Dr. Allan C. Carlson
President
Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society
Born 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr.Carlson received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Augustana College (1971) and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from The Ohio University (1978). He is married and has four children.
Card. Ennio Antonelli
President
Pontifical Council for Family (Holy See)
Born in Todi, he first attended seminary there, and then in Assisi and the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he was graduated in Sacred Theology. He later earned a doctorate in classics at the University of Perugia. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Todi in 1960. President of the Pontifical Council for the Family since 2008.
Moisés Bendahán Israel
Chief Rabbi
Jewish Community of Madrid
Born in Tetuan (Morocco), 1956. Moises Bendahan Israel completed rabbinical studies in Jerusalem, earning his degree of Rabbi by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in 1984. He graduated in Philosophy and Jewish Bible from the college "Lifshits" of Jerusalem. Since September 1986 he is in charge of the Jewish community of Madrid.
Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov
President of Bioethics Commission
Orthodox Church of Russia
Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, Moscow Patriarchate`s Family Council member, Head of the Synodal Department on the Relations with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement, and of the Bioethics Commission.
D. Juan Antonio Reig Plá
Bishop of Alcalá de Henares (Spain)
Catholic Church
He was called by Benedict XVI to occupy the seat of Alcala de Henares on March 7, 2009. In the Spanish Episcopal Conference since 1999, is Chairman of the Subcommittee Episcopal Family and Defense of Life and Vice President of the Episcopal Commission on Lay Apostolate. He is a member of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
As the eighth president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson brings to the position three decades of experience in the education of pastors and missionaries. After 17 years as president of The Criswell College in Dallas, he served for 11 years as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. The focus of Dr. Patterson's leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions, based on a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation.
Alan Sears
President
ADF, Alliance Defense Fund
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.
Austin Ruse
President
C-FAM
Austin Ruse has headed the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) since shortly after its creation in the summer of 1997. Mr. Ruse has held the title of President since 2000. Ruse or his team have participated in every major UN social policy negotiation since 1997 including the multi-year negotiations that created the International Criminal Court. He has briefed members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff. Ruse has also briefed senior government officials, journalists, Church and non-governmental leaders from around the world.
Sixto Porras
Director
Focus on the Family
Sixto Porras is Director of Focus on the Family, an organization serving the Hispanic world, Brazil and Portugal, dedicated to the preservation of the home whose purpose is to strengthen families. Focus on the Family is also an entity recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as Special Advisory Serv. Sixto studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Costa Rica. He has produced over 10,000 radio and television programs, which are broadcast in over 38 countries.
Larry D. Jacobs
Vice President. Managing Director of the WCF VI
Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society
Larry Jacobs is Vice President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society. Jacobs is an experienced leader with diverse background in business, non-profit organizations, Christian ministries and Fortune 500 companies. Larry is the also the founder and CEO of Jabez Consulting, a nonprofit consulting business that assists pregnancy centers with medical services, Medicaid reimbursement, business strategy, development and community relationship building. He is the former President, CEO and Development Director of Healthy Beginnings, a medical practice and healthcare ministry that worked with more than 18 pro-life pregnancy centers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
Donald Feder
DIRCOM WCF
Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society
Don Feder was a Boston Herald editorial writer and syndicated columnist from June 1983 to June 2002. For 19 years, his column appeared in the Herald, New England’s second largest newspaper. On February 28, 2002, the paper published his 2,000th column. Feder has addressed the annual conventions or meetings of many organizations and participated in The World Congress of Families III in Mexico City, in March 2004, Warsaw in 2007, and the WCF V hold in Amsterdam in 2009.
Javier Menéndez Ros
Director
AIN Ayuda a la Iglesia Necesitada
Javier Menéndez Ros is Director of Ayuda a la Iglesia Necesitada (AIN) for nearly five years. Its main objectives are raising funds to finance projects of pastoral care in different countries where the Church is most needed, threatened or suffer persecution. Also inform reliably and accurately, and to sensitize the society, to know the situation of the suffering Church and is pursued in different parts of the world. They want to be the voice of those who have no voice. Today in the world between 80 and 90 percent of persons persecuted for their religion are Christian. Finally, fundamental for AIN is to encourage prayer for all those who suffer for their faith, Christians in need and by missionaries. At the recent World Youth Day in Madrid with the Pope in the capital, organized a photo exhibition on persecuted Christians. 8,000 people went to see it in a week.
César Vidal
Journalist and writer
EsRadio
César Vidal Manzanares (Madrid, 1958) is a historian, writer and media contributor. He holds a Ph.D. in History, with honors in order to run for the UNED, in theology and philosophy, the Logos University and a law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Both for its abundant work as a writer for working in various media (newspapers, radio, television and Internet). Some of the ways in which he has worked include: COPE, Freedom Digital World, Digital Protestant, Telecinco and Antena 3. He is currently director of the program is the "Night of Caesar" in esRadio and "South Way Back" to esRadio also.
Yuri Mantilla
Director, International Government Affairs
Focus on The Family
Yuri Mantilla is Focus on the Family’s director for International Government Affairs. His work focuses on communicating Focus’ pro-life/pro-family perspective to government, church and business leaders in foreign nations and the Hispanic community in the United States. Mr. Mantilla specializes in international human rights law. Currently, he is researching and writing on issues related to the law, bio-ethics and culture, issues which affect the international community. He has published research papers and articles in journals such as the Catholic Law Review.
Dr. Alveda C. King
Founder
King for America
Dr. Alveda C. King founded King for America, Inc. "to assist people in enriching their lives spiritually, personally, mentally and economically." She is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King. Alveda is the grateful mother of six children and she is a doting grandmother.
Benjamin Bull
Vice President
ADF, Alliance Defense Fund
Benjamin W. Bull, Esquire, serves as executive vice-president and chief counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund at its Team Resource Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he supervises all aspects of the legal team, including litigation, grants and funding, allied attorneys, National Litigation Academies, and the ADF legal internship program known as the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. Joining ADF in 2001, Bull is an active member of the bars of Arizona, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has practiced law since 1975 and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law Center.
Alexey Komov
Director of External Affairs
Russian Orthodox Church
Alexey Komov has been the chairman of the last "demographic Moscow Summit: Family and the Future of Humankind" celebrated in July 2011. The summit was the first World Summit on the causes and consequences of rapidly falling fertility. Head of Representative Office of WCF in Russia and the CIS, Alexey Komov is also the International Pro-Life Projects Coordinator of the Russian Orthodox Church. Fluent in the four main European languages, Alexey has 17 years experience in international business and consulting.
Dr. Dorothy Patterson, Phd
Doctor in Theology
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dorothy Kelley Patterson resides with her husband Paige Patterson, the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, at Pecan Manor in Fort Worth, Texas. She describes herself as first and foremost a homemaker, and that task has always commanded her priority in time, energies, and creativity.She met with Pope John Paul in his private apartment in the Vatican; she served as Chair for President Ronald Reagan's Presidential Bible Committee.
