The General Council of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), during its annual meeting in Königstein April 21, has nominated the successor of the current Secretary General Antonia Willemsen (64), who will retire in May 2005.
The next Secretary General will be Dr. Norbert Neuhaus (50), a German national. He studied economics at the University of Bonn and received a doctorate in international economics from the Sorbonne in Paris. For more than 27 years he has been a member of the Catholic Personal Prelature Opus Dei.
His professional experiences include heading the department for market-studies at the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris, managing one of the companies of Werhahn group where he was responsible for the French and Spanish branches, and serving as Vice-mayor of the city of Trier in which he was in charge of 9 services and 10 municipally owned companies.
Since 1999, he has been working as an independent business consultant, especially for Catholic entities. Dr. Neuhaus has traveled extensively in West-, Central- and South-East Europe, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Japan and the USA.