Our speakers

Charles Santiago, Malaysia

Charles Santiago (born 1 November 1960) is a Malaysian politician and is Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Klang constituency in Selangor. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) party in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.

Charles was first elected to Parliament in the 2008 election winning the seat of Klang from the governing Barisan Nasional coalition. Prior to his election, he was an economist and worked for non-governmental organisations such as the Coalition Against Water Privatisation and Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation Malaysia.

Charles was also a national leader of the Malaysian YCW during the 1970s and 1980s. Charles Santiago is a Resource Person to the Cardijn Community International (CCI).



Stefan Gigacz, Australia

Stefan Gigacz (born 2 September 1955 in Australia) is currently completing a PhD thesis on the role of Joseph Cardijn at Vatican II. He formerly worked for the Australian YCW and the International YCW as the International Treasurer. Later, he coordinated the YCW History Project of the International Cardijn Foundation (ICF).

Stefan played a key role in organising the History Colloquy in Brussels in 2000 as part of the 75th anniversary of the IYCW.

Stefan is one of the founding members of CCI and presently its International President.

Ms Vanajaa Augustine, India

Ms Vanajaa Augustine, a former YCS/YSM leader from India is a qualified and experienced development professional with an in-depth experience in Community Development, Gender issues, Micro-enterprise management, NGO liaison and Human Resource Development. Presently she works as a State Programme Coordinator at Rainbow Foundation India, Chennai.

Vanajaa Augustine was one of the resource persons who assisted Cardijn Community India in compiling a training module on See-Judge-Act. She presented a detailed paper on Hinduism which could be found in the module.


Simon Kabanda, Zambia
A member of CCI, Zambia and former YCW, WMCW and IMAC Chaplain. Simon Kabanda is a multi-talented personality. He is a human rights trainer, activist and Development Consultant. Also a writer, socio-political analyst and Herbal Health Consultant.
Besides being active in various NGOs in Zambia, Simon Kabanda was also the Diocesan Coordinator for Justice and Peace Commission.
Simon Kabanda was a member of the technical committee for drafting the Zambian Constitution (2011-2013)
Fr. Dr. X. D. Selvaraj, India
Father Dr. X. D. Selvaraj is a well known theologian in India. His bold and critical approach to the social commitment of the Church is well received by the laity and clergy alike thanks to his cordial approach to everyone and his simple life-style. As a Professor in moral theology he taught in St. Paul's Seminary, Tiruchirapalli for many years.
Hailing from Tuticorin diocese in south India, Father Selvaraj has served in various capacities both at the local and national level. He was the National Executive Secretary to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Laity. He led the Catholic Priests Conference of India (CCPI) as its President.
Father Selvaraj held the office of the Vicar General of Tuticorin diocese for some time before he relinquished it to take up freelance ministry.
Father Selvaraj is closely associated with the Cardijn Community India. He was a key-note speaker at the CCI International Conference in Manila in 2012.