Talking as he leans over a hot cup of tea in the coffee shop of a Kansas City, Mo., hotel, Ken Hackett is cordial, modest and purpose-driven.
President of Catholic Relief Services since 1993, he’s viewed as an expert on global poverty and its ugly siblings, hunger and disease. His knowledge has been hard-earned; it comes, in part, from visiting the most forsaken spots on earth, where Catholic Relief Services is engaged.
He has seen far too many starving children to sleep well at night. His passion is to see the day the world finds the means — and most importantly the will — to eradicate hunger. He would like to see that day come before he shuts the door behind him at his job.