Douglas M. Johnston is president and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Johnston holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and has served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Among his government assignments, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and planning officer with the President’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He has taught courses in international security at Harvard and was the founding director of the university’s Executive Program in National and International Security. Dr. Johnston is a Captain in the Naval Reserve and, at the age of 27, was the youngest officer in the navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Johnston served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to his managerial duties, he chaired the Center’s Preventive Diplomacy Program and its Maritime Studies program. His publications include Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft (1994); Foreign Policy into the 21st Century: the U.S. Leadership Challenge (1996); Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik (2003);Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement (2011 Book of the Year Award); and Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings (2012).
Dr. Johnston’s hands-on experience in the political/military arena coupled with his work in preventive diplomacy, has guided the work of ICRD since its inception. In 2007, he received the Founding Spirit Award from The Washington Times at its 25th anniversary celebration and in 2008 was identified in a leading Christian journal as “The Father of Faith-based Diplomacy.” More recently, he was recipient of the 2011 International Trustbuilder Award from Initiatives of Change International. In addition to other non-profit involvements, he is a Visiting Sr. Fellow at the Wheatley Institution of Brigham Young University.
Keynote Conversation between Katherine Marshall and Sharon Eubank
Katherine Marshall has worked for over four decades on international development, focusing on the world’s poorest countries. A senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice of Development, Religion, and Conflict in the School of Foreign Service, she is the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD); non-governmental organization born in the World Bank, its mission is to bridge gulfs that separate the worlds of development and religion. She spent a large part of her career at the World Bank, in many leadership assignments focused on Africa, Latin America, and East Asia. From 2000 – 2006, she was counselor to the Bank’s president on ethics, values, and faith in development. She holds various board positions including the World Bank Community Connections Fund, AVINA Americas, and the Opus Prize Foundation; she also served as a Trustee of Princeton University and of the Washington National Cathedral Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a visiting professor at the University of Cambodia. She is the author of several books and many articles, most recently Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, published by Routledge in 2013 and (coedited with Susan Hayward) Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (US Institute of Peace). A revised edition of The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity (Routledge) is in preparation.
Sharon Eubank was born in Redding, California, to Mark and Jean Eubank. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Finland Helsinki mission. Her career includes working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate for 4 years and owning a retail education store in Provo, Utah, for 7 years.
Since 1998, she has been employed by the Church in the Welfare Department. She helped to establish 17 international LDS employment offices Africa and Europe. For five years she directed the humanitarian wheelchair program expanding its scope to 50,000 individual donations each year and implementing World Health Organization training standards.
In 2008 Sharon became regional director of the LDS Charities for the Middle East Africa North area where she oversaw humanitarian work with active country offices in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Morocco. She also served on the Relief Society general board during Sister Julie B. Beck’s administration until April 2012.
Currently, Sharon is the director of LDS Charities, the humanitarian organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.