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Pre-Forum Conference: Emerging Leaders in the Public Square

The vision of the Emerging Leaders’ Programme is to invest in the lives of young people across Europe who show leadership potential to develop and resource them for a life of committed service in the public square. Building on the expertise gained by CARE over 25 years of equipping over 300 Christian graduates now serving in all areas of public life around the world, together with CARE’s sponsorship of the Politics and Society Network at the European Leadership Forum, it seeks to equip future leaders by providing a biblical worldview to undergird their engagement with the culture of their countries. This in turn feeds into a vision for the transformation of Europe as they work for the good of their societies.

By exposure to key texts experienced leaders and engagement with each other, the participants of this programme will both grow in their faith, be challenged intellectually and gain expertise and an understanding of what it means to be a Christian leader today. Following the Pre-Forum Conference, participants will join the Politics and Society Network for the 2020 Network.

This Pre-Forum Conference will take place preceding the European Leadership Forum on Friday, 14 May from 15:00-18:00 CEST.

This Pre-Forum Conference is invitation-only. All participants must apply and be accepted to the Forum. Please email Kevin Saylor at to indicate your interest in attending this Conference.



Nola Leach is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Executive of CARE (Christian Action Research & Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities, which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programmes and research and is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. As Head of the Public Affairs team, Nola leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of human life from its beginning to natural end. She has overseen the publication of Living Free, a sequel to the CARE book Searching for Intimacy – a resource designed to help those trapped in the net of Internet pornography. She has a passion for developing Christian leaders and heads up CARE’s unique Leadership Programme. She is increasingly in demand as both a writer and a public speaker, has penned numerous articles, and regularly appears in the media.


Charlie Hoare is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network. He received his bachelor's degree in History at the University of Durham. After a year of working for a British Member of Parliament, he studied law before taking a master’s degree at the London School of Economics in social policy and non-profit management. From 1998- 2012 he was CARE’s International Director. He now acts as a consultant for CARE focusing on International work. In addition to representing CARE at the United Nations, he has helped establish a strategic global network of policy makers, academics, politicians, and diplomats at the national and regional levels. He is married to Eleanor; they have a son and two daughters.


Roxana Stanciu is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of CARE (Christian Action, Research and Education) in London. CARE’s vision is to see a society that has a greater regard for human dignity and increasingly reflects God’s grace and truth through public policy, media, and local practical involvement with vulnerable people. The organisation works on issues in relation to family, life, and justice, and is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies.  Previous to working for CARE, Roxana was the Executive Director of European Dignity Watch, a Brussels-based organisation focused on informing and educating stakeholders in Europe to make a difference in the public square.  Roxana is originally from Romania and is very passionate about encouraging and equipping Christians to promote their values and be agents for social justice.



Florica Chereches is a former member of the Romanian Parliament. She currently serves as president of the National Authority for the Rights of the Disabled People, Children and Adoptions and as the president of the National Women Organisation of the National Liberal Party. Prior to this, she was a City Council member and the deputy mayor of her town, Oradea.  Her political career has been very much focused on supporting the vulnerable, supporting families, and promoting entrepreneurial and vocational training. Florica’s life journey has been full of ups and downs, but God has always been present, even when He allowed her to go through deep sorrow following her first husband’s death while she was pregnant with their third child and unemployed.  Florica is remarried and believes that her family is the most significant accomplishment of her life. She has four children and eight grandchildren, her pride and joy.


Valeriu Ghiletchi is the former deputy speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. He has served as member of the Moldovan delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for 9 years, between 2010-2019. He was elected first vice chairperson of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health, and Sustainable Development in 2012. As a member of PACE, he was the rapporteur on 'Fighting Child Sex Tourism' and a member of the Parliamentary Network of Contact Parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children for Moldova. Valeriu is married and has 3 children.


Todd Huizinga is the senior fellow for Europe of the Religious Freedom Institute. He previously served as a U.S. diplomat from 1992-2012. Mr. Huizinga is the author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe (New York: Encounter Books, 2016) and Was Europa von Trump lernen kann (What Europe Can Learn from Trump) (Berlin: Vergangenheitsverlag, 2017). His articles, essays and speeches critically assess political and social trends from a Christian perspective, and examine how the Christian faith sustains democracy, respect for human rights and social cohesion in the West. He has written for publications in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Australia. Huizinga has been a keynote speaker for Hillsdale College, the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Acton Institute, the Federalist Society, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Ukrainian Catholic University, Calvin College, the One of Us Federation of European Pro-Life Groups and the Danube Institute.


David McIlroy is a practising barrister based in London in the UK. He serves on the editorial board of Law & Justice, teaches the Mission of Justice and the Theology of Law course at Spurgeon’s College, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England. He is convinced that justice matters enormously to God and He wants Christians to work hard to see justice done more and more in situations around the world. Through his books (A Biblical View of Law and Justice, A Trinitarian Theology of Law, The End of Law) and many articles, David seeks to deepen people’s reflections on justice and to inspire others to take up the challenge of acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).



The Theology and Philosophy of Human Rights

David McIlroy

This talk explores the questions: where do the ideas of human rights come from in history? How do human rights relate to the biblical understanding of justice? Can Christians use the language of human rights or must they reject it? And how should Christians respond to the claims made in the name of human rights today?


Serving God and Society in Government

Todd Huizinga

As Christians in the realm of diplomacy or politics, we are called to bring our faith to bear in the public square. The political battle is also a spiritual battle. We must fight against the forces of relativism, asserting the knowability of truth and reason as a basis for respect, communication and persuasion across differences. At the same time, we must not confuse politics with proselytism, nor claim that there is a certain set of “Christian” political opinions, or that there is a uniquely “Christian” party affiliation. Ultimately the great blessing of serving in a realm that deals with human power relations and human government is to learn how small we are and how great God is: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)


Promoting Human Dignity at the International Level

Valeriu Ghiletchi

Valeriu Ghiletchi has served as member of the Moldovan delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for 9 years, between 2010-2019. Among other things, his work has been very much focused on issues related to human dignity and to protecting the vulnerable. Valeriu will share some valuable insights on the implications of promoting human dignity at the international level and on what it means to be a Christian in the public square.


Understanding God’s Calling

Florica Chereches

Using her experiences of standing for God’s truth in politics, law, and advocacy – especially over the issues of family, child protection, and education – former Romanian Parliament member Florica Chereches, now president of the National Authority for the Rights of the Disabled People, Children and Adoptions, illustrates in a practical way how her understanding of God’s calling underpinned her engagement in political issues. What does it mean to be salt and light in the public square? What are the opportunities and the challenges of serving in a public capacity? These are some of the questions that Florica Chereches will answer.

Please note that this talk will be a pre-recorded video.

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