Speakers and contributors

Msgr. Prof. Tomáš Halík graduated in sociology, philosophy and psychology from the faculty of Philosophy of Charles University, HalikPrague, and studied theology clandestinely in Prague. During communist rule he worked with the ‘underground Church’. Now he is professor of sociology of Charles University, Prague, pastor of the Academic Parish, and President of the Czech Christian Academy. He is the author of several books including Patience with God, and received the prestigious 2014 Templeton Prize for Religion.

Prof. Andrey Zubov is a Russian historian and political scientist, Doctor of History, and a Zubovformer Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is the author of five monographs and about 150 scientific papers, and has edited two volumes of “Russian History: 20th Century”. Furthermore, he is one of the authors of the Basic Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church.


Cardinal Jānis Pujats is the archbishop emeritus of Riga, Latvia, and a Cardinal. Ordained in secret during the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he was made archbishop of Cardinal PujatsRiga in 1991, and a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He was one of the cardinal electors who  selected Pope Benedict XVI. He speaks Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, German and Latin in addition to his native Latvian. His resignation was accepted for reasons of age on 19 June 2010, when Pope Benedict appointed Zbigņevs Stankevičs as the new archbishop of Riga.

Tunne Kelam has been a MEP for the European People’s Party (EPP) group since 2004. TunneHe belongs to the bureau of the EPP group and is EPP Group vice-coordinator of Security and Defence subcommittee. He is a member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. He also belongs to the European Parliament EU-US delegation. In 1992 he was elected as chairman of the Congress of Estonia, the alternative parliament to the Supreme Soviet. He is a former vice-chair of the Estonian Parliament (1992-2004). In 2005, he was decorated with, amongst others, the Estonian Order of the Coat of Arms, 1st class.

Ainars Baštiks is a Latvian politician and a Baptist pastor. He is a member of the LPP/LC Ainars Bastiks(Latvia’s First Party/Latvian Way). Politically, he took on roles as a Minister in Children, Family and Integration Affairs and currently serves as Riga vice president councilor and a pastor of St. Matthew’s church.



Inga Bite is a Latvian politician, member of the Zatlers’ Reform Party and a deputy of the Inga Bite11th Saeima (Latvian Parliament), currently on maternity leave. She has graduated as a lawyer from the University of Latvia.



Dean Andris Krauliņš of Latvia’s Jūrmala circuit graduated from Luther Academy (Latvian

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Seminary) in 2003 and was ordained on November 29, 2003. He began his ministry by serving three rural congregations. He then served in Vecpiebalga and several rural congregations in the Cesis district. Since 2009, Pastor is serving at Martin’s congregation in Riga. On November 11, 2004 he was elected by the Consistory to be Chairman of the Board of Bishop Karlis Irbe Foundation (Foundation supporting pastors). Since 2005, has worked in the Consistory of the ELCL in the Department for Personnel and Congregation Development. Since 2009, has been the Head of the Department and a member of Executive Council.


Prof. Prabhu Guptara is Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management & Public Policy, William Carey University, India, as well as Member of the Board, Institute of PrabhuManagement, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, and Chairman of the International Network which supports the Relational Thinking movement with its secretariat in Cambridge, UK.


 Antoine Jaulmes is an engineer from the Paris School of Mines (Paris Tech) later trained Antoine Jaumlesin business and finance at HEC Business School. At the moment he is the Director of the PSA-FIAT joint R&D Platform. Furthermore, he is a longstanding writer and currently Director of the publication of the French magazine Changer, as well as the Secretary of Initiatives of Change France board, Vice-President of the Caux Foundation and a member of IofC International Council.

Dr Martin Kaonga is the Director of Science and Conservation in Cambridge, UK. At A Martin KaongaRocha, he heads projects on international conservation policy. He received a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cambridge, and has worked at the University of Zambia and Natural Resources Development College, Lusaka.



Julia Doxat-Purser is EEA’s socio-political representative and religious liberty coordinator, and pOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAreviously EEA’s first Brussels representative. She helps Evangelicals engage in the public arena effectively and with solid biblical foundations of how one engages “Christianly”. She teaches, writes, offers advocacy and consultancy support and connects specialists together, especially in the area of freedom of religion and belief and also human trafficking and prostitution ministries.

Jeff Fountain is director of the Schuman Centre for European Studies and the convenor Tallinn4aof the State of Europe Forum. Originally from New Zealand, Jeff has lived in the Netherlands for forty years where he met his wife Romkje. He has ministered in almost every European country and is author of several books on Europe including ‘Living as people of hope’ and ‘Deeply Rooted‘.

Johannes de Jong is manager of the Christian Political Foundation for Europe, (CPFE, Johannes de Jongformerly ECPF) is an association that acts as the political foundation for the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM). The CPFE supports and underpins the ECPM especially in terms of political content by European co-operation and the introduction of analysis, ideas and policy options.


Filip Hove Kristensen holds a BA in Christianity, Culture and Communication in Denmark. Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 15.38.56Currently he is a board member in Cura, the Danish personalistic think tanks, as well as in the Danish European Movement.



Christel Lamère Ngnambiis the Brussels Representative of the European Evangelical Alliance. He is a political Science graduate with a deep interest in developing a ChristelChristian mind and applying Christian thinking to public policy. His personal public policy interests include migration.



Cathy Nobles is the founder and director of the Reconciliation Walk Community, Luton Cathy NoblesUK, which seeks to help train others in peace building skills through the School of Reconciliation and Justice as well as community development work. This initiative grew out her being the Training Director for the Reconciliation Walk from 1996 to 1999, a movement which encouraged Western Christians, on the 900th anniversary of the First Crusade, to come to the ME in order to apologize for these wars.


George Rukhadze is vice-president of the ECPM and founder and deputy chairman of George Rukhadzethe Christian Democratic People’s Party of Georgia. He is also a lecturer at Ilia State University, and an expert on foreign affairs.


Jonathan Tame trained as an agricultural economist and worked for the British government’s Jonathan Tamedevelopment agency in Cameroon, before joining a faith-based NGO in Lausanne. He developed a variety of training events on the relevance of Judeo-Christian thinking to different professions and domains of society. In 2009 he joined Relationships Global, three years later, he moved across to its sister organisation Jubilee Centre to take up the post of director.


Dr Jenny Taylor is a journalist and author, and is the founder and executive director of Lapido Media, Jenny Taylora consultancy specializing in religious literacy in world affairs. She speaks and writes on the connection between faith and culture, on which she has addressed parliamentary, Commonwealth and media gatherings around the world. Her doctorate is from SOAS in London.


Leo van Doesburg is Director for European Affairs & Policy Advising for the European Leo van DoesburgChristian Political Movement (ECPM). He is actively involved in policy-advising for politicians in various national and European institutions and has offered many trainings and courses on various topics. A Dutchman who lived for many years in Romania, he was awarded the Conscience and Freedom Award in 2011 for diligently promoting religious freedoms in Europe. In 2013 he was honoured by the International Romani Union in recognition of his work against Roma discrimination in East Europe.


Prof. Evert Van de Poll received a doctorate at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, studying evertvdpollfurther  at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique in Vaux-sur-Seine, France, and the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium. He teaches in several seminaries around the world, is a part time associate professor missiology in Leuven, and provides publications for the French Baptist Federation.





Home page, Riga 2015

Friday evening programme, May 8, 7.30pm

Saturday programme, May 9, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel