Global OfficersGlobal Officers (from left): Pavlina, Geevarghese, Ebere, and Ramy [Jakarta, July 2023]

2021 to 2025
EXCO MEMBERS


GLOBAL OFFICERS

CHAIRPERSON : Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos
 
  India   Orthodox
CO-VICE CHAIRPERSON : Ms. Pavlina Manavska   Macedonia   Methodist
Mr. Ramy Farouk Mahrous Sarofim Hanna
 
  Egypt   Coptic Orthodox
HONORARY TREASURER : Ms. Ebere Ubesie
 
  Nigeria   Anglican

GLOBAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (ExCo)

AFRICA : Ms. Facia Harris   Liberia   Pentecostal
Mr. Willy Masaka
 
  DR Congo   Presbyterian
ASIA-PACIFIC : Ms. Hnin Wai Thi Aung   Myanmar   Anglican
Thimothy Kumarathunga
 
  Sri Lanka   Baptist
EUROPE : Jonna Rättyä   Finland   Evangelical Lutheran
Agge Angusson   Sweden   Evangelical Lutheran,
Anglican Franciscan
 
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN : Ms. Malena Lozada Montanari   Argentina   Methodist
Natália Miguel Blanco
 
  Brazil   Methodist
MIDDLE EAST : Ms. Yasmina Rishmawi   Palestine   Independent
Mr. Paula Raffat
 
  Egypt   Coptic Orthodox
NORTH AMERICA : Vacant
 
       
PARTNER REPRESENTATIVE : Ambassador Ilari Rantakari,
WSCF Centennial Fund

EXECUTIVE STAFF


GLOBAL STAFF

GENERAL SECRETARY
 
: Mr. Marcelo D. Leites
 
  Uruguay   Independent
ACCOUNTING MANAGER : Mrs. Rana Khoury
 
  Lebanon   Greek Orthodox
IRO COMMUNICATION & GS ASSISTANT : Ms. María Camila U. Bonilla
 
  Colombia    
SUPPORT STAFF
WEB DEVELOPER & SITE ADMIN : Ms. Doris Lois B. Rifareal
 
  Philippines   Methodist

REGIONAL EXECUTIVES and GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTORS

AFRICA : Mr. Morgan Mambwe
 
  Malawi   Catholic
ASIA-PACIFIC : Ms. Yowanda Yonggara
 
  Indonesia   Presbyterian
EUROPE : Mrs. Serena Tiburtini
 
  Italy   Catholic
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
 
: Ms. Dianet de la Caridad Martínez
 
  Cuba   Presbyterian
MIDDLE EAST : Vacant
 
       
NORTH AMERICA : Vacant        

Executive Staff (from left): Morgan, Serena, Yowanda, Dianet, and Marcelo [Jakarta, July 2023]

OFFICERS Team

Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos (Bishop George) [India]
WSCF CHAIRPERSON

Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos is the former Chairperson of the Student Christian Movement of India where he has strong roots since his student days. Bishop George, as he is affectionately called, received his Ph. D in Theology and Ethics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) in 1995. He also serves the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) as its Moderator. A former member of WCC’s Reference Group on Human Sexuality, Bishop George also served the Global Christian Forum (GCF) as a member of its working group on Mission and Proselytism . He is the Metropolitan of Niranam diocese of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India.

A prophetic voice both within church and society, Bishop George is known for bringing the Church closer to the poor and the downtrodden. He believes that the youth and students have the power to effect genuine social change and that the Federation must invest mainly in young leadership that is prophetically progressive and socially committed.

 

Ms. Pavlina Manavska [Macedonia]
CO-VICE CHAIRPERSONPavlina Manavska

Pavlina from Macedonia, currently based in the United States, is a German teacher and MA student in translation. She is a member of the United Methodist Church and of the Methodist Youth in Macedonia (organisation related to the WSCF Europe). As a volunteer in WSCF, she was the International Project Manager for WSCF Europe from 2015 to 2017 and Campaigns Coordinator for WSCF Europe from 2017 to 2019.

Pavlina thinks Christianity is a way of life and it is to be lived out on a daily basis in relationship to oneself and in relationship to the community of which one is a part. To be a member of the SCM or the WSCF is to understand oneself much more deeply by listening to others, by working together and being in constant dialogue; to stand for living out the faith together for justice.

