Details on Global Centre Reporting Relationships and Appointments
The restructuring of the Global Centre creates five integrated clusters of
existing and new departments. The clusters are:
Office of the President
Global Field Operations
Finance, Risk & Infrastructure
Strategic & Support Functions
VisionFund, which provides oversight to World Vision’s microfinance operations
in 47 countries, continues as before. Scott Brown, the CEO, reports directly to the
VisionFund Board and the WVI chief operating officer and indirectly to the international
Within the five clusters, reporting relationships and leadership appointments are
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Christian Commitments, Advocacy & Justice for Children, Partnership
Governance, Support Office Engagement, Global Marketing and Legal are directly
responsible to President Kevin Jenkins, who wants to give special attention to these
areas. The chief operating officer continues to report to the president. The chief
financial officer, the CEO of VisionFund, and the Partnership leaders for people &
culture and audit & evaluation have a matrix reporting relationship to the president.
The current vice presidents of Governance (Dan Ole Shani), Advocacy &
Justice for Children (Charles Badenoch), and Global Marketing (Aki Temiseva)
continue to serve in their current roles, but now have the title of ‘Partnership Leader.’
Tim Burgett continues as General Counsel.
Valdir Steuernagel, currently vice president of Christian Commitments, takes
on a new role as Partnership Theologian-at-Large. As such, he will seek to strengthen
our theological underpinnings and Christian identity. A Bible scholar and ordained
Lutheran minister, Valdir has served World Vision as an international board member
and globally-respected Christian leader.
Tim Dearborn, currently director of Christian Commitments programmes,
becomes Partnership Leader - Christian Commitments. Tim joined WVUS in 1997 as
director of the Institute for Global Engagement and later came to WVI. He has pastored
at a Presbyterian Church in Seattle and taught theology in a number of countries.
This cluster brings together the departments of Humanitarian and Emergency
Affairs (HEA), Children in Ministry, Health, Nutrition & Water/Sanitation, the Food
Programming Management Group (FPMG), Islamic Contexts, and Integrated
Programming & Technical Teams (formerly, Transformational Development & Integrated
Technical Teams). These departments report directly to the head of Integrated Ministry.
Advocacy & Justice for Children and Christian Commitments have a matrix reporting
relationship with this team to ensure alignment and integration.
Partnership leadership for ministry expertise – everything from food aid to child
protection – is within this integrated cluster. The senior leaders of the various ministry
areas, whose combined strength represents decades of field and sector experience, will
function as a team of peers, maximising collaboration and best practices in the field.
Ken Casey, currently senior vice president of global operations, and formerly
the head of the HIV&AIDS Hope Initiative, becomes Partnership Leader - Integrated
Ministry. Ken began the Hope Initiative with a concept in 2001 and built it into a $328
million (US) prevention, care and advocacy programme that has touched the lives of 1.5
million children and innumerable donors. He brings to this new position a deep
understanding of our ministry through 17 years of World Vision leadership in
development, finance, strategy, fundraising, and policy and planning.
Within this cluster, the current vice presidents of HEA (Lars Gustavsson),
HEA-Operations (Dan Kelly), Children in Ministry (Kathy Currie), Food
Programming Management Group (Walter Middleton), and Integrated Programming
& Technical Teams (Jaisankar Sarma) continue as ‘Partnership Leaders’.
Martha Newsome, senior director for global health and HIV&AIDS Hope
Initiatives, becomes Partnership Leader - Health, Nutrition & Water/Sanitation. The
HOPE initiative, which she headed after Ken Casey, is now mainstreamed into
Corina Villacorta, currently Latin American & Caribbean regional vice
president, will join the Integrated Ministry team as a Partnership leader. Corina’s new
appointment will be effective on the completion of the search process for a Regional
Leader – Latin America & Caribbean. Since joining World Vision in 1982, Corina has
served as a community development facilitator, a regional director of development
education, national director of WV Peru, the Partnership’s associate director of
leadership development and, since 2004, regional vice president in Latin America & the
Dave Robinson, senior advisor for operations in Islamic contexts, becomes
Partnership Leader - Islamic Contexts, focusing on our field work in Muslim nations.
