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Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC): Harvard University
Dr. Felix De Bie is a young Belgian Medical Doctor. He graduated from the University of Namur (UNamur, Belgium) and the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Center for Fetal Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a Fulbright scholarship. He there investigates prenatal treatment modalities for congenital malformations such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia and spina bifida. As a surgical resident, he cultivates a strong interest in pediatric and fetal surgery. “To be able to treat our most vulnerable patient; the fetus, as well as to contribute to the many research questions lying ahead of us” is what truly drives Felix in his medical career.
Rev. Paul W. McNellis, S.J. is a member of the Philosophy Department at Boston College, where he has been teaching in the Perspectives on Western Culture Program since 2000. Before coming to Boston College he taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was director of their program in Political Philosophy. His undergraduate studies were in Asian Studies at Cornell University. He did graduate studies at Oxford University, Fordham, the Gregorian University, the University of Munich, and Boston College. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 1977, he worked as a journalist in Vietnam and with Catholic Relief Services in Cambodia, where he was awarded the Chevalier du Sisowath by the Government of the Khmer Republic (Cambodia) for humanitarian service to Refugees. He was commissioned an infantry second Lieutenant through Army OCS in 1969. He completed Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces training before his assignment to Vietnam. From 1970-71 he served as an infantry officer advising South Vietnamese Army units and Montagnard Scout Companies in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. During his combat tour, he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” by the US Army, and the Cross of Gallantry twice, with Bronze and Silver Star, by the Republic of Vietnam. His academic interests are political philosophy, ethics, and issues regarding the family. He has worked for many years with Project Rachel and the Pro-Life movement.
Nadja Wolfe joined WYA as Director of Advocacy in 2015. She oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts and serves as the main representative to the United Nations. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Russian Area Studies and Theatre Arts, and William and Mary Law School. She is a native of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.