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JCA 2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr Melba Maggay

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN ASIAN CHURCH AND CULTURE

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Dr Melba Padilla Maggay is a writer, a social anthropologist and a specialist in intercultural communication.

She co-founded the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC) in 1978 as a response to the crisis posed by authoritarianism in the Philippines. For almost 40 years, ISACC has served as a conscientizing voice in politics and church-and- culture issues.

She has written numerous books and articles on social, cultural and theological issues and is an award-winning literary writer. Her book Transforming Society has been translated into Spanish, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia. Her latest books Rise Up and Walk: Religion and Culture in Empowering the Poor and Global Kingdom, Global People: Living in a Multicultural World speak to issues surfaced by globalisation, such as mass migration, political religions and the massive increase of poverty in the world.

She is now the President of Micah Global. Currently, she is researching the South China Sea issue on a Taiwan Fellowship, and sits in the International Council of Interserve.