His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Chairman of the Advisory Board
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Patriarch Fouad Twal was born in Madaba, Jordan, on October 23, 1940. He was ordained a priest in 1966 and then spent several years as part of the Holy See’s diplomatic corp. His tenure as a diplomat lasted from 1977 to 1992 and included stints at the apostolic nunciatures of Honduras, Germany and Peru. During this time, he also served at the council for public affairs at the Vatican Secretariat of State. Fouad Twal became a bishop on July 22, 1992, when he was ordained as the Bishop of Tunis. On May 31, 1995, he was made archbishop of the same city. He received his appointment as coadjutor of Jerusalem on September 8, 2005 and was installed as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on Saturday, June 21, 2008 by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
His Beatitude Michel Sabbah
His Beatitude Gregorios III
HB Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian
In 1972 and 1973, Father Nourhan continued his pastoral mission and served as the spiritual pastor of the Armenian faithful in Geneva, Switzerland. Father Nourhan received the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet) in 1973. Following his service in Europe, he returned to the Middle East and from 1974 to 1980 served as the spiritual pastor of the Armenian community of Haifa, Israel. In 1980, upon the invitation of then Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, he left for New York, New York and entered the General Theological Seminary, where he furthered his theological education. He graduated in 1983.
Remaining in the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, he served as the spiritual pastor of the St. Gevork Church in Houston, Texas in 1994. In 1998, he returned to Jerusalem where he served as the Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Read more
Right Rev. Munib A. Younan
His Excellency Bishop Suheil Dawani
Episcopal Church of Jerusalem
Bishop Suheil Dawani was born in Nablus-West Bank and married to Shafeeqa Fu’ad Massad; they have three daughters: Sama, Tala and Luban. He completed his primary and secondary education in Nablus, obtaining his AA from Bir-Zeit College (1973) and BTH from the New East School of Theology in Beirut (1975). In 1976, he was ordained as deacon and in 1977, ordained to priesthood, serving Ramallah and Bir-Zeit parishes in the West Bank.
He enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1985, where he earned a Master in Theology. In 1987, he moved to Haifa to serve the community of St. John’s Episcopal Church. In 1992, he moved again to serve the community in Ramallah, and Bir-Zeit, where he founded an ecumenical center, began a housing project for young Christian couples, worked with the leaders of the Churches in Ramallah to unite the main Christian feasts and established the first evangelical scouts group with the Lutheran Church. Read more.
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis, MO
The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson is the Archbishop of St. Louis, MO. He was appointed successor to Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis by Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2009. Previously, he served as the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw following his consecration a bishop in 2005 at the direction of the late Pope John Paul II. A native of Minneapolis, MN, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1970 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was later ordained as auxiliary bishop on January 11, 1984 and went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. from 1994 to 2005. Archbishop Carlson earned a BA in Philosophy and a MA in Divinity from St. Paul Seminary in 1966 and 1976, respectively. He received the Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1979 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1998 Humanitarian of the Year Award, South Dakota Right to Life; the Cosmopolitan Club of Sioux Falls Distinguished Service Award in 2002; and The Institute for Priestly Formation, Our Lady of Guadalupe Award in 2003. He received the Father Pat Mackan Award, Inclusive Catholic Education in 2006. Archbishop Carlson serves in various capacities on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is currently the Chair-Elect for its Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, Board Member of the International Dominican Foundation and Board Member, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. He is Knight Commander, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. In 2004, he was appointed Honorary Canon by the Patriarch of Jerusalem for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and established the Pacem in Terris Religious Community in Colombia, South America.
Bishop Barry C.Knestout
Auxiliary Bishiop of Washington
The Rt. Rev. Barry C. Knestout is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. He is a native of Maryland born into a family of eight siblings. His early childhood was spent in Ankara, Turkey. Following ordination to the priesthood in 1989, he served as parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew in Bethesda and St. Peter in Waldorf before being named priest-secretary to the late Cardinal James A. Hickey in 1994. He later served in that role under Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick until 2004. Named a monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1999, he has served the Archdiocese in various capacities including executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry/CYO, secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns and pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring. In 2007, he was named moderator of the curia and vicar for administration assisting Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. In November 2008, he was named Auxiliary Bishop by Pope Benedict XVI and received his Episcopal ordination under Cardinal Wuerl the following December.
