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Associate Secretary | Claude Richli

Claude Richli’s life and career span three continents: Africa, Europe, and North America. Born to missionary parents on the Island of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa, Claude grew up in France and Switzerland. 

He studied in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He earned masters degrees in divinity and in business administration from Andrews University in Michigan. He served as a pastor in Canada and Switzerland, departmental leader, conference secretary and president of the Quebec Conference in Canada. In 2003, when the new East-Central Africa Division was established in Nairobi, Kenya, Claude helped lay its foundation as associate secretary by developing its working policy, and training church administrators and assistant personnel. 

In 2007, he joined the editorial office of Adventist Review and Adventist World where he helped rebrand Adventist Review as its director of marketing, and where he managed the business side and global operations of Adventist World as associate publisher, increasing the number of language editions in print from 3 to 30, distributed to more than 150 countries. He joined Secretariat at the General Conference Session of San Antonio in 2015 to be the liaison to the Trans-European, Inter-European and Southern Asia Pacific Divisions, as well as the Middle East North Africa Union and the Israeli Field. 

Claude is married to Beate, a free-lance graphic designer from Germany. They have two children: Lara and Alessia. Claude enjoys bicycling and learning new languages, currently speaking five fluently.

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