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FIDC Conference Archive

2016 Conference
"Agape: Awakening Sacrificial Love in the Everyday"

  • Anu George Canjanathoppil, Director of National Strategy and Interventions with International Justice Mission in Delhi, India
  • Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International
  • Jeremy Konyndyk, Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance 
  • Faustine Wabwire, Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst at Bread for the World
  • Joel Van Dyke, Director of Urban Training Collaborative in Guatemala
  • Tita Evertsz, Founder of Vidas Plenas in Guatemala and Director at Lemonade International

2015 Conference
"Healthy Humility: Learning to Learn"

2014 Conference
"Cultivating Community: A Right to Belong"

  • Brian Fikkert, Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College
  • Rob and Tara Cahill, Directors of Community Cloud Forest Conservation
  • Minas Hiruy, Founder of Hope University College in Ethiopia
  • Tarek Abuata, Member of Negotiations Support Unit in Palestine and Palestine Coordinator for the Christian Peacemakers Team
  • Rev. Aminah Bradford, Co-Founder of The Micah Project in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Chaplain at Calvin College
  • Michelle Loyd-Paige, Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion for Calvin College
  • JoAnn Flett, Lecturer in Management and Program Director of the MBA in Economic Development at Eastern University

2013 Conference
"From Here to Shalom: Participating in God's Plan for Universal Flourishing"

  • Leroy Barber, President of Mission Year and Executive Director of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta
  • Roland Hoksbergen, Professor of Economics and International Development at Calvin College
  • Carl and Carolyn Stauffer, Professors of Justice and Development Studies and Sociology at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Steve Radalet, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development at Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • Ravi Jayakaran, Vice President of Global Programs for MAP International 

2012 Conference
"Yearning for Justice, Learning in Love: A Dialogue on Fear and Hope"

2011 Conference
"Turning love into action: Sowing seeds and reaping justice"

  • Dirk B. Booy, Executive Vice-President of World Vision Canada
  • Carlos Hernández, President of Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ) (Association for a More Just Society) and Transformemos Honduras (Let's Transform Honduras)
  • Ghenadie Russu, co-founder and Executive Director of CAMED (Christian Agency for Microenterprise Development) and “Invest-Credit” Microfinance Organization.
  • Michelle Sheba Tolentino, former Compassion International Child, completed a communication arts degree at the University of Santo Tomas through Compassion's Leadership Development Program and is fulfilling her dream and telling the world that Jesus loves all the little children, just like her.
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

2010 Conference
"Participation: Walking Humbly and Turning Tables"

  • Dr. Milton Amayun, international global healthy consultant, currently in Benin, West Africa working as a Family Health Team Leader with the United States Agency for International Development.
  • Dana Bates, founder of New Horizons Foundation in Romania
  • Leymah Gbowee, leader in the Liberian women’s peace movement, currently building Women, Peace and Security Africa, a women's organization in Ghana that will act to build relationships across the West African sub- region in support of women's capacity to prevent, avert and end conflicts.
  • Davis Omanyo, the CRWRC team leader for East/South Africa.
  • Ronald J. Sider, is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy and Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary and President of Evangelicals for Social Action

2009 Conference
"Partnership: United in Service"

2008 Conference
"Sustainability: Fruit that Lasts"

  • Ida Mutoigo, the Canadian Director of The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) was the former Director of the CRWRC’s Eastern and Southern Africa team.
  • Edward Cardoza, the Director of Development for Partners in Health, worked with refugees from East Timor while studying at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. He has also served in the Office of AIDS Ministry and the chaplaincy office at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Ernso Jean Louis, a member of Partners Worldwide Million Mentors program, began Haitian Partners for Christian Development with the goal of creating sustainable jobs in Haiti. He has created eight businesses and over 3000 jobs there.
  • Luis Noda, the Latin America Regional Director of Food for the Hungry International, has a background in agricultural engineering and development and was formerly a supervisor of the Seeds National Program for Bolivia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

2007 Conference
"Do justice/ Have mercy/ Make peace/ Take care."

  • Rev. Celestin Musekura, a Baptist minister from Rwanda, is the president and founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.). Rev. Musekura, who specializes in communal and tribal forgiveness and reconciliation, has worked to reconcile the Hutu and Tutsi tribes following the Rwandan genocide.
  • Peter Okaalet, an Anglican pastor and physician from Uganda is the Africa director of MAP International, a Christian medical assistance group. Okaalet was named a 2005 Global Health Hero by Time magazine for pioneering a more compassionate response to the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
  • Roy Berkenbosch, campus minister and director of interdisciplinary studies at the King's University College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, development experience.
  • Dr. Augusto De la Torre, World Bank senior regional financial sector advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Linda de Robelo, active member of the Central Mennonite Church of San Pedro Sula, Honduras since 1973, since 1989 Linda has been the director of the MAMA Project, social program of the Honduran Mennonite Church that accompanies families to find development.

2006 Conference
Inaugural "Faith and International Development Conference"

  • David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World
  • Kent Hill, recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Jacqui Patterson, a board member for Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH)
  • Jose (Pepe) Alcantara, a board member of the Mexican Association for Rural and Urban Transformation (AMEXTRA).
  • Jim Haveman, a 1966 graduate of Calvin and a former director of the Michigan Department of Community Health who recently served as a senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

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