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Dr. Rupen Das
Lead Faculty for MENA History, Politics and Economics
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Rupen Das is Consultant for Mission and Development with the European Baptist Federation (EBF) in Amsterdam, and Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Canada. He is also Senior Advisor for Capacity Building with Canadian Baptist Ministries. Previously he was the Director for Community Development and Relief at LSESD and the Program Director of the MRel.

Rupen was professor and Program Coordinator of International Project Management at Humber College in Toronto for six years. He has extensive experience in humanitarian assistance and development, having been the Director for Emergency Response and Disaster Mitigation at World Vision Canada.  Prior to that he was WV’s Field Director for the South Pacific, based in Papua New Guinea. For World Vision International he was also Project Manager in Russia (a USAID project) and in Belarus (Chernobyl project). He has been involved in emergency responses in Kosovo, East Timor, India, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, among others. He was part of the Canadian team that did the pre-war assessment of the potential impact of war on the civilian population of Iraq.

As a consultant he has worked on projects for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian CIMIC and DART, UNDP, Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Plan Canada, Focus Humanitarian (part of the Aga Khan Network), World Vision International, and International Development Support Services (IDSS Australia), among others. He was adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US and visiting faculty at  the Refugee Study Center, York University in Canada.

Rupen’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are both from Syracuse University.  He holds a doctoral degree (DMin) from Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada.  In addition he holds certificates in Disaster Management from the University of Wisconsin, in Refugee Studies from York University, and in Evaluating and Managing Evaluations of Humanitarian Action from ALNAP, UK.  Rupen has twice been a 21st Century Fellow in the UK and was Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s School of Education.

Among Rupen’s publications include Connecting Curriculum to Context: Handbook for Context Relevant Curriculum Development in Theological Education; Church and Poverty: The Church Witnessing to the Kingdom of God (Arabic); Profiles of Poverty: The Human Face of Poverty in Lebanon; Humanitarian Space in Unconventional Warfare in Helping Hands, Loaded Arms; Dealing with Trauma: A Do No Harm Perspective in Mary Anderson’s Options for Aid in Conflict; and Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Iraq: The Impact of War and Sanctions on the Civilian Populations.