Asian Aid recently appointed its third Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Ulrich. Wayne grew up in NSW, Australia. His parents Maurice and Estelle Ulrich are long-time Asian Aid supporters. During the past 30 years, Wayne has worked for organisations such as UN agencies, Medecins Sans Frontieres, ADRA, CARE, multi and bi-lateral organisations, and the International Federation of the Red Cross.
He says that his travels and work assignments—some dangerous and life threatening—have taken him on a journey of gaining a deeper understanding of a shared humanity and hope. In meeting exploited children, abused women, the unemployed, the starving from disaster-affected and war-torn communities all around the world, he says that hope, for all these people, is a common denominator.
“I believe that people of different race, culture and gender—although diverse—share similar values and dreams. They should be given equal opportunities and be able to succeed in their endeavours and ambitions,” says Wayne.
Wayne will officially begin as Asian Aid’s CEO on March 22. He says he looks forward to working with and leading an organisation that is full of passionate people who are committed to serving others.
“It is my prayer that we continue working together to assist children and communities break down the barriers that are preventing them from building a future free from poverty. And it is my desire to see many more people come to experience Jesus, our blessed hope. I believe he will continue to lead me and to use my skills and abilities as a means for the betterment of those who are suffering and in need.”
Asian Aid is run by committed Seventh-day Adventist members and is officially recognised as a supporting ministry by the Church. Find out more about Asian Aid’s work at asianaid.org.au.