Adina Portaru, LLM, PhD, serves as Legal Counsel for ADF International in Belgium, advocating for religious freedom at the European Union. Prior to joining ADF International, Dr. Portaru was a research assistant at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Austria, where she assessed human rights policies. Dr. Portaru has a Bachelor in Law and a Bachelor of Theology from the University of Bucharest in Romania, and an LLM in Law and Globalization from Maastricht University. Dr. Portaru completed her PhD in religious freedom at Karl Franzens University in Austria.
Allan C. Carlson
Allan Carlson is the John A. Howard Distinguished Fellow for Family and Religious Studies at the International Organization for the Family and Editor of The Natural Family: An International Journal of Research and Policy. He is also Editor of the Marriage and Family Studies Series for Transaction Publishers. Carlson received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from The Ohio University. His doctoral dissertation was published as The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics: The Myrdals and the Interwar Population Crisis. His other books include: From Cottage to Work Station: The Family’s Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age; The ‘American Way’: Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity; Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies—And Why They Disappeared; The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays; and most recently Family Cycles: Strength, Decline & Renewal in American Domestic Life 1630-2000. He has contributed chapters to over 50 additional volumes on issues of family, education, religion, and population. In 1988 U.S. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the special National Commission on Children, on which he served until 1993. Carlson founded the World Congress of Families in 1997; its 11th major international session will be held in Budapest, Hungary, this coming May. From 2008 to 2013, he also held the post of Distinguished Visiting Professor of Politics and History at Hillsdale College, in Michigan. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including CNN, BBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and MSNBC.
Antonio (Toni) Brandi
Antonio (Toni) Brandi is a successful entrepreneur in the field of tourism and transport. Since 2012, Toni has worked in defense of family and life through the monthly magazine “Notizie Pro Vita” (News Pro Life) and a number of activities ranging from press conferences, conventions, production of audio-video material, mural wall posters, petitions, newspaper adverts and legal suits to defend Christian and traditional values. Pro Vita recently organised press conferences at the Italian Senate regarding the trade of surrogacy and women’s ova. Pro Vita helped organize the Family Days in Rome in 2015-16 that brought millions of Italians to Rome to protest gender theories.
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Austin Ruse is president of C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute. C-Fam has closely advised UN delegations at every major negotiation touching life and family matters since 1997. Austin is the author of The Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ (Tan Books, 2017) and Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (Regnery Publishing, 2017), along with hundreds of articles, essays and columns at The Catholic Thing, Crisis Magazine, and Breitbart News. Austin is creator and host of the weekly UN Minute heard on hundreds of radio stations around the United States. Austin and his wife Cathy live in Virginia with their children, Lucy and Gigi.
Ágnes Hortobágyiné dr. Nagy
Bev Adair-Beets is a Child and Youth Advocate in New Zealand and Australasia, whose personal story is used as a reference for governmental policy makers on families and the effect of their polices on young people. As spokesperson for Family First NZ on Children and Youth Abuse and Neglect Issues, she has lectured Internationally on family and youth issues. A recipient of the New Zealander of The Year Certificate of Achievement, Bev is passionate about the family and the future of young people.
Dr. Bill Thorn
Dr. Bill Thorn recently retired after 9 years as chairman of the department of Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned is doctorate at the University of Minnesota, where he met his wife, Vicki, some 47 years ago. Dr. Thorn’s research has dealt with religion and media. He also created and continues to teach a course on media and the American family. His most recent book dealt with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement in the U.S.
Bogdan Stanciu was born in 1974 and raised in Bucharest. He’s a graduate of the Politechnical University of Bucharest and also a fine art photographer. In 2005 Bogdan founded a local branch of the largest pro-life charity in Romania, PRO VITA, and has led it ever since. Also in 2013, together with a few colleagues, he started the Coalition for Family which seeks to be an umbrella-like network of pro-family, pro-life and pro-religious freedom NGOs. Bogan was in charge of the Coalition’s petition drive for a marriage amendment to the Romanian Constitution, an effort that collected three million signatures. The marriage amendment should be on a nationwide ballot sometime in 2017. He married his wife, Diana, in 2004. They have one child, a girl who is hearing-disabled.
Boško Obradović is one of the founders of the citizen movement,“Serbian assembly Dveri,” and a widely-known author and political leader in Serbia. Obradović was a front-runner for Dveri in the 2014 and 2016 Parliamentary elections and under his vision and leadership, Dveri entered the Serbian parliament for the first time in 2016 as the only pro-family and pro-life political organization in Serbia. He now heads Dveri’s deputies group in the National assembly. His book, “Serbian oath – Serbian national position today,” has been published in three editions (2007, 2008 and 2010). As President of Dveri, he has placed pro-family policies as the most important part of Dveri’s agenda, and is strong advocate for creating a family-friendly parties and a family-oriented society. Boško is married and has five children.
