Speakers and Community Representatives

Scroll down to learn about the outstanding men and women who spoke at this year’s conference,
held from September 9-11 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Representative Robert Aderholt is the U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 4th congressional district, serving since 1997.

Jordan Allott

Jordan Allott is a filmmaker and founder of In Altum Productions.

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson is the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

Douglas Bako

Douglas Bako is an Assyrian Christian from Iraq, who was ranked the greatest vocal percussionist in the nation at the high-school level and whose music on YouTube received 3 million views.

Toufic Baaklini

Toufic Baaklini is a Lebanese-American with more than 30 years of business experience in finance and development. Mr. Baaklini has committed years of service to preserving the historic Christian communities of the Middle East.

Rep. Mike Coffman

Representative Mike Coffman the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2009.

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan is the Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Eastern United States.

Robert Destro

Robert Destro is a Professor of Law in the School of Law at The Catholic university of America, and is the director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion.

Rep. Robert Dold

Representative Robert Dold is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district.

Andrew Doran

Andrew Doran is an attorney and armed forces veteran, and served on the executive secretariat of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State.

Rep. Anna Eshoo

Representative Anna Eshoo is the U.S. Representative for California’s 18th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993.

Kirsten Evans

Kirsten Evans has diverse experience in the international, non-profit, and policy sectors and is the Executive Director of In Defense of Christians.

Tony Faddoul

Antoine Faddoul is a designer, artist, futurist, and storyteller whose approach combines elements of astronomy, natural sciences, architecture, archaeology, history, art, ancient mythology, and linguistics.

Tom Farr

Thomas Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry

Representative Jeff Fortenberry is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska’s 1st congressional district, serving since 2005.

Rev. Paul Girguis

Rev. Paul Girguis is a priest at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.

Rev. Avelino González-Ferrer

Rev. Avelino González-Ferrer is the Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Washington, DC

Rev. Nabil Haddad

The Very Reverend Father Nabil Haddad is a priest in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and is the founder and current director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) in Amman, Jordan.

Aram Hamparian

Aram Hamparian is the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America.

Paul Heck

Paul Heck is a professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.

Stan Holmes

Stan Holmes is the President and CEO of Core Fellowship.

Ninar Keyrouz

Ninar has over a decade of experience in the field of media and communications, and has worked on location in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Dubai and Turkey.

Adam Kinzinger

Representative Adam Kinzinger is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district, and has served since 2013.

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Representative Dan Lipinksi is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district, serving since 2005.

Daniel Lombroso

Originally from New York, Daniel Lombroso is a Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker and journalist who directed films in the US, Canada, Israel, and Turkey.

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez is the former editor and current editor-at-large of National Review Online, is also a Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute.

Nabil Makar

Nabil Makar is an Egyptian Artist who has lived in the US for nearly 40 years and has long been a proponent of cross-cultural dialogue.

Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

The Reverend Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the World Dialogue Network, and before that of the C-1 and Council of One Hundred Leaders West-Islamic Dialogue, launched when he was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum.

Father Abound Andre Y-Sebastian Mahanna

Father Abouna Andre Y-Sebastian Mahanna is the pastor at Saint Rafka Maronite Parish.

Bishop Gregory Mansour

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Gregory John Mansour, is the Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn.

Cardinal Theordore McCarrick

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, and has visited many nations as a human rights advocate.

Rep. Mark Meadows

Representative Mark Meadows has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district since January 2013.

Diana Odisho

Diana Odisho is an Assyrian-American spoken word artist who speaks out against the atrocities committed against the indigenous Assyrian people of ancient Mesopotamia.

Steve Oshana

Steve Oshana is a political consultant in Washington, DC and currently serves as the Executive Director of A Demand for Action.

Rep. Joseph Pitts

Representative Joseph Pitts is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district, serving since 1997.

Rep. Ted Poe

Representative Ted Poe is the U.S. Representative for Texas’ 2nd congressional district, serving since 2005.

Antoun Rezk

Antoun is an Egyptian American and Coptic Orthodox Christian whose art focuses on the Coptic Orthodox tradition, and mimicking the neo-Coptic tradition in particular.

Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad is the Executive Director of Coptic Orphans, which she founded in 1988 after a visit to Egypt, her childhood home.

Rev. Domadious Rizk

Rev. Domadious Rizk is a priest at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church

Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen

Representative Ilena Ros-Lehtinen is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district.

Rep. Peter Roskam

Representative Peter Roskam is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2007.

Rep. Keith Rothfus

Keith Rothfus is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, and has served since 2013.

Sargon Saadi

Sargon Saadi is an L.A. based Director who was born and raised in Syria.

Ambassador David Saperstein

David Saperstein is the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Timothy Shah

Timothy Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and Global Politics in the Government Department at Georgetown University.

