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New Appointments at ADRA International

Today, the new president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Dr. Rudi Maier, announced two personnel additions.

Dear Colleagues, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of two new colleagues that will join our ADRA International family, filling two bureauchief positions currently vacant.

Thierry Van Bignoot will join ADRA as bureau chief for emergency management. Thierry will oversee the funding of emergency responses by our office as well as the coordination of the network to implement short-term relief and long-term rehabilitation projects.

Thierry has a long history with ADRA serving in various countries and capacities in Asia and Africa. Thierry’s global development experience, fluency in multiple languages, and experience coordinating responses to mega-emergencies in Haiti and Myanmar, will further strengthen ADRA and it’s mission.

Michael Harris will fill the position of bureau chief for human resources. In this position Michael will not only oversee the hiring of new ADRA staff, but the professional nurture of HQ staff, professional development around the network through the APLI, as well as staff security.

Michael currently serves as director of the masters of divinity program at Andrews University. He has many years of experience in coordinating educational and professional development programs and 13 years of international service in the Adventist educational system in Africa. I see his experience and skills as a vital part of our way forward, as ADRA’s staff continually seeks to grow professionally.

I am very pleased that these two dedicated, Christian professionals will be joining our ADRA family. While the appointments are effective immediately, their calls to join our ADRA family must navigate through the church system. We will keep you posted as we know more about their imminent arrival. I have no doubt that their experience and expertise will continue to strengthen our global mission of compassion.

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