The Atheist Alliance International Board consists of 13 Directors elected by the AAI Affiliate Group Members for two-year staggered terms. No more than one nominee from any Affiliate/Associate Member may be a Director at any time and no more than three Directors may be from any one country.
The AAI Board has responsibility and full executive authority for the operations and activities of Atheist Alliance International, subject only to compliance at all times with the provisions of relevant laws, AAI's Bylaws and any policies passed at Board meetings.
All AAI Directors are volunteers.
President: Christine Shellska (Canada, term: 2016) - president [at] atheistalliance [dot] org
Christine is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Calgary, Department of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts. Her research involves studying the rhetorical means by which the intelligent design movement translates religious claims into a form that convinces many to believe it is scientific discourse. She is active in several secular organizations, and in 2011, she prepared a successful application to represent the university’s students, staff and faculty who identify as non-religious, bringing together local, national and international secular groups to endorse the establishment of a Secular Humanist Liaison position at the University of Calgary’s Faith and Spirituality Centre (formerly Multi-Faith Chaplaincy). She also runs a small business, offering a repertoire of specialized graphic design services, and extensive experience in marketing, advertising, corporate communications, and public relations. Christine sees atheism as a site of political engagement; she believes that many of the threats to environmental sustainability, global peace, and social justice stem from irrationalism and superstition, and that reason and compassion are the requisite tools to promote a reality-based understanding of our world, and to counter ignorance, fear and hatred. Christine joined the AAI Board in May 2012 and served as the Secular World Board Liaison from 2012-2013.
Vice President: Carlos Diaz (Argentina, term: 2015) - vicepresident [at] atheistalliance [dot] org
Carlos Diaz has been the Regional Coordinator for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area chapter of the Argentine Atheist Association (Asociación Civil de Ateos en Argentina, better known as ArgAtea) since early 2009. He co-hosted the first Argentine Atheist radio talk show (Nuevos Ayres Críticos), in a Country where the State still maintains an official religion, during 2009. As Regional Coordinator he spoke at the Second Argentine Atheist Congress in April 2010. He spoke about the Catholic Church and the Argentine State at the AAI North American Atheist Convention in Montreal in October 2010. Carlos joined the AAI Board in June 2011 and served as its President from 2012-2013.
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German and Portuguese
Membership Director: Stuart Bechman (US, term: 2015) - membership [at] atheistalliance [dot] org
Stuart Bechman served as AAI's President from 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2014. Stuart has been active in the US freethought community for almost 20 years. His "day job" is working as a Business Analyst, and he holds graduate degrees in Accounting, Management Information Systems and Sociology. He is also a graduate of The Humanist Institute (Class 17, 2013). Stuart has served on the boards of the Secular Coalition for America, Americans United for Separation of Church & State and his local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as serving as treasurer for a number of not-for-profit organizations over the course of his career.
Languages: English, Spanish
Karol is a co-founder and the current Secretary of the Asociación de Ateos y Agnósticos Atlántico in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is a psychologist and is currently completing a Master’s Degree on Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Karol grew up with Catholic, Adventist and Presbyterian influences, but in her youth she eventually decided that the answers that religion gave her weren’t enough for her, and she began a slow evolution first to skepticism, then agnosticism, then atheism.
Gail has been an atheist for over 20 years. For the past 6 years, I have been actively involved in atheist activities including co-writing a children’s book on the topic. She has been a Social Worker for 20 years and worked in government agencies and hospitals. Before joining the AAI Board in 2014, Gail served in a non-Director role with AAI as its Middle East liaison and researcher on refugee and asylum issues.
General Board members:
René Hartmann (Germany, IBKA, term: 2016)
René Hartmann has been serving various on positions within IBKA since 1997. He has been the AAI representative of IBKA since 2002. Currently, he is the first chairman of IBKA, with areas of responsibility including press work, website maintenance and social media. He is also editor of IBKA’s newsletter. René holds a Diploma in informatics from the Technical University of Darmstadt. He joined the AAI Board in June 2011.
