Vienna - 2 April 2023

New Chief Program Officer takes office at SOS Children’s Villages International

Ms Angela Maria Rosales has been appointed Chief Program Officer (CPO) of SOS Children’s Villages International starting 1 April 2023.   

Prior to joining SOS Children’s Villages International, Ms Rosales led SOS Children’s Villages in Colombia for more than 12 years. During that time, she worked to innovate quality care services adapted to local contexts and centred on children and young people in her country. Ms Rosales also led national level coalitions to advance children’s rights, leveraged the support of key stakeholders and partners, and solidified the relationship between SOS Children’s Villages and governmental agencies. Before joining SOS Children’s Villages in Colombia, Ms Rosales worked for the UNDP, national NGOs and the government of Colombia.

The CPO will focus primarily on program implementation, quality of childcare and humanitarian response. She will also lead the five International Office Regions, with Regional Directors reporting directly to her. Ms Rosales will join CEO Ingrid Johansen and COO Steffen Braasch in the GSC Executive Board

President Wordofa said: “Angela has demonstrated passion and knowledge of childcare solutions along with the appetite for program innovation and improvement. She brings to the role of Chief Program Officer the competence to listen to variety of views, and effectively collaborate to find solutions for problems.

“Angela is a courageous and seasoned woman who dares to challenge the status quote, unafraid to ask difficult questions and willing to make tough decisions when it matters. I am confident she will contribute to improving our programs for defending the rights and meeting the needs of disadvantaged children worldwide,” President Wordofa added.

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