Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher holds a Th.D degree in missiology and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, is director of the Institut fur Weltmission and Germeindebau (German Center for World Mission). He teaches missions and comparative religion at the Free Evangelical School of Theology (FETA), in Basel, Switzerland. He is a missionary with Gospel Recordings International and is a spokesperson for Human Rights of the World Evangelical Alliance, which represents about 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide and director of the 2006 founded the International Institute for Religious Freedom (London, Cape Town, Colombo). He is also managing director of the Working Group on Religious Freedom of the German and Austrian Evangelical Alliance. He is a board member of the International Society for Human Rights.

He has also chaired the Hope for Europe theology network until recently when he stepped back to vice-chair as Dr Thomas Johnson took the lead role.

Dr.Schirrmacher is a professor of sociology of religion at the State University of the West in Timisoara, Romania, and Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development at William Carey University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. He is also rector of Martin Bucer Seminary, a theological college for working adults with study centers in Bonn, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague and Istanbul and teaches there ethics and comparative religion.

He studied theology in Switzerland and the Netherlands, comparative religion, anthropology and sociology in Bonn and cultural anthropology in the United States. He received his PhD (Theology Dr., Netherlands, 1985) in theology, cultural anthropology (PhD, USA, 1989), ethics (ThD, USA, 1996) and in comparative religion (Dr. phil., University of Bonn, 2007) and In 1997 and 2006, two honorary doctorates from the United States and India.
His most recent publications include Racism (2009), (ed.). The inclusion of persecuted Christians from Iraq to Germany (2009), HIV and AIDS as a Christian challenge (2008), Persecution of Christians Today (2008), internet pornography (2008) The new underclass (2007), Hitler's War Religion (2007) and Multicultural Society ( 2007). His books have been translated into 17 languages. His hobbies: his family, zoos and international classical music between Heinrich Sch├╝tz and Rachmaninoff.

Dr Schirrmacher will address a plenary session on bridging the past and the future, as well as co-lead with Dr Johnson the theology network consultation.