Governance

The Jesuit Refugee Service is a ministry of the Society of Jesus under the direct responsibility of the Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ. JRS International Director, Rev. Thomas H. Smolich SJ, is Father General’s delegate for the Society’s work with refugees, and reports directly to him.

The Administrative Council is empowered by Father General to support the International Director in his leadership and oversight of JRS worldwide.

The International Director, the Deputy International Director, and the ten Regional Directors make up the Senior Leadership Team, who meet formally twice a year to discuss JRS operations and issues of global concern.

Administrative Council

Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ

 Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ

Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology, Jesuit Curia, Rome

Anne-Christine Bloch

Anne-Christine Bloch

Senior Advocacy Officer, Women’s Refugee Commission, Ottawa

Fr Lisbert D’Souza SJ

Fr Lisbert D’Souza SJ

Councillor and Regional Assistant to Fr. General, Rome

Nacho Eguizábal

Nacho Eguizábal

Director, Egibide, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Fr John K. Guiney SJ

Fr John K. Guiney SJ

Director, Jesuit Mission Ireland, Dublin

Robert MacKay

Robert MacKay

Senior Vice President & Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for S&P Global, New York

Sônia Magalhães

Sônia Magalhães

General Director (President), Colegio São Luís, São Paulo

Fr Alessandro Manaresi SJ

Fr Alessandro Manaresi SJ

Vice President, Associazione Centro Astalli (JRS Italy), Rome

Éamonn McGuinness

Éamonn McGuinness

CEO, BrightWork, Galway

Fr José Minaku SJ

Fr José Minaku SJ

Provincial, Central Africa Province, Kinshasa

Senior Leadership Team

Louie Bacomo

Louie Bacomo

JRS Asia Pacific Director

Fr Endashaw Debrework SJ

Fr Endashaw Debrework SJ

JRS Eastern Africa Director

Fr Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ

Fr Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ

JRS Europe Director

Fr Martin Bahati SJ

Fr Martin Bahati SJ

JRS Great Lakes Director

Fr Mauricio García Durán SJ

Fr Mauricio García Durán SJ

JRS Latin America and The Carribbean Director

Fr Nawras Sammour SJ

Fr Nawras Sammour SJ

JRS Middle East and North Africa Director

Joan Rosenhauer

JRS North America Director

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

JRS Southern Africa Director

Fr Stan Fernandes SJ

Fr Stan Fernandes SJ

JRS South Asia Director

Fr Eric Goeh-Akue SJ

Fr Eric Goeh-Akue SJ

JRS West Africa Director

Fr Tom Smolich SJ

Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ

JRS International Director

Fr Joeseph Xavier SJ

Fr Joseph Xavier SJ

JRS International Deputy Director