Christine De Vollmer
President
PROVIVE and the Latin American Alliance for the Family (ALAFA)
Mrs. Vollmer has made her life’s work the development of a 12-year program of universal values and virtues for schools, Learning to Cherish or Alive to the World, in order to bring to all children the understanding of the logic of virtues and how to live them. She is dedicated to spreading the pedagogy of values and character education world-wide. Mrs. Vollmer is a founding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. She is married to Alberto and has 7 children and 21 grandchildren.
Rocco Buttiglione
Vice President
Italian Parliament
President of the Italian political party UDC (Union of Christian and Centre Democrats). Buttiglione defended a European constitution that takes into account the Christian roots of Europe. Sponsored a UN resolution condemning abortion as a method of population control, requiring further measures to support the pregnant woman "and provide alternatives" to help eradicate the economic and social causes of abortion. "
Ted Baehr
TV Producer
MediaGuide TV
Dr. Baehr is the founder and Publisher of Movieguide® and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. His life's purpose is to be used of God to redeem to values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.
Joel Kotkin
Journalist, professor and writer specialized in Demographics
Champan University
Mr. Kotkin is Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California; a contributing editor to the City Journal in New York; a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a Fellow at the National Chamber Foundation. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions and cities. He also serves as executive editor of the website www.newgeography.com.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, PhD
President
Concerned Women for America
Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank for Concerned Women for America, is a recognized authority on sex trafficking, the United Nations, U.S. domestic issues, as well as national and international cultural, children's and women's concerns. She has twice served the President as an official delegate to the United Nations (2002 and 2003).Dr. Crouse also directed the work of the Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society, a project of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
Jaime Mayor Oreja
Eurodeputy
European Parliament
Born in San Sebastian in 1951 and has reached the European policy after an intense tour for nearly three decades by the various steps of local politics, regional and national levels. In the European Parliament has two core responsibilities spokesman Spanish delegation of the Partido Popular Europeo (PPE-DE), the largest of the camera, and vice president of the Group, responsible for long-term political strategy. Also chairs the European Ideas Network (European Ideas Network) which is the think-tank that tries to group all thought of the European center-right. It is also a member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and a substitute in the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament.
Dr. Prof. Javier Escrivá Ivars
Doctor in Law and Canon Law
University of Navarra
Doctor in Law and Canon Law, Lawyer and University Professor. Member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Law. Manager of the Institute of Sciences for the Family and Member of the Steering Committee for the “Yearbook of History of the Church” and Researcher at the Institute Martín of Azpilcueta. He is also Manager of the Online Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family, and Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Canon Law at the University of Navarra, of the Università Degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata.
Mats Tunehag
Consultant, speaker and writer
World Evangelical Aliance
Freelance consultant, speaker and writer from Sweden. He is also a global spokesperson on Religious Liberty for the World Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella organization for over 500 million Christians worldwide. He serves on the Global Council of Advocates International, a global network of 30.000 lawyers in over 120 countries. He has lectured for lawyers in Europe, Latin America and North America on Human Rights issues and lessons learned in building strategic and influential alliances shaping public opinion and legislation.
Dr. Jokin de Irala
Doctor and Researcher
University of Navarra
Professor Jokin de Irala is Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Navarra. He completed a Masters in Public Health in Scotland in 1987, earned his PhD in Medicine in 1990 and in 2000, a second doctorate in Public Health in the US. Since 2011 he holds the Chair of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and he is also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Navarra. Professor of Research Methodology, Human Sexuality, and two subjects in the Master's Degree in Marriage and Family. He is also Coordinator and Principal Researcher of the multidisciplinary project "Emotional Education and Human Sexuality" at the Institute of Culture and Society, University of Navarra. He is the author of several books on his area of expertise. He is married and has five children.
Dr. Gudrun Kluger, MTS
Co-founder of Kairos Consulting
Kairos
Born in 1976, maiden name Lang majored in Law as well as Theological Studies on Marriage and the Family. She holds a PhD in International Law. From 2001 to 2004 she worked as a director of World Youth Alliance - Europe (www.wya.net) in Brussels. Since Januray 2005 she is co-founder of Kairos Consulting for Non Profit Initiatives in Vienna. Since September 2008 she is a visiting professor at the International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family (www.iti.ac.at). Gudrun Kugler is married and has three children.
Dr. Carmen Domínguez Hidalgo
Professor of Law
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Carmen Domínguez is Lawyer, PhD in Law (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), Master's Degree in Comparative Law, especialist in Civil Law. She is Professor of Civil Law at the Faculty of Law and Director of UC Family at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is Lawyer before the I. Santiago Court of Appeals (alternate judge), Referee of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (arbitration) and is an active Lawyer in family matters, obligations and contract Law. She is the author of several pieces and articles on Civil Liability, Theory of Law, Family Law, Family and Bioethics. Director of the journal Annals UC Law and a member of several boards of journals. She participates permanently in conferences and seminars in various areas of legal endeavor in Chile and abroad.
Lola Velarde
Vice President
IPF NetWork Europa
Lola Velarde was born in Madrid, Spain in 1969. She is a Doctor in Forest Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1997). She is President of the Institute Family Policy’s European Network since 2004 and member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity since 2008.
Fr. Jarosław Szymczak
Expert in Family issues
Holy Family Institute in Warsaw
Fr. Szymczak studied theology, philosophy and family studies and has a PhD in theology on marriage and family from the Theology Faculty at the Academy of Catholic Theology. He is a board member for family issues in the conservative Catholic association Civitas Cristiana.
Dr. Francisco J. Contreras
Chair of Philosophy of Law
Universidad de Sevilla
Francisco Jose Contreras. Chair of Philosophy of Law at the University of Seville.He is author of several books in the disciplines of philosophy, law and current issues. He has lectured extensively in Spain and participated as a speaker at the Europeam Ideas Network seminars (Brussels and Bucharest). He collaborates frequently with the media: Diario de Sevilla, Seville ABC and Libertad Digital.
Gádor Joya
Doctor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Derecho a Vivir (DAV)
Gador Joya is Doctorate in Medicine and Coordinator of the Right to Life movement (DAV). This initiative began in 2008 when it announced the approval of the Abortion Act and was subsequently approved in 2009. In this situation, a group of citizens decided to do everything possible to try to stop this slaughter. And so they decided to launch a massive information and awareness about the reality of abortion. DAV has managed to get their message to millions of Spanish and establish an ongoing dialogue with our fellow citizens that allows us all to know in detail what abortion means.
