Richard is a facilitator and coach for leaders and teams. He established and grew his own businesses for 20 years. In this context, he worked with business leaders and their teams to help them succeed and led development programmes to transfer knowledge and effective practice across organisations. He has experience in cross cultural communication and leadership, having worked in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, France and Poland. He now uses this experience to lead the European Facilitation Team and to facilitate, coach and support without orphan movement leaders across Europe. He and his wife have two adopted daughters, he was involved in shaping the Home for Good national initiative in UK from its inception and now serves God from his passion he has for fatherhood and for vulnerable children.
Trauma Consultant, Communications Lead
Involved with World without Orphans from the beginning, Barbara has worked with children since 1990. She has worked with street children in India, in a group home for teenagers in conflict with the law in Switzerland and has been one of the leaders of the children's ministry in a large Swiss church for several years. From 2002 on Barbara has been part of the international leadership team of King's Kids/YWAM and has a rich experience in working cross culturally. She is a trainer and coach in Trauma and Attachment and has written her own training manual on that topic. She has an MA and a PhD in Holistic Child Development and travels widely to train people who work with children, especially with orphans and children in foster care. Barbara experienced orphanhood herself as a child and has a big heart for all vulnerable children, both in her own country of Switzerland and internationally.
Christina has been working with orphans and vulnerable children in Europe since 1998. Over the years, she has worked in government orphanages, private children’s homes, and as a foster parent. Her passion is for every child to live in a safe, loving home, and to experience the fullness of God’s love for them, while also being equipped for a healthy, full life as an adult. She serves the WWO Europe Facilitation Team as Assistant Coordinator and is Co-Chair of Bulgaria Without Orphans.
Suvi comes from Northern Finland. Previously she has worked with Operation Mobilisation in Siberia, Russia, where she first got to know children from orphanages. Her educational background is in early education. She has previously worked in administration for two non-profits in Israel and Norway. Suvi has MA in Non-profit Management and Leadership from the Hebrew University in Israel and MA in Service Management from Finland. Suvi speaks five languages and is actively involved in a network of believers and churches in Northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. She serves the WWO Europe Facilitation Team as Programmes Manager and works towards building national networks in Finland and Scandinavia.
Oleg is the Executive Director of International Leadership and Development Center (ILDC), Kiev, Ukraine. ILDC's emphasis is to provide training and orientation for actual & prospective adoptive and foster care parents and orphan caregivers through conferences, literature and other activities.
Having started out in business, Oleg moved into youth ministry before being offered a job with an organization that was engaged in orphan ministry. While working for this ministry, Oleg and his wife adopted one of the children that was in their care and it impacted his life tremendously.
He is now fully engaged with the campaign for a world without orphans and is a former President of Ukraine Without Orphans.
Phil is motivated by his hate of injustice, an unquenchable hopefulness, and the belief that ordinary people can, and the Church should, make a difference in the world. He is director of global partnerships for World Without Orphans Global, also leading the WWO global leadership’s response to COVID-19. His other roles are as CEO of Mission Housing, an organization that enables key Christian workers to afford accommodation in London; chair of ‘a little bit of HOPE’ a small international development charity in rural Uganda, which he co-founded; and a board member of Spurgeon’s Children Charity. Previously, he was the CEO of Home for Good, a UK organization that exists to find a home for every child who needs one by inspiring Christians to step up to foster and adopt, and equipping churches to support those that do. Phil lives just north of London with his wife Hannah and their two small children – Isaac and Tilly.
Ruth is from the UK, where she has worked as a lawyer specializing in cases of child protection, adoption, and domestic violence for over 20 years. During 2019 she travelled extensively in South America and Africa, where she was moved by stories of thousands of vulnerable and orphan children being harmed by the legal process that was supposed to protect them. She found the laws were not being implemented properly in many cases. In partnership with AFFEO and VIVA Together For Children, Ruth founded International Justice for Children, which works to support governments and the judiciary legal systems that ensure each child’s right to live in a safe, loving, permanent home.
Ruth also continues to work as a consultant lawyer in UK court proceedings concerning children.