Hosted by World Vision Germany in Friedrichsdorf, Germany

October 30-31, 2019

World Vision Germany kindly hosted the JLI Leadership meeting in Friedrichsdorf. The two-day meeting featured updates from Learning Hub Co-Chairs, progress on Knowledge Partnerships from JLI Research Director and Programs Manager. A number of JLI Leadership presented on Global trends from the academic, local, global faith network, multi-lateral, donor and bi-lateral perspectives. The leadership reflected on JLI growth over the years and with the help of Lars Gustavvson gave feedback on a roadmapping process. The road mapping provided the framework for discussion on JLI sustainability and opportunities for growth, considering global trends, and resource development opportunities. The discussions from the roadmapping process are currently being synthesized and will be shared with the JLI Network shortly.


The JLI elected a number of new board members who will serve beginning January 1, 2020 for two years.

  • Ali Yusuf
  • Azza Karam
  • Bram Bailey
  • Christa Crawford
  • Christine MacMillan
  • Jean Duff
  • James Cox
  • Jørn Lemvik
  • Julie Clague
  • Katherine Marshall
  • Luis Noda
  • Matthew Frost
  • Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Renata Smith as surrogate
  • Nobuyuki Asai
  • Rick Santos
  • Thorsten Göbel

The JLI also elected Ruth Messinger and James Cox to the Executive Committee and a new board chair, Rick Santos, effective January 1, 2020. Thanks to Jonathan Duffy for chairing the JLI Board from 2018-2019.

Rick Santos was the President and CEO of IMA World Health from 2009 to the end of 2018. In his nine years at IMA, Rick led the organization through a period of transition and growth that has included significant organizational change and visibility through increasing program impact and building healthy communities in some of the most difficult places in the world. Rick led IMA through several strategic pivots, in program and management, that well-positioned IMA for the future. Rick also led the merger process with Lutheran World Relief and stayed on through the end of May 2019 as Senior Advisor to both organizations.


See here for the full board list

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