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null Appoints New Academic Dean

We are pleased to announce that Dr Amélé Ekué has been appointed as the new Academic Dean / Director of Academic Programmes.

Commenting on the appointment, President and Founder, Prof. Dr Christoph Stückelberger said,

"This appointment is welcomed, by the Board of Foundation and by the staff and network of I am delighted that Dr Ekué has agreed to take on this important work to develop our academic programmes on ethics around the world. Education on ethics is critical in today's world where challenges abound on every front, including to the rule of law, to the sustainable present and future of our natural resources, to basic respect among peoples and to equality and rights. Our focus on ethics in higher education is and will have a positive impact on generations of citizens and leaders to come. Together we can do great things; Dr Ekué has a long track record in higher education, ethics and in partnership that will help us achieve our vision. I wish her every success in this new endeavour".

As the Academic Dean Dr Ekué will be responsible for developing curricula on ethics across disciplines for teachers, students and professionals and capacity building of higher education institutions as well as developing the network of members of the Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education.

Dr Ekué, currently Programme Executive, Ecumenical Theological Education at the World Council of Churches and Professor of Ecumenical Social Ethics at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, will take up her new post at the Head Office in Geneva in September 2019.


Short biography of Prof. Dr Amélé Ekué

Dr Ekué joins with 25 years of experience in teaching and research in higher education. She is a theologian originating from Togo. She studied Protestant theology and Oriental studies (African languages and cultures) at the Universities of Hamburg and Göttingen. After a visiting research fellowship at the then Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women at the University of Oxford, she earned her doctorate in theology, special mention ecumenism and missiology, at the University of Hamburg.

Her first professional employment took her to the Missions Academy in Hamburg, where she served as Head of Studies. She simultaneously was responsible for the desk on development related education and publication, and alongside supervising doctoral projects of scholarship holders from Africa, Asia and Latin America, she conducted continuing formation courses for ordinands and lay people. She then joined the faculty of theology of her alma mater, the University of Hamburg, where she contributed as senior lecturer to the taught course programme in ecumenical theology, missiology and religious studies. Dr Ekué gained research experience in the field of intercultural theology, with a particular expertise in empirical research on religious change in the non-Western word, as well as on religion and violence. She was also instrumental in designing and implementing a continuing formation course for migrant church leaders in Northern Germany, which has become a reference for similar educational initiatives.

In 2007 she was appointed professor of ecumenical ethics at the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Institute Bossey. In this position she designed and conducted the module on ecumenical social ethics and contributed widely to the curriculum development and the accreditation processes of the Institute, for which she served also for four years as Academic Dean.

From 2014 to 2019 she coordinated the WCC department on ecumenical theological education and, among other responsibilities, designed and implemented the blended learning programme of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute in accompaniment of the World Mission Conference in Arusha, Tanzania in 2018, part of which was implemented together with using the Academy e-learning platform. Prof. Ekué also served on the Project Leadership team of the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism, GlobeTheoLib, a joint project of the WCC and that ran from 2011 until 2018.