Dr. Candi Finch
Dr. Candi Finch serves as an Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies and the Dorothy Kelley Patterson Chair of Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a published author, contributing to books for women and youth, including the Women’s Evangelical Commentary on the New Testament and Old Testament, the Impact Bible, The Study Bible for Women, Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, and contributed a chapter on the impact of feminism on the home and family to the book The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook.
Caroline Craddock is the English Language Campaigns Director for CitizenGO. She is a graduate student in government at Harvard University, as well as a wife and mother. She has spoken in defense of life and the family on public platforms at international events around the globe.
Don Feder is a graduate of the Boston University College of Liberal Arts and Boston University Law School, and admitted to the practice of law in New York and Massachusetts. From 1983 to 2002 he was a nationally syndicated columnist and an editorial writer at The Boston Herald, the second largest-circulation newspaper in New England. In that period, the Herald published over 2,000 of his columns. Feder has worked with Word Congress of Families since 2006 and is the WCF Coalitions Director and Coordinator of Regional Conferences. Over the past decade, he’s helped to organize regional conferences in 16 countries. He’s been married for 44 years and has four children and three grandchildren.
Human Dignity Center, Hungary
After obtaining her degrees in English and Economics she worked as a teacher. Edit lives and works in Hungary, and is the director of the Human Dignity Center, a non-profit organisation for the protection of family and life. She is the president of the citizens’ committee of the Mum, Dad & Kids European Citizens’ Initiative to protect marriage and family in Europe and was the Hungarian organizer of the pro-life One of Us initiative. In 2013 she received the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit for her activities. She started CitizenGO in Hungary. She is married, and has three daughters.
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Errol Naidoo is Founder and CEO of Family Policy Institute (FPI) – a non-profit, pro-family, public policy research and educational organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. Since its launch in 2008, FPI has been at the forefront of the battle to defend the family and advance Biblical Christian values in Parliament, the media and general society. Errol produces and hosts several Christian television and radio shows, and is a regular uncompromising voice for family values in the national media in South Africa. Errol submits frequently to the South African Parliament on issues critical for the protection of marriage, family and religious freedoms. Errol and his wife Arlene celebrated 31 years of marriage on 12 December 2016 and have three children.
Francisco S. Tatad
Francisco S. Tatad is a writer, journalist, former Cabinet minister and Senate majority leader, and pro-life and pro-family advocate from the Philippines. He is a recipient of the World Congress of lifetime family achievement award and Human Life International’s Father Paul Marx Pro-Life Award of Excellence. Tatad led the constitutional battle against the Reproductive Health Law before the Supreme Court of the Philippines and works closely on human life, family and marriage with wife, Fenny Cantero Tatad, Executive Secretary of the Office on Women, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He and Fenny have seven children and ten grandchildren from 47 years of marriage.
Frank Schubert is the political director for the National Organization for Marriage and a consultant to the International Organization for the Family. He has twice been named America’s top political consultant and has managed dozens of successful campaigns in the US, including the internationally-acclaimed pro-marriage Proposition 8 campaign in California. He is husband to his wife, Maryann, father of three children, and grandfather of three.
Rev. Gregory Johnson is the founder of Standing Together, a Christian Ministry that seeks to advance biblical unity and spiritual transformation among evangelical churches and pastors of Utah. Greg has served as an At-Large Board Member of the National Association of Evangelicals since 2008, and was ordained by the Conservative Baptist Church in America in June of 1993. Raised a Mormon, Greg became a born-again Christian at age 14 and is the co-author of “Bridging the Divide; The Continuing Conversation between a Mormon and an Evangelical.” A graduate of Westmont College and Denver Theological Seminary, Greg married his wife, Jill in 1998 and together they have four amazing children, named Indiana, Reagan, California, and America.
Dr. Gudrun Kugler
Dr. Gudrun Kugler, MMF (is a member of Vienna’s Provincial Parliament where she covers especially human rights, European affairs, and integration of refugees. She majored in Law as well as Theological Studies on Marriage and the Family and holds a PhD in International Law. Since September 2008 she is a visiting professor at the International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family and is a former director of World Youth Alliance – Europe in Brussels. Kugler is the director of the European Catholic online dating service www.kathTreff.org and a blogger for Christian singles and the author of several books. Dr. Kugler is married and has four children.
