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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. He now provides strategic oversight on more than $400 Million USD of humanitarian programming in East Africa for the world's largest child focused non-profit.
Chris brings 18 years of experience in the field of humanitarian and development innovation and has a diverse background in a myriad of settings including university and corporate settings, with extensive experience in non-profit humanitarian innovation and operations. At World Vision, he oversees the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs division as well as sets humanitarian direction and coordinates infrastructure and service delivery across the region, covering nine countries with more than 1,000,000 beneficiaries per month. He is responsible for humanitarian units in each country including response units in high profile/security settings, which support the relevant governments and United Nations work in country.
Previously, Chris was the Regional Senior Emergency and Post Crisis Adviser in the United Nations with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) where he had a similar portfolio. At IOM, he oversaw the implementation of emergency and stabilization programming in 54 countries expanding the portfolio by 15% over 3 years. He championed a number of 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 a number of 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.
Currently with World Vision, Chris has led a number of regional initiatives that are now garnering global attention. His recent 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 works together with the University of Leiden and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands to assist Master's candidates on how best to perform in the humanitarian sphere while innovating on the fly.
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 volunteered for two years in Malindi, Kenya focusing on dairy cattle management in coastal settings. Following his time there, Chris 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 18 humanitarian certifications from universities and organizations throughout the world and is a trainer at the NATO School in Oberramergau, Germany on Civil Military Coordination. Chris currently stays in Nairobi Kenya.