Karin Achtelstetter was installed General Secretary of WACC, October 5, 2010. She is former Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lutheran World Federation,
Interim Director of Programmes
Philip Lee, a British national, joined WACC in 1975 and is currently Deputy Director of Programs and editor of the international journal Media Development. Publications include Requiem: Here’s Another Fine Mass You’ve Gotten Me Into (2001); Many Voices, One Vision: The Right to Communicate in Practice (ed.) (2004); Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008), and Public Memory, Public Media and the Politics of Justice (co-ed.) (2012). In January 2013 he was conferred Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in Chennai, India. Staff Liaison for WACC-North America Region, he speaks English,
Joseph Patterson joined WACC in 2015 as Finance Manager with responsibility for accounting,
Sarah Macharia joined WACC in April 2007. Of Kenyan origin, she is a feminist political economist with a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, Toronto, Canada. She has extensive work experience in the field of gender and human development having worked with various African civil society and international development
Lorenzo joined WACC in 2015 to coordinate WACC's Strengthening Community Radio Programme. Originally from Colombia, Lorenzo has also worked as a media producer, communications consultant, teacher, researcher and facilitator with organizations in the non-profit and education sector. He holds an Honours BA in International Development from York
Fundraising Strategy & Fund Development
Areej holds a Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in International Studies and Economic Development from Carleton University and a Masters in International Public Policy with a focus on environmental policy and global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her work with international and local development and humanitarian aid organizations took her to Turkey, Syria, Northern Iraq,
Administrator for Programmes and Funding
Shari McMaster has recently joined WACC in the capacity of Administrative Coordinator with a view to providing assistance and support to the Secretariat. Shari comes to WACC after working for many years as a law clerk. She is currently enrolled in the Non-Profit Management course at Ryerson University.
Lucas Nonnemacher is assisting the financial consultant in the development and implementation of new financial standards and practices. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Unisinos University, Brazil. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Keith Nunn joined WACC on a
WACC UK Development Manager
Sara Speicher, originally from the USA, joined the World Council of Churches in 1997 as a program assistant in the WCC
Web Design and Communications Consultant
Saskia Rowley joined WACC on a part-time basis as a web design and communications consultant. An accredited designer, she
Solange De Santis
Solange De Santis joined WACC on a part-time basis as a communications consultant. She is contributing to news coverage as well as advising on matters related to WACC’s public profile. De Santis earned a master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English at Barnard College in New York City. She was editor of Episcopal Life Media, a staff writer for nine years at the Anglican Journal in Toronto, and most recently editor of the ecumenical news service ENInews.
Head of Communications (ACT Alliance)
Simon Chambers has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto and over 20 years of work experience in the Anglican Church in Canada. He moved to the position of Head of Communications for ACT Alliance from The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Canada, where he served as a Communications Coordinator since 2010. From 2011 he served as the Chair of ACT Alliance's Communications,