Dr. Jorge Scala
University professor and lawyer
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Argentine lawyer practicing and Professor of Bioethics at Masters level. Author of six books, more than ninety articles published in professional journals and co-author of ten other books. He has given over six hundred lectures in seventeen countries in America and Europe. Advisory of the Committee on Health of the Legislature of the Province of Córdoba (Argentina), he has been honored with several awards. Member of the interdisciplinary team that won the case "Portal de Belén" in which the Supreme Court of Argentina recognized constitutional value to the protection of human life from the moment of conception.
Helen Alvaré
Professor
George Mason University
Helen M. Alvaré has practiced in a law firm specializing in commercial litigation and free exercise of religion matters. She has also worked at the Office of General Counsel for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and at the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the NCCB. Assisted the Holy See on matters concerning women, marriage and the family, and respect for human life. Chaired the commission investigating clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI's Pontifical Council for the Laity. She has been professor at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. and currently she is Associate Professor of Family Law and Property at George Mason University.
Juan Pérez Soba
Professor
John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Priest of the Diocese of Madrid, he is Professor of Family Pastoral and Moral Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family belonging to the Lateran University in Rome. He received his PhD in Theology of Marriage and Family by the same pontifical institute with a thesis on The interpersonality of love. In 2006 he was appointed professor of the chair on "Fundamental Moral and Christian life." He has been Dean of the Faculty of Theology San Damaso in Madrid. Council Member of the Subcommittee on Family and Life of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, of AEDOS and Member of the Editorial Board of "Ediciones Cristiandad."
Lech Kowalewski
Director
WCF Poland
Co-founder and director of the Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movement. It consists of nearly 140 pro-life groups across the country. Being a non-political body, the Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movement focuses on the political support - the face of misunderstanding and loneliness often true - to embrace the pro-life cause in the Polish Parliament. Tries to influence other members of parliament, in the hope of eventually taking a pro-life position. Its goal is to alter public opinion so that more people recognize and assent to the truth that every human being: the newly designed, newly born, young or old, healthy or ill, has the same right to live.
Ewa Kowalewska
Director
Human Life International, Europe
In addition to her position as director of HLI Europe, Ms. Kowaleska is president of the Forum of Polish Women and a board member of the Polish Association of Natural Family Planning Teachers. She has participated in the UN meetings in Copenhagen, Beijing, Istanbul and Rome. She also led an online campaign to send a message of support to the pope after his statements against condoms during his recent visit to Africa.
Miguel Moreno
Director
The Leadership Institute  
Miguel is the Director of International and Government Programs at “The Leadership Institute” (L.I.) At L.I. he is responsible for recruiting, training, and working with top-level government officials from around the world, as well as business executives and heads of international conservative organizations. He also develops and executes the International Leadership Training Schools, in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latina America and Australia, where selected conservatives are trained in the technology and strategy of International campaigning, fundraising, communications, and organizational entrepreneurship.
Natalya Yakunina
Director
St. Andrew The Firstcalled Foundation
Natalya Victorovna Yakunina, Member of St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation Administration, Chairman of the Maternity Holiness program Board of trustees was among the awarded.
Patrick Fagan
Director of MARRI
Family Research Council
Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.) as well as a Ph.D. from University College Dublin.
Paul Coleman
Senior legal counsel
ADF Europe
Paul Coleman, an attorney (solicitor) in the UK, counsel for Christian Concern, a Christian advocacy group.
Gwendolyn Landolt
President
REAL Women of Canada
Gwen Landolt is a lawyer, long-time pro-life activist and a co-founder of Toronto Right to Life, the Coalition for Life and REAL Women of Canada. But most important, she says, she is a wife and mother. Landolt’s involvement with Canada’s pro-life movement began in 1971. She and her husband had just returned to Canada, settling in Toronto, after living in the United States for a couple years while her husband pursued graduate studies. A devout Catholic, Landolt was horrified to return and discover that Canada now permitted abortion.
Chris Carmouche
Founder
GrassTopsUSA
Chris began doing volunteer work for the Christian Coalition – starting chapters in California and Virginia. In 2000, he joined the Coalition’s national staff and was responsible for the design of the Christian Coalition Voter Guide, 70 million of which were distributed that year. Chris founded GrassTopsUSA in 2004. GrassTopsUSA is a tax-exempt organization which is totally Internet based. It pioneered the dynamic of FAXing members of the United States Congress on timely concerns, and helped to generate millions of FAXes from ordinary citizens to their elected representatives. He was also a speaker at World Congress of Families IV Warsaw, (2007) and in Amsterdam, (2009).
Peter Westmore
President
National Civic Council
President of the Australian National Civil Council (NCC).
Juan José Romero
Vice Director
InfoCatólica
Juan Jose Romero (1969), Spanish-Cuban, is an engineer and journalist. Founder and editor of the cultural weekly conoZe.com and Vice Director of InfoCatólica. He also teaches in schools and colleges and is an expert on public opinion studies and trends in technology companies. Analyst specializing in issues of "culture war" in various media and co-author of books on abortion and relationship between faith and science. He is father of a large family.
Dra. María Lacalle
Directora
Centro de Estudios de la Familia, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
Graduated in Law (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid), she received her PhD in Law from the same university in 1995 and in 2003 she graduated in Religious Studies. She teaches Civil Law at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid). She is currently Director of the Chair of BioEthics and BioLaw, Extraordinary Member of the Institute of Economic and Social Research and a Member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation. She is married and mother of six children.
Piero A. Tozzi
Senior legal cousel
ADF, Alliance Defense Fund
Piero A. Tozzi serves as senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he plays a key role with ADF-Global. Since joining ADF in 2010, Tozzi has focused his litigation efforts on international human rights law. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1996 and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Tozzi is also a member of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Dra. Mónica López - Barahona
Doctor and Searcher
Center for Biosanitary Studies
PhD in Chemistry (major in Biochemistry) and M.A in Philosophy, she has conducted research in Molecular Oncology for over twenty years in Spain, Austria and the U.S. She has been Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences at Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid) and Scientific and Technical Chief of stem cells from umbilical cord blood bank VidaCord until she joined the Center of Biosanitary Studies as General Director, her current position. She is Director of the Jérôme Lejeune Chair. Being appointed Expert on Bioethics (Biotechnologist) to the Council of Europe; Expert on Bioethics (Biotechnologist) to United Nations; Member of the Advisory Committee on Ethics in Science and Technology Research by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.
Robert Colquhoun
Head
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life headed up by Robert Colquhoun, the striking thing about this organisation is the number of impressive young people involved. 40 Days for Life was inspired by an American pro-life organization of the same name. They focus on peaceful prayer vigils outside of abortion clinics. Their philosophy is best summed up as: when you pray at the abortion facility you represent the last hope for the baby scheduled to be aborted but you are also the first sign of mercy as the woman leaves the facility after the abortion.