Rep. Brad Sherman

Representative Brad Sherman represents California’s 30th congressional district within the San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles County, California.

Isaac Six

Isaac Six is the Advocacy Director for International Christian Concern (ICC).

Dr. Gregory Stanton

Dr. Stanton created Genocide Watch, the first international anti-genocide coalition, and has received degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School and the University of Chicago.

Rep. Steve Stivers

Rep. Steve Stivers has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 15th congressional district[1] since 2011.

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in 2008 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

Rachel Sarah Thomas

Rachel Sarah Thomas is a third generation Assyrian-American, classically trained in vocal performance and currently performing as singer and songwriter KSRA.

Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley is the president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

David Trott

Representative David Trott is the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 11th congressional district.

Rep. Juan Vargas

Representative Juan Vargas has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 51st congressional district since 2013.

Rep. Joe Wilson

Representative Joe Wilson is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001.

Rep. Randy Weber

Representative Randy Weber is the U.S. Representative for Texas’ 14th congressional district, serving since 2013.

Rep. Rob Wittman

Representative Rob Wittman is the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 1st congressional district, serving since 20

Frank Wolf

Representative Frank Wolf was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses, and has been a vocal advocate for human rights.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington, DC and serves on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and for Culture.

His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III YOUNAN, Patriarch of Antioch for Syriac Catholic Church

His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan is the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians for the Syriac Catholic Church.

Schedule


To view or download the conference agenda as a separate document, click here.

Wednesday, September 9


11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Registration at the Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

2:00 – 4:00 pm: ISIS, Genocide, and an International Response – National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045
(202) 662-7500

A panel discussion with members of Congress and leading policy experts on the human rights crisis affecting minority groups targeted by ISIS. Speakers include Bob Destro, Kirsten Evans, Aram Hamparian, Dr. Gregory Stanton, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Frank Wolf.

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Ecumenical Prayer Service – St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill
313 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-1223

Representatives of Eastern, Evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic denominations and rites in attendance at this special prayer event.  Religious leaders and community representatives include Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Bishop Madden, Bishop Mansour, His Grace, Bishop Youssef, Rev. Avelino Gonzalez, Rev. Nabil Haddad, Rev. Paul Girguis, Rev. Domadious Rizk, Rev. Abouna Andre Y-Sebastian Mahanna, Dr. Anthony Cirelli, Sir Rateb Rabie, and Stan Holmes

Thursday, September 10


9:00 – 9:30am: Welcome and Discussion with Congressional Staff – Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339
75 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 224-3121

9:30 – 11:00 am: Hear from your Representatives in Congress (Open to media) – Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339
75 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 224-3121

Hear from a bi-partisan group of Representatives about their efforts to mobilize Congress for Christians in the Middle East. Representatives include Illena Ros-Lehtinen, Peter Roskam, Randy Weber, Dan Lipinski, Mike Coffman, Brad Sherman, Steve Stivers, Bob Dold, Rob Wittman, Mark Meadows, Juan Vargas, Anna Eshoo, Jeff Fortenberry, Joe Wilson, David Trott, Ted Poe, Keith Rothfus, and Joe Pitts.

11:00 – 12:30pm: Experts Speak about Effective Advocacy on Capitol Hill – Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339
75 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 224-3121

Speakers include Kate Nahapatian, Delia Kasha, Lindsay Vessey, Steve Oshana, and Isaac Six.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Luncheon with Members of Congress – Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339
75 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 224-3121

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Meet your representative and canvass your state offices
House Office Buildings:
Cannon Building: 27 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Rayburn Building: 75 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
Longworth Building: New Jersey Ave. SE and C Street SE, Washington, DC

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Hear from your Senators – Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 226-8000

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Celebrating Christian Art and Culture from the Middle East – French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-6000

Movie screenings, art exhibits, music, and presentations by leading diaspora artists. Attire is business casual or cocktail.

Friday, September 11


9:00 – 10:00 am: Voices from the Region – Hall of the States Building
444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-1010

Hear from activists working in the region or raising national awareness on the personal experiences of Christians in the Middle East.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity – Hall of the States Building
444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-1010

Conversation with religious, political, and academic leaders on closing the culture gap between East and West. Open to press and public. Speakers include Tom Farr, Paul Heck, Stan Holmes, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, Bishop Mansour, Nermien Riad, and Tim Shah.

12:30  – 1:30 pm: Lunch in the Hall of States Building with participants and panelists
444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-1010

1:30 – 4:00 pm: Building your IDC chapter – Hall of the States Building
444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-1010

Capacity building workshops with renowned national experts and IDC staff to launch and grow an IDC chapter in your local community.

6:30 – 9:30 pm: IDC Solidarity Dinner: Mobilizing America for Christians in the Middle East – Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

Speakers include Carl Anderson, Ambassador David Saperstein, and His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan.