Rupen Das

Profile - RupenRupen Das is Senior Advisor for Capacity Building with International Partnerships of the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM). As part of this role he is also Consultant for Mission and Development with the European Baptist Federation (EBF) based in Amsterdam and Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto.

Previously he was seconded by CBM to Lebanon where he was the Program Director for the MRel in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Institute for Middle East Studies, Beirut, Lebanon and with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) responsible for Community Development and Relief.

Rupen was professor and Program Coordinator of International Project Management at Humber College in Toronto.  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 and 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 in 2003. Early in his career he was on staff with the Navigators in North America and in Asia.

As a consultant he has worked on projects for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian CIMIC and DART, Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Plan Canada, Focus Humanitarian (part of the Aga Khan Network), World Vision International, 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. As an analyst he contributed to Oxford Analytica on humanitarian issues.

Rupen’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are both from Syracuse University, and doctoral degree (DMin) from Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada.  At present, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. 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.

Rupen’s publications include:

Books

Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Invisible Kingdom,” Leicester: Langham Global Library, 2016. Foreword by Dr. Gary Nelson.

Connecting Curriculum and Context: Handbook for Context Relevant Curriculum Development in Theological Education, Leicester: Langham Global Library and ICETE, 2015. Foreword by Dr.Riad Kassis.

Church and Poverty: The Church’s Witness to the Kingdom of God (Arabic), Beirut: Dar Manhal al Hayat, 2015.

Profiles of Poverty: The Human Face of Poverty in Lebanon, Beirut: Dar Manhal al Hayat, 2011.

Chapters in Books

“What is the Relationship Between Poverty, Peace and Justice,” The Bible for Peace and Justice (Arabic), Bible Society of Lebanon, Beirut, 2014.

“The Wonder of Confusing Knots and Skirting Chaos,” Real Change is Incremental, BPS Books, Toronto, 2014.

“Humanitarian Space in Unconventional Warfare,” Helping Hands and Loaded Arms: Navigating the Military and Humanitarian Space, Canadian Peacekeeping Press, Clementsport, 2007.

“Dealing With War Trauma: A Do No Harm Perspective,” Options for Aid in Conflict: Lessons From Field Experience, Collaborative for Development Action Inc., Boston, 2000

Journal and Periodical Articles

“Relevance and Faithfulness: Challenges in Contextualizing Theological Education” InSights Journal for Global Theological Education, Volume 1, No.2,

“Humanitarianism in Highly Religious Contexts: Responding to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” Adrift: Migrant Crises in the Mediterranean and Asia Pacific, Middle East Institute (American University, Washington D.C.),

“God and Refugees: Foundations for Hope. The Church Responding to Muslim Refugees” Muslim Christian Encounter, Volume 9 No.1,

“Refugees: Exploring Theological and Missiological Foundations” Journal of European Baptist Studies, Volume 16, No.2, January 2016, pp.33-47.

Impact of the Local Church Showing Compassion: Lessons from the Syrian Crisis” SEEDBED: Practioners in Conversation, Volume XXIX No.1, June 2015, pp. 43-50.

“Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Iraq: The Impact of War and Sanctions on the Civilian Population”. Food. Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2007, pp. 317-348(32)

To contact Rupen: rupen.das@gmail.com

 

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