Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga University

MSC Box 2461
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane WA 99258

Denver, Colorado

Global Production & Academic Support Center

3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221

Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University

Room 6309
2115 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C. 2000

Geneva, Switzerland

Global Headquarters

18, rue Jacque Dalphin
1227 Carouge/GE
Geneva, Switzerland

Munich, Germany

Munich School of Philosophy

Kaulbachstrasse 22a
80539 München

Chennai - 600 034, India

Mangai Ananda Illam

2nd Floor
#19, Mahalingam Street,
Chennai - 600 034

Lilongwe, Malawi

There is Hope

PO Box 30485
Lilongwe 3

Erbil, Irak

Catholic University

189 District,
44003 Ankawa - Erbil

Global Offices

Who we are?

Learning together to transform the world

Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) is a collaborative global partnership comprised of organisations, institutions, companies, and above all, people, to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities. It draws on the rich and centuries long Jesuit tradition of higher education and through a blended on-site and online approach mobilises the resources of Jesuit and other worldwide networks of educational institutions.

Work accomplished by many volunteers, local and virtual partnerships, a lean executive team and the commitment from the students over the past nine years continues to move JWL forward in achieving its mission: Learning Together to Transform the World

Our three pillars

Higher education for people at the margins is the core and ultimate purpose of JWL. The highest academic quality and rigour form the central pillar. Jesuit universities and mission-aligned organisations as awarding institutions, together with JWL's  highly qualified academic team, oversee and ensure the quality of this education. JWL wants the best for the 'least'. 

The academic teaching of JWL enhances critical thinking, a culture of posing questions and doing systematic research. In partnership with research institutions, JWL studies the impact of higher education in communities at the margins, how it forms and empowers individual leaders and communities to transform their own reality.

Information technology (IT) and the internet form the second pillar of JWL. Ever growing global connectedness allows us to virtually bring the university to marginalised communities anywhere in the world. Rapid technological developments provide new and creative solutions. 

IT experts from various partner universities work with our team to find innovative solutions for and support our global community of partners organisations and thousands of students.

JWL stays close to the ground and has built a lean but strong operational capacity which serves as its third pillar. We work hand in hand with partner organisations, community learning centre coordinators and tutors in the field, often in very volatile contexts (conflict and post-conflict situations), where institutions and infrastructures have been destroyed. Our capacity to find flexible and practical solutions in changing environments guarantees that students can finish their online studies. 

JWL project and financial reporting and policies and human resource policies are in place to ensure transparency and accountability.



In 2010, a private donor supported a three-year pilot project which became known as Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). During the pilot phase, JC:HEM developed a sustainable, scalable, transferable model to ensure those who live at the margins have access to higher education. In this phase, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was the sole on-site partner, and two academic programmes were developed to serve students: The Diploma of Liberal Studies and Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLTs). The programmes were developed through input from refugees and host community members, as well as input from JRS, faculty, and universities.
In September 2016, JC:HEM changed its name to Jesuit Worldwide Learning - Higher Education at the Margins (JWL).  Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., was appointed Executive President and global headquarters were moved to Geneva, Switzerland. 

Washington D.C.
Georgetown University

Room 6309
2115 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, D.C. 20036

Denver, Colorado
Regis University

3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221

Spokane, Washington
Gonzaga University

MSC Box 2461
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258

Geneva, Switzerland          
Global Headquarters    
18, rue Jacques-Dalphin
1227 Carouge/GE 
Geneva, Switzerland

Munich, Germany
Jesuit Worldwide Learning Förderverein

Kaulbachstrasse 31a
80539 München, Germany

Lilongwe, Malawi
Jesuit Worlwide Learning

P.O. Box 2389

Chennai, India
Jesuit Worldwide Learning

Loyola College
Sterling Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai - 600 034

Erbil, Iraq

Shoresh Street
Kurdistan Region of Iraq





Fr. Peter Balleis SJ

Executive President


Fr. Bernhard Bürgler SJ

JWL President

Fr. Dr. Christian Rutishauser SJ

JWL Vice-President


Leadership Group

Fr. Dr. Stefan Hengst SJ
Executive Vice-President, Academic Affairs & Research

Armando Borja
Chief of Operations & Finance & CEO of JWL USA

Christa Davis Bathany
Chief of Staff & Human Resources & CEO of JWL Förderverein e.V.


