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Rev. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik (Norway) - Secretary General

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik

Rev. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik  - Brief Biography

Reverend Eltvik is the current Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs, the largest and oldest youth movement in the world.  He is also  an Ordained priest with the Lutheran  Church of Norway.  Born in Karm√ły, Norway in 1953 Reverend Eltvik is married with two daughters and three grandchildren

Reverend Eltvik has held career positions within the YMCA world movement for over 20 years holding various leadership and programme director roles, including Secretary General of YMCA Europe.  On behalf of YMCA Europe he led the reestablishment of 20 National YMCA Movements in Central- and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall. He was also initiator of the YMCA Europe Youth Festivals in Prague, where more than 7500 young people from 50 countries met in both 2003 and 2008. Previously Reverend Eltvik has been involved in teaching and the Ministry, both in the military and The Church of Norway.

In addition to his professional career, Reverend Eltvik has held many volunteer positions including Board member of the National Association of Theologians.

Reverend Eltvik has been widely published and has been decorated in 2004 with the Cavalier Cross of the Polish Order of Merit from the State President of Poland.

In May 2011 he received an honorary doctorate from the Queens University of Charlotte, USA.

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Michal Szymanczak - (Poland - Full time) - Senior Executive Secretary for Movement Strengthening



Andrew McKenzie, (Australia) Executive Secretary for Communications

Jose Varghese, (India - Full time) Executive Secretary, Leadership Development

Jose Varghese

Romulo Dantas, (Brazil - Full-time) Executive Secretary for Youth Empowerment

Romulo Dantas

Selma Zaidi, (USA - Part time) - Special Advisor to the Secretary-General

Selma Zaidi

Carlos Sanvee, (Togo - 25% time) - Advisor to the Secretary General

Carlos Sanvee

Suzanne Watson (England ) - Officer Manager

Suzanne Watson

Alexandra Meissl (France/Switzerland/England) - 70% time) - Accountant

Claude-Alain Danthe (Switzerland - Full-time) - IT & Social Media Manager

Claude-Alain Danthe

Lisa Kalivatsi - Programme Secretary for Refugee Assistance (Greece)

New Staff Member as of January 2015

From the left to the right: Misha Guskov from Russia; Maria Christina Saldarriaga from Peru and Adrian Davies from (UK) and Kosovo

From January 1st, the World YMCA welcomed to its staff team 3 new programme assistants to support the advancement of the Youth Empowerment agenda.

Maria Cristina Saldarriaga, from Peru. Adrian Davies, from Kosovo and Mikhail Guskov, from Russia will work on several projects such as Change Agents, Advocacy, YMCA World Challenge and new initiatives of the World YMCA. They will be based in their home countries and in this way able to improve the quality and support of World YMCA projects involving its member movements and partners.

Those YMCA leaders have a unique set of experiences. Adrian and Maria Cristina are brilliant young professionals and are graduated Change Agents programme in 2014 and have been involved with YMCA work for many years. Mikhail Guskov has also been with YMCA movement for a long time and has worked for YMCA Europe and Russia and supporting the development of YMCAs in the eastern part of Europe.

We welcome them all to our team!

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