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Organisers

Advisory Board

Christian Euvrard

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Christian EUVRARD, Former Director of the Paris LDS Institute of Religion since 1992, holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris, a master’s in sciences and theology of Religions from the Catholic University of Paris, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris Sorbonne University). He is involved in post-doctoral studies in Religion at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France.

A member since 1965, he served as Bishop, Stake Presidency Counselor, Mission President and Regional Representative in Italy and more recently as Director of the Rome Temple Visitors’ Center. He is the author of a book on Louis Bertrand, one of the first converts to Mormonism in France in 1850, as well as many articles and conference contributions. He has a 2-volume book on the History of the Church in France in preparation. He is married to Marie-Françoise and they are the parents of two boys.

Fred Axelgard

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My name is Fred Axelgard. I am currently a senior fellow at the Wheatley Institution at BYU where I help organize global events like the EuroSeminar. I am also the working group coordinator for the G20 Interfaith Forum which seeks to provide faith-based inputs to the annual G20 summit meeting. My graduate degrees are in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. I had a 35-year career in Washington, DC, that focused on Middle East politics. I am a former bishop and served a mission in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hans Noot

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Hans and Margriet Noot have four children. Hans works with the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, overseeing programs in Belgium and the Netherlands, Poland, Ireland, the Czech Republic, the Balkans, and all of Eastern Europe. He holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior from BYU.

He spends his free time as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Without Frontiers, and the director and chair of other human rights organizations.

James E. Faulconer

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I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Wheatley Institution. My academic interest is the philosophy of religion and Latter-day Saint theology. I have written or edited a number of books.
The most recent are Mosiah: a short theological introduction and Thinking Otherwise: Theological Explorations of Joseph Smith’s Revelations. Janice and I have four children and thirteen grandchildren, and we live in Provo, Utah, USA

Louise Paulsen

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Louise Paulsen is the Founder & CEO of By Women, For Women, a non-profit that seeks to amplify the voices, stories and impact of women. Louise has a background in politics, research and non-profit management. She has previously worked for international non-profits in Denmark, USA, Belgium and the UK. She holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University. Louise is a native of Denmark and is currently residing in the UK.

Tony Brown

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Tony Brown is a professor of Russian at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses in Russian language and culture. In addition, he directs academic internship programs in Russia, the Baltic States, Germany, Poland, and Central Europe. He and his wife, Emily, are the parents of four children: Andrew, Hannah, Christian, and Sofia.

Elizabeta Jevtic-Somlai

Dr. Elizabeta Jevtic-Somlai holds BA in International Relations, BA and MA in German/Holocaust Studies, as well as Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis. She has extensive professional expertise in operations, policy planning, and curriculum development, and has worked for CTBTO and BYU. She currently serves as the Director of Public Relations and Strategy for Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) Her research focuses on the practical interpretation of international and domestic laws for the protection of human rights. A convert to the LDS Church, Liz loves being a mother and a wife and loves to laugh and explore.

Executive Committee

Michelle Graabek

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Michelle Graabek is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in the department of History & Civilization. Her key research interests are cultural identity and community among migrant groups, women’s religious history and transnational history. Her current research focuses on culture and community among Danish Latter-day Saint immigrant women in Utah during the late nineteenth century. Michelle Graabek has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Reading, and an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London, where she developed her research interests and interdisciplinary research skills. Prior to starting her PhD Michelle worked in the cultural heritage sector in England for several years, managing education and events programmes at various historic houses with a great passion for access to heritage and the arts.

Eric Hachenberger

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Eric Hachenberger stems from Austria. After serving his mission in Barcelona, Spain, he moved to Hawaii, to study peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He currently lives with his wife and baby daughter in Germany and works as an account manager and culture advocate at doTERRA Europe.

Mariateresa Santoro

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Mariateresa Santoro is a marriage and family studies advisor in Italy. After a BYU-I bachelor's degree, she started to run several projects that aim to educate people about: autism, ADHD and dyslexia awareness, pornography and online security for developmental age, emotional and sexual education for developmental age. She also provides advice for children, teens and adults education according to specific needs or learning disorders.

Mariateresa supports a non-profit organization that works for a pediatric onco-hematology center.

Ondřej Neulinger

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Ondřej Neulinger from the Czech Republic. After his graduation from the University of Ostrava in Information Systems served a full-time mission in Canada, Calgary. Recently got married in Scotland where he works in the IT industry as Software Support Implementation Representative.

Philip Loynes

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Phil is a law graduate, with an interest in religion, civil liberties, and human rights. After working in insurance law, Phil moved on to international shipping and logistics consultancy, working in the USA in 2016. Phil was heavily involved in UK politics from 2015 - 2020, being elected chairman of the local association for his political party, which meant he was regularly found in London representing Lancashire in national political meetings. Phil has a wealth of knowledge of both local and national politics, and how they interact with voluntary organisations.

Michaël Ulrich

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Michaël Ulrich is a Mathematics teacher for future engineers in Metz, France. Besides Mathematics, he is always eager to learn new things. His interests include Theology and History of Sciences, especially Mathematics and Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia. He is married and has two children.

Erinda Nela

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Erinda Nela was born in Tirana, Albania. Born into a family with visionary parents, she is the third of three daughters. Her father has worked as an editor in the Parliament of Albania, and her mother has worked as a teacher. She has one daughter, Nesrin Leyla, who was born on August 12, 2012.

Erinda has a bachelor's and a science master's degree in History from the University of Tirana. She holds a master's degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy from the U.F.O University in Tirana, Albania. She also has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the Agricultural University of Tirana.

Upon graduating from the University of Tirana she was active in student politics and elected senior class president in 2003. In 2014 Erinda started working as a financial accountant, and in 2018 she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As regards human values, she is honest, hard-working, and sincere. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.