Karin Achtelstetter was installed General Secretary of WACC, October 5, 2010. She is former Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lutheran World Federation, and former Coordinator of the Public Information Team & Media Relations Officer of the World Council of Churches, both based in Geneva. She has also served on both the WACC Europe Executive Committee and WACC Board of Directors. Born in Schwabach, Germany, Karin holds a Masters in Theology and Bachelor of Arts from the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany as well as a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. She also has a diploma in International leadership, with a focus on organizational development, from the Craighead Institute, Glasgow and The Grubb Institute, London. She was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria in January 2010 and has served as an occasional lecturer in the Department for Practical Theology, Christian Communication Unit, Faculty of Theology, Friedrich-Alexander University. In November 2011, she was conferred Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) by the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in Chennai, India. Staff Liaison for WACC-Asia Region, she speaks German, English, French and Spanish
Deputy General Secretary
Philip Lee, a British national, joined WACC in 1975 and is currently Deputy General Secretary 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, French and Spanish.
Joseph Patterson joined WACC in 2015 as Finance Manager with responsibility for accounting,
Programme Manager for Gender and Communication and for Monitoring Rural Poverty Reporting
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
Program Coordinator for Communication for Social Change
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
Communications and Campaign Assistant
Originally from Uganda, Val Kalende is a journalist, communications
Administrator for Programmes and Funding
Gisèle Landendries is a graduate in Latin American Studies from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. Born in Belgium, she joined WACC in 1999. Staff Liaison for the WACC-Caribbean Region, she speaks French,
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.
Accounting and Administrative assistant
Shushanik Nazaryan joined WACC as an Accounting and Administrative assistant in 2017. She came to WACC with accounting experience in not-for-profit
Development and Grants Consultant
Callie Long joined WACC on a part-time basis as a development and grants consultant, bringing expertise in media development,
Keith Nunn joined WACC on a part time basis to provide strategic IT advice,
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,
Climate Change Communications Coordinator
Joanna has joined the ACT Alliance as a climate change communications coordinator. Originally from Swaziland, Joanna holds an MA in Environmental Studies, with a focus on climate change governance and development from York University and a BA in Economics- Environmental Studies and Sociology from St. Lawrence University (USA). Prior to joining the ACT Alliance, Joanna has actively engaged in climate change advocacy and policy work over the years in various platforms including the UNFCCC and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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