Dr. S. Saraswathi Janaki
Global Registar & Chief Information Officer

Academic & IT Support

Dr. Martha Habash
Academic Director, USA

Susanna Ablewhite 
Global English Language Programme Director

Dr. Marie Friedemann
Regis/JWL Programme Director

Dr. Isabella Rega
Global Research Director

Mélodie Honen-Delmar
Global Academic Operations & Research Manager

Tracy Jenkins
Assistant Registrar

Suman Tony
Systems Support Administrator

Jane Rexina
Systems Support Manager

Priyadharshini Venkatesan
Systems Support Professional

Vignesh Kannan 
Academic Systems Professional


Alessandra Carminati
Corporate Communications Manager

Derek Lewis
Global Finance Manager

Magdalena Nauderer
Operations Intern, JWL Iraq

Dennis Momanyi
JWL Country Representative Kenya

Joseph K. Masawanie
JWL Country Representative Malawi

Pierre Ngueahou
Finance Intern

Founding Board (FB)  JWL Swiss Association

JWL President 
Fr.  Bernhard Bürgler SJ

Provincial of ECE
Munich, Germany

JWL Vice-President
Fr. Dr. Christian Rutishauser SJ 
Delegate for School and Higher Education, ECE
Zürich, Switzerland

JWL Secretary 
DDr. Johannes Wallacher 

President of Munich School of Philosophy
Munich, Germany

JWL Treasurer
Fr. Toni Kurmann SJ  
Director of Jesuiten Weltweit, Switzerland
Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Wolfgang Palaver 
University of Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria

Fr. Philip Geister SJ
Rector, Newman Institute
Uppsala, Sweden

Fr. Vidmantas Simkunas SJ
Executive Director, Regional Office of the ECE in Lithuania
Vilnius, Lithuania

Financial  Controller  
Mr. Pascal Rivollet
SFER Geneva Finance Controller
Geneva, Switzerland

JWL Global Advisory Board (GAB)

Chair of GAB
Fr. Dr. Michael Garanzini SJ
AJCU President
Washington, D.C., USA

Ms. Tanja Birkholz
Board Member, SCHUFA Holding AG
Chair, Operations & Finance Sub-Committee
Frankfurt, Germany

Fr. Dr. Joseph Maria Christie SJ
Secretary for Higher Education, Jesuit Curia Rome

Fr. Dr. John Fitzgibbons SJ
President of Regis University
Denver, Colorado,USA

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien
President, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Eichstätt, Germany

Fr. Dr. Daniel Hendrickson SJ 
President of Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Dr. Cheok Peng Lim
Senior Advisor, Director

Ms. Manuela Balett
CEO, Lepold Bachmann Stiftung
Rueshlikorn, Switzerland

Dr. Thayne McCulloh
President of Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington State, USA

Mr. Judd Nicholson
Vice-President CIO Georgetown University
Chair, IT Sub-Committee
Washington, D.C., USA

Fr. Mark Raper SJ
Jesuit Superior, Field Partner
Yangon, Myanmar

Fr. Dr. Antony Uvari SJ
Vice Chancellor, Xavier University Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, India

Fr. Klaus Vathroeder SJ
Jesuit Missions Procurator & Chairman JWL e.V.

Fr. Pedro Walpole SJ
Global Coordinator Eco-Jesuit, Environmentalist, Field Partner
Bindung, Philippines

Fr. Dr. Kifle Wansamo SJ
Dean, Hekima University College
Nairobi, Kenya


JWL Global Leadership Team (GLT)

Fr. Peter Balleis SJ
JWL Executive President 
Geneva, Switzerland

Fr. Dr. Stefan Hengst SJ
Executive Vice-President, Academic Affairs & Research
Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Saraswathi Janaki
Chief Information Officer & Registrar
Chennai, India

Mrs. Christa Bathany
Chief of Staff & Human Resources & CEO of JWL Förderverein e.V.
Munich, Germany

Mr. Armando Borja
Chief of Operations & Finance & CEO of JWL USA
Washington, D.C., USA



Jesuit Worldwide Learning USA, as a 501 c(3) entity organized in the State of Washington in the United States of America has a Board of Directors comprising, Fr. Dr. Michael Garanzini SJ, Fr. Peter Balleis SJ, Fr. Dr. John Fitzgibbons SJ, Fr. Dr. Daniel Hendrickson SJ, Dr. Dave Lambert, Dr. Susan Malisch, Dr. Thayne McCulloh and Dr. Judd Nicholson.

JWL Germany

Jesuit Worldwide Learnign Föderverein e.V. Organized in Munich, Germany with Board Members comprising Fr Klaus Väthröder SJ, Fr. Jan Roser SJ, Fr. Peter Balleis SJ, Fr. Johann Spermann SJ, Fr. Stefan Hengst SJ, Ms. Katrin Morales, Ms. Judith Behnen.