(The theological understanding of our relationship with Islam remains with Christian
Commitments). Dave, who joined World Vision in 1985 as national director in
Mauritania, later served as Partnership advisor for Christian-Muslim relations and as
regional vice president for the Middle East & Eastern Europe.
GLOBAL FIELD OPERATIONS
Global Field Operations brings together all World Vision’s field work under a
Dirk Booy, executive vice president of World Vision Canada, has been
appointed Partnership Leader – Global Field Operations. Dirk joined World Vision in
1995 as national director in Tanzania. In 2003, he was named vice president of
international and Canadian programmes for WV Canada and became executive vice
president three years later. As WV Canada’s No. 2 executive, he has also been the
accountable executive for Fed Net, a Partnership ‘Big Five’ priority that seeks to manage
technical resources, support and expertise according to ministry and field priorities.
The current regional vice presidents of East Africa (Charles Owubah),
Southern Africa (Bruce Wilkinson), West Africa (Jean-Baptiste Kamate), Middle
East & Eastern Europe (Charles Dokmo) and (Asia & Pacific) Watt Santitawat
continue as regional leaders in the field.
As part of this restructuring, the Asia/Pacific region will be split into the
following two regions: East Asia & Pacific and South Asia. Watt will assume
responsibility for East Asia & Pacific on the completion of the search process for a
Regional Leader – South Asia.
FINANCE, RISK & INFRASTRUCTURE
This cluster includes Global Finance, Information Technology, Risk Management
and Corporate Services/Infrastructure. This enlarged team consolidates financial strategy
with IT, infrastructure and corporate risk allowing for better planning and efficiency.
Ken Williams, the chief financial officer, leads this cluster. The current heads
of IT (Adam Bricker, chief information officer), Risk Management (Christine Naylor)
and Corporate Services (Tony Moniaga) continue as Partnership Leaders in their
respective areas. The leaders of the Global Finance team also continue in their current
STRATEGIC & SUPPORT FUNCTIONS
This cluster includes the functions of People & Culture, Strategy Management,
Communications, Audit & Evaluation, Collaboration/Innovation and a new office of
Partnership Accountability & Integrated Review. These functions continue to report to
the COO. The chief audit officer also reports to the chair of the WVI Board Audit
The current leaders of People & Culture (Bessie Vaneris), Audit & Evaluation
(Eric Fullilove) and Collaboration/Innovation (Lars Gustavsson) continue as
Partnership Leaders in their respective areas.
Chris Pitt, currently senior vice president for organisational effectiveness,
assumes a new role as Partnership Executive – Special Projects. Chris, who led the Our
Future process, will work with the office of Collaboration/Innovation, the chief
operating officer and other senior leaders to develop new and more effective ways of
managing World Vision’s work internally and its business collaboration externally. He
will help set up a Projects Oversight function covering all global projects. Chris
previously served as WV Romania national director and has extensive NGO,
government and business experience.
Ian Curtis, who has held several senior leadership roles in his 31-year career
with World Vision, becomes Partnership Leader - Accountability & Integrated Review.
Ian headed the Partnership’s $350 million relief and recovery response to the 2004
Asian tsunami, the emergency response to the 2003 war in Iraq, and the financial
administration of the 1984-85 relief programme for the famine in Ethiopia. He was also
national director in Azerbaijan, a senior executive on policy, government relations, and
programmes for WV Australia, and a finance or administrative director in Bangladesh,
Singapore and Indonesia.
This new office of Partnership Accountability & Integrated Review includes the
existing areas of Global Accountability, Peer Review, Security, Civilian-Military Relations
and a to-be-created area of Partnership Projects Oversight. A major emphasis will be
tracking Partnership projects to ensure that they meet their goals, avoid duplication and
Liz Mackinlay, currently senior director of the Office of Strategy Management
(OSM), becomes Partnership Leader - Strategy. Liz joined World Vision in Cambodia in
2003 as a gender, disability and research advisor. She later served on the Our Future
strategy team, co-directing the integrated strategy pilot in Latin America. She became
OSM director in 2007.
John McCoy, currently vice president of communications, will retire after the
Triennial Council in August. A search for his successor as global communications leader
will begin soon.