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Hillsong Global Board of Directors

Dr Stephen Crouch
Global Chair
Since September 2021

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Hillsong Church member based at the Hills Campus in Sydney, Australia since 1988. As a volunteer for over three decades, he is acutely aware that Hillsong Church is not built on the gifts and talents of a few, but by the service and sacrifice of many.

  • Career & Industry

    Stephen has global professional experience and a strategic approach. He has a focus on stewardship, operational excellence, and the growth of an enduring church community. He has a wealth of commercial experience in professional practice as principle of a boutique financial services firm from 1996. Stephen completed a Doctor of Business Administration at Macquarie University in 2010.

    Stephen is committed to continuous learning and skills development and is well placed to make contributions to strategy and structure.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Stephen has been a director and chair of many commercial businesses and brings leadership skills in governance, risk and assurance, education, information systems, systems excellence, and supply chain. He has both commercial and charitable governance experience. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Academic Qualifications

    B.Bus, MEc, DBA, FCA, GAICD

Russell Dacre, MBE
Global Board Director
Deputy Chair of Global Board
Chair of GNC

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Russell is a long-standing Hillsong Church member based in London, United Kingdom.

  • Career & Industry

    Russell is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry, skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Coaching, Sales Management, and Event Management. Russell is a strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Corporate Finance from the University of East Anglia.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Russell has studied on the Chartered Director Program at the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the United Kingdom. He is a current board member of Hillsong Church London and was previously the chairperson for both the OPEN Youth Trust from 2004-2020 and SOUL Church UK from 2016-2023.
    Russell was appointed to the Hillsong Global Board in 2016 and is currently serving as a director and deputy chairperson.

  • Academic Qualifications

    MBE, MBA

Phil Dooley
Global Board Director
Global Senior Pastor

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley were appointed Global Senior Pastors of Hillsong Church in February 2023. Phil and Lucinda each have over 30 years ministry experience. They have established a thriving Hillsong Church in South Africa with multiple campuses and over 15,000 worshipers.

  • Career & Industry

    Before moving to Cape Town, South Africa, to plant Hillsong Church in 2008, Phil and Lucinda had led the youth and young adult ministries of Hillsong Church Australia for 12 years. Phil was also involved in pioneering Hillsong United’s worship music ministry.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Phil currently serves on the Global, South Africa and Australia Boards.

  • Academic Qualifications

    B.Bus

Tolu Badders
Global Board Director
Global Chief Operating Officer

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Tolu is a long-standing Hillsong Church member based at the New York City Campus in the United States. She serves across various areas and is a key part of the leadership team.

  • Career & Industry

    Tolu Badders, serves as the Global Chief Operating Officer for Hillsong Church Global. Tolu holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics and master’s degrees in economics as well as regional science from Cornell University.
    She brings extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of leadership, management, strategy, and operations. She is passionate about building the church and championing people.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Tolu was appointed to the Hillsong Global Board in 2020 and is currently serving as a director.

  • Academic Qualifications

    B.S, B.A, M.A, M.S

Siboniso Nxumalo
Global Board Director

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Siboniso is a long-standing Hillsong Church member based at the Cape Town Campus in South Africa. He has served across various teams such as hosting, set up team and count room.

  • Career & Industry

    Siboniso holds a BCom (Hons); MBA (UCT) and assumed the joint leadership role within Old Mutual Equities in November 2018 and is responsible for the running of the boutique, which has over R60 billion in assets under management. Siboniso joined Old Mutual Investment Group in 2006 and was a financial analyst in the investment research team for four years.
    In 2010, he was appointed the Financial and Property Sector Head following which he was an analyst and portfolio manager in the Electus boutique. In 2015 he founded the Global Emerging Markets boutique and jointly managed the Old Mutual Global Emerging Market Fund.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Siboniso was appointed to the Hillsong Global Board in 2022 and is currently serving as a director. In addition to his role on the Hillsong Board, Siboniso also serves on the South Africa board.

  • Academic Qualifications

    BCom, MBA

Mário Rui Boto
Global Board Director
Lead Pastor Hillsong Portugal

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Mário is the Founder and Lead Pastor of the church that is now Hillsong Portugal. From humble beginnings over 20 years ago with 12 people in the living room of his home to a church with thousands of people, the story of Hillsong Portugal has inspired many people, not only in Portugal, but around the globe. Passionate about building the church of Christ and raising up a new generation of followers and servants of Jesus, Mário believes that the only way to perpetuate what God has called us to do is by raising up and sowing our own lives into future generations. Hillsong Portugal is a thriving church with over 10 locations, hosting yearly leadership, women and youth conferences that attract thousands of people.

  • Career & Industry

    Mário is a world renowned speaker, invited to preach and teach in churches and conferences around the world. Passionate about building the local church, empowering pastors and leaders from across the globe to fulfill God’s calling over their lives, he is highly sought-after to advise pastors about leadership transitions and growth opportunities.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Mário has served and led in church boards for over 20 years, leading through multiple seasons of pioneering, growth and transitions. Furthermore, he has also been on the board of Christian interdenominational organisations, contributing to the health and advancement of churches nationally and internationally.

