Chris

Hoffman

Strategic Philanthropy Adviser
Corporate/Humanitarian Broker

A highly creative and results-driven professional with extensive multi-contextual regional and national level management experience. More than 20 years of development and humanitarian sector dedicated experience within complex environments, that requires a high-level of visibility, innovation and representation

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01 PROFILE

FUNDRAISING

 

Team leader of efforts securing over $600 Million USD in programming over the past 14 years in humanitarian assistance and development programming from numerous government bi-lateral donors including: USAID (OFDA, FFP) ECHO, DFID, DFAT, US BPRM, GAC, and Japan, across North America, Africa and Asia.  I have supported large-scale innovative programming through private funding related directly to energy, green technologies and connectivity raising over $7 Million USD in FY 18.


INNOVATION

 

Have led key initiatives with large private and public firms to increase sustainability, impact and profitability.  Currently managing 16 separate innovative initiatives that have the potential to scale globally in a number of areas such as:  cooking energy, electriciation, food distribution, predictive modeling, and financial inclusion.

NETWORKS

I have built strong partnerships with leading non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, national governments, and community based organizations in over 30 countries throughout Africa and Asia.  Through my participation in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Government led initiatives as well as other global forums.

REPRESENTATION

Over the past 14 years I developed and provided advisory assistance to Governments and the United Nations during major emergencies in Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean and have provided relevant thematic training to more than 2000 individuals on innovative approaches to management and implementation.

 
 

02 Field Experience

03 WORK Experience

2019

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Garrison Institute International

2019

BOARD MEMBER
Sawa World International

2018

CEO
Humanity Link

2015-2019

HUMANITARIAN DIRECTOR
World Vision International

2011-2015

POST CRISIS SPECIALIST
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2012-2013

CHIEF OF MISSION a.i Timor-Leste
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2010-2011

SENIOR OPERATIONS OFFICER
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2009-2010

EMERGENCY OFFICER
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2007-2009

LOGISTICS CHIEF
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2006-2007

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
748 Air Services Ltd.

2004-2006

OPERATIONS OFFICER
International Organization for Migration (UN)

2003-2004

COUNTRY MANAGER
ICROSS

2002-2003

INSTRUCTOR
ECA Institute

1999-2001

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER
United States Government
 
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04 Biography

Christopher Hoffman began in the humanitarian industry in 1999 following an international childhood of living in some of the most remote places in the world in Africa and South America. Chris currently sits as the Managing Director of the Garrison Institute International, advising directly on the Contemplative Based Resilience Project, aiming to bring mindfulness and psycho-social support to humanitarians throughout the world. Chris began Humanity Link in 2018, a private to humanitarian brokerage firm that links innovative companies in a myriad of sectors with humanitarian agencies to meaningfully engage in complex environments.


Chris brings 20 years of experience in the field of humanitarian and development innovation and has a diverse background in varied settings including academia and corporate environments, with extensive experience in non-profit humanitarian innovation and operations. At World Vision, he oversaw more than $400 Million USD in programming in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs division in East Africa as well as set humanitarian response strategies and service delivery across the region, covering nine countries with more than 1,000,000 beneficiaries per month. He was responsible for humanitarian units in each country including response units in high profile/security settings, which support the relevant governments and United Nation’s work in country.


With World Vision, Chris led several regional initiatives that have garnered global attention. The WorldView predictive modeling tool for early warning in disasters is lauded by innovation and industry executives alike, as a one-of-a-kind methodology to predicting conflict in fragile settings. He was also fortunate enough to secure seed-funding from Google, the World Food Programme and USAID Food for Peace for the Food ATM—a revolutionary change in the way food is distributed in displacement settings.


Previously, Chris was the Regional Senior Emergency and Post Crisis Adviser United Nations Migration Agency (IOM). At that time, he oversaw the implementation of emergency and stabilization programming in 54 countries expanding the portfolio by 15% over 3 years. He championed several innovative hard and soft initiatives including the Displacement Tracking Matrix, the premier displacement-monitoring tool globally. He secured funds as well as staffing to implement Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives throughout the region and quadrupled IOM funding in this area during his tenure. The Open Spaces Earthquake Preparedness Initiative that he developed is now a global best practice for cities throughout the world, including Kathmandu which used the approach during the recent earthquake and was seen to save thousands of lives.


He works together with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on a number of master’s level programmes as a guest lecturer and advisor. He also serves on the board of Sawa World, a one-of-a-kind bottom up NGO seeking to reach 1 billion people over the next 20 years.


Following his attendance at Lehigh University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and another in International Business, Christopher joined the United States Peace Corps and following his time there, he returned to University to finalize his Master's in Project Management--a tool he credits with leading him towards higher-level strategic thought and innovation.


Chris has more than 25 humanitarian certifications from universities and organizations throughout the world and is a trainer at the NATO School in Oberramergau, Germany on Civil Military Coordination and is a Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management trainer. Chris currently stays in Groningen, the Netherlands.


He may be contacted at chrishoffmandrm@gmail.com or via Skype at chrishoffmandrm.

 

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