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General Secretary's Department


Daniel Bourdanné, General Secretary

Dr Daniel Bourdanné is the General Secretary of IFES, appointed in 2007. He is responsible for overseeing our movement, now in 160 countries. Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) in animal ecology, and is a specialist in millipedes. He was on staff with IFES in Francophone Africa for 16 years, first as a travelling secretary, then as Literature Secretary and, from 1995 to 2006 as Regional Secretary, responsible for overseeing IFES ministry across the region’s 20 countries. Daniel is currently based in Oxford, UK but is frequently on the move, visiting IFES movements and staff around the world. He passionately believes that pioneering work, scripture engagement and student leadership are effective tools to transform the world, to the glory of God.



Tim Adams, Associate General Secretary for Operations

After working in charity fundraising and communications for 10 years, Tim became the IFES Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in 2008. He had been previously involved with IFES in fund development in the 1990s. As CAO, he led the team at the International Services team in the UK for six years before transitioning into the role of Associate General Secretary for Operations in 2014. He now supports Daniel Bourdanné in strategising and leading IFES internal operations, vision implementation, and organisational development.




Martin Haizmann, Associate General Secretary for International Ministries

Martin worked with SMD Germany for nearly twenty years, first as a staff worker and then as Head of Student Ministry. In 2001 he began serving as the IFES Regional Secretary for Central Europe and in 2007 took responsibility for the wider European region. Since 2013 he has served as IFES Associate General Secretary for International Ministries, helping Daniel Bourdanné supervise staff with international roles. He also takes primary responsibility for international training programmes and events like World Assembly. He remains fascinated by the experience of “unity in diversity” within the worldwide community of IFES.

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