World Student Christian Federation - Asia-Pacific Region (WSCF-AP)
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WSCF Asia-Pacific Leadership, 2008-2010

 

The following profiles introduce some of the leaders of the WSCF Asia-Pacific Region.

Regional Secretary

Ms. Necta Montes (Philippines)
Necta Montes WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Office
Unit 1-2, 18/F
280 Portland St. Commercial Bldg.
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 238 52 550
Fax: + 852 278 23 980
E-mail: wscfap[at]netvigator.com
Website: www.wscfap.org

 

Necta Montes (b. 1970) is a member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). She first joined SCM Philippines in 1982 and later held positions as General Secretary of SCM Philippines and General Secretary of the Philippine Christian Youth Federation. A speaker of Filipino (plus two local dialects) and English, Necta majored in psychology in her Bachelor of Science. She is currently continuing study for a Master’s degree in Theology at the Asian Theological Seminary. Prior to taking up the position of Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary, Necta was Resource and Development Officer for ISIS International, a Manila-based NGO dedicated to women’s information and communication needs. Before she moved to Isis International, Necta held the position of WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Women’s Co-ordinator. Necta has also served as a member of the WSCF Executive Committee.

 

Regional Women’s Co-ordinator

Ms. Sunita Sumati Suna (India)
Sunita Suna WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Office
Unit 1-2, 18/F
280 Portland St. Commercial Bldg.
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 238 52 550
Fax: + 852 278 23 980
E-mail: wscfap[at]netvigator.com
Website: www.wscfap.org

 

Sunita Suna joined SCM in 1995 and is a member of the Lutheran Church. A speaker of Oriya, Hindi and English, Sunita has studied education (B.Ed.), arts (B.A.), developmental studies (Dip.D.S.) and gender analysis. She has worked on women's issues in a number of ecumenical and human rights organisations in India and more broadly in the Asia-Pacific region. Sunita's first SCM role in women's concerns was as national staff for SCM India, in the role of Study Secretary - Women's Concern. Prior to her appointment as Asia-Pacific Regional Women's Co-ordinator, Sunita served as WSCF Inter-Regional Women's Co-ordinator for two years based at the WSCF Africa Office in Nairobi.

 

Region Chairperson

Ms. Daw Yin Yin Maw
Daw Yin Yin Maw Church of the Province of Myanmar
140 Phitaungsuyeta Road
Dagon, Yangon
Myanmar
Tel: + 951-395279 (Office)
Fax: + 951-395314
E mail: cpm.140[at]mptmail.net

 

Daw Yin Yin Maw is a senior friend of the University Christian Work (SCM Myanmar) and is currently serving in the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Anglican) as the Department Head of the Mothers Union. Yin Yin Maw is also the Vice President of the Myanmar Council of Churches for 2008-2010. Yin Yin became a member of SCM since 1981 during her University years, attending subsequent programs, attending an Intercultural Course at St. Scholastica College sponsored by WSCF AP and later becoming a member of the WSCF AP Regional Women’s Committee from 1993-95.

 

Region Vice-Chairperson

Mr. Jahartap Yustin Pasaribu
Jahartap Pasaribu Jl. Pendidikan III
No. 242 RT/RW 006/001
Tambun-Bekasi, 17510
Indonesia

 

Yustin Pasaribu is a graduate of Diponegoro University, Semarang, in Central Java, where he majored in Industrial Engineering. Since 1999 Yustin has been a member of Indonesian movement GMKI and was part of the GMKI National Executive Committee as Treasurer from 2004-2006. He served as the Chairperson for General, Communication and International Affairs from 2006-2008. Yustin currently serves as a member of the WSCF AP Region’s Human Rights Committee.