Dr. Farooq Hassan
Jurist and expert in foreign affairs
Pakistan Family Forum
Barrister at Law (UK), Attorney at Law (US),Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Special UN Ambassador for Family. Dr. Farooq Hassan was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, Lincoln’s Inn, London, Columbia and Harvard, and holds doctoral or post doctoral level degrees in Constitutional Law, International & Comparative Law and in International Affairs. Internationally he has appeared before arbitration and commercial tribunals and before the US Congressional Committees as a Counsel for Pakistan and other countries. He is also currently the Director General of the Boston based American Institute of Asian Strategic Studies, President of the Human Rights League of Pakistan, Chairman Pakistan Ecology Council and the Chairman of the Pakistan Family Forum.
Roger Kiska
Legal counsel
ADF, Alliance Defense Fund
Roger Kiska serves as legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and is based in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, where he specializes in international litigation with a focus on European law. Kiska is developing the ADF-allied attorney network in Europe, working with allies to litigate European cases that have a potential for impacting ADF efforts in America. Before joining ADF in 2008, Kiska served as legal counsel at the European Center for Law and Justice. Kiska earned his J.D. at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and successfully completed the United Kingdom’s Solicitor’s Transfer Exam — the British equivalent of the American Bar exam.
Sharon Slater
President
Family Watch International
Sharon Slater has dedicated the past ten years of her life to defending marriage, family and life. In 1999, Sharon co-founded Family Watch International (FWI), a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the United Nations, and she currently serves as its president. Sharon and her husband Greg are the parents of seven children, four biological and three orphan siblings from Mozambique whose parents died of AIDS. She and her family reside in Gilbert, Arizona.
Steve E. Smoot
President
Family First Foundation
Steven E. Smoot works in financial and economic research and development as President of Excel Investment Corporation and is a member of the National Congressional Committee Business Advisory Council. Steven Smoot is also President and Founder of Family First Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting organizations and efforts that strengthen the family and bring awareness of the family’s importance to the world. Steven has been a speaker and delegate through the Family First Foundation to numerous international conferences, such as The World Congress of Families, held in Geneva, Switzerland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Warsaw, Poland. Steven Smoot is also the executive producer of two documentaries that illustrate the importance of the family and encourage a positive birth rate called "Demographic Winter" and "Demographic Bomb".
Steve Mosher
President
Population Research Institute
The Population Research Institute (PRI), a militant anti-family-planning group based in Front Royal, Virginia, is funded by anticontraception activist Father Paul Marx. Headed by Steven Mosher, PRI says on its Web site that it is “dedicated to stopping human rights abuses committed in the name of family planning, and through research and education to dispelling the myth of overpopulation.” His group played a significant role in leading the US government about coercive abortion in China, leading to the defunding of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.
Douglas A. Sylva, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors
C-FAM
Douglas A. Sylva is a senior fellow and a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). He is the co-editor of the recently-published book on demographics and international security, Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics. Sylva serves on numerous Vatican delegations to the United Nations, including the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (2005–2007). His writings have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Times, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and First Things. Sylva is also the Chair of Catholic Social Teaching at St. Paul Inside the Walls, the Catholic Center for Evangelization for the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. He earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.
Susan Roylance
Founder
United Families International
Susan is a founder of United Families International, and has been actively involved in many pro-family organizations, in addition to serving as a political consultant and the CEO/Manager of Roylance Publishing. Susan is the author of The Traditional Family in Peril, the U.N. Negotiating Guide, and Mothers and Fathers DEFENDING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY in the Halls of the U.N. In response to the AIDS crisis in Africa, Susan initiated an HIV/AIDS education program for children called “Stay Alive.” The program is now being used in 16 countries of Africa.
Theresa Okafor
Director
Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH)
Theresa Okafor is the CEO of Life League, Nigeria, a pro-life organization in Nigeria comprising young professionals committed to promoting the dignity of the human person, character formation and sanctity of life. She is also a director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH) www.fach-ng.org, a network of 20 pro-life and pro-family organizations in Africa.
Elder. Erich W. Kopischke
President Europe Area
The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Erich W. Kopischke is a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and currently serves as President of the Europe Area. Prior to his calling to full-time Church service, he was the Church Educational System coordinator for Europe. He received his initial professional training and degree in business. Earlier in his career he was self-employed as an insurance broker and later became managing director of a nation-wide insurance company in Germany. He is married to Christiane Glück Kopischke, and they are the parents of seven children and five grandchildren.
Vicente Segú Marcos
Director
Incluyendo Mexico Fund
Vicente Segú, Masters in Social Responsibility. He has worked with countless organizations promoting respect for life from conception, the unborn rights and freedom of religion. His work with various civic groups has helped the promotion and achievement of the amendment of the Constitution in some states of Mexico to establish the right to life from conception (18 states have amended their constitutions in recent years). He is married and father of five children and lives in Mexico City.
Vicky Thorn
Founder
National Office for Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing
In 1984, Project Rachel was born at the hands of Vicky Thorn, director of the National Reconciliation Milwaukee. After living a traumatic experience with a friend, Thorn put up this initiative as part of a pastoral plan that sought to accompany women who had abortions. Since then the Project Rachel has spread over 140 dioceses throughout the U.S. and triggered the development of similar programs in other countries.
Vivian Sleiman
Model, writer and radio speaker
La Nueva Radio Ya
"Virgin at thirty"is the title of the first book of Vivian Sleiman a young woman that has decided to share with her readers her particular expertise in search of true love. This story, based on true events, tells the story of a 30-year old woman that raises a cry of freedom from her soul and body. Venezuelan of Lebanese parents, professional, intelligent and very passionate, raised in traditional values. Her fight is preserving virginity until true love is found, not delivering oneself only by passion.
William Saunders
Senior Counsel
Americans United for Life
William L. Saunders, Jr. is Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President for Americans United for Life (AUL). He is an attorney and graduate from Harvard Law School. He directs the international project for AUL. In fact, he is involved in some way with dozens of prolife groups. He is chairman for Religious Liberty for the conservative legal organization the Federalist Society. In addition, he is on the boards of the International Right to Life Federation, the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, the Christian Institute on Disability and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.
Nicolás Jouve
Professor of Genetics
University of Alcalá and CiViCa : Association of Researchers and Professional for Human Life
Doctor in Biology (1973). Visiting researcher at University of Columbia (Missouri, USA, 1988). Taught courses in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Chile (1996), Nicaragua (1998) and Argentina (2001). He teaches Genetics and Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Alcalá (Madrid). He has been President of the Spanish Society of Genetics. He is Professor at the Masters Program of Bioethics and Education at Catholic University of Avila, Masters Program of Bioethics and Biolaw at University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid) and Masters Program of Science IPJPII Family of the Diocese of Alcalá (Madrid). First in signing the " Madrid manifesto" against abortion (March 2009). Founder and President of CiViCa: Association of Researchers and Professionals for Human Life, is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family and a regular contributor to media.
