Our leadership


Fred Witteveen


Fred Witteveen

“My childhood dream was to be a diplomat.”

Three words that best describe him

curious, passionate, courageous

What’s his role and connection to the cause?

Fred is devoted to helping the most vulnerable children, their families and their communities overcome adversity and achieve their dreams.

The global humanitarian’s reputation for improving results in complex situations has led him on diverse journeys. Fred has gone from leading a multi-ethnic church in Canada to facilitating conflict mitigation in Kenya, to overseeing the transition from emergency relief to development programming in Pakistan. Most recently, he grew an established sponsorship program into a juggernaut for development and humanitarian grant growth in Bangladesh.

The dynamic, supportive leader comes to Children Believe from global senior roles at World Vision and World Renew. Prior to that, he founded and pastored the multi-ethnic Friendship Community Church in Toronto.

Fred encourages individuals and organizations to flourish by tapping into his expertise in organizational and program assessments, operations management, strategic planning as well as coaching and group facilitation, among other skill sets.

What academic work set him up for success?

Fred holds a masters in business from Toronto’s Schulich School of Business at York University; a masters in divinity from Michigan’s Calvin Theological Seminary; and a bachelor of arts from Michigan’s Calvin College.

Interesting tidbit

Fred enjoys long-distance running, mountain biking, trekking and cooking with friends and family.

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