Kevin Jenkins became President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision International in October 2009. His goal in leading the Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation is to achieve meaningful, lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable communities, with a focus on children. He previously served the organisation as a volunteer board member with World Vision Canada.
Before joining World Vision, Mr. Jenkins had a 25 year career in business. This included serving as President and CEO of Canadian Airlines, President and CEO of The Westaim Corporation (turning technological innovations into marketable products), and as a Managing Director of TriWest Capital Partners (a private equity firm).
Travelling extensively, Mr. Jenkins spends time in communities with children, families and staff in many of the 96 countries where World Vision works. He has visited development projects across the world and participated in responses to many relief emergencies, including those in Nepal, South Sudan, the Philippines and the Middle East.
Mr. Jenkins has been a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals and has engaged the global faith community on the moral imperative to end extreme poverty in our generation.
Mr. Jenkins is a member of a number of global organisations which, amongst other things, pursue sustainable improvements in well-being for the world’s most vulnerable communities, the increased effectiveness of civil society and excellence in governance. He is a member of the Board of the International Civil Society Centre and serves on the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, which represents the largest agencies that respond to relief crises. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Jenkins has a law degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is based at World Vision International’s Executive Office near London, United Kingdom. He has been married for over 35 years and has three adult children.