Leadership Team

Emma Dipper

Leadership Team

Emma is Founding Director of GRF having designed and implemented programmes for persecuted minorities with a focus to increase their resilience. Committed to collaboration she has chaired events at UN CSW and is now a representative of GRF on the UK FoRB Forum iaunched in 2020 at the request of the UK government following a ground-breaking report requested by the Foreign Office in which GRF contributed.

Leadership Team

Elizabeth Miller

Leadership Team

Elizabeth is co-founder of GRF and Women’s Persecution Specialist for Open Doors (ODI). She is co-author of gender-specific research, lead author of socio-theological training material Restorations and author of Her Deeds Declare.

GRF Senior Advisor

Funmi Para-Mallam

GRF Senior Advisor

Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) is a Professor of Gender and Development, Senior Fellow and Member of the National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State, Nigeria, and National Coordinator of Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)

Events Co-Ordinator and GRF Administrator

Jane Showell-Rogers

Events Co-Ordinator and GRF Administrator

Jane is a magistrate, is on the Independent Monitoring Board for two local prisons, has been involved with her husband in the RLP for several years, has worked with different mission agencies and now serves as a board member for others.

Tech Support

Emily Edden

Tech Support

Emily has been part of the GRF team since March 2019, and along with Jessie provides essential web and branding design, and event tech support.

Pastoral Team

Gail Cook

Pastoral Team

GRF is committed to a high level of duty of care for those who contribute to their conferences and share their stories. Gail attended the GRF conference in Abuja, Nigeria to provide pastoral care for all participants. Gail is based in the USA.

Leadership Team

Helene Fisher

Leadership Team

Helene is co-founder of GRF and Global Gender Persecution Specialist for Open Doors (ODI). Co-author of gender-specific research, invited expert and speaker by the UN SR on FoRB and various national government-sponsored working groups.

GRF Task Force Member

Floyd Brobbel

GRF Task Force Member

Floyd serves on the Executive Leader Committee for the RLP and is a valuable part of the GRF task force team. As CEO of Voice of the Martyrs in Canada, he develops international relationships with ministries and organizations that support persecuted Christians.

GRF Senior Advisor

Aashima Samuel

GRF Senior Advisor

Aashima is CEO of EFIC@R in India. She is a Human Rights Lawyer and works in the area of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Anti-Trafficking. She has supported GRF through providing evidence at the Commission for the Status of Women at the United Nations side event and has worked in exploring issues of discrimination for religious minorities in India.

Tech Support and Creative Team

Jessie Furmage

Tech Support and Creative Team

Jessie is a professional musician and leads the creative team in facilitating a musical atmosphere within the consultations and additional events. She is a key part of the tech team providing web and event support.

Pastoral Team

Petra McMahon

Pastoral Team

GRF is committed to a high level of duty of care for those who contribute to their conferences and share their stories. Petra attended the GRF conference in Abuja, Nigeria in 2019 and Leuven in 2017 to provide pastoral care for all participants. Petra is based in the UK and continues to support many participants of both conferences.

GRF Creative Advisor and Intergenerational Champion

Vicki Townsend

GRF Creative Advisor and Intergenerational Champion

Vicki is a UK based drama practitioner, trainer, writer and founding director of Endeavour 831, an arts organisation specialising in using the arts to empower and engage people with social justice issues and advocacy. Vicki helps to present our research in accessible ways through performance and has supported GRF in presentations in Canada and at the UN Commission for the Status of Women.

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