7 May 2018

SOS Children’s Villages USA Appoints Thought Leader Neil Ghosh as CEO

Largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children maximizing impact

Washington, DC (May 7, 2018) - SOS Children’s Villages USA has appointed Neil Ghosh as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Neil-Ghosh-Vietnam-(1).JPGAs SOS Children’s Villages embarks on a
new strategic plan, Ghosh will strengthen and lead the organization to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families in the 135 countries, including the United States, where SOS Children’s Villages operates.

Ghosh was most recently Executive Vice President of Global Fund for Children and prior to that served for nine years as Founder & CEO of SNV USA (affiliate of Netherlands Development Organization), an international development organization addressing systemic poverty in 35 countries. He is also the Founder and Board Chair of Global Youth Initiative.

“Neil Ghosh is a thought leader and strategist and has spent his professional life in the private sector, government and the social sector,” said Robert Baird, Board Chair of SOS Children’s Villages USA. “His childhood experience growing up in Kolkata, India, and his previous work with children and youth give him a unique perspective into the mission of SOS Children’s Villages. With Neil leading the team, SOS is well positioned to maximize the impact of our vital work for children and families around the world and here in the US.”

At the age of 14, Ghosh founded a grassroots organization to support local children and youth in Kolkata, which spurred his involvement in the international development field. Neil has successfully launched and grown non-profit and for-profit operations, building teams, internal structures, business models and strategies to reach organizational goals. He is committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable populations and has a strong track record of mobilizing resources and forming partnerships across sectors with foundations, philanthropists, the private sector, civil society, and governments.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead SOS Children’s Villages USA,” said Ghosh. “220 million children (1 in 10) are at risk of growing up alone, and each year 1 billion children experience physical, sexual or psychological violence. We need to act, and I am extremely impressed by SOS’s comprehensive approach – preventing child abandonment, offering long-term care for children in need, and empowering young people with the resources to reach their full potential.”

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About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages builds loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 135 countries, including the United States. We are the largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.
Through our family support and care programs, schools and jobs skills training and emergency relief efforts, we provide life-changing support to millions of children and families worldwide each year.

Over the last 70 years, our work has been recognized by a multitude of international awards and honors, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa Gold Medal, and the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Media Contact:
Alison Oliveira Wheeler, SOS Children’s Villages, awheeler@sos-usa.org, 202-888-1047