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Board of Directors

Chang Shik Yang
Charles S. Yang, Chairman
Charles S. Yang is the Chairman of UPF International, and concurrently chairman of UPF Korea. Previously, he served as the Regional Chairman of UPF-Central America and the Caribbean. Dr. Yang has held many important positions and responsibilities as a trusted and life-long adherent to UPF’s founders, including as President of FFWPU Korea, Chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, which partnered with UPF in developing the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI), which brought more than 40,000 peace advocates to the Holy Land. He also served as the Regional President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) for North America. Dr. Yang has a Doctor of Ministry from the New York Theological Seminary. 
Thomas G. Walsh, Ph.D., Chair
Thomas G. Walsh, Director
Thomas G. Walsh is President of the HJ International Graduate School for Peace and Public Leadership, (formerly known as the Unification Theological Seminary). For 17 years he served as the international chairman of the UPF. He continues as Senior Advisor to UPF. In addition, he is the Chair of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation and the World Peace Road Foundation. He has been a teacher, author, and editor with specialization in areas of interfaith, religious studies, peace studies, philosophy, and social theory. He serves on the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. He has contributed to and edited more than 20 books related to interfaith, peacebuilding and renewal of the United Nations.
Yeon Ah Choi
Yeon Ah Moon, Director
Yeon Ah Moon is Chief of Staff for Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon’s 1st Secretariat. She previously served as Chair of the Universal Peace Federation-Korea. She has served as a professor in the College of Theology and the Pure Love Department of Social Welfare at Sun Moon University (SMU) in Korea. Professor Moon serves as Chairwoman of the Sunhak Scholarship Foundation. Previously she served as President of Women's Federation for World Peace International and Women’s Federation for World Peace Korea. She did her graduate studies in sociology at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.
Katsumi Otsuka
Katsumi Ohtsuka, Director
Katsumi Ohtsuka is the Chair of the Universal Peace Federation in Europe and the Middle East. He graduated from Kanazawa University in Japan and the Unification Theological Seminary in the United States. As president of the Japanese branch of the student movement World-CARP, he organized several world conventions and initiated solidarity meetings among students and youth from Japan, Korea, Russia and China in the 1980s and 1990s. He served as president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Japan, as president of the Corporation for Building the Japan-Korea Tunnel. He has served in various leadership positions in South America, Eurasia and Africa.
Michael W. Jenkins
Michael W. Jenkins, Director
Michael W. Jenkins is the President of the Universal Peace Federation, and Chairman of UPF-North America. He also serves as President of The Washington Times Foundation, and Chairman of The Washington Times Holdings. Dr. Jenkins is Chairman Emeritus of the American Clergy Leadership Conference. He has been active in the Northeast Asia Peace Initiative and the Middle East Peace Initiative from 2003 to the present. Dr. Jenkins has coordinated seven Washington Times Fact Finders to Korea on Denuclearization and Peaceful Reunification since 2015.
Katherine Rigney
Katherine Rigney, Director
Katherine Rigney serves as the Regional Chair of the Universal Peace Federation of Africa. She has lived and worked in Africa since 1975, and has dedicated her life for peace and development to the people of that continent. She is a senior elder of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Africa.
Ek Nath Dhakal
Ek Nath Dhakal, Director
Ek Nath Dhakal served twice as a Member of the Nepalese Constituent Assembly and Legislature Parliament from 2008 to 2017. Hon. Ek Nath served twice as Cabinet Member including Minister for Peace and Reconstruction in the Government of Nepal. A social and peace activist, he is the Convener of the South Asia Peace Initiative (SAPI) and the Global Vice President of Sun Moon University, Korea. Hon. Dhakal is the Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation Asia Pacific and of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace – Asia Pacific.
Thomas McDevitt
Thomas McDevitt, Director
Thomas P. McDevitt is Chairman of The Washington Times and the company's Board of Directors. In 2019, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon appointed him as Chairman of HJ Magnolia US Holdings, a corporate group including the New Yorker Hotel, Manhattan Center production studio, Ocean Peace fishing company and The Washington Times. Mr. McDevitt also serves as the Global Coordinator of IMAP and IAED, both new global projects of UPF International. In 2020, he launched The Washington Times Global Media Group.
William D. Lay
William D. Lay, Director
William D. Lay is an attorney licensed in New York and Florida; prior positions include Director, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Bridgeport; Chair, Criminal Justice and Human Security Program, University of Bridgeport; Senior Associate Attorney Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP; Clerk to Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa, New York Court of Appeals; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review; recent publications include co-authored articles on the South China Sea disputes (Harvard Asia Quarterly) and the Korea-Japan Comfort Women Controversy (East Asia); co-authored book on WWII Comfort Women Memorials in the United States (E-International Relations).

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