SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Enhancing the Diplomat's Toolkit:
Best Practices in Advancing International Religious Freedom

The Religious Freedom Institute
4:00-5:00 p.m. July 25, 2018


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andrew bennett

The Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic deacon of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. Fr. Deacon Andrew also serves as Senior Fellow at Cardus, Canada’s faith-based think-tank, where he is Programme Director of Cardus Law which looks at the role of law in society with a particular focus on religious freedom in Canada. Fr. Deacon And­­rew previously served in the Canadian foreign service as Canada's first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and Head of the Office of Religious Freedom from 2013 to 2016 during which time he led in defending and championing religious freedom internationally as a core element of Canada's principled foreign policy. He remains a regular and active commentator on religious freedom in Canada and abroad. Fr. Deacon Andrew’s ambassadorial appointment was the culmination of a 14-year career in the Canadian civil service. He holds a B.A. Hons. in History (Dalhousie), an M.A. in History (McGill), and a Ph.D. in Politics (Edinburgh).


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tom farr

Tom Farr is President of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO working to achieve worldwide acceptance of religious freedom. Farr served in the U.S. Army and Foreign Service for 28 years. He has spent the last two decades advocating for religious liberty, including as founding Director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and as Director of Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center. Farr is a senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and a consultant to the U.S. Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace. Arguments from his 2008 book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Freedom is Vital to American National Security (Oxford University Press), have shaped U.S. religious freedom legislation and foreign policy.

 


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Jeremy Barker

Jeremy is a Senior Program Officer and Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Institute's Middle East Action Team. He has lived or worked in the Middle East since 2010, including multiple years in Turkey and Northern Iraq. Jeremy assists with the programmatic objectives of the International Religious Freedom Policy Action Team including research, writing, and advocacy with a particular focus on the Middle East. He holds a B.A. in History and M.A. degrees in Cross-Cultural Studies and International Relations.