Meet Our Leaders And Experts
MEET THE ADVOCACY TEAM
Senior Counsel, Europe
Adina Portaru serves as senior counsel, Europe, for ADF International in Belgium, where she leads the work in Brussels with a particular focus on advocacy at the international institutions in Europe.
Director of External Relations
Andreas Thonhauser serves as director of external relations for ADF International, where he is responsible for building the organization’s media presence, forming alliances with key influencers and supporters.
VERITAS SCHOLAR, EUROPE
Christine Uhlig serves as Veritas Scholar, Europe, for ADF International in Vienna, Austria.
Elizabeth Francis serves as legal officer for ADF International in London, United Kingdom.
Director of United Nations Advocacy
Elyssa Koren serves as director of United Nations advocacy in New York City, where she oversees ADF International’s UN Headquarters and Geneva legal teams.
Senior Counsel, Europe
Felix Boellmann, PhD, serves as senior counsel, Europe, with ADF International, leading the advocacy team in Vienna, with a particular focus on national litigation across Europe and advocacy in the German and Russian-speaking world.
Legal Officer, United Nations
Giorgio Mazzoli serves as UN Legal Officer, representing ADF International at the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.
Jean-Paul Van De Walle
LEGAL COUNSEL, EUROPE
Jean-Paul Van De Walle serves as legal counsel, Europe, for ADF International in Belgium (Brussels), advocating for religious freedom, life, and the family at the European Union.
Jennifer Grace Lea
Legal Counsel, Europe
Jennifer Grace Lea serves as legal counsel, Europe, with ADF International, advocating for religious liberty, life, and the family. Lea focuses on human rights, EU, and public international law.
Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom
Kelsey Zorzi serves as Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International. She leads efforts to address and counter global persecution against Christians and other religious minorities.
Legal Officer, Europe
Lidia Rieder, PhD, serves as legal officer for ADF International in Vienna, Austria. She is a lawyer specializing in public international law and conducts high quality legal advocacy in Europe to promote and protect religious liberty, life, and the family, including marriage.
Meghan Fischer is a legal consultant to ADF International on global religious freedom and UN matters.
Michael P. Farris
President and CEO
Michael P. Farris is President and CEO of ADF International. He brings to the position wide recognition for his successful work across the globe.
Paul Coleman serves as executive director of ADF International from its headquarters in Vienna, overseeing the advocacy and operations of the global, alliance-building legal organization.
Legal Counsel, United Nations
Ralph Rodriguez serves as legal counsel, United Nations, for ADF International. He works at UN Headquarters in New York, providing legal resources to UN diplomats in the Second and Third Committees, ECOSOC Commissions, and other special sessions.
Deputy Director (Advocacy)
Robert Clarke serves as Deputy Directory (Advocacy) for ADF International at its office in Vienna, Austria.
Director, ADF International (UK)
Ryan Christopher serves as director of ADF International (UK) in London.
Legal Counsel, Global Religious Freedom
Sean Nelson serves as Legal Counsel for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International, where he advocates on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Director of Strategic Relations & Training
Sophia Kuby serves as director of Strategic Relations & Training for ADF International and is based in Vienna, Austria. She oversees and develops the organization’s training programs and alliance relations internationally. From 2015 to 2018, Kuby served as the director of European Union Advocacy in Brussels, Belgium, where she built up the EU advocacy team and led the advocacy work of ADF International at the various EU institutions. She holds a M.A. and B.A. in philosophy.
Director of Advocacy, Latin America & Caribbean
Tomás Henríquez serves as senior counsel for OAS and Latin America with ADF International. The OAS and Latin America teams lead advocacy efforts defending the sanctity of life, marriage, family, parental rights, and religious freedom at the Organization of American States and its many bodies, as well as providing support to regional allies all across the Latin American states.