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IofC International Council

The International Council is composed of nine to eleven members elected by the IofC Global Assembly


The International Council provides leadership to IofC in line with the goals and the decisions of the annual Global Assembly. The Council is made up of nine to eleven members.

The IofC International President is a member of the Council and interfaces at a high level with stakeholders and keeps an oversight on vision, mission and good governance. An Executive Team of four, including the Vice President, Treasurer and Executive Director, has responsibility for day-to-day leadership and management. Other members of the Council may be responsible for particular portfolios and be supported by standing committees made up of people outside the Council.



Gerald Pillay
Gerald Pillay (UK/New Zealand) - President

Born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa where he grew up under apartheid. He holds dual citizenship of the UK and New Zealand.

Gerald earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rhodes University and a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Durban. After lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville, he became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of South Africa, in Pretoria, in 1988. He is widely published as part of a distinguished academic career, examining such topics as the relationship between the church and state, the complex interplay between theology and human sciences, as well as seeking to understand how religion can both move with the times yet still stay grounded in tradition and history.

Pillay was the Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom from 2003 - December 2022, and responsible for the organization, direction and management of the University and staff.

‘The task before us now is how to rebuild our societies and communities with patience and resourcefulness. As we saw at the end of the Second World War, it is not going to be done quickly or easily.’

 ‘What would the pioneers of this movement say if they were here today? I suspect that they would urge us to do something; to be the vanguard of changemakers; to help with the healing of history and continue the work of reconciliation; to be the honest brokers in addressing the predicament in which we find ourselves.’

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Mounir Beltaifa (Tunisia/France) - Vice President

Born and raised in Tunisia, in 2008, Mounir graduated from Ecole des Ponts Business School with an Executive MBA, then he founded Bridgers One, a consulting company focusing on accelerated development strategies for SMEs in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). He is currently serving as treasurer of Initiatives of Change France.

'I am convinced humanity’s major challenges are global and growing faster than any approaches & solutions locally thought and/or implemented can solve. These challenges would be better addressed with a complementary consolidated approach at a global level. Being a member of IC would help enable this strategy and reinforce the positive energy that IofC network requires to increase its impact locally and globally and I am more than happy to help and more than honored to be part of the IC.’

Zachariah Karimi Muturi
Zacharia Muturi Karimi (Kenya) - Treasurer

Zacharia is a practising accountant in Kenya. He has been involved with IofC since 2006 when he was still in high school. Currently, he is the Account Assistant for IofC Kenya and Impact East Africa, a local charitable organization.  

As a young IofC member, he participated in various IofC Kenya programs, including Kenya I Care, Clean Elections Campaign, and Creators of Peace. Zacharia is involved in the local chapter of the Trustbuilding Program, where he handles the financial management.  

Regionally, Zacharia has been involved with the Eastern Africa Youth Forum and oversaw the planning and execution of 6 series of youth conferences between 2011 and 2019. In 2014, he was the chairman of the fourth Eastern Africa Youth Forum in Burundi.  

Zacharia is passionate about IofC’s work and truly appreciates how different people within IofC have impacted his life. 

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Marta Dabrowska (Poland)

Marta is an associate professor at the Institute of English Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Since her first visit to Caux Conference and Seminar Centre in 1992 as a Caux Forum interpreter, she has stayed actively engaged with the Caux Forum in different capacities and departments.

During 2008 - 2016 Marta was actively involved in the work of Renewal Arts as a team contact person. As of 2020 she been engaged in co-organizing various IofC Hub activities online. 

‘I believe that each of us, however small and invisible, has a role to play in the formation of the future, but that we all need some support as well as recognition from others. Related to this, as a person committed to IofC for nearly three decades, I am passionate about focusing on committed individuals, both in areas with no local team and those working “backstage”, by developing an effective system of inclusion and support for their work. Also, with my Renewal Arts experience and the use of art in the history of IofC I believe in art as a means to re-make the world. I therefore see it as a part of my commitment to restore the arts, both locally and globally, and spreading the IofC message with its help.’

Cecilia (Thembi) Silundika
Cecilia (Thembi) Silundika (Zimbabwe/Canada)

Cecilia (Thembi) Silundika is a Zimbabwean-born Canadian citizen. She holds two Masters Degree in Chemistry and International Relations. Cecilia has spent over 20 years in the Canadian federal public service coordinating international cooperation on Arctic issues. She is a member of the International Council of Initiatives of Change International, and played an active role in the inception of Creators of Peace, the Global Indigenous Dialogue and Women Economic Empowerment. On the Council she carries the responsibility for Pillar on Healing the Wounds of the Past. 

‘The question of how to lead in a world where Trust is plummeting has become central in today’s world. This gives me the conviction that the world needs more of the IofC approach to leadership and trustbuilding than ever before. For over 20 years of my affiliation with IofC I have witnessed the power of its transformative programs locally and globally. I believe that the programs I have contributed towards are important within the global discourse. I want to utilize this strong foundation, along with the experience from my secular work to serve IofC at a higher level.’ 

Yofrina Octika Gultom (Indonesia)

Yofrina graduated from Education Department in Medan and then continued her study in Department of Communication Science in Jakarta, Indonesia. She found her passion in writing and education. In 2021 she got a scholarship to learn Chinese language and culture in Taiwan and was involved with some IofC activities during her stay there.   

“My first encounter with Initiatives of Change (IofC) was when I attended the 8th Youth Leadership Camp in 2011 organized by IofC Indonesia. Apart from my family, I find support systems through IofC, a network of people who provide me with practical and emotional support. IofC has strength in its people who are committed to living their lives with IofC values, giving their times and energy and taking initiatives to make a better world. Being part of Asia Pacific Coordination Group (APCG) member helps me realize how to work wholeheartedly and what it truly means to be a servant leader.” 

Patrick McNamara
Patrick McNamara (USA)

Patrick McNamara has worked with universities, governments, corporations, non-profits, and foundations for over 30 years. He is an expert in conflict management with experience in interpersonal, organizational and international disputes. Patrick is married to Aviva Segall and proud father to two college-aged daughters. His forthcoming book is Partners in Change: 10 Steps to Successful Collaboration to Change the World. 

Patrick met the idea of Moral Re-Armament in 1992 through Michael and Erica Henderson in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He was a Caux Scholar in 1996, the 50th anniversary of Caux as the international conference centre for Initiatives of Change. He returned in 1997 to support the CSP team and proposed to his wife there. He worked with IofC’s Hope in the Cities team in 1998-2001 under a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, helping to train interracial dialogue facilitators and doing the work of healing history. He was at the South Africa Consultation in 1999 where the idea of renaming MRA was proposed. Patrick has been to Asia Plateau a half-dozen times and served on the team training Indian civil servants, as well as taught conflict resolution and sustainable development in CSP-AP. He served on the board of IofC-USA from 2006-2015, much of that time as Executive Vice President. 

Pilar Griffin
Maria del Pilar Griffin (Costa Rica/USA)

Pilar is an International Educational Consultant and a specialist in Conflict Resolution and Mediation with a Doctorate in Pedagogical Mediation and a Master's in International Law with an emphasis in Human Rights. She participated and facilitated dialogues among diverse community groups in the USA, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Pilar is a Caux Scholars Alumni and Action for Life 2 participant.  

Since 2020 Pilar has been part of IofC LatAm support team. She belongs to a leadership team that organizes the Yo Escucho/Eu escuto weekly sessions to inspire, connect and equip the Latino-American communities. Together with her husband Fredric Griffin, Pilar runs the global program iListen Teens, aimed at 11-19-year-old students to listen to their inner voice and bring about global change.