New Interim Representative at LWF Jerusalem

LWF Jerusalem Interim Representative Lennart Hernander during a welcome ceremony Thursday afternoon. Photo by Ben Gray / LWF

Lennart Hernander, who has spent 10 years as­ a Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Representative in East Africa, was officially welcomed as the interim Representative for the LWF Jerusalem Program during a welcome ceremony Thursday 7th March 2019 at the Mount of Olives Campus. Hernander replaces LWF Representative Pauliina Parhiala, who is returning to her native Finland and takes up teaching responsibilities in a local University.


“I am thrilled to be here in Jerusalem and to lend my expertise to support the incredible work the Lutheran World Federation has done for the Palestinian people with the past 70 years,” Hernander said. “The life-saving medical care and life-giving education this program provides is truly inspiring.”


Hernander has more than 30 years of experience in development cooperation, humanitarian response, programmatic and financial management, internal control, advocacy, and institutional fundraising. He has held several senior positions throughout East Africa in Swedish and International NGOs during his combined total of 17 years there. He studied accounting, statistics and economics at university in Sweden and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


The LWF Jerusalem Program is a multi-faceted program of support and capacity building to the Palestinian people that includes the Augusta Victoria Hospital, Village Outreach Program and the Vocational Training Program. Through these programs, LWF provides radio therapy and pediatric hemodialysis to all 5 million Palestinians, performs mammograms for 30% of the population and trains more than 800 vocational students each year.