International Board

Jørn Lemvik, Board Chairman

Jørn Lemvik did his master‘s in leadership and technology in the University of Bergen, Norway. For some few years he worked as the Head of Computer dept. at the Mekane Yesus Church in Ethiopia. While in Ethiopia, he was appointed to a leadership position, and this triggered his passion for leadership development. He then worked as a leadership and organisational development consultant for around 20 years. After the consultancy work, he joined Digni, and was heading this organisation for 9 years.
Together with Dr Azza Karam, he started a global network on religion and development, and ran it as a UN network (DUF – Donor – UN – Faith) for three years before handing it over to PaRD (Partnership on Religion and Development, Germany).

He is now again a leadership and development consultant. He sees himself as a bridge builder between people, cultures, organisations, and networks, as well as a leadership development facilitator.

Kirsten Løvdal Bjune, Board member

Education:
1967 Authorized physiotherapist from National College of Physiotherapy, Norway.
1991 Bachelor’s in studies of ageing and care of the elderly at Diakonhjemmet University College,
Norway.
2004 Cand.Philol. Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway. (Equivalent to Master of Science).
Multiple courses and seminars related to international, development work.

Work experience:
General physiotherapy in Norway in various hospitals and institutions (1968-97).
Physiotherapy at All Africa Leprosy and Rehabilitation Training Centre (ALERT), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1973-76 and 1984-85).
Member of NORAD-team evaluating the national leprosy program in India (February 1993).
Norwegian Mission Alliance (1997-2001): Project coordinator in Vietnam and shortly in China, Sichuan province.
Norwegian Church Aid Emergency Preparedness Roster, Psychosocial Officer: Liberia 2007- 3 months. Chad 2005 – 3 months.
Norwegian Church Aid: Malawi 2005 – 1 month assessing a leprosy institution.
Administrative head of various parishes of Church of Norway, Oslo (2006-15). Several years Chair of the local parish counsel of Church of Norway.

Marit Buøy, Board member

Education:
Bachelor preschool teacher education, business economist and Master of Management, with a major in school management.
Courses in multicultural understanding and pedagogy; with special focus on Norwegian vocational education and training (VET).

Work experience:
Approximately 15 years’ experience as a middle manager in upper secondary school with special responsibility for health and upbringing. Has worked at various levels from basic education, apprenticeship and prior learning assessment and presently working with adult education. The tasks have been management, school administration, with responsibility for establishing contact and cooperation agreements with districts, nursing homes and hospital for vocational training for health workers and health secretaries.

She has been responsible for international educational projects within EU, Erasmus +. In earlier years head of kindergarten and teacher in upper secondary school; vocational studies.

She was employed for a year by Norwegian Church Aid in Tanzania at a Norwegian school, and responsible for training Tanzanian kindergarten employees. I held the position as general manager at the Norwegian YWCA (hostel) in London for two years and worked at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Berlin for a year.

Sven Gudmund Hinderaker, Board member

Profession: Medical doctor

Education / Background:
Medical school in Bergen and clinician at a hospital in Tanzania for 6 years.
PhD with data from Tanzania about maternal and perinatal health in Tanzania.

Working with the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (TB Union) with TB control since 2000. Teaching TB control at CIH. Working with the Union and MSF on operational research.

Supervising PhD, master students and medical students.
At CIH since 1997, responsible for coordinating teaching compulsory 1 w course of medical students about international health.
Leading elective course for med.school “Global health”.
Current Position: Professor at Centre for International Health (CIH), University of Bergen, Norway.

Hans-Tore Leithe, Board member

Education:
Studies in Theology and Mission at Fjellhaug School of Missions, Oslo, Norway (1963-64 and -65-69), Communication Studies at “Folk-University of Norway” (1986-87), Cambridge Radio Course, England (1987), Training in Pastoral Care (1995)

Work experience:
Coordinator in Norway for “Billy Graham Euro-70 Crusade” from 1969-70, Director for Youth and Children ministries of Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM) in Norway from1970-75, Missionary for NLM in Indonesia from 1975-83, Director of a Local Community Radio in Stavanger, Norway from 1984-85. Regional Director of ministries of NLM, in Vestfold County, Norway frm1985-8). International Director of Norwegian Mission Alliance (NMA)from 1988-2002, Senior Advisor for Overseas Ministries in NMA from 2002-2005. Consultant for different National and International Institutions and Organizations in Norway and in Asia from 2006 – 2013.

Managing Director of Luke International from 2008 – 2021
Administrator – LIN Head Office, from November 1st, 2021 – present.