 

Source: http://www.wscfglobal.org/wscfAllRegion.php?region=Asia-Pacific

 

 

Standing Committee

Chairperson

Daw Yin Yin Maw (Yin Yin)
Daw Yin Yin Maw Nationality: Myanmar (Burma), Age: 44
Daw Yin Yin Maw is a senior friend of the University Christian Work (SCM Myanmar). Yin Yin is currently serving in the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Anglican) as the Department Head of the Mothers Union. She is also the Vice President of the Myanmar Council of Churches for 2008-2010. Yin Yin became a member of SCM since 1981 during her University years, attending subsequent programs, attending at Intercultural Course at St Scholastica College sponsored by WSCF AP and latter to becoming a member to the WSCF AP Women’s Committee from 1993 to 1995.

 

Vice Chairperson

Jahartap Yustin Pasaribu (Yustin)
Jahartap Yustin Pasaribu Nationality: Indonesian, Age: 28
Yustin is graduate from the Diponegoro University, Semarang, in Central Java, majoring in Industrial Engineering. Since 1999 Yustin GMKI member and was part of the GMKI National Executive Committee as Treasurer (2004-2006) and served as the Chairperson for General, Communication and International Affairs (2006-2008). He currently serves as a member of the WSCF AP Human Rights Committee.

 

Executive Committee Member

Bronwyn Crowe
Bronwyn Crowe Nationality: Australian, Age: 27
Bronwyn is studying towards a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Western Australia. Bronwyn was an active member of local, state, national and regional SCM since 2002. Bronwyn also served as part of the UWA SCM branch, involved with the Area Council overseeing the various branches in WA, currently Treasurer, and previously National Coordinator of the ASCM. She also represented ASCM at the 2004 RCM and GA in Thailand. Bronwyn sees SCM in WA as a very small and close community which provides and stimulates her faith.

 

Executive Member

Immanuel Gopala Kitan
Immanuel Gopala Kitan Name: Nationality: Sri Lanka, Age: 24
Immanuel is currently serving as General Secretary for the Student Christian Movement of Sri Lanka (SCMSL), previously as he worked as finance secretary from 2005-2006. Immanuel comes from an extensive background in the ecumenical movement in Sri Lanka as Vice Chairperson, Member of the Board of Education, and Member of the Community and Life Unit on the national Christian Council of Sri Lanka. As a member of the executive committee he hopes to provide a firm voice to strengthen relationships of solidarity in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Executive Member (proxy)

Park Byung-Chul (Pio)
Park Byung-Chul (Pio) Nationality: South Korean, Age: 30
Pio is a staff member of KSCF and is an SCM member from Hanshin University. Pio also serves as a preacher in his local church under the Presbyterian Church. Pio hopes that his participation in this position will help him play a broader ecumenical role with WSCF AP. Pio also feels that networking is important to ensure strong ecumenical development within WSCF AP by appreciating the diversity of the world today. Cultural interchange, culture and appreciation and understanding of history are important to understand people’s differences both within WSCF AP and the wider ecumenical community.

 

Executive Member (proxy)

Leni B. Valeriano
Leni B. Valeriano Nationality: Philippines, Age: 28
Leni has been an active member of the SCM Philippines, within the branch of the University of the Philippines (Diliman) since 2000. Since this time Leni has been actively involved in the life o the SCMP on the National Executive Committee (2001–2003) and is currently part of the Human Rights Desk in which she networks and is a member of the WSCF AP Human Rights Committee. Leni feels that movement to movement exposure and exchange programs can be resurrected in the overall federation, bringing about creative ways for strategies for movement formation and building. She also feels that the federation could also address student and youth issues as its major advocacy and intergraded into the federations programs.

 

Member at Large

Bartin Gomes
Bartin Gomes Nationality: Bangladesh, Age: 33
Bartin is a member of the Bangladesh SCM since 1995 being involved in the help and development of programs held by SCM. Bartin also served as the Chairperson of Barisal Unit from 2001 to 2004, Student Secretary from 2001 to 2002 and Treasurer from 2002 to 2007. He feels that the trust and direction of WSCF AP programs should be based on quality leadership and to develop this leadership by engaging, analysing and developing ways to address issues of HIV AIDS, Economic Issues, Peace Building and Human Resource Development from their own individual countries whilst working to a common goal of Human Rights and Justice for all.

