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Two New Members Elected to International Board of Directors

During the August meeting of FFI’s International Board of Directors in Manchester, U.K., the Board elected two new members, formally saying goodbye to Ivan Ng, Fred Opondo, and Kurt Haefeli who will be finishing their four-year term in December 2017. James Permana, from the USA, and Krisztina Balogh, from Hungary were put forward by the Nominating Committee. They were unanimously approved and will join the Board of Directors beginning January 2018.

Read more about these new Board Members here!

Krisztina Balogh

Krisztina has grown up with Friendship Force, as her family joined the organization in 1991 when she was only 21 years old. She is an English language teacher and a certified accountant, and she has lived in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, all of her life.

Krisztina has had several positions in her club throughout the years, serving as president most recently. When she has some spare time, she is keen on watching films, reading, and meeting new people.


James Permana

James Permana lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and works as a healthcare data consultant. Friendship Force has been instrumental in shaping his love and appreciation of international friendship in high school when he participated in the first International Summer Institute (later renamed “Global Youth Institute”). James hosted international guests through Sisters Cities International and Youth For Understanding, and he was a pioneer member of the CouchSurfing community.

James also volunteers as an ESL tutor, an income tax preparer, and works at the information desk at O’Hare International Airport through Traveler’s Aid. James travels extensively domestically for work and internationally for fun. He has been all over Asia and Europe and looks forward to exploring new countries with FFI.