About Us

Board of Directors

Ann Seabright, Chair
Anna Halpine, Founder and CEO, WYA Foundation
Obadias Ndaba, President, Ex-officio
His Excellency Archbishop Charles Chaput
Dr. Timothy Flanigan
Jean-Baptiste de Franssu
Mary Moorman
Mario Paredes
Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J.
Andreas Widmer
Oscar Beauttah, WYA Africa
Senator Francisco Tatad, WYA Asia Pacific
Countess Consuelo Ballestrem, WYA Europe
The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, WYA Europe
Jose Miguel Guevara, WYA Latin America
Habib Malik, WYA Middle East

Board of Directors, Emeritus

Robert Best
James Roddy

Advisors

Rocco Buttiglione
Ambassador Jose Joaquin Chaverri
Mary Ann Glendon
Fenny Tatad
George Weigel
Dr. Paolo Carozza, WYA Institute

Patrons

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretta of Liechtenstein
The Lord Daniel Brennan
H.E. Renato Cardinal Martino
H.E. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn


Ann Seabright, Chair

A graduate of Wellesley College, Ann Seabright received an MBA from John Carroll University. She served first as a technical writer (1979-1981) and then as a member of the board (1981-1997) for a family-owned pharmaceutical company. She was instrumental in expanding the family board to include unaffiliated directors and in making the transition from entrepreneurial to professional style of management. Ann has also served as the Strategic Planning Co-Chair, Search Committee Chair, and Board President on the Board of Trustees for the Phillips-Osborne School in Painesville, Ohio. As Co-Chair of the Holden Arboretum Gourmet Delights Committee, Ann has helped coordinate the production of over one thousand jars of jam in approximately forty varieties. Ann is married to Tom Seabright, and is the mother of ten children.

Anna Halpine, Founder Ex-officio

Anna Halpine is the founder of the World Youth Alliance and was the WYA president from 1999 to the spring of 2007. She has her Masters in Philosophy of Religion from Yale University (2009), and a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, from Mt. Allison University in Canada (1999). She has studied piano at the Taubman Institute and voice at the Juilliard School. As Founder and past-president of WYA, Anna has traveled and lectured extensively.

Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was previously the Archbishop of Denver, and the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota. He has served on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and has participated in fact finding missions to China and Turkey. He was a member of the US Delegation to Spain for "the Conference on Anit-Semitism and Other Forms of Intolerance", sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  He holds a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Capuchin College, and a Masters degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco. He was an instructor in theology and spiritual direction at St. Fidelis, and executive secretary and director of communications for the Capuchin province of St. Augustine in Pittsburgh. He serves on numerous Boards and is the author of two books. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the first Native American Archbishop in the United States.

Dr. Timothy Flanigan

Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Medicine at Brown University. At the Miriam Hospital Immunology Center he provides comprehensive HIV care and participates in clinical care and research at the Rhode Island Prison. Dr. Flanigan has been principal investigator on two prevention grants: CDC Project Start, to develop HIV and STD intervention for young men leaving prison, and the SAMHSA funded Project Shield to develop group HIV and STD intervention among substance abusing adolescents. He is the principal investigator of the Brown University NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and a training grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of HIV and other infectious consequences of substance abuse. He is an associate director of the Brown University Fogarty Program to train and mentor overseas investigators in the areas of HIV, AIDS and opportunistic infections. He is also principle investigator of an NIH R01 grant (DA013767-02) designed to study the effectiveness of once daily directly observed antiretroviral therapy (DOT) for the treatment of hard-to-reach populations.

Jean-Baptiste de Franssu

Jean-Baptiste de Franssu is Chairman of INCIPIT, an M&A advisory and consulting firm. He is formerly CEO of Invesco Europe, and a member of the Invesco Worldwide management committee. Prior to joining Invesco, he was the Director of Groupe Caisse de Dépôts et Consignations in France.  A graduate of the ESC Group Business School in Reims, France he holds a BA in European Business Administration from Middlesex University in the UK and a postgraduate degree in Actuarial Studies from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He is the former Vice-President and President of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) and non-executive director of TAGES LLP and Carmignac Gestion. He is also a board member of various charities in Europe and the US.  Jean-Baptiste is married to Hélène de Gerlache de Gomery and they have 4 children.

Mary Moorman

Mary Moorman graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College with Bachelor’s degrees in both Classics and Theology. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor cum laude with a focus in Religious Legal Systems at Boston University School of Law, and a Masters in Christian theology at Yale University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Theology at Southern Methodist University. Mary has worked as a board member and consultant with the Principia Educational Foundation for primary education in developing nations, and the International Institute for Historical Mediation and Conciliation.

Mario J. Paredes

Mario Paredes is the President of the North American Chilean Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Orchestra of Iber-Americans. Peredes is the Vice President of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation and the Cristo Rey High School of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). Mr. Paredes joined Merrill Lynch as Vice President of Business Development in April 2001. In 2002, he was appointed Director of the U.S. Hispanic Market for the Multicultural & Diversified Business Development Group and in February of 2007, he was transferred to the Corporate Division. Under Mayor Ed Koch, he served as Commissioner for the Charter Revision of New York City. Mr. Peredes also served as White House appointee for Latin America under President Reagan. Mr. Paredes received his M.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Argentina, and his Post Graduate studies were at Georgetown University, New York University and Loyola University. Currently, he serves as trustee for Cathedral College, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Cervantes Institute, and Hopeline. He is the founder of the national weekly El Visitante Dominical in the USA, and El Visitante de Puerto Rico. Mr. Peredes as received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universidad Mar del Plata in Argentina and from the National Catholic Press Association.

Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J.

Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J. is professor of sociology and international studies at Fairfield University where he is the founding Director of the University’s Center for Faith and Public Life. He is the former national director of the Jesuit Refugee Service USA, and has chaired the humanitarian assistance division of InterAction. He is a past coordinator of the NGO working group on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, with a particular focus on the protection of children. He has served on the US government delegation to the governing body of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He was the founding director of the US Catholic Bishops office on Refugees and Migrants. He holds a Masters degree in international administration from the School for International Training in Vermont, and a Masters in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a professor at Fordham University’s Master’s diploma program in humanitarian assistance, in the Catholic University of America certificate program in Catholic social thought, and Master’s program in Integral Economic Development Management. Additionally, Father Ryscavage serves on the boards of directors for the World Youth Alliance and the International Institute of Connecticut.

Andreas Widmer

Andreas Widmer is the cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. Andreas is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech and international business strategy consulting and economic development. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith including his blog,www.faithandprosperity.com. Andreas is Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and is a member of the advisory board or board of directors for a number of organizations including Transforming Business at the University of Cambridge, the Templeton Foundation, Global Adaptation Institute, the New Paradigm Research Fund, and World Youth Alliance. Andreas served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, protecting Pope John Paul II. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, plus a B.S. in International Business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston. A citizen of Switzerland and the United States, he speaks English, German, Italian and French. Andreas loves to spend time with his wife and son. He is an eternal student of fly-fishing, enjoys skiing, and is an avid reader.

Oscar Beauttah

Mr. Beauttah joined the BBC in London in 1966 where he worked for seven years. On returning to Kenya, Oscar became Head of the English Service at the Voice of Kenya – Radio. He has a Higher Diploma from the School of Public Communications Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Mr. Beauttah was involved in the production of many productions radio and television programmes including news-reading and live commentaries. He has for many years anchored two popular Live Radio and Television current affairs Shows that went on air daily five days a week on the Voice of Kenya. He was a public relations manager, head of his own public relations consultancy firm, media advisor for several African organizations. In 1994, he founded Africa Broadcasting Network, an electronics media NGO for disseminating information on development. Mr. Beauttah was honored with the Silver Star of Kenya, a Presidential Meritorious Award for his service to the nation.

Senator Francisco Tatad

Senator Francisco Tatad chairs the Citizens vs. Corruption task force in Manila and serves as Senior Political Advisor to the United Opposition. He was a two term senator from 1992 to 2001 and served as Senate Majority Leader. He has written for the International Herald Tribune, and the Asian Wall Street Journal, and is the former editor of Philippine Newsday. He is the author of over six books on politics and is an active voice and contributor to political and youth movements in the Philippines. He has addressed forums at the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Parliamentarians for Global Action and the World Congress of Families. He has spoken widely in Asia, the United States, Canada and Europe. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Letters, and has received honorary doctorates in law, humanities and public administration. He has attended special courses at Harvard Institute for International Development, Rand Graduate School, Warwick University and the Center for Research and Communications in Manila. Senator Tatad and his wife Fenny have seven children.

Maria del Consuelo Graefin Ballestrem

Consuelo Ballestrem has studied orthopedagogics and psychology at the Universities of Munich, Fribourg, and Eichstaett. She does psychotherapy as well as personal marriage and family counseling. She gives regular courses and seminars on problems of education and communication. She was married to our board member Karl Ballestrem who died in May 2007 and is mother of four children and grandmother.

The Dowager Marchioness Lady Salisbury

Lady Salisbury is the foremost historical gardener in the world. She serves as a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society, is a past Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden, and a member Honoris Causa of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. She is the author of “The Gardens of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother”, “The Gardens at Hatfield”, and numerous articles on gardens, garden history and design worldwide. She designs gardens and landscapes professionally and is currently working on gardens in France, Ireland, America, Italy and England. Lady Salisbury has also designed the garden for the World Youth Alliance in New York. She studied at the Royal Drawing School in London. She is the founder and chairman of Choose Life. A mother of seven children, Lady Salisbury currently lives in London.

Jose Miguel Guevara

A native of Mexico Jose Miguel Guevara graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in 1960 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree, and in 1982 he received a Business MBA through the D1-Program from Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa (IPADE) which is connected to Harvard Business School. He has served as Vice President of COPARMEX, which is a union of business people interested in building a competitive and an open market in Mexico, while seeking a common good. He also served as the Vice President of The National Agricultural Council. Jose Guevara has held senior positions in diverse Parent Associations in Mexico as well. Since 1982 he has been the Vice President of the IPADE Exalumni Association.

Dr. Habib Malik

Habib Malik is the assistant professor of history and cultural studies at the LebaneseAmericanUniversity in Byblos, Lebanon. A graduate of the American University of Beirut, and Harvard University, he has lectured widely in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Religion and Democracy, the Harvard Salient among others. He is the author of two books; Receiving Soren Kierkegaard: The Early Impact and Transmission of His Thought, and Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace. He is the President of the Charles Malik Foundation. He is married and has three children.