 

Mr. Ramy Farouk Mahrous Sarofim Hanna [Egypt]
CO-VICE CHAIRPERSONRamy Farouk Mahrous Sarofim Hanna

Ramy has been a member of the Ecumenical Youth Committee in Egypt, one of the Student Christian Movements, since 2004. He is a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt. Recently, he matriculated as a PhD student at the German University of Heidelberg after receiving his Masters’ Degree in Intercultural Theology at the Göttingen University. Ramy is an alumnus at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute’s Advanced Studies Programme in Ecumenism. He has also participated as a Commissioner of WCC at the ‘Education & Ecumenical Formation’ Commission and ECHOS Commission on Youth from 2014 to 2021, and recently a preparatory team member of EYG ‘Ecumenical Youth Gathering’; WCC global youth Pre-Assembly meeting, Germany 2022.

As the world nowadays experiences injustice, conflicts and hate speeches, the Church needs to witness for the unconditional love of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by committing to vivid solidarity towards the suffering humanity. The federation, through its Student Christian Movements, offers the youth to raise their prophetic voice, in order to guide and lead the Church of God through her journey.

 

Ms. Ebere Ubesie [Nigeria]
TREASUREREbere Ubesie

Ebere is from Nigeria, she is a Chartered Accountant, under the Nigerian and UK professional accounting bodies. She is currently writing her PHD thesis at University of Johannesburg. Ebere joined the Student Christian Movement in Nigeria during secondary school where her leadership skills were recognised. Recently, she was named National President of SCM Nigeria, after serving in several leadership positions, among them, National Finance Secretary, Coordinator of the National Women’s and Children’s Affairs and National Treasurer. Among her achievements as National Treasurer was to “modernise” the financial system of the SCM of Nigeria. At the global level, she was a WSCF delegate to the UN Commission of the Status of Women. Ebere is a member of the Anglican Church.

 

REGIONAL EXECUTIVES and GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTORS

The Regional Executive and Global Program Director is responsible to co-ordinate, manage, support, organise and expand the WSCF activities globally and in regions according to the WSCF Constitution and By-laws. The Regional Executive and Global Program Director will work with the Secretary General and Student Christian Movements to ensure that the mission of the Federation is fulfilled through programs and strategic planning. Each Regional Executive is responsible for developing global programs, fund-raising and implementing the programs that falls within their thematic area.

The following are the staff responsible.

 

Mr. Morgan Mambwe [Zambia]
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE for WSCF AFRICA
GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for YOUTH ECUMENICAL LEADERSHIP

Morgan is from Zambia. He comes from a background of ordained ministry with passion for youth ministry. He is a member of the All Africa Youth Network which is a wing of the All Africa Conference of Churches. Morgan holds a Masters in Theology: Old Testament and Hebrew Studies from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Morgan was appointed as regional Secretary of the WSCF Africa Region in June 2023 and is currently serving as global program coordinator for Youth Ecumenical Leadership.

 

Ms. Yowanda Yonggara [Indonesia]
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE for WSCF ASIA PACIFIC
GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for IDENTITY, DIVERSITY AND DIALOGUE, AND GENDER JUSTICE
Yowanda Yonggara

Yowanda is Presbyterian. She comes from a long journey that started in 2009 in the Indonesian Student Christian Movement (GMKI). Yowanda has a Master's in Public Notary from the University of Pelita Harapan, Indonesia, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sam Ratulangi, Indonesia.

Yowanda was appointed as the Regional Secretary of the WSCF Asia Pacific Region in January 2023 and is currently the WSCF global program coordinator for Identity, Diversity, Dialogue and Gender Justice.

 

Mrs. Serena Tiburtini [Italy]
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE for WSCF EUROPE
GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for YOUTH, SECURITY AND PEACE
Serena Tiburtini

Serena is Catholic. She has a deep background in human rights, program management and as a youth trainer. Much of her professional experience has been with the Waldensian Diaconia and other international NGOs, focusing on migration justice issues, cultural and linguistic mediation and community building. Serena has vast experience in training social workers, teachers and youth workers on human rights-related issues, social justice and intercultural skills through non-formal education methodologies.

Serena has a post-graduate master’s degree in economics, law and intercultural migration from the University of Rome, a master’s degree in conference interpreting, and a bachelor’s degree in linguistic mediation and intercultural communication.

