Rad Kivette is a consultant who has worked closely with a number of foreign governments, NGO’s, and major corporations including the Vietnamese Ministries of Education and Training, the World Bank, and the Asia Development Bank.
Rad has experience in organizational development, program creation, and fundraising. He is knowledgeable on ethnic minorities, women’s issues, health, and education for underserved areas. Rad, who completed his graduate work at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, got his start in management at Hanes Hosiery in Winston Salem, NC. He later operated his own mill. After visiting Croatia and Bosnia on a humanitarian mission, he sold his business and became the executive vice president of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, one of the largest NGOs in the world, for 12 years.
He eventually started an organization that concentrated on Southeast Asia and moved to Vietnam. He joined East Meets West Foundation in 2006 and become Director of Development afterwards.
In 2009, Vietnam awarded Kivette the Medal of Peace and Freedom Among the Nations, the highest honor given to a foreigner for his development work in the country.