Bishop Knestout holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Maryland, a Master in Divinity and a MA in Moral Theology, both from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), the Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Moderator of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association.
Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel
Samir Abu-Ghazaleh, M.D.
Sioux Falls, SD
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh was born in Haifa, Palestine. He attended high school in Amman, Jordan. He earned his undergraduate degree from Nahara College in Cairo, Egypt and his medical degree from Ain Sham University Medical School, also in Cairo. He completed his residencies and graduate work in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Dakota Affiliated Hospitals and in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh is a member of many professional medical organizations and has published 11 articles in medical journals. He was recently appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board for a six-year term. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Arab WesternInstitute. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh donates his time as a speaker for many medical and charitable organizations. He is a Knight of Malta.
Rev. M. Craig Barnes, PhD.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
President, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
M. Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He began his presidency in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Before becoming president of Princeton, he was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for the Christian Century. His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times.
Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church of America
Council Member, World Council of Churches
Archbishop Vicken Aykazian serves as the Legate of the Eastern Diocese. Most recently, he also served as President of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC). Archbishop Aykazian was born in Siirt, Turkey, in 1951. He studied theology at the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem and was ordained a deacon in 1968, becoming a celibate priest in 1971. In 1992, His Holiness Vasken I, the late Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, ordained him a bishop.
Archbishop Aykazian, who holds a Ph.D. in history and is working on a second Ph.D. in theology at Catholic University in Washington, is an active ecumenist. In addition to his contributions to the NCC, he has been active in the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a member of the Mission and Evangelism Unit, the Orthodox Task Force and the Central Committee. Read More
His Excellency Archbishop Theodosius (Atallah) Hanna
Archbishop of Sebaste
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Born in 1965 in the Galilean village of Al Rameh, Theodosius (Atallah) Hanna attended local primary and secondary schools before entering the Clerical Patriarchate School in Jerusalem. He matriculated in 1983 at Thessalonica University in Greece in the Faculty of Theology. After graduating with honors, he went on to complete a master’s degree and doctorate. In 1991, he was ordained as a deacon and priest in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The late Patriarch Diodoros invested him as Archimandrite, and shortly thereafter he was appointed Head of the Arabic Department for the Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, in which office he acted as a spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. In addition to these commitments and responsibilities, he also served as preacher in the Patriarchate churches.
Impressed by his remarkable performance in these offices, the late Patriarch Diodoros appointed him Secretary General of the Clerical & Lay Joint Council of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem. Aftere, he was appointed professor of Church History and Arab Civilization at the Arab Teachers College in Haifa and contributed much to the establishment and development of the faculty for seven years. As the founder of the Orthodox Youth Movement in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, he is considered to be the godfather to many of the Christian youth groups in Palestine. As a member of the Composition Committee, he raised the topic of Christian religious education in Arab schools in Israel and participated in the establishment and development of curricula for Palestinian schools. He also supervised the Orthodox religious radio channel known as the Voice of Palestine Radio. Archbishop Theodosius is a well-known author, and his articles have been periodically published in various newspapers as well as in local and international magazines. Read more.
Rev. Gary Burge, PhD.
Musa Nasir, M.D.
Dr. Claudette Habesch
Former Secretary General, CARITAS Jerusalem
Mrs. Claudette Habesch, born in Jerusalem, attended the Notre Dame de Sion School completing the London Matriculation. She studied at the Beirut College for Women and receiving a BA in Social Work, followed by internship in medical social work at the American University Hospital in Beirut.
Mrs. Habesch has served the Palestinian community in numerous capacities. She was chair of the YMCA Women’s Council (1971-75), a National Board member (1978-84), and its president (1989-93). She was Vice President of the Board of Directors of Terra Sancta Club in Jerusalem (1973-80). Today, she serves as Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem. She was elected as president of the MONA region (Middle East and North Africa) for two consecutive terms (1999 -1007) as such she served as Vice President of Caritas Internationalis for the MONA region (Middle East and North Africa). She has previously been a member of delegations of the Holy See, including its delegate to the UN Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. She was a member of Pontificum Consilium-Cor Unum from 1990 to 1999. Read more.
