Pastor Prof. Dr h. c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, pastor and political science expert, was President of Brot für die Welt and Deputy Chairwoman of the Protestant Agency for Social Work and Development. Since 2000 until February 2021 she had been leading the Protestant charity Brot für die Welt, of which Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is also a part. She had worked for many years on a variety of international supervisory and advisory bodies within the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation and the global coalition of church-run charity organisations ACT Alliance, of which she was Chairwoman from 2010 to 2014.
She was appointed to the Council for Sustainable Development in 2020. She is additionally a member of the SDG Commission of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the federal government’s expert committee on combating the root causes of flight, as well a member of the Advisory Board of the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), among others.
In 2007, she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for her social engagement. The Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences in Allahabad, India, awarded her an honorary doctorate in September 2016 in recognition of her “notable engagement on behalf of societal good and her exemplary service of the Lord”. Since 2020 she has also had an honorary professorship at Protestant University Ludwigsburg.
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