Serena was appointed as the Regional Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation in Europe in 2022 and currently serves as the WSCF Global Program Coordinator for Youth, Peace and Security - Peacebuilding.

 

Ms. Dianet de la Caridad Martínez [Cuba]
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE for WSCF LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR for DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTALISMS
Dianet de la Caridad Martínez

Dianet is Cuban and is Presbyterian reformed. She comes from a background of grassroots activism in the Student Christian Movement of Cuba where from 2012-2021 she served as the chairperson of the SCM. In 2013, Dianet was elected as an Executive Committee Member of the WSCF.

Her educational background is related to the ecumenical movement, she has a Master of Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, Cuba and is an alumni of the Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey. From 2004 to 2023 she served as a member of the WCC “ECHOS” Commission on Youth.

Dianet was appointed as the Regional Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021 and currently serves as the WSCF Global Program Coordinator for Democracy, Human Rights, and Fundamentalisms.

 

GLOBAL SECRETARIAT - INTER REGIONAL OFFICE Team Members

Mr. Marcelo Leites [Uruguay]
WSCF GENERAL SECRETARYMarcelo Leites

Marcelo is from Uruguay. He comes from a long history of involvement with the Student Christian Movements (SCMs) in Uruguay and WSCF LAC. He was the Regional Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from 2012 and Director for WSCF’s Global Program on Ecological Justice since 2016. Prior to this, Marcelo was a member of the Student Christian Movement of Uruguay from 2005 to 2011. He worked as a Social Educator, Campaigner and Accompanier for youth-related programs and projects in Montevideo, Uruguay before joining WSCF as the interim regional secretary for LAC in 2011. Marcelo studied Social Work for 2 years and Philosophy for 4 years at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, and graduated in 2011. He has been involved in Climate Justice Advocacy since 2012 and is a member of the WCC Climate Change working group and the ACT Alliance Climate Justice Group.

As General Secretary, he coordinates and provides overall leadership to the work of the Federation. He is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and objectives, in global programme development and administration. He works with the Executive Committee members, WSCF Centennial Fund Board, the Regional Executives and Program Directors and Student Christian Movements to ensure that the mission of the Federation is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, advocacy and movement building.

 

Mrs. Rana Khoury [Lebanon]
ACCOUNTING MANAGERRana Khoury

Rana is an experienced Finance and Accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector at the national and international levels. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration – Banking and Finance from Notre Dame University.

She was appointed as the new WSCF Accounting Manager in 2024. As a global support staff, Rana coordinates finances, accounts, and reports to funding partners. She functions as an administrator, bookkeeper, finance coordinator, communication facilitator, drafter/editor, and report writer.

 

Ms. María Camila U. Bonilla [Colombia]
IRO COMMUNICATION and GENERAL SECRETARY’S ASSISTANTMaría Camila U. Bonilla

María Camila is a young migrant feminist student, currently in the last year of her bachelor's degree in Social Communication with an emphasis on communication in community development at Buenos Aires University (Argentina). Since 2016 she has been volunteering in the ecumenical movement and actively involved in different advocacy and activism processes related to migration, women's rights, memory, and peace-building. From 2016-2021 she worked as Administrative Intern and Communications Assistant at the WSCF LAC office, and from 2016-2018 as an Administrative Secretary of the Religions for Peace Youth Network in LAC. In 2021 she was appointed as IRO's Communication and General Secretary’s Assistant.

As a part of the global staff, she provides essential support to the General Secretary in managing and coordinating various administrative and communication tasks. The role involves working closely with the General Secretary and other IRO or Global team members to ensure smooth operations and effective communication within the organization and its stakeholders.

 

Ms. Doris Lois B. Rifareal [Philippines]
WEB DEVELOPER and SITE ADMINISTRATORDoris Lois B. Rifareal

Doris is a Senior Friend of SCM Philippines. She took over the updating of the WSCF website in 2017 when it was still hosted on its former domain, wscfglobal.org. The following year, she recommended the return of the WSCF website to its original wscf.ch domain, subsequently initiating the development and publication of the current website under a new platform, and managing it since then. She has also been responsible for the design and layout of The Red Book, WSCF’s annual report, since 2015.

She has over three decades’ experience in graphic design, having worked on the publications, various print media, websites, and multimedia projects of mostly nonprofit organisations, local and international. She served as creative director of Crossroads Publications, Inc. and the International Rice Research Institute for many years before starting her own creative services business.

 

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