On 17 February 2017, at their annual general meeting, members of the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) elected Penelope Faulkner, Susan Kerr and Christel Lamère Ngambi as the new Board of Coordinators.
The board serves for a one-year term and is in charge of the administrative management of EPRID and the implementation of decisions taken by the platform. It also ensures representation and liaison with institutional interlocutors and third parties, and keeps the platform informed of relevant opportunities and events.
Penelope Faulkner is Vice-President of Quê Me: Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), a Paris-based NGO that works to promote and protect the right to Freedom of Religon or Belief (FoRB) in Vietnam, as well as all other fundamental rights enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Penelope is also a specialist in Vietnamese language and culture, author of a best-selling book in Vietnamese (Quê Nhà) and a radio journalist. She is International Relations Officer of the Executive Institute of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV). She is also member of the International NGO Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies. Penelope previously served on EPRID’s Board of Coordinators from 2010 to 2015.
Dr Susan Kerr works as the Europe Team Leader at the Brussels office of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a human rights NGO that specialises in Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and works to promote and defend this right for people of all faiths or none. Prior to working for CSW, Susan worked in the European parliament and at the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy. Susan holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, an MA in International Politics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and an MA in Modern Languages and EU Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Susan has served on EPRID’s Board of Coordinators since 2014. She is also a member of the Board of Experts of the Conscience and Liberty Journal and is involved in peace and reconciliation activities.
Christel Lamère Ngnambi, Director of the Brussels Office of the European Evangelical Alliance.