Alejandro Macarrón
Expert in Demographic winter
Otto & Company
Alejandro Macarrón Larumbe (Avilés, 1960). Telecommunications Engineer (UPM) and Executive MBA (Madrid Business School - University of Houston), began his career as a research engineer and development in the field of speech technology (Telefónica I + D Spain, AT & T-Bell Labs USA). Subsequently shifted his career into the world of business management, working as a consultant to business strategy and corporate finance (McKinsey & Co, AT Kearney. Also served as business director and Hispasat Services. He is currently Managing Partner of the business strategy consulting and corporate finance Otto & Company. He is also analyst of issues of business, economic and social, highlighting in recent years his articles, studies and conferences on the serious issue of population in Spain. He is married and father of three children.
Gordon Macdonald
Policy Officer
Care Not Killing Alliance Scotland
Dr Gordon Macdonald is Policy Officer for the Care Not Killing Alliance in Scotland. In 2010, he led the successful campaign to oppose the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Scotland. He is a member of the international advisory team of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and spoke at the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Vancouver in 2011. He is involved in organizing the First European Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide which will occur in Edinburgh from 7-8 Sept 2012. He works also as Parliamentary Officer in Scotland for Christian Action Research and Education, is a founding member of the Scotland for Marriage Coalition and a trustee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland. He has a PhD in Political Economy and a Masters degree in Christian Ethics.
Alfredo Dagnino
Managing Director
Grupo Intereconomía
Alfredo Dagnino actualmente es uno de los Consejeros del Grupo de comunicación Intereconomía.
Alicia Latorre
President
Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations
Alicia Latorre Cañizares. Married, mother of 7 children. President of the Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations, founded in 1981 and representing more than 30 associations in Spain. She has volunteered for more than 17 years in the service of human life. She obtained her Degree in Philosophy and Education. Diploma in Teaching and Nursing. Pre Doctorate in Bioethics and BioLaw (Chair UNESCO). She has participated in numerous Pro Life initiatives and projects involving media and national and international conference,
Ángel Pintado
Member
Spanish Senator
Born September 27, 1961 in Barbastro (Huesca), married with three children has been member of Spanish Congress in the last four legislatures. Angel Pintado is a founding member of Parliamentarians for Global Action and Governors for Life and Family, and now since february, President.
Anibal Cuevas
Family Counselor and Writer
Diploma in Family Counseling (University of Navarra). Leadership Program (PLGP 07) IESE Business School. He teaches and gives lectures on marriage and family in Spain and Latin America. He has published in media and is author of several books. He also writes on his blog www.seraudaces.es . He is married and father of four children.
Anne Coffinier
General Director
Fondation pour l'Ecole
She graduated from the high schools - ENA and Ecole Normale Supérieure. Co-founder and general director of the French Fondation pour l’école. Founded in 2007, this foundation aims to create educational renewal in France and to contribute to the growth of independent schools, which are not covered by current law. Some of the initiatives of the Foundation are raising for the improvement of educational facilities, training for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, production of textbooks and teaching materials for schools. Other initiatives aim to promote the rights of school leaders, such as teachers, families and students. In short, are in favor of any event or action which would ensure the effectiveness of academic freedom in France. More information in English on: http://www.fondationpourlecole.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=159&Itemid=134
Richard Cohen
Psicotherapist
Writer
Psychotherapist, educator, and author Richard Cohen has been helping men and women who experience unwanted homosexual feelings for 25 years. He himself changed from homosexual to heterosexual, is married for 30 years and has three children. Cohen authored three books: Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality, Gay Children Straight Parents, and Straight Talk About Homosexuality.
Babette Francis
Co-ordinator of the Melbourne-based Endeavour Forum.
Founder, Endeavour Forum
The Endeavour Forum describes itself as a “pro-family, pro-life NGO” which was set up to “counter feminism, defend the unborn and the traditional family.” Ms. Francis has claimed that “a feminist is an evolutionary anachronism, a Darwinian blind alley.” In October 1995 she was invited by the Pontifical Council for the Family to chair the English language group's discussions at the Third World Congress of Pro-Life Movements held in Rome. She has attended numerous UN Conferences on Women, Population, Habitat and Food. She is opposed to working mothers, insisting that while “more exercise and a healthy diet is important” in combating obesity, “a significant factor has been overlooked: the role of mothers.”
Benjamin Harris - Quinney
Chairman
Bow Group - Think Tank
Ben has been involved in politics and international relations for ten years, having worked on foreign policy issues for the Conservative Party in both the UK and European Parliaments. He is Chairman of the Bow Group, the UKs oldest Conservative think tank, President of Conservatives Abroad Madrid, and a Councillor in Hertfordshire UK.
Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage (NOM)
Brian S. Brown serves as President of the National Organization for Marriage. Prior to coming to NOM in 2007, Brian was the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut. During the five years he was with the Family Institute, he developed it into one of the largest statewide pro-family organizations in the Northeast. As President of NOM, Brian Brown has appeared in multiple national news outlets including the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, FoxNews.com, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Politico as well as numerous radio shows, Christian media outlets, and television stations around the United States of América (USA)
Carlos Beltramo
Researcher
University of Navarra
Argentinian-Peruvian by birth, he completed his studies of Philosophy in Mexico. He is a researcher in the Project “Education of Affectivity and Human Sexuality” (EASH) at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), University of Navarra. He is Academic Director of ALAFA Editions and the representative in the European Union of the Population Research Institute (PRI). An instructor of teachers for character education in many countries of Latin America and Spain, he is co-author of “Alive to the World” ("Aprendiendo a Querer" in Spanish). the 12-year program of universal values and virtues and character education for schools. He was the coordinator of the multidisciplinary study "The family in Latin America: challenges and hopes" (CELAM, Bogotá 2006). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education at the University of Navarra. He is married to Monica and they have 6 children.
Diego von Stauffenberg
Founding Member
Cross Roads
Diego von Stauffenberg is one of the founding members of Crossroads Pro-Life and lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and 3 young children. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1995 with degrees in History and Theology as well as from Columbia University in 2002 with a graduate degree in International Affairs & Public Policy. His professional career includes working with Catholic World Missions (as a founder), National Right to Life, Discovery Channel Communications, PaperView Group & Crossroads Pro-Life as well as several other ventures. Mr. von Stauffenberg has been active in pro-life and pro-family work since 1992 and most recently served on the planning committee for the “National Religious Freedom Rallies” held in several hundred cities across the United States in opposition to the abortion/contraceptive mandate issued by the Obama administration. He is also fluent in English, Spanish and German.
