Our Team & Network
Officers & Staff
2021 to 2025
||:||Mr. Marcelo D. Leites
|FINANCE OFFICER||:||Mr. Jean-Luc De La Soujeole
|REGIONAL EXECUTIVES and GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTORS|
|AFRICA||:||Mr. Morgan Mambwe
|ASIA-PACIFIC||:||Ms. Yowanda Yonggara
|EUROPE||:||Mrs. Serena Tiburtini
|LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
||:||Ms. Dianet de la Caridad Martínez
|CHAIRPERSON||:||Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos
|CO-VICE CHAIRPERSON||:||Ms. Pavlina Manavska||Macedonia||Methodist|
|Mr. Ramy Farouk Mahrous Sarofim Hanna
|HONORARY TREASURER||:||Ms. Ebere Ubesie
|GLOBAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (ExCo)|
|AFRICA||:||Ms. Facia Harris||Liberia||Pentecostal|
|Mr. Willy Masaka
|ASIA-PACIFIC||:||Ms. Hnin Wai Thi Aung||Myanmar||Anglican|
|Mr. Andika Mongilala
||Indonesia / Australia||Presbyterian|
|EUROPE||:||Ms. Marta Sappé Griot||Italy||Waldensian Church|
|Mr. Patrick Holly
|LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN||:||Ms. Malena Lozada Montanari||Argentina||Methodist|
|Natália Miguel Blanco
|MIDDLE EAST||:||Ms. Yasmina Rishmawi||Palestine||Independent|
|Mr. Paula Raffat
|PARTNER REPRESENTATIVE||:||Dr. Salters Sterling,
WSCF Centennial Fund
GLOBAL SECRETARIAT - INTER REGIONAL OFFICE Team Members
Mr. Marcelo Leites
WSCF GENERAL SECRETARY (Uruguay)
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.
Mr. Jean-Luc De la Soujeole
Jean-Luc is from France and is a member of the Catholic Church in Geneva (Switzerland). He holds a Master in Management and Finance from the Toulouse Business School in France and has been entrusted with financial responsibilities by large multinational companies headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland). He developed a core experience in financial management and reporting of global companies operating worldwide.
As Global support staff, he coordinates finances, and accounts and reports to funding partners. He functions as administrator, bookkeeper, finance coordinator, communication facilitator, drafter/editor, report writer.
Ms. María Camila U. Bonilla
INTER-REGIONAL OFFICE COMMUNICATION and GENERAL SECRETARY’S ASSISTANT (Colombia)
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.
Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos (Bishop George)
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
CO-VICE CHAIRPERSON (Macedonia)
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
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
WSCF TREASURER (Nigeria)
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.