Neil Ghosh

Chief Executive Officer, SOS Children's Villages USA

Neil Ghosh is Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages - USA, part of the world’s largest organization building loving, stable families for orphaned and abandoned children in 135 countries around the world. Neil's experience and expertise span the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Neil has successfully launched and grown several nonprofit and for-profit operations from the ground up and has built internal structures, teams, business models, and strategies to reach organizational goals. Neil was most recently Executive Vice President of Global Fund for Children where he led team during multiple leadership transitions and turned around organization, resulting in greater financial sustainability and more efficient operations. Prior to that, he served for nine years as CEO of SNV USA (affiliate of Netherlands Development Organization), which addresses systemic poverty in 35 countries. Since SNV USA's founding in 2007, the organization has raised more than $120 million from North American donors and partners. He has launched partnerships with USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Master Card Foundation, Ford Foundation, Dubai Cares and IADB. Neil also founded Global Youth Initiative, which was born from a conversation between Neil and Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India and later received support from Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres and many global leaders. GYI's approach was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative. Neil previously founded GlobeTrade Network, a management consultancy, and has consulted for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Deloitte, Citibank and others. Earlier he was Regional Manager for the Australian Trade Commission. Neil grew up in Kolkata, India, and started a grassroots organization to empower local children and youth when he was fourteen. His childhood experiences in Kolkata spurred his involvement in the international development field, after spending more than a decade in the private sector and government agencies. Neil is a Certified Management Consultant with an MBA in international business and an MS in management information systems. He has been featured in print, broadcast, and online media in the United States and abroad, including CNN, Devex, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.