Evanston, Illinois, USA
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John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, managing one of the world’s largest global humanitarian service organizations, with 34,000 clubs throughout the world. With fiscal year 2010 annual revenues exceeding US$400 million, Rotary and its Foundation support 1.2 million Rotary club members in their volunteer efforts to serve their local and global communities.
From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries. At MCC, he was the principal United States negotiator for foreign assistance agreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. During his tenure, he completed the negotiation of assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion to 18 countries for infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education projects.
Prior to joining MCC, Hewko was an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie (B&M), specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. He helped establish the firm’s Moscow office and was the managing partner of its offices in Kyiv and Prague.
While working in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft of the new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv.
Hewko has been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has published papers and articles in leading U.S. and international publications, and he has spoken extensively on political and business issues dealing with the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
Hewko holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from Oxford University (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA. He speaks five languages besides English: Czech, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
As general secretary, Hewko leads a diverse staff of almost 800 at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and international offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Zurich, Switzerland; New Delhi, India; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Parramatta (Sydney), Australia.
He and his wife, Margarita, live in Evanston. John is a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv in Ukraine.