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 children. He previously served the organisation as a sponsor, volunteer, fund-raiser and Board member with World Vision Canada.
Born in Western Canada, Mr Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. After serving in a number of senior roles with Canadian Airlines, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and helped the company develop into an airline with over 100 aircraft and 16,000 employees. Mr Jenkins went on to lead The Westaim Corporation, turning technological innovations into marketable products.
Before joining World Vision, Mr Jenkins served 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 participated in relief emergency work in Africa and post-earthquake Haiti, visited development projects, talked with microfinance recipients and launched advocacy campaigns.
Mr Jenkins is a member of a number of global organisations which, amongst other things, pursue practical, sustainable health improvements for the world’s most vulnerable women and children, the increased effectiveness of civil society and excellence in governance. Mr Jenkins is based at World Vision’s Global Centre Executive Office near London, United Kingdom. He has been married for over 30 years and has three adult children.