Bidjan brings broad international experience to the role of CEO. He comes to Atlas Corps from Save the Children’s senior executive team, leading the quality and impact of a $1.2 billion programming budget reaching more than 40 million children in more than 100 countries worldwide. He also served as interim CEO in 2019 and led the organization’s biggest global effort to hire, develop, and retain hundreds of talented experts from countries across the globe. Bidjan formerly served as Director of Programs and Advocacy at Save the Children Germany, where he led the 2015 refugee response and was frequently interviewed on German television, and the BBC. He also worked as a Strategy Officer at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and was part of the team that started Teach First Deutschland, which is a partner of the Teach For All global network. Bidjan has taught and given lectures on project management, fundraising, and leadership at leading business schools, the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, and the United States Institute of Peace. He studied at Yale and Georgetown University and holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin. Bidjan grew up in the American sector of West Berlin as the son of an immigrant from Iran and a German mother. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in the Washington, DC, area.
Languages: German, English, and some French and Persian
Personal Motto: Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.