Dave is the leader of World Concern. He joined World Concern in 2001, managing disaster response, microfinance, village bank, animal restocking, community development and orphan care projects. These responsibilities took him to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Haiti and Zambia. Working with a large national staff, his focus has been to make projects sustainable and replicable. He returned to the U.S. office as the HIV/AIDS program manager and served as International Operations Director before his appointment as World Concern President in 2007. He earned a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington in 2007, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from UW in 1983.
Jacinta Tegman is the recently appointed President of World Concern. She has been serving in various capacities at World Concern for five years, most recently as Senior Director of International Operations.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to work on behalf of those who are overlooked, exploited, or in desperate need around the world,” says Jacinta. “The tireless work of our talented staff combined with the incredible support of our donors results in lasting, sustainable change in the lives of so many living in extreme poverty. We have the opportunity to partner with God and each other to see lives transformed.”
Jacinta served as a missionary and later as an associate pastor within her two decades of ministry experience prior to joining World Concern.
Nick has worked in international development and mission work for over 30 years, half of which have been in Africa. He has served with World Concern for the last 15 years, and holds a Masters Degree in Rural Social Development.
“We have the privilege of serving some of the most vulnerable people around the world at a time when conflict and climate change are undermining people’s ability to not only provide a meaningful future for their families, but even survive,” explains Nick. "Poverty, in its myriad forms, continues to extinguish the dignity of many, rob children of their childhood, and consign people to a life without hope. Our work is to stand alongside those we serve, and reflect in what we do, how we do it, and what we say, the love and grace of God at the point of peoples' need.”
Derek leads the general fundraising efforts at World Concern. He loves spending time with the people we serve, documenting their stories with photos and video. Often he witnesses transformation in a family’s life, initially hearing about their struggles, then returning a year or two later to find how they’ve gone from day-to-day survival, to optimism for their future. Prior to World Concern, Derek was a TV journalist, nominated for an Emmy for investigative journalism. Most recently he worked at KATU-TV as a reporter. He’s a graduate of Abilene Christian University and was honored with a Gutenberg Award for distinguished journalism from ACU in 2010.
Meredith Long supervises programs in Asia, Africa, Haiti and Bolivia, and has oversight of our HIV/AIDS programs. He previously worked at World Relief as vice president for Planning and Integration and director of International Health Programs. Dr. Long has worked with churches to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa since the early 1990s. His overseas program implementation experience includes 14 years in Kenya and Bangladesh. He is the author of Health, Healing and God's Kingdom, which examines the interplay between health and traditional religious beliefs.
As the Director of Ethics and Accountability, Diane Bricker helps World Concern keep a focus honoring to God through our work.
Diane joined World Concern in 2004 after a long career as an executive in a Seattle-area community bank. She spent eight years in Africa, serving most recently as our Africa Area Director, developing a deep love for the people of Africa and the work of World Concern there. Diane is excited to serve at headquarters, using her experience to help ensure World Concern's programs adhere to rigorous financial standards.
Pierre brings a wealth of experience to World Concern Haiti, having served in Africa with the UN, various ministries of the Rwandan government, and most recently, as Director of Programs for World Relief in Rwanda. Pierre earned his Masters of International Business Administration degree from United States International University Nairobi, and has extensive knowledge of microfinance. Pierre oversees World Concern’s diverse programs in Haiti, including microfinance, health, HIV/AIDS, education, agriculture, and disaster response. Fluent in English and French, Pierre dedicates his Christian faith, expertise, and skills to the welfare of the people of Haiti.
Mark’s role as Asia Area Director is focused on strengthening national programs through quality initiatives and empowering leadership and partners to serve the unreached poor, as part of building God’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Mark served in a range of regional and country leadership roles in program and organizational development in Asia (1997-2007) and Africa (2007-2010) with Habitat for Humanity. In March 2011, he relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, feeling God’s call to return to Asia with World Concern. After a decade of corporate leadership in the private sector, Mark completed a MA in International Non Profit Organizational Leadership through Eastern University’s Pathway’s to Leadership course in 2007.
