesman on foreign affairs and development cooperation.
  • Binyomin Jacobs [r]: Add brief definition or description Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs was born and brought up in Amsterdam. The first members of the Jacobs family were already in the Netherlands around 1400! After his Gymnasium Exams and a study of 8 years at the Ecole Rabbinique of Paris, the Lubavitcher Talmudic Highschool of Brooklyn and the Talmud College of the Negev (Israel) he returned to the Netherlands in 1975, to devote himself to Dutch Jewry. Rabbi Jacobs is the Chief Rabbi of the Interprovinciaal Opperrabbinaat (covering 11 of the 12 provinces), chairman of the Rabbinical Council for the Netherlands and the rabbi (chaplain) of the Sinai Centre in Amstelveen, the only Jewish psychiatric hospital in Europe. The Chief Rabbi is a member of the Lubavitcher Chassidim movement. The latter is well known for the openness to both the non-religious Jewish community as well as towards the non-Jewish society. Chief Rabbi Jacobs is known for having a large network within both the national and local politics, as well as with the leadership of other religions in the Netherlands. Rabbi Jacobs holds many administrative functions.
  • Ted Baehr [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Julie Baumgardner [r]: Add brief definition or description MS, CFLE, is the President and Executive Director of First Things First,a one of a kind, grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The success of the FTF initiative has sparked interest in duplicating the FTF model in cities across the country. The First Things First team has provided technical assistance to hundreds of communities nationwide. She was invited to speak at the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth, has testified in front of a senate subcommittee about the benefits of marriage for Senator Rick Santorum and currently serves on the national steering committee for the Marriage Co-Mission, which is a group of people working in conjunction with many in the marriage movement.
  • Marika Bērtule [r]: Add brief definition or description was born in Latvia, 1970. She graduated from Latvia University with a degree in Pedagogic and with a professional diploma in Financial and business management. Since 2005 she has been manager and developer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
  • Rene Bullecer [r]: Add brief definition or description A 40 years old, Doctor of Medicine with sub-specialty on HIV Medicine. Defender of life, anti-abortion crusader since his college days. Fighter against pornography and indecency Appointed in 1996 as the point-man of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’, CBCP as the national director of AIDS-Free Philippines, the official anti-AIDS program of the church in the country. Appointed as main promoter for faith, life and family in the Philippines as the Country Director of Human Life International Pilipinas Continental delegate for Asia of the AISAC, Pontifical Council on Health, Vatican City.
  • Gilbert Crouse [r]: Add brief definition or description economist engaged in compiling and analyzing social science data to track the cultural trends in the United States and other nations. His work forms the basis for numerous official U.S. government reports and is distributed to think tanks and scholars on family issues. He is a former university economics and business professor and administrator, and he is a former Fulbright Scholar.
  • Sheri Dew [r]: Add brief definition or description was named the president & CEO of Deseret Book Company in 2002, a communications corporation owned by Deseret Management Company. She is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry. She is the author of the best-selling biographies of Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson as well as No Doubt About It; No One Can Take Your Place; If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard; Saying It Like It Is; and God Wants a Powerful People. From 1997 to 2002, Dew served as 2nd counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society, the international women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In March 2002 she served as a White House delegate on the U.S. delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N. and in 2008 received a Freedoms Foundation Medal. She currently serves as a member of BYU’s Alumni Board, BYU-Hawaii’s President’s Leadership Council, and the DMC Communications Board.
  • Michael Farris [r]: Add brief definition or description
  • Wanda Franz [r]: Add brief definition or description is a developmental psychologist and professor emeritus of child development at West Virginia University. She was President of West Virginians for Life from 1973-1991. Dr. Franz has represented West Virginia on the Board of NRLC since 1979 and has served as NRLC President since 1991. She has also served as NRLC Vice President, Trustee of NRLC Educational Trust Fund, Board Member of International Right to Life Federation and President of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change. She has spoken at UN Conferences in Cairo in 1994 and in Rome in 1996, representing NRLC as a UN NGO. She spoke at the Pontifical Council on the Family at the Vatican and the Theological-Pastoral Congress on the Family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has spoken internationally on euthanasia, abortion and post-abortion syndrome.
  • Susan Dutton Freund [r]: Add brief definition or descriptiondirected the non-profit she founded,, taking it from one to eighteen employees and $1.5M in income. She also served as Chaplain for Women at the Brown County Jail for seven years, and is an Associate Pastor in The Vineyard USA. Susan is on the Board of Directors of Laugh Your Way America, a for-profit marriage ministry.
  • Arenda Haasnoot [r]: Add brief definition or description Since 2005 she is a member of the synod of the Protestant Church in the Nederlands (PKN). Since 2007 she is the vice-president of the PKN. Since 2004 is she a reverend and senior-pastor of de Reformed Church in Geldermalsen (PKN). Before that she ministered the Reformed Church in ‘s Gravenmoer (2001). She studied Theology in Leiden and Amsterdam.
  • Larry Jacobs [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionVice President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society ( and Managing Director of the World Congress of Families project. Larry has been the primary international organizer for the last three World Congress of Families (III, VI and V) and coordinates activities with WCF partners and contacts in more than 65 countries. Larry has been responsible for operations, development, and public relations for both The Howard Center and The World Congress of Families since 2003. Before joining The Howard Center. Larry was the founder of Jabez Consulting, former President, CEO, and Development Director of Healthy Beginnings, and Product Safety Manager at The Procter & Gamble Company. In 2006, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation and invited to speak in Zurich, Switzerland. He was also honored as one of the “Top 40Leaders Under 40” by the Cincinnati Business Courier in 2003.
  • Arend Huitzing [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionborn 19 June 1943 in Winsum, the Netherlands, studied Cult. Anthropology at the Free University of Amsterdam and later joined the Dutch Min. of Foreign Affairs, as a career diplomat, May 1973 till December 2004. He served in Arab and African countries, often with the Dutch Development Cooperation, as well as with the OECD and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, in various capacities, lately as the Special Advisor on African Affairs. He worked with AWEPA, the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa till July 2008 as the Advisor on HIV & AIDS (in a program in close cooperation with UNICEF) and is presently Advisor to the Dutch CABA (Children Affected By Aids) working group. Arend Huitzing is married and has three children.
  • James Kushiner [r]: Add brief definition or description Executive Director of The Fellowship of St. James, a non-profit ecumenical association. He is Executive Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. In 2006 he co-founded Salvo Magazine, a quarterly publication for young adults seeking intelligent responses and alternatives to the secular and materialistic worldviews dominating elite society and the media.
  • Phillip Longman [r]: Add brief definition or descriptionSchwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation
  • Janet Morana [r]: Add brief definition or description Executive Director of Priests for Life and the Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’s largest mobilization of women and men who have lost children to abortion

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