Jonathan Duffy to Lead ADRA International
Directors of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International elected Jonathan Duffy, current CEO of ADRA Australia, to serve as president of the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A unanimous vote October 10, 2012, confirmed Duffy as the fourth president of the 28-year-old agency.
NEW ADRA PRESIDENT: Jonathan Duffy, since 2008 CEO of ADRA Australia, was elected president of ADRA International, the global humanitarian service of the Adventist Church, on October 10, 2012.According to Geoffrey Mbwana, board chair for ADRA International
and a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, the search “was a very transparent, very objective process, one that gathered information from all levels of the organization. This gave us a global input leading us to get the best candidate, whom we believe will lead this organization to the next level.”
Mbwana said that Duffy “brings the leadership qualities we were looking for. He also has the managerial experience and a very clear vision, as well as experience in the organization.”
Duffy said, “I am extremely honored to be selected for this role. ADRA has been a tremendously positive force in the humanitarian arena, bringing hope and healing to millions over the past 28 years. I believe that we have such great potential to make an even larger difference, especially with the very dedicated and talented staff around the globe. I look forward to working with the ADRA International staff, the ADRA Network, our board, organizational partners, and many supporters.”
Before joining ADRA Australia in 2008, Duffy served as director of Adventist Health for the South Pacific Division, where he had extensive experience in health promotion and community health development. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
—reported by Mark A. Kellner with information from Crister L. DelaCruz, ADRA