Paul Macek

Vice President of Programs, World Cocoa Foundation

Focus Areas: Community Empowerment Farmer Livelihoods Human Rights

Paul Macek is the Vice President of Programs for the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF flagship’s portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him nearly 20 years’ experience in community based development and humanitarian work.

Before joining WCF, Paul was the Senior Director for food security and livelihoods with World Vision US (WVUS), a large, international relief and development NGO. While at WVUS, Paul led a team responsible for the acquisition and implementation of more than 30 programs and projects worldwide. The annual $85 million portfolio of projects comprised a diverse range of technical areas that included food security, agriculture, humanitarian assistance, climate change and adaptation, and economic develop. Paul was particularly instrumental in developing multi-sector food security programs and new, innovative approaches to relying on local markets and regional purchases to source food assistance for needy populations more efficiently than traditional forms. Prior to joining World Vision US in August 2009, Paul held several prominent positions with Catholic Relief Services throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These positions included Country Representative (Uganda and Zambia); Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa; Regional Emergency Representative in Southern Africa; and Program Manager in Benin and South Sudan in Africa.

Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) with a BA in History and Political Science and holds an MA in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) with a focus on development studies and political economy.