He oversees our work and partnerships in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
God specializes in preparing His people and placing them just where they’re needed. Selina Prem Kumar is a lifeline to the people she serves. She’s our Sri Lanka Country Director, and she faces a situation that would intimidate many: helping war-affected people build new lives and heal. Part of this job includes bridging peace between the Tamil and Sinhalese peoples—something she is in a perfect position to do as a Tamil married to a Sinhalese man. Selina knows both cultures and languages well.
As National Program Manager, she led the Sri Lanka team in project management, fundraising, human resources and security. She shares God’s love with vulnerable communities. The Emergency Response Program Selina oversaw in 2009 helped evacuate over 30,000 war affected civilians for medical care and transition to safer areas. Now, Selina’s busy helping people rebuild lives and heal the deep wounds caused by war— with Christ’s love.
Olive Orate serves as Country Director for World Concern in Laos. Prior to her service with World Concern, Olive served with ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand through a variety of roles such as: field operations advisor, consultant, project coordinator, project director and accountant. In addition, Olive brings to us a background in business where she worked in many countries such as: Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines. Olive holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and is pursuing an MBA.
Jacob is an entrepreneurial leader who relishes living and working in Myanmar together with his family. Prior to taking the Country Director role, Jacob served as project manager and program director for nine years. Jacob brings a background in tropical agriculture, tropical forestry, and development. He finds security in experiencing the compassion of God, and seeks to extend that compassion to others through personal contacts and World Concern programs.
Prodip Dowa brings optimistic joy to his job, and a clear understanding and compassion for his native Bangladesh. He’s served with us for about two decades, leading one of the most diverse programs at World Concern—which includes infant health clinics, rural schools and women’s microloan programs.
He’s excited about what he sees, including how microcredit helps people escape poverty. Prodip explains, “Once we provide capital to the poor people, they can start and develop their small businesses and make profits. World Concern is following the mission that Jesus has given us, which is to go to the poor, the needy, the oppressed, the blind, to those who are persecuted,” says Prodip. “I have the opportunity to serve them and to also share the Good News with them.”
Elias joined World Concern as Country Director for Somalia in 2007. He was appointed Deputy Africa Director in 2011 and continues to offer support to the Somalia program, where he has much expertise and has spent most of his time. Elias brings a wealth of experience having held various regional and country level leadership roles with different organizations over the last 15 years. He is currently working on his MA in Leadership at the Africa International University in Nairobi. Elias and his wife are blessed with two children.
Akililu has two bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Theology and a Master’s degree in Sociology, specializing in Rural Sociology and Community Development. He comes to World Concern with more than 15 years of experience in the field working in leadership, most recently with Canadian Food Grains Bank. Akililu looks forward to putting his experience and leadership skills to work as he leads World Concern’s growing team in Somalia.
Peter has served with World Concern in a number of capacities over the past 10 years, including as a regional grant writer, country director for South Sudan, Kenya country director, Africa regional disaster response director, and currently as Africa Area Director.
Peter’s post-graduate studies in geography and sustainable development attained in Kenya and the Netherlands, combined with nearly two decades of experience in development, have equipped him with skills to serve in this capacity.
“It gives me a great sense of fulfillment to see the lives of poor individuals and communities transformed to abundance,” says Peter. “We work with marginalized and vulnerable communities to help them overcome poverty, build their resilience to disaster and climate change, and achieve holistic development. I am blessed to support such a dedicated team working so hard to create sustainable water systems, develop community managed financial institutions that bring affordable and convenient financial services to the very poor, and improve food security and nutrition to impoverished families.”
Athanase oversees World Concern’s unique and varied programs in Chad, serving refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region, as well as internally displaced Chadians. His experience, most recently as Central Africa Program Manager for Geneva Global, Inc, includes implementing programs in HIV and AIDS prevention, community health, education, economic empowerment through microcredit, and water and sanitation. “ I am so excited to be currently working in Chad. It is always my joy to realize that my little service to the vulnerable can give them life, hope and opportunity,” he says.
Athanase has also served in youth ministry programs, coordinating HIV and AIDS programs, Bible studies and camps for children in his native land of Rwanda. He has a Bachelors degree in accounting and business administration and management, and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Nairobi.