Languages: German, English
Richard Honess (UK, Atheism UK, term: 2015)
Richard Honess is an avid convention attendee, regularly attending atheist conventions in both Europe and North America, and has been a supporter/individual member of AAI since 2009 . Richard believed that the work of AAI was so important that he was the driving force to have his home group, Atheism UK, affiliate with AAI immediately after the formation of Atheism UK. He became a director to help AAI grow and develop further and to help it do more on the international stage. Richard was elected to the AAI Board in July 2013.
Languages: English, French
Elida Radig (Australia, Progressive Atheists, term: 2015)
Elia Radig is a Feminist and an Atheist in Victoria, Australia. She has 20 years’ experience Broadcasting at 3RPP Radio on the “Free Waves” Feminist program and 5 years on the “Atheist Age” program. Elida worked for 30 years as CEO at the women’s shelter “Jill House”, and as a Liaison Officer with the Police Force and Family Court. She is currently a Branch Officer of Progressive Atheists Inc. Her study at the moment is on the loss of revenue from the community due to the financial benefits received by the religious institutions in Australia. Elida was appointed to the AAI Board in July 2013 to fill the remaining term of a vacant Board seat.
Languages: Spanish, English
Karl Karnadi (Indonesia, Indonesian Atheists, term: 2015)
Karl Karnadi first became active in atheism in 2008 when he founded an Indonesian Facebook group, Indonesian Atheists (IA). While the group attracted members, he worked with various atheist, freethinker, and humanist organizations in the South-East Asian region to form a collaborative association, www.SEA-Atheist.org. But they were frustrated at the feeling of disconnect and alienation that they felt between their communities and the international atheist community. In 2011, Karl was contacted by AAI to have IA become a new group member. This gave him a new window of communication to the international atheist community; and in 2012, when one of his group's members was arrested for posting "There is No God" on his personal Facebook page, Karl worked with AAI first to provide legal support and then, with his conviction, to provide support for his family and create a scholarship for the victim upon his release from prison. The campaign elevated the visibility of Indonesian Atheists worldwide and brought to international attention the religious oppression and bigotry still condoned and practiced in Indonesia. Because of that experience, Karl wanted to participate in AAI's efforts to support, nourish, and help other atheist groups just as his group was helped, and have them know that they are not alone. He joined the AAI Board in 2013.
Languages: Indonesian, English, German
Melita N. Granger (Australia, term: 2016)
Melita Granger has always been a staunch atheist. Her interests include politics and social justice, and her vision of the future is a world free from the hate, delusional thinking, intolerance, discrimination and prejudices found in religion. She works as a freelance researcher and writer and is also writing a novel and a book of short stories. A native of Melbourne, Australia, she is currently enjoying living in San Francisco, America. She holds a Masters degree in applied communications and research journalism, as well as other graduate degrees in the Humanities field, and is presently studying a Masters degree in creative writing, publishing and editing at the University of Melbourne. Melita is pleased to have the opportunity to help AAI fight the damage that religion inflicts all over the world.
Languages: English and intermediate Hindi, German
Andrew Rawlings (Australia, term: 2015)Andrew Rawlings has been active in the Atheist community for over 25 years. He has held state (Victoria, Australia) committee positions in Skeptic, Humanist and Secularist organisations.
Andrew is a long-time member of the Atheist Foundation of Australia and a member of Progressive Atheists since it was incorporated in 2010.
Andrew has also been very much involved in starting some university Atheist and secularist groups as well as starting and administrating some Yahoo email discussion groups, Meetup.Com groups and Facebook groups and pages.
He has also started and managing some (and assisted with starting other) local Atheist community groups. Andrew co-hosted 'Atheist Age', Australia's first Atheist radio program.
Andrew sees Atheists and the Atheist Alliance International as making a difference to the world.
Andrew had previously done some volunteer work for the AAI. He joined the AAI Board in September 2014.