Dr. Jim Garlow
Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego is heard daily on over 850 radio outlets in a one minute commentary called “The Garlow Perspective,” has done over 1,200 interviews in print, radio and TV, and authored 15 books on theological, historical and cultural matters. Before receiving his Ph.D. in historical theology from Drew University in Madison, NJ, he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southern Nazarene University (B.A. & M.A.) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (A.A.) Jim and his wife Rosemary have eight children, eight grandsons and two granddaughters.
Father Josiah Trenham is an Orthodox priest and has pastored for 25 years. He teaches theology at the University of St. Katherine in San Diego, Ca., has published numerous articles and two books, lectures widely in support of marriage and the traditional family, has more than 500 homilies and lectures on his podcast The Arena on Ancient Faith Radio, and is the founder and director of Patristic Nectar Publications. Father Josiah is married, and has ten children.
Mrs. Katalin Novák has been serving as Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary since 2014. As of September 2016 she is also State Secretary responsible for International Affairs.
Before her current positions she was the Head of the Minister’s Cabinet in the Ministry of Human Capacities, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2010-2012 and appointed Ministerial Commissioner for Francophone Affairs between 2013 – 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics, with major in international relations, from the University of Budapest of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. She studied law at both the University of Szeged (Hungary) and the University Paris X-Nanterres (French and European Community Law School). She pursued EU studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP, Sciences-Po), as well as the University in Public Administration (ENA, France). She was Vice-President of the group of ambassadors called Friends of the Francophonie in Budapest. Currently she is the Vice – Chair of the Advisory Board of the Political Network for Values, Founding Member of the Hungarian – German Youth Organisation and Advisory Board Member of the German – Hungarian Youth Association. Mrs. Novák is the recipient of the Plaque of the French Chamber of Deputies, her work in and dedication to the support and protection of families has been acknowledged with the “Luchador por la Familia” Award given by the Associació Plataforma per la Família Catalunya.
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Revered Lawrence Khong is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church, and at the national level, he is the Chairman of LoveSingapore, a nationwide unity movement of Singapore churches that seeks to be a blessing to Singapore and the nations. Lawrence is also the Chairman of Asian Alliance – Family Foundation Future – an Asian advocacy alliance to strengthen and defend the Natural Family. He and his wife Nina have four children – Priscilla, Anthony, Michelle, Daniel, and two grandchildren, Isaac and Hannah.
Bíró László was ordained as a priest in 1974, then he started serving as pastor in Mágocs. In 1994 John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Castra Galbae and coadjutor of Kalocsa-Kecskemét. After that he served as vicar of the Kalocsa-Kecskemét Archbishop, then he became president of the Central Seminary in Budapest. In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to be the Military Ordinary of Hungary. Bíró László is the rapporteur on family affairs of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops Conference and the national rapporteur of the prison pastoral service.
László Márki is a mathematician, research professor of the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has held various functions in the Hungarian and the international mathematical community, 1992–96 he was Vice-President of the European Mathematical Society.
Since 1989 he is an active member of the National Association of Large Families (NOE), 1996–2000 he was Vice-President, 2000–2004 President of the Association. He was one of the main organisers of the biannual family congresses of NOE in the period 1992–2006. He was the delegate of NOE in various international organisations, 2004–2014 he was Vice-President, and since 2014 he is President of the European Large Families Confederation. In 2007 he organised a common action of 12 European level family related federations towards the European Commission and the European Parliament in order to allow lower VAT rates for items and services necessary in raising children.
Leonor Tamayo is a mother of nine children, expecting the tenth, and a proud housewife. She is devoted to the defense of fundamental rights, feminine identity and the value of motherhood. She serves as President of the Spanish NGO Profesionales por la Ética (Professionals for Ethics) and coordinator of the Global Platform Women of the World.
Maria Hildingsson was born in Sweden, has lived extensively in France and is now resident Belgium with her husband where she works since 2009 as Secretary General of the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, FAFCE. Founded in 1997, FAFCE represents family associations from 16 European countries, holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe and is a member of the EU Fundamental Rights Platform. Mrs. Hildingsson is also Secretary general of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Mum, Dad & Kids” that requests that the EU respect the definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman.
My name is Maria Waszkiewicz, I’m 20 years old and I study Classics at the University of Warsaw. Since I’m the oldest of five, family issues have always been an important part of my life. As a member of Large Families Association in Poland (ZDR 3Plus) I took part in many family-related events but I realised that my voice matters thanks to the European Youth Weekend in Budapest (February 2016). Then I came to Brussels for EYW2 as a speaker and a leader of a group working on the subject: „Family and marriage as the foundation of society” and came back home convinced that young people can change the world.
