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Christopher Hoffman began in the humanitarian industry in 1999 following an international childhood of living in some of the most remote places in the world in Africa and South America. Chris currently sits as the Managing Director of the Garrison Institute International, advising directly on the Contemplative Based Resilience Project, aiming to bring mindfulness and psycho-social support to humanitarians throughout the world. Chris began Humanity Link in 2018, a private to humanitarian brokerage firm that links innovative companies in a myriad of sectors with humanitarian agencies to meaningfully engage in complex environments.
Chris brings 20 years of experience in the field of humanitarian and development innovation and has a diverse background in varied settings including academia and corporate environments, with extensive experience in non-profit humanitarian innovation and operations. At World Vision, he oversaw more than $400 Million USD in programming in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs division in East Africa as well as set humanitarian response strategies and service delivery across the region, covering nine countries with more than 1,000,000 beneficiaries per month. He was responsible for humanitarian units in each country including response units in high profile/security settings, which support the relevant governments and United Nation’s work in country.
With World Vision, Chris led several regional initiatives that have garnered global attention. The WorldView predictive modeling tool for early warning in disasters is lauded by innovation and industry executives alike, as a one-of-a-kind methodology to predicting conflict in fragile settings. He was also fortunate enough to secure seed-funding from Google, the World Food Programme and USAID Food for Peace for the Food ATM—a revolutionary change in the way food is distributed in displacement settings.
Previously, Chris was the Regional Senior Emergency and Post Crisis Adviser United Nations Migration Agency (IOM). At that time, he oversaw the implementation of emergency and stabilization programming in 54 countries expanding the portfolio by 15% over 3 years. He championed several innovative hard and soft initiatives including the Displacement Tracking Matrix, the premier displacement-monitoring tool globally. He secured funds as well as staffing to implement Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives throughout the region and quadrupled IOM funding in this area during his tenure. The Open Spaces Earthquake Preparedness Initiative that he developed is now a global best practice for cities throughout the world, including Kathmandu which used the approach during the recent earthquake and was seen to save thousands of lives.
He works together with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on a number of master’s level programmes as a guest lecturer and advisor. He also serves on the board of Sawa World, a one-of-a-kind bottom up NGO seeking to reach 1 billion people over the next 20 years.
Following his attendance at Lehigh University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and another in International Business, Christopher joined the United States Peace Corps and following his time there, he returned to University to finalize his Master's in Project Management--a tool he credits with leading him towards higher-level strategic thought and innovation.
Chris has more than 25 humanitarian certifications from universities and organizations throughout the world and is a trainer at the NATO School in Oberramergau, Germany on Civil Military Coordination and is a Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management trainer. Chris currently stays in Groningen, the Netherlands.