Chief Operation Officer

Carsten Völz

COO Carsten Völz

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SOS Children’s Villages International ensures development and innovation to optimise the federation’s programmes to care for and protect children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing it.

Carsten Völz started his career with SOS Children’s Villages International when he was appointed COO in October 2015. During this time, he provided strong leadership on critical issues like organisational ethics and child protection/child safeguarding and established new risk management processes.
Mr Völz’s career spans over more than 20 years in international development and disaster relief.

He started INGO work in 1994 with humanitarian assistance to conflict victims during the genocide in Rwanda, and to refugees in neighbouring countries Zaire and Burundi. He subsequently led and supervised multidisciplinary international teams in grassroots, national, regional and global responsibilities for several leading international humanitarian and development organisations including CARE, Doctors without Borders, Caritas, and Norwegian Refugee Council. He moved on to be Humanitarian Director for Oxfam International before joining SOS Children’s Villages International. He was also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the humanitarian interagency standards-initiative SPHERE and currently - on a pro-bono basis - he is Executive in Residence at the Social Innovation Centre of INDEAD business school.

He is a specialist in strategic development, monitoring and administrating multimillion dollar international project portfolios.

Born in Berlin, Mr Völz has lived and worked in Western Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America. He speaks German, English, French and Russian. He received training in medicine, disaster management, international management, intercultural communications, and adaptive leadership from different universities, including the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Wisconsin.

Mr Völz has authored and co-authored various articles and reports, among others for Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

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