Alumni Stories

Karl Hofmann (F’83)

President and CEO, Population Services International

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Karl Hofmann

Hofmann says he had his “eyes opened” at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and was particularly inspired by his economics professors. He sees the Jesuit values as good training for public service and appreciates how they have guided him throughout his life. After his graduation, Hofmann joined the Foreign Service and enjoyed a 23-year career as a diplomat, serving in the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Washington, D.C., and Paris. He met Nelson Mandela before Mandela became president of South Africa. Hofmann watched Secretary of State James Baker negotiate with his USSR counterpart on how to end wars fought by proxy. Here, he outlines what he believes to be the world’s most pressing issues: global public health problems, including family planning, the growing world population, the environment and political instability.

Hofmann is the president and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). The mission of PSI is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, as well as health communications. Social marketing engages private sector resources and uses private sector techniques to encourage healthy behavior and make markets work for the poor. Working with low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 60 developing countries, PSI has implemented programs to address malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV.

Additional Resources

Population Services International
http://www.psi.org

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