Dr. Wolfgang Jamann joined CARE in March 2015 as the Secretary General and CEO of CARE International, one of the world’s leading non-governmental humanitarian organizations, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Jamann is responsible for coordinating the work of the CARE International confederation, which is composed of 14 national members engaged in emergency relief and long-term development work across the globe.
Dr. Jamann has more than 20 years of experience in development assistance and humanitarian response, and has lived and worked in Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to his current position at CARE, he was the CEO and Chairman of Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action; 2009 – 2015), one of the largest international aid organizations in Germany fighting hunger and poverty, with a particular focus on food security and sustainable development. Between January 2014 and February 2015 he was also president of Alliance 2015, a network of eight European development and humanitarian organizations. Before joining Welthungerhilfe, Dr. Jamann had already gained experience with CARE as CEO of CARE Deutschland-Luxembourg (2004 – 2009). Prior to that, he worked in different roles and countries for World Vision as well as the United Nations Development Programme and the German Foundation for International Development.
Dr. Jamann holds an M.A. in Sociology and a PhD in Development Sociology from Bielefeld University, including fellowships at the National University of Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published several articles and books on East and Southeast Asia and humanitarian issues.
CARE International is a global confederation of 14 National Members and one Affiliate Member with the common goal of fighting global poverty. Each CARE Member is an autonomous non–governmental organization and implements program, advocacy, fundraising and communications activities in its own country and in developing countries where CARE has programs.
In fiscal year 2014, CARE worked in 90 countries around the world. Our projects are implemented through in-country offices, which are managed by one of CARE’s Members. This Member ensures appropriate and inclusive strategic planning and program development, sound financial management and control, and effective personnel hiring and management. CARE also supports projects in a small number of countries where we do not have a full country office.
The CARE International Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices in Brussels, Belgium and New York, U.S.A. Under the leadership of the Secretary General Wolfgang Jamann, the Secretariat coordinates and supports the CARE confederation, represents the confederation at the United Nations and the European Union, and leads CARE’s global advocacy. The Secretariat also houses the CARE Emergency Group and the CARE International Safety and Security Unit.
Partnerships are the foundation of CARE’s work. By working with local groups and governments, we develop a deeper understanding of the context and build local capacity and ownership. CARE works with national and international aid organizations and United Nations agencies to maximize the impact of our work.
CARE’s close relationships with other international and national aid organizations globally give us a wider and more effective reach. CARE promotes alleviating poverty through policy change and consistently makes efforts to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian actions worldwide.