IHEU has appointed Matt Cherry as its newest International Representative. Cherry brings twenty years as a professional leader to the nonreligious movement to help the organization create a US presence and expand relationships globally. His responsibilities will include leading the IHEU’s representation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, developing a new communications strategy for the organization, and strengthening relations between IHEU and humanist groups in North America.
“We are very excited that Matt Cherry will be developing IHEU’s international profile,” says IHEU president Sonja Eggerickx. “Matt’s a highly-effective leader with a background that will not only benefit the IHEU but will advance the humanist causes that are central to the work of our one hundred-plus member organizations.”
Cherry has spent almost two decades as a professional leader in the humanist movement, working in Britain, the Netherlands and the United States. He spent five years as executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, plus eight years as executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies. In addition to his executive roles in humanism, he has represented IHEU at the United Nations since 2002. Taking a leadership role within the UN to promote freedom of conscience, he served as the president of the UN NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2008. He is currently the vice president of that committee.
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