Sara Pérez Tomé
President
Madrid Large Families Association
Sara Perez Tomé graduated in Philosophy and Education Sciences (Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain). She is personal, personal, school, work and family Counselor and Chair of Family and Marital Conflict (University of Navarra, Spain). She is also Senior Consultant at the Office of Marriage and Family Communication Sophya in Madrid, Member of the National Committee for Rationalization of Spanish Hours (Arhoe. Spain), Editor of Blog Sophya and regular speaker at cultural and social centers and Universities on issues concerning Education and Families with Children.
Dr. Esteban Rodríguez Martín
Gynecologist
Derecho a Vivir (DAV)
Dr. Esteban Rodriguez Martin in 2008 became the first Spanish gynecologist in going to court to defend their conscientious objection to abortion. Three years later, no regrets about his "resounding no" to perform abortions even if it must pay a high professional price.
Dra. Carmen Gómez-Lavín
Doctor and Psychiatrist
Spanish Federation of Associations Pro-Life
Dr. Gómez - Lavín, B.A in Medicine, University of Granada. First PhD University of Navarra (1963). Specialist Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Zaragoza (1964). Emeritus of the Spanish Foundation for Psychiatry and Mental Health, she belongs to the Committee of Experts of "Derecho a vivir" and she is a Member of the Spanish Federation of Associations Pro-Life. She has held several teaching and welfare positions at University of Navarra. She has published several books and papers and has participated in numerous national and international congresses presenting papers on topics of her specialty: family, abortion in adolescents and post-abortion syndrome.
Fernando Larraín
Editor
SOS Family
Born in Santiago, Chile on July 21, 1944. He studied at the Sacred Hearts School and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago. It also has Spanish nationality. Journalist, writer and speaker, he is director of SOS Family, civil institution that has been promoting the family institution, the defense of human life and the straight and free education of youth for 21 years. S.O.S. Family has members in all the 52 Spanish provinces constituting a network of collaborators distributed in more than 3,500 postal districts. He has dedicated his life to the Catholic apostolate, with special focus to family issues, bioethics and education. Member of the Private Association of Faithful of Pontifical Right, Heralds of the Gospel.
Ignacio Buqueras
President
ARHOE
Economist, PhD in Information Sciences Complutense University of Madrid. President of the National Commission for the Rationalization of Spanish Schedules (ARHOE), supports the reconciliation of personal, family and work, achieving a more rational schedules that allow us to enjoy our children and cultivate leisure, culture or married life.
Fernando Pliego
Profesor
Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México
Doctor in Social Science with a major in Sociology (Colegio de Mexico). Since 1991 is a full-time researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). He teaches in the Graduate Program in Social and Political Sciences at UNAM and the Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora (Mexico). He is the author of several publications in his field of expertise.
Ignacio Sánchez Cámara
Professor of Philosophy of Law
Universidad de La Coruña
Ignacio Sánchez Cámara is Professor of Philosophy of Law, University of La Coruña since 1996. He received his Doctorate in Law at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) in 1983 and has been a professor of that university since 1979 and professor from 1988 to 1996. He is professor-researcher at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid. Contributor and columnist for the Madrid daily ABC. He is a usual speaker in radio programs such as "La Mañana" and "La Linterna" both in COPE radio station.
Raúl Sanchez
Director
Spanish Federation of Large Families
Director, Institute of Advanced Family Studies (IESF), University International Catalonia (UIC). Executive Director of the Association of Large Families of Catalonia (FANOC). Advisory Board of the Spanish Federation of Large Families, and Secretary of the "European Large Families Confederation. Partner and speaker from 2000 to 2005 Annual Seminar "Observatory European Social Situation, Demography and Family ", the European Commission. He has led the Organizing Committees of the Spanish Congress of Families many from 1998 to present. He also directed the Committee Organizer of the First International Symposium on Family, Education and Gender (Barcelona, November 2005), the First International Conference on "Treatment of gender in school "(Barcelona, ​​April 2007) and the International Congress on Family and Society, entitled "The Family, a paradigm of social change" (Barcelona, May 2008).
Dr. Francisco Reinoso Barbero
Clinical HeadPediatric Anesthesiology
University Hospital La Paz
Francisco Reinoso Barbero (Pamplona, 1963) is the Section Head of Pediatric Anesthesia at the Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, where is the medical coordinator of the Pediatric Pain Unit. Doctor of Medicine and Surgery Anestología training from the University of California (USA), is academic for surgery of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Spain and professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona since 1993. He is the author of 110 scientific publications in national and international journals. It is also one of the makers of the scale "Crying", the first tool in spanish to measure quickly and easily upset children after surgery.
Jaime Hernández Zúñiga
Leader
Young HO
Jaime is one of the leaders of HO Young. He has participated twice in the World Youth meeting organized by the UN. Youth in Spain concerning the cause pro by the campaign in the Puerta del Sol of Madrid "Camping Life".
Jaime Urcelay
President
Profesionales por la Ética
Jaime Urcelay (Madrid 1959) graduated in Law (Universidad Autonoma, Madrid) and holds a Diploma in General Management (IESE- University of Navarra). He has developed a professional career as Professor of Human Resources and CSR in the Garrigues Studies Center (Madrid). He is also the President of Profesionales por la Ética, a civic initiative that proposes the values ​​of Christian Humanism on the public debate. In the last years they have focused on defending the right of the parents to choose freely the moral education of their children without interference of the State. He is married and father of five children.
Mr. John Mueller
Director of Economics and Ethics Program
Ethics & Public Policy Center
John D. Mueller is The Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, President of the forecasting firm LBMC LLC (both in Washington, D.C.). Mr. Mueller has advised American and foreign economic policymakers on monetary, income-tax, welfare and Social Security policies since 1979. He was staff economist to then-Congressman Jack Kemp from 1979 through 1988, before and during both Reagan Administrations (mostly as Economic Counsel to the Republican Party caucus in the U.S. Congress while Kemp was chairman). Mr. Mueller is a Senior Fellow of The Lehrman Institute, a member of Princeton University’s James Madison Society, a Jack Kemp Foundation Fellow, and Senior Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
José Javier Esparza
Journalist and writer
Intereconomía TV
Spanish journalist and writer. He has written several publications and newspapers, serving as a policy analyst and critic of television and culture. Trained at the newsrooms of ABC and Ya was editor of the cultural magazine "Punto y coma" and has led the magazine of thinking Hesperides. Since 2010 he joined the directing team of Intereconomía Group and presenting the news on TV Intereconomía with Pilar Garcia Granja and Eduardo Garcia Serrano . Since September of 2011 heads the current socio-cultural magazine "Con otro enfoque".
Joseph Meaney
Director of the International Coordination
Human Life International
One of the world's leading experts on the international pro-life movement, Joseph Meaney speaks French, Spanish, and Italian fluently and is HLI's Director of International Coordination. His bachelors and masters degrees from the Catholic University of Dallas and the University of Texas Institute of Latin American Studies prepared him for an international career that has included lectures and investigative journalism missions on all continents and over 67 countries. Before becoming Director of HLI's International Division, Joseph helped found and served four years as Vice Director of HLI's Rome Office.
