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Panelists and Speakers

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Keynote Speaker

Elder De Feo

Elder Massimo De Feo was serving as a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy in the Europe Area when he was called to be a General Authority Seventy at the April 2016 general conference.

Elder De Feo received a diploma in sciences from the Moscati State Scientific School of Taranto in 1979. After serving as a full-time missionary, he began his career in international relations in 1984 when he was hired by the U.S. Department of State and accredited at the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs for the diplomatic mission in Italy.

He has been a member of several committees of the U.S. government for bilateral agreements on social security and worked as the federal benefits operations supervisor at the American Embassies in Rome and Paris. After more than 30 years of service, he recently served as the deputy regional federal benefits officer of the Social Security Administration for the Europe South, North Africa and Middle East Areas.

Elder De Feo has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary from 1981 to 1983 in the Italy Rome Mission, branch president, district president, counselor in a bishopric, high councilor, stake president, and Area Seventy. Since August 2019, Elder De Feo is serving in the Europe Area presidency. He is today the President of the Area.

Massimo De Feo was born in Taranto, Italy on December 14, 1960. He married Loredana Galeandro in August 1984. They are the parents of three children.

Patrick Mason

Patrick Mason holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, where he is an associate professor of religious studies and history. He is the author or editor of numerous books for academic and Latter-day Saint audiences, including his recent book Restoration: God's Call to the 21st-Century World and a forthcoming book, co-authored with David Pulsipher, Proclaim Peace: The Restoration's Answer to an Age of Conflict. He lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife Melissa and their four children.


Gilbert Cruz

Born on 21st July 1953.
Has been a member of the Church for 40 years.
Bishop of the Paris-Lila ward.
Has retired as a teacher 18 months ago
Co-founder and vice-president of SDJ Solidarité - Agir Ensemble

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Gilbert CRUZ: Vice President and Co-founder

Anne-Lise and Thierry Ledru

They married right before their baptism 24 years ago in Salt Lake City and are the parents of two children.

After they came back to France, Thierry worked in the electric engineering area and then became a Church employee. When the Paris temple was built, he accepted a position as responsible for the general services of the temple.

Anne-Lise works in the social and occupational integration field.

They wanted to serve together with people in need and so they decided in January 2021 to engage with the SDJ Solidarité organization

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Anne-Lise LEDRU: National Director - +33 (0)6 72 88 62 94

Kathrin Peters

Kathrin Peters is the co-founder and managing partner of Withiii Leadership Institute, a consulting company dedicated to bringing people together across divides in organizations and society. She has a long and impressive track record of executive success as an international turnaround and culture change specialist at globally renowned companies like Robert Half and the Arbinger Institute.

Born, raised, and educated in Germany, Kathrin has a deep passion for languages, philosophy, and the arts. She received her degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a postgraduate certificate in International Business from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom. She is also an ICF-certified executive coach and a masterful group facilitator and speaker.

When not working, Kathrin loves visiting museums, attending concerts, playing the piano, snowboarding down the steepest mountains, and riding her road bike for miles on end. And she golfs. If she has to.

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Nassib and Hannan El-Solh

Al Amal Institute for the disabled

Sixty-two years ago late Mrs. Mounira Solh, wife of the martyr Wahid Solh (who died in a political assassination), founded Al Amal Institute to show her son Selim and his friends with disabilities that they were not different but special. She wanted to send a message of hope (Amal in Arabic) in the face of desperation.

Al Amal Institute for the disabled - Nassib el Solh

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