The Reverend Matthew Ross is Programme Executive for Diakonia and Capacity Building with the World Council of Churches (since June 2018), based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is from the city of Dundee, Scotland and has degrees in law and divinity from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a postgraduate Master of Theology degree from the University of Glasgow. He was ordained in 1998 as a Minister of the Church of Scotland. He served as a parish minister in Church of Scotland congregations in Fife (1998-2003) and near Edinburgh (2009-2014), where he developed a keen interest in Diakonia.