Dean R. Hirsch

Dean R. Hirsch is president and chief executive officer of World Vision International, a global partnership which annually assists over 100 million people in 97 countries, with the priority for focusing its relief, development, and advocacy work on children. A Christian agency with an annual budget of over $2 billion, World Vision's focuses on overcoming poverty while protecting children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and HIV/AIDS. This work connects Dean Hirsch with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as other international institutions such as the UN Security Council on the issue of children in armed conflict, and the World Trade Organization on how trade can reduce poverty. He chairs the Global Movement for Children, an international coalition of organizations, groups, and individuals committed to the well being of children. Mr. Hirsch also serves on the Foundation Board of the Global Humanitarian Forum. A veteran of world trouble spots including Somalia, Cambodia, and North Korea, Dean Hirsch has worked extensively in disaster and post-conflict situations. He has helped set up famine relief in Ethiopia, AIDS prevention efforts in Africa and Asia, and peace building programs in countries such as Bosnia, Rwanda, and El Salvador. Under his leadership, World Vision's income has tripled, allowing the organization's 23,500 staff members to provide health care, education, clean water, emergency food, tools, shelter and technical know-how to millions of the world's poorest people. His mission is to help create a world in which no child suffers or dies for lack of food, clean water, shelter, or protection from exploitation or war. Prior to his appointment as international president of World Vision in 1996, Dean Hirsch served as chief operating officer, vice president for development, and vice president for relief operations for the organization. He joined World Vision in 1976 as manager of computer operations. He holds a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He has also received honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University, Eastern University of Pennsylvania, and Myongji University in Seoul, Korea.