  • Academic Qualifications

    AdvDip

Andreas Nielsen
Global Board Director
Lead Pastor Hillsong Sweden

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Andreas has over 25 years of experience across many different roles in ministry. Andreas began as a worship leader, youth and college pastor in America, to become a church planter and now lead pastor. Answering the call of God, he experienced the power of Christ and the power of a healthy church community. Hillsong Sweden started small with no venues or resources in a country where few attend church. Every step, from a handful of people to thousands has been a step in faith, trusting God’s grace and using what was in their hands. Andreas is committed to raising up a passionate generation of leaders in church and society who can build the future and carry on the great mission God has given the church.

  • Career & Industry

    Between 1996-2000, Andreas worked at Christ Fellowship, a church in the U.S. After moving back to Sweden he worked as a youth pastor and ran a national youth movement. In 2006, he planted what is now Hillsong Sweden together with his wife Lina, and a small team which has now grown to six campuses in major cities in Sweden. Andreas has travelled for over 20 years as a speaker at different churches and conferences.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Andreas has served as the chairman of Hillsong Sweden for the past 16 years. He also serves on the leadership of the Swedish Pentecostal Movement for many years.

Ana Loback
Global Board Director

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Over the course of 17 years at Hillsong London, Ana has contributed her heart and talents to the church community, serving on the worship team, leading connect groups, and offering support and coaching to church leadership.

  • Career & Industry

    Ana is a registered occupational psychologist, senior executive coach and global speaker with a focus on leadership. Ana holds qualifications from Harvard Business School, the University of London, and the University of East London, spanning Organisational Psychology, Sustainable Business Strategies, Executive Leadership, Communication, Executive Coaching, Positive Psychology, and Behavioral Science.
    With a 15-year history in leadership and organisational development consulting across diverse global settings, she possesses extensive experience in coaching and advising C-suite executives and leadership teams from renowned global entities Ana’s expertise lies in helping leaders and teams unlock purpose and meaning, build exceptional work cultures and develop people.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Ana served as a member of the UEL supervisory board for the MSc program, but she concluded her tenure in early 2023.

  • Academic Qualifications

    CBP, MBPsS, MSc, MRes, DrOP

Fadzi Whande
Global Board Director

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    Fadzi's multicultural upbringing, spanning Zimbabwe, the United States, Botswana and Europe, has deeply informed her dedication to diversity and inclusion. Her faith journey began at the age of 11 during her time at a boarding school, instilling a lifelong commitment to the church. Introduced to Hillsong as a member of a Hillsong Network Church in rural New South Wales in 2006, her journey with Hillsong continued as a key member of Hillsong Perth and presently, she calls Hillsong Switzerland home as she resides in Geneva. Fadzi has led the next steps team, connect groups and facilitated diversity training and support to Hillsong staff and leaders globally. She is presently an active member of Hillsong's Global Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, where she contributes her expertise and passion to promote a more inclusive and equitable community.

  • Career & Industry

    Fadzi has an extensive career as an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. Her expertise includes advising, consulting, developing, and executing large scale diversity and inclusion initiatives across the not-for-profit, higher education, Government, and private sectors globally. Throughout her illustrious career, she has garnered numerous awards and accolades for driving change through the creation and implementation of innovative diversity and inclusion programs

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Fadzi previously held the position of Board Director at the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance in Western Australia and Vice Chair of the Board for Volunteering WA. She also made significant contributions as a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board Member for the Australian Computer Society, Business Chicks Australia, WA Police Multicultural Advisory Group and served as a Board mentor for Office of Multicultural Interest. She currently serves as an Ambassador for 100Women, Auspire - Australia Day Council of Western Australia and Common Purpose UK. Furthermore, she has been previously involved as a Board Member in Aglow International, where she served as the Vice President of Conferences and Events in Botswana.

  • Academic Qualifications

    EMBA, GCSI

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Louise Markus
Global Board Director
Australian Board Director, Deputy Chair
ANC Committee Member

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  • Church & Spiritual Leadership

    A member of Hillsong Church for close to 38 years at Hills Campus Australia, Louise has been both a leader of and significant contributor to our Connect Group programs and is actively involved in weekend services as a seating community host. From 1999 – 2004, Louise held a leadership role with Hillsong’s Community Service arm.

  • Career & Industry

    Louise was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and 2007 for the seat of Greenway, and in 2010 for the seat of Macquarie. During her time in the Parliament of Australia, she held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and was involved in many committees in various capacities. Louise left the House of Representatives on 2 July 2016. During her 25-year career as a Social Worker, she worked at the Department of Social Security, Wesley Mission, as a Technical and Further Education teacher, a family and couples counsellor in private practice, and led multidisciplinary teams in the health sector.

  • Board & Governance Experience

    Louise was previously the Board Chair and Non-executive Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Her roles as Shadow Minister have equipped her with extensive experience in scrutiny and appraisal of policies and legislation. She was appointed to the Hillsong Australia Board in 2022 and is a member of the Australian Nominations Committee. She is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

  • Academic Qualifications

    BSocWk, GAICD