 

Member at Large

Poon Wan Yu
Poon Wan Yu Nationality: Hong Kong, Age: 23
Wan Yu is a member of SCM Hong Kong since 2004 working within missions in campus. In 2006 Wan Yu as Executive Committee member of SCM HK actively participated in programs of the various ecumenical groups – NEAPC (North East Asia Peace Conference) by CCA. She feels that WSCF AP has made a significant contribution to the development and reinforcement of local movements in the region. She is particularly interested in the development of the ecumenical movement in China. By reviving SCM China Wan Yu feels that significant foundational and theological development in China can happen in praxis and justice. SCM-HK, she asserts, is in a geographical and cultural position to help WSCF AP rebuild SCM there.

 

 

Regional Women’s Committee

 

Cha Eun Hye
Cha Eun Hye Nationality: South Korean, Age: 26
Cha Eun Hye otherwise known as Cha. Cha in SCM is an active member of the KSCF. She was one of the Peace Interns to Burma from KSCF. She attended the Women Doing Theology 2007, which was a life changing experience for her and convinced towork for the women in the society especially in Korean society. Presently she is in charge of the women’s programme in KSCF.

 

Ashani Rhoda John
Ashani Rhoda John Nationality: Sri Lanka, Age: 23
Ashani Rhoda John is a student of Social Science & Human Resources Management and is from the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Ashani serves as the Treasurer of the National SCM and also coordinates the Women’s work of the national SCM. She is also involved in the Colombo Diocese Women’s Board and serves as a Committee member. She also serves as the Treasure of the Education board of the Colombo Diocese.

 

Siden
Siden Nationality: Cambodian, Age: 21
Siden has been a member of CSCM at the beginning of 2007 participating in the joint women’s program held between CSCM and WSCF AP in October 2007. Siden is currently a student and teaches part time. Being part of the WSCF AP Women’s Regional Committee is a new initiative for her; CSCM is doing its best to ensure that a strong women’s leadership comes to the fore.

 

 

Standing Committee Appoints Doim Bangjoo
as WSCF AP Human Rights, Justice and Peace Coordinator

Doim BangjooWSCF AP’s Standing Committee appointed Doim Bangjoo from the Korean Student Christian Federation (KSCF) as WSCF AP’s Human Rights, Justice and Peace Coordinator until July 2010. Bangjoo is a senior friend and currently works as program coordinator for KSCF in Seoul.

Doim holds a Bachelors Degree in Law from Hanlim University and Masters in Theology from Hanshin Graduate School and Seongkonghui Theological Seminary in Seoul.

He was a WSCF AP Standing Committee member from 2006-2008 as a member-at-large. He joined KSCF in 1993 while studying in Hanlim University, became part-time staff for Education Planning and International Program from 1997to 2007. He participated in the WSCF global inter-regional leadership program in Mexico1997, the WSCF AP’s Gender Sensitivity Workshop in Hong Kong 2001, and became WSCF AP’s Human Rights Intern with the Burma Issues in Thailand in 2003. He likewise helped co-organize and helped the WSCF regional programs in Korea, Philippines and Thailand.

Bangjoo brings with him a wealth of experience in working with justice issues and campaigns of marginalized communities such as the Christian homosexuals in Korea, Japan’s military sexual slavery, sex workers in US Bases in Korea, differently-abled persons, democracy in Burma, anti-US Military Bases Campaign, indigenous people and other issues. In 1995, Bangjoo was imprisoned for 2 months and was given a one-year and a half jail sentence for braking the National Security Law and for demonstrating against the United States of America policy in Korea.

We welcome and congratulate Bangjoo for taking on this challenging role and thank Paddy Noble, our out-going HR Coordinator, for his commitment and hard work in the last two years.