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Press Release: Christian Alliance Set for Leadership Transition

29. April 2014

    Mr Peter Prove is stepping down as Executive Director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) on 30 April 2014, after leading this global Christian alliance for advocacy and policy engagement for the past four years. Ms. Sara Speicher has been appointed by the EAA's Board of Directors as Interim Executive Director effective 1 May.

     

    Rev. Dr Richard Fee, General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and Chair of the EAA's Board of Directors, has honored Prove's service to the EAA, noting, "Since becoming Executive Director in 2010, Peter has brought his keen intellectual mind, his diligent work ethic, his dedication to human rights and policy development and a willing personality to reach out to all who wished to work together on the vital issues of our day."

     

    In 2010, the EAA was a newly independent association under Swiss Law, and with Prove's leadership, has grown to 85 member churches and Christian organizations representing a unique and diverse global constituency from the Roman Catholic, historic Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox traditions. Prior to serving as EAA's Executive Director, Prove served as Assistant to the General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights in The Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland. Before moving to Geneva, he spent 11 years in private legal practice in Brisbane, Australia. "Peter Prove brought so many strengths to the position of Executive Director," stated Fee. "His leadership, writing and oratorical skills combined with his networking acumen benefitted the EAA through four dynamic and eventful years. The Board of the EAA wishes him well in his new role as Director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs for the World Council of Churches commencing on 1 May."

     

    Speicher joined the EAA in 2004 as a communications consultant from her United Kingdom-based company Communication Point Ltd. Prior to that, she worked for the World Council of Churches from 1997-2003, first in the department for International Affairs and then in Communication, ultimately serving as Coordinator of the Public Information Team. She holds two master's degrees with distinction, one in marketing for non-profit organizations from DePaul University (Chicago, USA) and one in religion from Lancaster University (UK). Originally from the United States, she holds dual US and British citizenship and resides in the UK with her husband and son.

     

    "I have seen the EAA move through a number of structural and leadership transitions but these have never detracted from the commitment of the Alliance's diverse members to witness together through their common faith for justice, peace and a sustainable world," stated Speicher.

     

    "With the board and the rest of the staff of EAA, we look forward to reshaping this vital instrument to strengthen its coordination of global Christian advocacy on HIV and AIDS and on food security even in challenging economic times," she said.

     

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, founded in 2000, is an international network of 85 member churches and church-related organizations from Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox traditions, which are committed to joint action on issues of common global concern. Current campaign issues, mandated in its 2013 General Assembly for 2014-2017, are HIV and AIDS, and food justice and sustainability. The EAA is an association under Swiss Law, and holds United Nations consultative status. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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