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WSCF Asia-Pacific Leadership, 2012-2014

 

Staff, Regional Office in Hong Kong

Regional Secretary

Sunita Sumati Suna
Sunita Suna [INDIA] Ms. Sunita Sumati Suna hails from India, a member of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) and belongs to the Lutheran Church (Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church ) - JELC, a member Church to the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). She speaks Odiya, Hindi, English languages as well as tribal dialects of Odisha region. She has done her Gender Studies , Developmental Studies (DDS from the UTC, Bangalore), besides she holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Sunita started her ecumenical journey with SCM/ WSCF in 1995 and since then has been actively involved in the student movement. She concedes that her ecumenical journey has shaped her perspectives to articulate her faith into praxis, and her passion for this unique student movement has motivated her to persistently sustain in this vocation for such a long time. Prior to her appointment as the Regional Secretary of WSCF AP in 2012, she worked on women's issues in a number of ecumenical and human rights organisations in India and in the Asia-Pacific region. Sunita has served as the National Study Secretary of SCM India from 2002 to 2005, as WSCF Inter‐Regional Women's Coordinator from 2005 to 2007, being based in Geneva and than in Nairobi and Regional Women's Coordinator of WSCF AP from 2007 to 2011 based in Hong Kong. Sunita brings her rich experience of working with SCMers in the region for over a decade and has demonstrated her passion, dedication and commitment to the Ecumenical Vision and empowerment of young people, especially young women in the Asia Pacific Region.

 

Regional Women’s Co-ordinator

Gifliyani Nayoan
Gifliyani Nayoan

[INDONESIA] Ms. Gifliyani Nayoan, known as Nina, is from Indonesia and belong to Evangelical Christian Church in Minahasa (GMIM).  She studied theology in Indonesian Christian University in Tomohon. She joined SCM Indonesia (known as GMKI) Tomohon’s local branch in 1996. She has served SCM/WSCF and Church in various capacities. She was an intern of FIM (Frontier Intership in Mission) in Timor Leste from 2006-2009, the WSCF Executive Committee member from 2004-2008. She says, her ecumenical perspective have been shaped mostly through her involvement and participation in GMKI (SCM Indonesia) leadership, WSCF Asia Pacific leadership and programs, and being an intern of FIM (Frontier Internship in Mission)  in Timor Leste. Her passion on women empowerment has been influenced much by feminist critical analysis she  learnt through women’s programs of WSCF, Asian Women Resource Center (AWRC) as well as interaction with contextual realities where she lives.

 

Standing Committee

Chairperson

Rev. David Anirudha Das
Rev. David Anirudha Das

[BANGLADESH] Rev. David Anirudha Das is now serving as General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh since 2009, and also a volunteer Pastor of the Rajashon Baptist Church, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before join in NCC Bangladesh he served some other Organizations in various executive and leadership positions as volunteer and profession. He studied and finished his Master of Science in Geography in 1986, Master of Arts in Library and Information Science in 1990 and Master of Theology in 2006. During his college life (in 1977) he has been involve with Student Christian Movement. He served as National General Secretary of SCM Bangladesh from 1984-1994, and National Chairperson from 1996-2004. During this long direct involvement in the positions of SCM Bangladesh he has participated in WSCF GA and many WSCF inter-regional and Regional Meetings and Programs. He says the first HRD Program of WSCF AP in 1983 held in Hong Kong was greatly encouraged him with the SCM ideology and dedicated his full life for this unparallel ideology of God to establish God’s kingdom and to glorify Him.

 

Vice Chairperson

Phan Dara
Phan Dara [CAMBODIA] Ms. Phan Dara comes from Cambodia, she is a student of English Literature at Pánnásástrá University of Cambodia. She is an active member of Cambodian SCM since 2005 and currently a Steering Committee member of Interfaith Peace Building for Youth. She is also a volunteer staff of Compassion of Christ-Church. She works closely with women and young-adults to empower them on gender issues, education rights, promote to live within the community in harmony and peace. Ms. Dara was re-elected as the Vice Chair of the WSCF AP for the year 2012-2014.

 

Members-at-Large

Chung Hiu Fan
Chung Hiu Fan

[HONG KONG] Ms. Chung Hiu Fan or Fanny, joined SCM Hong Kong in 2008 and graduated with Higher Diploma in Social Work at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the same year. She was elected as an Executive committee member of SCM Hong Kong from 2009-2012. Then she went to South Korea for six-month internship with the Haein Church in Incheon and Korean Student Christian Federation. She also worked with marriage migrant women for 2 years in Hong Kong. Currently Fanny working on Human rights monitoring with the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) as an intern in Seoul, South Korea. She is elected as the Standing committee member-at-large of WSCF AP from 2010 till now and Regional women committee member from 2012-2014.

 

Neill Ballantyne
Neill Ballantyne [AOTEAROA] Neill Ballantyne comes from the South Island of New Zealand. He is a graduate of the University of Otago where he studied Politics and Theology. He is a lay minister in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. He is the National Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Aotearoa and a former member of the WSCF AP HRJP Committee. He has a passion for education and awareness on inequality especially around poverty, gender and sexuality.