Marie-Claire Hernández
WCF's Organizational Committe
Familias Y Sociedad
Ms. Hernandez is a founding member of the conservative Catholic organization Family & Society, and a member of the board of Red Familia (Family Network) in Mexico. She is on the planning committee for the World Congress of Families. Ms. Hernandez has been a conference speaker on education and sexuality for the past 15 years and has recently started a campaign against online pornography.
Mary Anne Layden, PhD
Psychotherapist
Center for Cognitive TherapyDepartment of PsychiatryUniversity of Pennsylvania
Mary Anne Layden, PhD, is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program and the Director of the Social Action Committee for Women's Psychological Health. She co-authored the book Cognitive Therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder with C. Newman, A. Freeman and S. Morse. She has written numerous chapters on Cognitive Therapy especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. She has co-authored a chapter with Linnea Smith called "Adult Survivors of the Child Sexual Exploitation Industry" in Cooper, S. et al (Eds) Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes.
Mary Louise Fowler
Vice President
Australian Family Association
Mary-Louise Fowler is currently Coordinator of the National Marriage Day Committee as well as Vice-President of the Australian Family Association. She is married with four adult children and resides near Young in southern NSW. Mary Louise will be de Executive Manager for Local Organizing Committee for the WCF VII Sydney, 2013.
Paul Herzog Von Oldenburg
President
Federation Pro Europa Christiana
Duke Paul of Oldenburg, 42, is a member of the German Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property TFP and serves as director of the Brussels' Bureau of the "Pro Europa Christiana Federation". It aims to defend the Christian roots of Europe, particularly what Pope Benedict XVI called the "non-negociable principles", such as the right to life from conception to natural death, the sacredness of the family based on the marriage between a man and a woman, and the right of parents to educate their children without undue state interference. Duke Paul is married and has 4 children.
Peter LaBarbera
President
Americans for Truth
Peter LaBarbera, 49, is president of Americans For Truth (about Homosexuality, or AFTAH), a group dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda. Founded as a part-time venture in 1996 but reorganized in August 2006, AFTAH seeks to apply the same single-minded determination to opposing the radical homosexual agenda and standing for God-ordained sexuality and the natural family as countless homosexual groups do in promoting their harmful agenda. Americans For Truth is a rare single-issue national group on the other side of this critical “culture war” issue. Meanwhile, there are over a dozen national American “gay” groups with annual budgets ranging from just under $1 million to over $30 million working to advance this agenda — which threatens to criminalize Christian opposition to behavior that most Americans believe is wrong.
Grover Joseph Rees
Former Ambassador of the US
Attorney General of the United States
Grover Joseph Rees obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Law Degree from Louisiana State University Law School. He has served as a judge, as a law professor, and as a senior official in the executive and legislative branches of the United States government prior to his appointment as US Ambassador to East Timor. He has also served as Special Representative for Social Issues in the U.S. Department of State, as Acting US Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council, on the US House of Representatives, as General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, as Chief Justice of the High Court of American Samoa and as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the United States. He has written and spoken widely on constitutional law, International law, and related issues. He lives in Louisiana, USA, is married and has one son.
Alex Rosal
Journalist & Editor
Libros Libres
Journalist and editor, Barcelona, ​​1965. Graduated in Political Sciencee, he dedicated to the defense of Human Rights in Latin America being expelled from Cuba after trying to investigate -under UN mandate- the situation of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in that country. He has founded magazines like "Chesterton", and supplements to national newspapers such as "Alpha and Omega", on ABC, or "Faith and Reason", for La Razon. He has served as Director of the Information Office of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (1990-1993); Episcopal Delegate for Social Media the Archbishop of Madrid (1994-1997); Co-founder of the weekly religious information Alpha and Omega; Founder and director of the Metro + Testimony collection of religious books from the publisher Metro (1994-2004). Currently chairs the publishing house "Libros Libres" which encompasses four publishers: LibrosLibres, BuenasLetras, Vozdepapel and the production company "De Buena Tinta", LibreFilms and other Internet projects, such as www.religionenlibertad.com. Alex Rosal is married with two children.
Dr. Consuelo León Llorente
Researcher, Journalist and Writer
Universidad Internacional de Cataluña
Graduated in Information Science (Universidad de Navarra, Spain) and Doctor in Business Administration (UPC, Spain) 2010. She worked (2002-2010) as a researcher at the International Center of Work and Family IESE Business School (Spain) . She is currently Professor of Writing and Sociology at the Degrees of Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations and Coordinator of the Social Sciences Area (Faculty of Communication) and Head of Studies of the Degree in Journalism (UIC, Barcelona). She is author of several publications on women and work.
Luca Volonté
Member
Assembly Council of Europe
Luca Volonte (1966) is Deputy since 1996 by the Italian center-Christian party. He has leaded the CDU parliamentary group and the UDC. Since January 2010 he is Chairman of the EPP-CD in the Assembly of the Council of Europe in which he has served a speaker in various resolutions and recommendations in favour of family, volunteering, fighting against poverty and anti-Christian violence. On behalf of the European People's Party he has introduced in various resolutions adopted by the Assembly of the Council of Europe values of the European People's Party and the Social Doctrine of the Church, such as in the Reports Mc Cafferty, Stump and Xuclà Costa on conscientious objection, abortion limit, prohibition of euthanasia and assisted suicide. He is currently deputy speaker of two reports on violence against religious groups and young people against the economic crisis. He collaborates actively with several European NGOs, is married with two daughters and lives in Lombardy, Italy.
Francisco J. González Estepa
Homeschooler
Asociation of Evangelical Homeschoolers
Francisco J. González Estepa is Homeschooler since 2000. He graduated in Education Sciences (UNED, Spain) and obtained a doctorate (PhD) at Open University (UK). He is specialized in online open education systems. Educational advisor of the Association for Free Education (homeschoolers), Advisor to bilingual education (Spanish-English) and Cambridge ESOL Examiner.
Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón
Professor
Universidad San Pablo CEU
Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón Rezusta (Madrid, 1967) is Doctor in Economics from the Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) and Graduated in the same discipline from Universidad Complutense (Madrid). Since 1991 is professor of Applied Economics. He currently leads the project ELEDUCA (www.eleduca.com), assigned to CEU Family Institute, which studies ways to increase the freedom and quality of the Spanish education system. It is also a director of AER Indicators project, focusing on the analysis of the main problems and challenges of the Ribera de Navarra economy. He has coordinated the research project BIOCLAVE (Economic Impact of Plant Biotechnology in the Spanish Economy) and CUNEMAD (Contribution of universities to the economy of the Community of Madrid).