George R. Salem, Esq.
Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC
George R. Salem established the Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC in January 2005. In November 2005, he entered into a relationship as Strategic Advisor with DLA Piper US LLP, where he focused on assisting in the development of the firm’s Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices.From 1990-2004, Mr. Salem was a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer Feld, LLP, where he headed that firm’s Middle East and U.S. DOL practices. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Salem has negotiated some of the most significant settlements in the field of labor law, including the resolution of all pending ERISA cases against the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund, the E.O. 11246 discrimination case against Harris Trust and Savings Bank and several major OSHA and FLSA settlements, including the major FLSA settlement involving Food Lion.
On behalf of various Middle East clients, Mr. Salem headed the legal teams that handled the acquisitions of major assets, including refineries in the Middle East. In addition, he headed the legal team that successfully brought suit against the Department of Treasury on behalf of the owners of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan that was destroyed by the U.S. Navy. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Salem served as the Solicitor of Labor. As the U.S. Department of Labor’s chief legal officer, he was responsible for enforcing more than 130 laws that regulate the nation’s workplace, including those guaranteeing minimum wages through the Fair Labor Standards Act, ensuring occupational safety and health pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and maintaining pension security under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Mr. Salem headed a staff of 850 lawyers and support staff in 13 national offices and 16 regional and sub-regional offices around the country. Read More
|Dr. Juan José Daboub|
CEO, the Global Adaption Instiutite
Juan José Daboub, PH.D. was recently appointed CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute based in Washington, DC. He is also a professor at Princeton University and a member of the Board of Directors of several companies in the USA and Latin America.
During his tenure as managing director of the World Bank Group from 2006 to 2010, he was responsible for the bank’s operations in 110 countries (Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean) and for the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks. In addition, he oversaw other administrative vice-presidencies and functions, including ISG (Information Systems Group), WBI (World Bank Institute), and INT (Integrity Department). Read more.
Fuad S. Sweiss, PE, PLS, LEED AP
Mr. Sweiss graduated from the University of Jordan in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is licensed in the State of California as a Professional Civil Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Class “A” General Engineering Contractor, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Real Estate Broker.
Mr. Nicola S. Khamis
Mr. Adel Turjuman
Two years later he and his brother founded a textile factory by the name of Dariotext and he moved to Italy for some time to specialize in the textile industry. The industry in Guatemala was growing and there was a lot of competition. The brothers decided to enter agriculture, producing coffee and cardamom for export. They also founded started a real estate business, building houses as well as buildings with office and commerce spaces.
In 1988, they acquired the majority of the shares for a bank in Guatemala, Banco Inmobiliario. Mr. Turjuman has been part of the board of directors since 1988 and president of the bank since 1998. He is also president of the Arab Guatemalan Association and president of the Palestinian Guatemalan Federation. Today, he is a well-known entrepreneur who has invested in countries worldwide and plans to continue expanding.
It is with great pleasure that the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation welcomes Dr. Ghazi Hanania, a committed ally of the cause for many years, to the HCEF Advisory Board! It is of particular importance to us to be joined by a politically active Palestinian Christian who has done so much to build up the state of Palestine. As the first Christian to gain the post of Deputy Speaker for the Palestinian Legislative Council (the highest post any Christian has held in Palestinian government) , Dr. Ghazi serves as an inspiration to us all. He has valiantly stood up human rights and for Palestinian Christians in particular.
Dr. Hanania has been instrumental in facilitating many of HCEF’s initiatives in the Holy Land, arranging for Sir Rateb Rabie to meet with the Palestinian Authority in order to discuss the challenges facing Palestinian Christians in Palestine and in the Diaspora. He currently chairs the Board of the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom, serves as Vice President of the Palestine Medical Complex, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Arab Investors PLC and Ramallah Summer Resorts Co and Yaser Arafat Foundation as well as the board of trustees of Al-Quds University. This experience, network, and expertise make him a valuable member of the HCEF Advisory Board.