 

Exco (hold-over from previous term)

Immanuel Gopala Kitan
Immanuel Gopala Kitan [SRI LANKA] Immanuel is currently serving as General Secretary for the Student Christian Movement of Sri Lanka (SCMSL), previously as he worked as finance secretary from 2005-2006. Immanuel comes from an extensive background in the ecumenical movement in Sri Lanka as Vice Chairperson, Member of the Board of Education, and Member of the Community and Life Unit on the national Christian Council of Sri Lanka. As a member of the executive committee he hopes to provide a firm voice to strengthen relationships of solidarity in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Leni Valeriano
Leni Valeriano

[PHILIPPINES] Ms. Leni Valeriano is a senior friend of SCM Philippines (SCMP). She joined SCMP through a chapter in the University of the Philippines (Diliman) in 2000, and formed the core group that revived the SCM-UP Diliman chapter in the same year. In 2001 to 2003 she was part of the SCMP National Executive Committee and also of the Human Rights desk. She was also involved in the formative years of the EASYNET-PHIL NET as the first National Coordinator in 2002-2003 and have represented SCMP in various ecumenical circles like the Philippine Christian Youth Federation (KKKP), an umbrella of Philippine denominational youth organizations. She is currently a member of WSCF global Advocacy and Solidarity committee to promote common understanding, perspectives and campaigns among SCMs and other international and ecumenical friends.

 

 

Regional Women’s Committee

 

Heidi Boulter
Heidi Boulter

[AOTEAROA] Ms. Heidi Boulter, joined the Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa (SCMA) in 2010, and is currently the representative of the SCM Otago unit on the National Co-ordinating Group of SCMA. She represented SCMA at the Regional Committee Meeting in October 2012. Heidi is a member of the T­īkanga Pākehā strand of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, and is also a member of the Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary. She can often be found in church serving at the altar or playing the organ/piano. She speaks English and basic Māori (the indigenous language of New Zealand), and also reads Latin, Ancient Greek and Ancient Hebrew. Heidi graduated in December 2012 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Studies with First Class Honours. For her Honours dissertation she read Ezekiel 23 in light of the modern global phenomenon of domestic violence against women and developed guidelines for Biblical commentators on this text by which they may interpret this text with sensitivity to this pastoral issue.

 

Masophy Kengoo
Masophy Kengoo [INDIA] Ms. Masophy Kengoo hails from the Tangkhul Naga tribal Community of Manipur a state in the North Eastern part of India. She belongs to Baptist denomination (affiliated to the National Council of Churches in India) and I have done her Bachelor of Divinity from the Senate of Serampore University. She became a part of the SCM India in 2003 and later become the Study Secretary for Women Desk in the National Office in Bangalore. She represented SCM India at the Women Doing Theology Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2011. Presently she is a member of Regional Women’s Committee of the WSCF AP representing the South Asia.

 

Pan Mo Mo Chit
Pan Mo Mo Chit

[MYANMAR] Ms. Pan Mo Mo Chit, is a student of Myanmar Institute of Theology focused on Liberal Art Program. She has been engaged in SCM Myanmar since 2009 and now becomes national women coordinator SCM Myanmar since 2012. Through SCM she has been learned about leadership, interfaith issues and also how to be responsible citizen in her country. She has also participated actively in ecumenical formation program before joining the team of Regional Women Committee of WSCF AP.

 

 

 

Human Rights, Justice and Peace (HRJP) Committee

Coordinator

Einstein Recedes
Einstein Recedes

[PHILIPPINES] Einstein Recedes (HR Coordinator), comes from the Philippines. He is from a non mainstream evangelical/ born again Christian background. He says that his involvement in SCM Philippines (SCMP) made him more aware of the need to work together regardless of creed and doctrine he believes in as Christians and relate as much as possible in order to pursue unity among ecumenical youth and churches. He is a leader of SCMP and has been involved in campaigning human rights issues along with other youth and student movement and ecumenical groups in his country. Recently Einstein is appointed as the Regional Human Rights Coordinator of the WSCF AP.

 

Nicholas Haslam
Nicholas Haslam [AOTEAROA] Nicholas Haslam (Nic) has been actively involved with SCM Aotearoa New Zealand (SCMA) since the beginning of 2012. Nic has an active background within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ), with particular involvement in music worship and overseas mission. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts majoring in English at the University of Otago in the city of Dunedin. Currently President of his local unit, SCM Otago ('Rendezvous'), Nic has maintained an active role in regular meetings and other events. He sees SCMA as a close-knit community which is friendly, committed, passionate and diverse. In November 2012, Nic was elected as a member of the Human Rights, Justice and Peace (HRJP) Committee for the Asia-Pacific region, and attended the HRJP Solidarity Workshop in Sri Lanka in December 2012. More recently Nic has been selected as a proxy member to the Global Advocacy and Solidarity Committee (GASC). He is looking forward to continuing meaningful discussions within these groups, and implementing an active stance to preventing Human Rights abuses in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

 

Inbaraj Jeyakumar
Inbaraj Jeyakumar

[INDIA] Inbaraj Jeyakumar comes from India. He studies Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS) Madurai. He joined SCM India in 1993 and later he became the Programme Secretary for the South Tamil Nadu region. Currently he is working as the study secretary of SCM India.

 

Jimmy Tampubolon
Jimmy Tampubolon

[INDONESIA] Jimmy Tampubolon, is from Indonesia and a post graduate student on marine physical science of University of Indonesia. He joined SCM Indonesia (GMKI) through Bogor’s branch/local unit and became an executive committee member of SCM Indonesia (GMKI) from 2010 to 2012.

 

Ko Woo Jung
Ko Woo Jung

[KOREA] Ko Woo Jung, is a member of KSCF and had participated in the last HRJP workshop organized by WSCF Asia Pacific in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012. She is a student with major on communication and journalism of Kyunghee University in Republic of Korea.