MILLWOOD, Va., Dec. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Project HOPE is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Skopec, a leader in global health development and humanitarian relief, as its new Executive Vice President.
Reporting to the President and CEO, Chris Skopec will oversee Project HOPE’s global health programs worldwide and lead the NGO’s response to emergencies.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Chris to Project HOPE as a member of our senior leadership team and believe he will play a key role in driving our global health development strategy as we confront the greatest health challenges of our time,” said Tom Kenyon, M.D., M. P. H., President and CEO of Project HOPE. “His expertise in humanitarian work will undoubtedly help refine our approach to disaster response and linkages with development programs based on local needs.”
Project HOPE is active in 29 countries in maternal, neonatal and child health, combating infectious and noncommunicable diseases, training the health workforce, and providing medical volunteers. It also publishes the leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, and is involved in emergency response and need-driven GIK.
Mr. Skopec previously served as Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at International Medical Corps (IMC) after leading IMC’s International Operations for four years. In his role as Director of International of Operations, he managed 30 country programs in five regions of the world, overseeing thousands of field staff, hundreds of projects and over $260 million in annual project work since 2011.
At IMC, Mr. Skopec also nurtured the development of new country programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean and helped grow IMC’s operations to $408 million since 2007.
“I am excited to join Project HOPE’s global team to further its mission of building health capacity to save lives and to collaborate with partners in the field and the private sector to strive for sustainable solutions to serious health challenges,” said Chris Skopec.
He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego. He also attended the University of Legon in Ghana for African Studies and served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan.

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS Hope, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, and conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 30 countries. Visit our website or follow us on Twitter @projecthopeorg.

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