Mark Raper SJ
Fr Mark Raper has been President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific since March 2008. As president, he works with an assembly of major superiors to coordinate and facilitate the mission of the Society of Jesus in Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Prior to becoming president, Fr Raper served as Provincial of the Jesuits in Australia from 2002 to 2008. He was President of Catholic Religious Australia from 2005 to 2007.
During a sabbatical year in 2001, Fr Raper held a visiting chair at the Center for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA, and subsequently worked in Battambang, Cambodia for several months.
Fr Raper spent 20 years in the service of refugees, first as the Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service for Asia Pacific beginning in 1982 and he set up a base for JRS in Bangkok, Thailand where he stayed from 1985 to the end of 1989 and then as the International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, based in Rome, Italy from 1990 to 2000.
In 2001 he was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to refugees. In 2004, he received the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) 2004 Human Rights Award, in recognition of his 30 years of commitment to the advancement of human rights.