Rick Santos is senior advisor supporting the transition as Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health combine operations, as well as serving as CEO of IMA Innovations. Previously, he served for nine years as the President and CEO of IMA World Health, where he led the organization through a period of transition that has included significant organizational growth and visibility through building healthy communities in some of the most difficult places in the world.
Rick has a decade of field experience in Asia and has worked with faith-based and secular organizations in nearly every part of the world. His developmental approach includes building and prioritizing robust local and regional partnerships—communities, organizations and networks, which he believes are the key ingredients to successful and sustainable development work.
Rick holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business, a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University.