Right here in Baltimore, many less-fortunate residents are lacking basic necessities for survival. While the space between surviving and thriving is deemed immeasurable, a glimmer of hope still wavers in the air of Baltimore and other cities when charitable aid saves lives. Such is the mission of the compassionate few who embrace the impoverished souls of many.

(Photo courtesy of  Stephan Bauman)

(Photo courtesy of Stephan Bauman)

World Relief is a non-profit international aid organization headquartered in Baltimore with 20 office locations worldwide. As the exemplary leader of World Relief, CEO Stephan Bauman leads a global staff of 2,500 employees and 60,000 volunteers who join efforts with houses of worship and offer life-saving aid to those in need.

An ordained minister, Bauman’s educational background in the social sciences is ameliorated by his exceptional moral character and commitment to giving others a fair chance at life. Indeed, Bauman is a humanitarian; a true benevolent spirit whom lives life daily for the betterment of the greater good.

Where did you receive your higher education? In what discipline(s)?

“Master’s of Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, and a Master’s in Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University.”

How has your education contributed to your career goals? 

“The degree at Wheaton provided the philosophical and theological basis for my work at World Hope International, while the degree at Hopkins provided the policy and technical perspective for my role as president and CEO of a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid, disaster and emergency relief and is involved in community and economic development and welfare.”

In your opinion, how important is community service to leadership?

“I think it is extremely important. Leadership, in my opinion, requires a vision—indeed, even a calling—that draws people to contribute to something they could not otherwise do on their own. Service within the greater community, whether local or global, helps foster a vision of which others can follow.”

As an international humanitarian, what advice do you have for those who would like to make a difference in the lives of others on a grand scale?

“Follow your passion as it will lead you towards a path that is paved with positive, enlightening and enchanting experiences.”

Keisha Oduor is a professional writer and entrepreneur who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a degree in Communications and French from New York University with work experience in publishing, nonprofits, healthcare administration and program management. Her work can be found on Examiner.com

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