Voting took place under the rules of the WACC Constitution approved in April 2014.
WACC’s new Board of Directors has elected Officers to manage the affairs of the organization between meetings of the Board. They will each serve an initial four-year term.
Dr José Luis Aguirre Alvis (right) was elected as Vice-President. He is Director of SECRAD (Radio and Television Training Service) of the Bolivian Catholic University of “San Pablo”, a corporate member of WACC. He is also Chairperson of the WACC Latin America Region.
SECRAD is the most representative institute for working on rural communication, indigenous communication, intercultural communication, and community radio in Bolivia. It also promotes the right of communication for people with disabilities.
Dr Aguirre brings to WACC his vast experience in communication work for inclusion and knowledge and promoting communication rights in Bolivia.
Ms Stella Etemesi (left) was elected as Secretary. A communications specialist and practitioner with long experience in development communications, she has worked with different faith-based, research and advocacy organizations in Africa.
Ms Etemesi is committed to supporting the work of groups focused on improving the well-being and quality of life of people in Africa.
A personal member of WACC, she sees WACC as an excellent platform for young communicators to learn from other professionals both inside and outside their regions.
Dr Stephen Brown (right) was elected as Treasurer. He studied international development at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and theology at the University of Cambridge and Humboldt University, Berlin.
He has been a member of WACC’s Regional Executive Committee for Europe since 2008 and is currently Regional Chairperson.
Dr Brown works at Globethics.net, Geneva, where he is Programme Director Online Libraries & Digital Innovation. He is a former managing editor of Ecumenical News International.
In May 2015, WACC Members elected Rev. Dr Samuel W. Meshack (left) as President of WACC. A member for three decades, he previously served two terms as Chairperson of WACC Asia.
Dr Meshack studied at the Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, and has taught at theological and secular universities in India and elsewhere.
He is currently Director of Higher Education at the Hindustan Bible Institute & College, Kilpauk, Chennai, India.