Natalya Yakunina is the Chairperson of the Russian National Program “Sanctity of motherhood”, member of the Management Board of the Inter-regional public Foundation of St. Andrew and member of the Coordinating Council under the President of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the National Action Strategy for Children for 2012-2017. She has participated in many national and international forums, conferences, congresses devoted to the family, childhood, women and maternity topics. She is a member of the Patriarchal Council for the Family and maternity protection; member of the Presidium of the Coordinating Center of protection of motherhood and family values at the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service; member of the Coordinating Council of the National Parents’ Association; member of the International Women Forum.
Nemanja Zarić MD is a surgeon and political leader Serbia. Zarić founded the “Society of Orthodox Physicians” to advocate and inform on issues such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning, and others. Together with “Serbian movement Dveri”, the Society founded the first nation-wide pro-life and pro-family movement in Serbia. Zarić is president of the Family Defense Center, a pro-life/pro-family NGO, and also holds the position of International secretary of Serbian movement Dveri. Zarić was the chief organizer of the Regional conference of the World Congress of Families in Belgrade, 2016, the first Regional conference ever to be held in a National parliament. On that occasion, he received the Familia Naturalis award by the World Congress of Families, in recognition of service for uniting leaders in defense of family, faith and freedom.
Nemanja Zarić is orthodox Christian, a husband and a father.
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Shelly Locke is a documentary producer and international advocate for motherhood. She holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Early Childhood and recently completed master’s course work in Mother-Child Attachment. Shelly is a former Young Mother of the Year, and is currently serving as Director of the Worldwide Motherhood Initiative.
Sophia Kuby serves as director of European Union advocacy for ADF International in Brussels, Belgium. With her team, she engages the EU institutions in the areas of religious freedom, bioethics, and family. Prior to joining ADF International, Kuby was founder and executive director of European Dignity Watch, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization. From 2008-2010, she worked as a project manager in Sydney Australia and as a media consultant for a group of TV channels in Munich, Germany. Kuby earned an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich, Germany, graduating summa cum laude. She spent part of her studies at the International Academy of Philosophy at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica of Chile, where she focused on political philosophy and ethics. Fluent in five languages, she is a frequent public speaker across Europe.
Stephen Phelan joined Human Life International in 2009 and serves as the Director of Mission Communications. He has produced three documentaries that have aired internationally on EWTN, focusing on the fight for life and family around the world. His articles have appeared in First Things, Fides Quarens Intellectum, Lay Witness Magazine, Crisis Magazine, LifeSiteNews, and other publications. It is Stephen’s great honor to support the pro-life missionaries of HLI around the world in their work to defend life and family.
Ted Baehr is the founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE, a family guide to entertainment. An award-winning media authority often on television, radio and print, his purpose is to be used by God to redeem the mass media and to encourage families to use wisdom in selecting their entertainment. His many books include How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul), The Media-Wise Family, Narnia Beckons, Faith In God & Generals, The Amazing Grace Of Freedom, and The Culture-Wise Family, among many others.
Minister of Human Capacities
Married, 5 children.
Before continuing theological studies, he was an assistant turner at the engineering works of DIGÉP, in Miskolc.
- 1978 – 1983 Theology studies in Debrecen and Budapest
- 1980 – Studies in theology in East-Berlin as a guest student of the United Protestant Church
- Spent four semesters at the Faculty of Theology of the Martin Luther University, Halle
- 1983: Graduate theologian, Budapest
- 2002-ben „mentálhigiénés szakember” képesítés, Semmelweis Egyetemen
From 1 June 2010 Minister of State for Social Inclusion, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.
19 May 2011 Through his personal contribution the European Commission accepted the European Roma Strategy during the course of the Hungarian Presidency.
From 2012 Minister of Human Capacities.
Prizes and Acknowledgements:
- Initiator and leader of the renovations of the former German language protestant church at Hold Street, Budapest, which obtained in 2003 in the category ‘Rehabilitation’ Architecture Niveau-prize;
- Pro Ecclesia Prize (2000) (Oradea);
- Member of the Presidential Board of the European Protestant Free Universities (1993-2003);
- Curator of the Bethesda Children’s Hospital (since 1999);
- Medal of Merit of the President of the Republic (October 2011);
- Member of the Hungarian Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Committee (2012)