“Crumbs from the Table?”
September 21-22, 2006
Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. In February 2002, President George W. Bush asked him to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in by Secretary of State Colin Powell in September 2002. Prior to entering the diplomatic corps the Dayton, Ohio native represented the Third District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost twenty-four years. During his tenure, he was chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Hunger. In his efforts to witness the plight of the poor and hungry first-hand, he has visited poverty-stricken and war-torn regions in more than 100 countries.
Rev. Dr. Vinay K. Samuel, an Indian by nationality, is a graduate of Union Biblical Seminary, Yavatmal, India. He holds a doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University, England, which he attended as the first scholar of the Langham Trust. Rev. Samuel is recognized internationally as a development economist and theologian. In 1977 Dr. Samuel founded a program to equip development workers for the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR). In its 27-years of innovative training, this three-month program has prepared hundreds of community development workers who now provide leadership to community-based development throughout India and South Asia. Dr. Samuel's commitment to equipping leadership in the field of development has grown into the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), a training center for mission practitioners form the Global South. At present he is the Director of this Center, located at Oxford, in the United Kingdom.
Collin R. Timms is the founder and Chairman of the Guardian Bank. Formed in Bangalore, India, in 1998, the bank has a clear objective to serve the poor and marginalized by providing timely credit, encouraging savings and other financial services available at reasonable and affordable cost. He has been a leader in the technology and finance sector in India and serves the board of The Bridge Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and many other financial Institutions in Bangalore.
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is Chairman and CEO of The Roosevelt Group, which conceptualizes and executes some of today's most dynamic intellectual projects. Dr. Malloch earned his Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Toronto. Dr. Malloch pioneers global markets. His work with CEOs, business and government leaders to conceptualize projects and partnerships, provides critical information to understand and manage rapidly changing markets, government trans-formations, emerging trading blocs and strategic business relationships. Dr. Malloch was President of the World Economic Development Congress sponsored by CNN, “the common frame of reference for the world’s power elite,” which focused on “Building the Integrated Global Economy.” He has served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum, which hosts the renowned Davos meeting in Switzerland. He was Senior Fellow and Vice President for all Executive Programs of The Aspen Institute, internationally acclaimed for its programs on leadership. He has held an ambassadorial-level position in the United Nations; he headed consulting at Wharton-Chase Econometrics; worked in capital markets at the investment bank, Salomon Brothers, Inc.; and served in senior policy positions in the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and in the U.S. State Department.
Susy Cheston is senior vice president for policy for Opportunity International, advocating for greater access to microfinance and AIDS programs to help the poor. She also is co-chair of the Microenterprise Coalition, executive director emeritus of the Women's Opportunity Fund and a member of the Opportunity Network. Susy is a recognized voice in microfinance advocacy, recently testifying before the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing on microfinance. Her testimony focused on galvanizing Congress and the U.S. Agency for International Development to “finish the job” by ensuring that all of the world's poor have access to microfinance services that can transform their lives. Susy has been active in the development of Opportunity International. She previously served as senior vice president for policy and research for the Opportunity International Network, overseeing cutting edge research and policy development on client impact and transformation, increasing outreach and financial sustainability. She joined Opportunity in 1991 as field director of its newly formed Women's Opportunity Fund pilot project in El Salvador. In 1993, Susy moved back to the U.S. to serve as the founding executive director of the Women's Opportunity Fund, where she oversaw the development of Opportunity's signature Trust Bank model.
Gary Moore, Founder, The Financial Seminary, has a degree in political science and was a senior vice president of investments at Paine Webber before founding his own investment firm as “counsel to ethical and spiritual investors.” He has since advised some of America’s well-known ministries, churches, banks, and individual investors. He is the author of five other books about integrating religion/spirituality with personal financial management, including Spiritual Investments, also published by Templeton. He has served as a trustee of the Crystal Cathedral, a trustee of Messiah College, a board member of the John Templeton Foundation, a board advisor to Bill Bennett’s Empower America, the lay leader of both a Lutheran and an Episcopal church, and a financial commentator for UPI Radio and the Skylight Radio Network. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife and teenage son.
Dale Hanson Bourke is president of PDI, a marketing and strategy consulting firm specializing in work with nonprofit organizations. She is also founder of The AIDS Orphan Bracelet Project and author of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis as well as Second Calling— Finding Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life. Her next book, The Skeptic’s Guide to Global Poverty, will be released in early 2007. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), she earned an MBA from the University of Maryland. She served as editor of Today’s Christian Woman, publisher of Religion News Service, and was vice president of International Marketing Group. As president of Publishing Directions, she helped create, edit and publish more than a dozen national and international publications and provided marketing strategy to a number of international organizations. She also served as Senior Vice President/Marketing of World Relief. She has served on the boards of World Vision US and International, International Justice Mission, and currently serves on the boards of Opportunity International and ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). She lives just outside Washington, DC, and is a member of National Presbyterian Church. Married for 28 years to Tom Bourke, they are the parents of two sons.
Miroslav Volf is Director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology. Biography.