Johnson Huang, Board Member

Education:
Ph.D. CAND. Computer science and information engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
M.D. Medical Informatics, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.
B.S. Electrical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Work experience:
Mr. Huang is an expert in digital health solutions, especially focusing on large-scale implementation in developing countries and rural areas, like HIV electronic data system in Malawi, national hospital information system (HIS) in Marshall Island. Personal health record (PHR) System in southeast Asia countries. He also has served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the electronic medical record program in Ministry of Health (MOH), Taiwan, and works closely with industry partners to stay up to date on the latest tech trends and aims to foster strategic alliances. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Huang received several awards during his career and have been selected to top 10 best managers in Taiwan 2021. The future will be the era of digitization, and he will be committed to accelerating the overall ecosystem of smart health care.

Administration

Hsin-yi Lee, Managing Director

Education: BSc in Public Health from National Taiwan University, Taiwan (2010); Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (2012).

Work Experience: She is a public health specialist with professional experience developing and implementing global health programs in low-and-middle income countries, conducting field research and capacity building activities, and supporting NGO operations in headquarters and country office environments. She worked with the LIN Malawi Office as Project Coordinator from 2013-2015, and as Country Representative from 2015-2019. She was also employed with the Pingtung Christian Hospital Overseas Service Department as a Project Manager. During her stay in Malawi, she lectured at Mzuzu University Department of Biomedical Sciences in courses for epidemiology, health information systems, and supervised student research. Prior to Malawi, she worked with an international NGO in Washington DC from 2012-2013; and worked in Kampala, Uganda in 2011 for her Master’s thesis within a Malaria prevention project. She is residing in Switzerland with her family.

Technical Advisor to LIN from 2019 – 2021.
Managing Director of LIN from November 1st, 2021 – present.

Dr. Kwong-Leung Joseph Yu, International Director

Profession: Medical Doctor
Nativity: Hong Kong
Education: Graduated from Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan as MD. (July1987),Postgraduate Fellow in Addenbrook Hospital, Cambridge, UK (1991), Graduated from Institute of Clinical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan as Master of Science (MSc) (March 1994), Graduated from Institute of Clinical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University as PhD (July 2005).

Postgraduate Training / Post: Postgraduate internship and residency training in department of Anesthesiology (Aug 1986 – July 1991), Postgraduate Consultant in department of Anesthesiology (Aug 1986 -July 2003), Lecturer in College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University (since 1995), Chairman of Department of Anesthesiology, Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University (Aug 2001 – July 2003), Specialty in Anesthesiology (since 1991); in Critical Care Medicine (since 2000); in Palliative Medicine (since 2001); in Pain Medicine (since 1998); subspecialty in Cardiac Anesthesia (since 2002), Certificate for Scale-up training in ARV therapy in Malawi (May, 2004).

Current Post: Superintendent, Ping Tung Christian Hospital, Taiwan (since 2010 April), Director of International Health Cooperation, Ping Tung Christian Hospital, Taiwan (since 2008 Sept), International Director of Luke International Norway, Norway (since June 2008), Associate Professor of College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan (since 2008 Feb), Vice-Superintendent, Education and Research Affairs, Ping-Tung Christian Hospital, Ping-Tung, Taiwan (since 2009 Apr)

Award:

  1. 2008 “3rd Class Decoration”, Department of Health, Taiwan
  2. 2008 “Health Devotion Award” of Health & Promotion Association
  3. 2009 “Kaohsiung Medical University Outstanding Alumni Award”
  4. 2017 “2nd Class Decoration”, Department of Health, Taiwan
  5. 2020 “International Christian Medical and Dental Association HIV/AIDS Initiative Dignity and Right to Health Award”

Hans-Tore Leithe, Administrator

Education:
Studies in Theology and Mission at Fjellhaug School of Missions, Oslo, Norway (1963-64 and -65-69), Communication Studies at “Folk-University of Norway” (1986-87), Cambridge Radio Course, England (1987), Training in Pastoral Care (1995)

Work experience:
Coordinator in Norway for “Billy Graham Euro-70 Crusade” from 1969-70, Director for Youth and Children ministries of Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM) in Norway from1970-75, Missionary for NLM in Indonesia from 1975-83, Director of a Local Community Radio in Stavanger, Norway from 1984-85. Regional Director of ministries of NLM, in Vestfold County, Norway frm1985-8). International Director of Norwegian Mission Alliance (NMA)from 1988-2002, Senior Advisor for Overseas Ministries in NMA from 2002-2005. Consultant for different National and International Institutions and Organizations in Norway and in Asia from 2006 – 2013.

Managing Director of Luke International from 2008 – 2021
Administrator – LIN Head Office, from November 1st, 2021 – present.