Ondina Vélez
Professor
Universidad San Pablo CEU
(Madrid, 1975) Graduated in Medicine, specialist in Family and Community Medicine. Doctor in the Public Health system and professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University San Pablo CEU (Madrid). Director of the University Center for Sexual Health Information (Institute of Family Studies CEU) where she has developed programs of pregnancy care for college students and training programs for professionals and college students on sexual and emotional education and fertility awareness. Professor of the Spanish section of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II and Lain Entralgo Agency where she teaches courses for health staff focused on ethical issues related to sexual health and adolescence. She is married and mother of seven children.
Juan Ignacio Fernández Torres
Director of Advocacy (Europe)
World Youth Alliance
Juan Ignacio, 24, was born in Bilbao, Spain and holds a degree in law and economics from the University of Navarre in Pamplona. In 2010, he spent a semester in New York studying law at Fordham University. Following this, he joined the World Youth Alliance as an Advocacy Fellow at the New York Headquarters, where he had the opportunity to work at the United Nations. He then moved to Brussels in June 2011 to become the first Director of Advocacy for WYA Europe. In his work, he focuses on the European institutions, specifically the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.
Conrado Giménez
President
Madrina Foundation
Graduated in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) and Bioethics and Biolaw (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid). MBA (Instituto de Empresa, Madrid & London School of Economics). He worked as a researcher at the Center of Molecular Biology of UAM-Madrid and as head of capital markets, stock exchange and in the presidential cabinet of BBVA and Banesto-Santander banking groups. Since 2000 is founder and president of Fundacion Madrina, institution awarded in Spain and abroad: (2003, 2005, 2008, and 2011, including TELVA Solidarity National Award 2003, Best Foundation for Development (Universidad CEU Valencia 2011) . Fundacion Madrina has been received by SS. Benedict XVI in 2010, and has appeared as an advisor before the European Parliament (2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012) and UN (2012)
Dr. Jesús Poveda
Doctor, Professor and Prolife Activist
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Jesus Poveda is Doctor in General Medicine, Specialist in Psychopathology of Adolescence and Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). He also teaches Masters in different areas of specialty: Palliative Care (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Psiconcología (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Bioethics (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) and PhD course "Existential Pathology and Intervention Crisis "(Universidad de Carabobo, Maracaibo, Venezuela). He has participated in numerous research papers, he is author of two books and Member of the Spanish Association of Bioethics.
Omar Morillo
TV Producer and Writer
Vida Dura
Highly-motivated bilingual producer (English/Spanish) and media consultant, with a strong knowledge of international audiences, markets and cultures seeks an opportunity to utilize 12 years of television production experience as part of an international media team. Senior Producer/Writer/Host of “Vida Dura” episodes of a Spanish-language docu-drama, based on real-life stories. Program airs in various U.S. markets and 15 Spanish-speaking.
Robert Baehr
Chief Marketing Officer
MediaguideTV
Robert worked with Motive Marketing on marketing of the Chronicles of Narnia Film to the religious community. Motive was the prime marketer of The Passion of the Christ before landing the Chronicles of Narnia contract. Then Robert went on to work with Disney National Promotions group on marketing movies such Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted. Robert is the Chief Marketing Officer at Movieguide®. Under his tenure Movieguide® released a top 50 iPhone app, increased the website to be a top faith and family destination and the number one in its market among the prime movie going audience, as well as taking the radio program from under a million to 8.5 million monthly listeners.
Igor Beloborodov
Director
Demographic Research Institute (Moscow)
Igor Beloborodov (PhD in Sociology): Russian pro-life and pro-family leader. Director of the Demographic Research Institute (Moscow) , Editor-in-Chief of the website Demographia.ru. Director of the Organizing Committee of WCF Moscow Demographic Summit in 2011. Member of the Expert Council of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States -former USSR republics) Affairs Committee of the Council (the upper house of parliament) of the Russian Federation. Founder and organizer of three pro-life car-rallies in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and of the first Russian nationwide hotline for crisis pregnancy. Coordinator of six pro-life and pro-family internet projects. Head of the Charity Fund for Protection of Family, Motherhood and Childhood. International coordinator of the global Pro-Life Campaign “From Ocean to Ocean” based upon the pilgrimage of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa from Vladivostok to Fatima.
Rebekah Ali-Gouveia
Founder
Elpis Centre
Rebekah ALi-Gouveia (Trinidad & Tobago)is a Christian work at home wife and mom of 4 who are schooled at home. She left her practice as an Attorney at Law to invest her skills, time and energy into founding & growing the Elpis Centre (elpiscentre.org). They provide practical support for crisis pregnancies, abortion recovery healing as well as sound and cutting edge education on issues such as abstinence and sexuality, post abortion stress, healthy parenting, challenges to the natural family and the case for life. Rebekah is passionate about defending and promoting life and the natural family with love as the stabilizing force of a civil society and to this end organised the first regional WCF conference in the caribbean which took place April 27th & 28th (elpiscentre.weebly.com)
Dr. Sylvia Asay
Professor
University of Nebraska Kearney
Dr. Sylvia Asay is Professor of Family Studies and Chair of the Department of Family Studies and Interior Design at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Much of her research has focused on family strengths in post-communist countries and she has written several articles that describe her qualitative approach. She received a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to study post-communist transition. She has published on Strengths-Based Family Research and Perspectives which is the subject of her presentation at the World Congress of Families in Madrid and forthcoming in 2013 will be her most recent edited book about Family Violence.
Alfonso Aparicio
National Vicepresident
Parents Catholic Confederation CONCAPA Spain
Born Nov. 28, 1956 in Bilbao,Spain. Vice President of the Catholic Confederation of Parents (CONCAPA) of Spain, coordinato of Familiy issues and President of the regional Federation CONCAPA-Navarra. He has been in the world of Parent association for 15 years, participating as a parent in representative bodies of family and education-related of regional and national councils. Serviceman, he is currently active lieutenant colonel in the Spanish Army. He is married and father of seven children.
Dr. Francisco Tatad
Special Counsel to the Vice President
Council of Vice Presidency Philippines
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Mr. William Jeynes
Member
Princeton Witherspoon Institute
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Mr. Ramón Ubillos
Secretary-General
REMAR
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Pastor Ade Omooba
Co-Founder and Director
Christian Concern
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Mr. Álvaro Ortega
Delegate in Jaen
HazteOir
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Ms. Marcia Barlow
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United Families International
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Mr. Paul Diamond
Founder
Christian Legal Center
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Norman Stone
TV Producer
1A Productions Ltd.
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Manuela Tapia
University Fco. de Vitoria
Chamber Orquestra Center of Superior Studies of Arts and Music, University Fco. de Vitoria (Madrid) www.ufv.es
Choir and Orquestra OSC WYD Madrid 2011
Director: Pedro Alfaro
OSC
Opening Concert for World Congress of Families VI, Madrid 2012 www.orquestaycorojmj.org