Committee and teams

Elizabeth Böhler-Goodship

Elizabeth Böhler-Goodship President

Swiss and Canadian citizen. Studied in France and England. Holds an MBA. Former Mayor of Grand-Saconnex (Switzerland). Retired. Active member of several public and private foundations and associations

Joseph Kabongo
Vice President

Joseph Kabongo Vice President

40 years of involvement in pastoral work. Citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Switzerland. Areas of study: philosophy of religion, international humanitarian law and information technology. International lecturer on multicultural Christianity

Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett

CPA with extensive experience of working in the international sector, non-governmental - including humanitarian organisations (both policy and operational), women's rights and youth empowerment, and ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Her expertise includes: Finance, treasury, HR (international NGOs based in Switzerland), IT and facilities, grants management, governance and organisational change. Recently retired from paid employment but still active as a volunteer in various associations, Jane joined the JKIRC as Treasurer in the autumn of 2020.

Ventzeslav Sabev

Ventzeslav Sabev Secretary

Born in Bulgaria, grew up in an ecumenical and international environment in Geneva. Business and advocacy work on children's rights, education and interfaith dialogue. Worked for the UN and multinational companies in Europe, USA and Asia. Vice-President of the Geneva Spiritual Appeal, trustee of the International Social Service, advisor to the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute, board member of the Zürcher Foundation

Cyril Ritchie

Cyril Ritchie

President of the JKIRC from 1997 to 2019, he planned and led the Centre's 50th and 60th anniversary celebrations. His career has been in international non-governmental organisations and he is currently President of the Union of International Associations. He has been President of the Conference of NGOs of the United Nations, Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies and President of the United Nations School. He is a holder of the World Order of Smiles.

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson

Pastor, theologian and social justice advocate of the United Church of Canada. He has been General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches since August 2014 and has served as International Ecumenical Advisor to the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Colombia, World Council of Churches representative to the United Nations, World Council of Churches representative in Jerusalem, and Executive Minister of the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit of the United Church of Canada, and as an Ecumenical Officer, among many other missionary and ministerial roles.

Serge Fornerod

Serge Fornerod

- European and world-wide church relations
- Beziehungen zu den konfessionellen und ökumenischen Bünden
- Ökumenische und interreligiöse Beziehungen in der Schweiz
- Beziehungen zu den Hilfswerken und Missionsorganisationen
- Christians under threat
- Foreign policy issues
- Beziehungen zu bundespolitischen Gremien
- Vice Director
- Internal Planning and Organisation, Evaluation

The teams

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