Helmut Kutin

HelmutKutin was born in Bolzano (Italy) in 1941. Following a family tragedy he wasadmitted to the world's first SOS Children's Village in Imst (Austria) in 1953.Later he moved to the SOS Youth House in Innsbruck. After his graduation fromhigh school Kutin enrolled as a student of economics at Innsbruck University.

First assignments in Vietnam

Lengthydiscussions with Hermann Gmeiner in 1967 induced Kutin to give up his work inthe field of tourism and as a tutor, and to take on his first assignment forSOS Children's Villages International. He started the construction of the firstVietnamese SOS Children's Village in what is now Ho Chi Minh City. In 1968,Kutin was appointed director of the village, at the time the biggest SOSChildren's Village in the world. He subsequently set up and supervised furtherSOS Children's Village facilities in Vietnam before he had to leave the countryone year after the end of the war in 1976.

More than 50 SOS Children's Villages built in Asia

Inresponse to his outstanding achievements for SOS Children's Villages, HelmutKutin was appointed SOS Children's Villages International's representative forAsia in 1971. Thanks to his pioneering work over fifty SOS Children'sVillages and another fifty supporting facilities were built on this continentwithin a few years. Other major achievements include the resumption of SOSChildren's Village work in Vietnam in 1987 and the opening of the first two SOSChildren's Villages in China in the same year.

President of umbrella organizationsince 1985

In1985 Helmut Kutin was elected to succeed Hermann Gmeiner as President of theumbrella organisation SOS Children's Villages International and thus became themost senior representative of SOS Children's Villages worldwide. He had been atthe helm for continuous 27 years.

The president is the central integration figure of SOS Children’s Villages – heconnects the worldwide associations, the different cultures, and the youngerwith the older generation.

Ofhimself Helmut Kutin says: “My task is to hold the whole organization together.”

TodaySOS Children’s Villages is established in 132 countries around the world, aspart of the local culture, sustained and operated by locals. Everywhere thereare social and human differences. We have to bridge these differences togetherand establish a strong SOS Children’s Village family in every country. Even inour different tasks we all work together on a common project, carried by acommon spirit and motivation “Fostering and ensuring this is my duty. “.

Mr.Kutin has been appointed as Honorary President of SOS Children’s Village Internationalin the 19th General Assembly 2012.