Johny Messo

President, World Council of Arameans (Syriacs)
New York, New York

Mr. Johny Messo obtained his propaedeutics in Theology at the Evangelical Theological Higher Education in Veenendaal near Utrecht (1999) and his B.A. degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures from Leiden University (2007). For the past 20 years, he has been actively engaged with the Aramaic (Syriac) Christians and he has worked for different organizations, including the Foundation Study Center Aramea between 2003 and 2008.

From October 2008 onward, Mr. Messo has been defending and promoting the human rights and interests of the Aramean (Syriac) people as the president of the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs). Since 1983, this is the worldwide umbrella organization of the Arameans (Syriacs) that, moreover, has been recognized in 1999 as an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Mr. Messo has published many articles and has given numerous speeches and lectures across Europe, America, Australia, India and the Middle East concerning past, present and future questions pertaining to the Aramean (Syriac) people. His latest book appeared in November 2017 and is entitled “Arameans and the Making of ‘Assyrians’: The Last Aramaic-speaking Christians of the Middle East.”

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