Archana Rao

Archana Rao is currently building community and programming for young leaders in over 100 countries as Director of Global Community Engagement, Global Citizen Year, USA. She facilitates intentional leadership development programmes as a part of Vaishvik Naagrik Varsh, a project founded by Archana which partners with UNICEF, India. Through her work with IofC Archana provides strategic direction for the team as Director of Grampari, a rural and ecological centre since October 2013 and is involved as part of the core team with Creators of Peace India. Previously Archana led the internship programme at Asia Plateau, and led and organised several international dialogues including Just Governance in India and Caux and more. Previously Archana lived and worked in London for 15 years: 9 years with Faber and Faber, building markets across the globe, and prior to that with a social housing NGO Shaftesbury Housing, building low-cost housing for key workers. Archana has an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London, a BA in Economics from Ithaca College, NY, USA and St. Xavier’s College, Bombay.

Mrs Joanna Sciortino Nowlan

After leaving school, Joanna worked with IofC for 15 years before getting married, going to university in her thirties and having a daughter at 40. It took her until she was 50 to discover her real vocation, as a teacher. She taught in the state sector to start with, ending up as Head of Religious Studies in the biggest Catholic independent school in the UK. Since retiring she has worked as a volunteer in prisons in the UK and France, teaching victim awareness and restorative justice, in between working on her allotment.

Mr Gordon Robinson

Gordon worked for The Timken Company for 36 years. He has worked in Sweden, France, Italy, India, China and the USA, along with business responsibilities in Africa and the Arabian Gulf.

At Timken, he worked in General Management, including as MD and then Chairman of a publicly traded company, listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He also worked in Trustee roles for the Timken Foundation, XLRI School Of Management and Junior Achievement. He joined IofC UK as a Trustee in June 2018.

Mr Edward Peters

Edward Peters has worked with IofC for almost 50 years, in more than 50 countries. He was responsible for training programmes for young people from 1981-1983 and 1995-2000. He was a commissioning editor & monthly columnist at For A Change magazine from 1990-1996. Executive Vice President of Initiatives of Change International from October 2010 to December 2014, he continued as a member of the International Council until the end of 2016. Edward is an alternate member of the board of IofC Sweden.

Rev Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy

Lusa is an ordained Anglican priest who recently moved to be the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mission and Ministry Enabler for Leicester Diocese. He was previously Vicar of St Aidan’s, Gravesend, Kent in the Diocese of Rochester. He is married and has a daughter. His involvement with IofC initially came as a result of participating in the Faith in Leadership programme. Lusa’s forebears come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he has Belgian citizenship.

Mrs Margaret Cosens

Margaret was brought up on a West Australian wheat and sheep farm. Her pre-university gap year as a volunteer with IofC turned into a gap-30-years, mainly in India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and UK. In 1997 she gained employment in the NHS, becoming Project and Programme Manager for the implementation and development of IT Integrated Patient Care Systems, and later moving to a company supplying IT systems to the NHS. She retired from paid employment in August 2018.

Mme Nathalie Chavanne

Nathalie has been part of IofC teams promoting dialogue and trust between people of different cultures and generations in French- speaking Africa and northern African Arab countries.

In France, with Tunisian colleagues, she developed the programme Initiative Dialogue. In the decade following September 11th, 2001, she was involved in a French programme, Education à la Paix and in 2017 she became a facilitator on a programme called Oui Act. Nathalie has been on the Board of Trustees for IofC UK since 2015.