Victor W.C. Hsu (徐望志教授) was born in Taiwan and grew up in Mauritius, near South Africa. He studied at Yale University and received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
He was associate general secretary of the PCT from 2013-2017 and served as National Director for North Korea for World Vision International till from 2005 to 2010. He was Professor of International Development and Assistance in the South Korean government School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul from 2010 to 2013.
Between 2000 and 2005, he served as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Church World Service and as liaison to the White House, the Congressional leadership and the Office of the UN Secretary General. He was Director of the Asia/Pacific Department for the National Council of Churches USA from 1987 to 2000.
From 1976 to 1987 he directed the United Nations program of the World Council of Churches. He represented the WCC on the board of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO) in Consultative Status with the UN and served as its Vice-President and First Vice-President. In this capacity, he facilitate UN access to NGOs working in constant contact with the Office of the Secretary General to negotiate NGO representation in major UN events.
He was instrumental in setting up the Food Aid Liaison Unit of the World Food Program in North Korea and was the first convener of the NGO Steering Committee. He was a board member of the USA PVOC-Consortium that monitored USA government’s contribution to the WFP Program.
An expert on contemporary international issues, he served as a board member of several advocacy organizations and chaired several international roundtables. He has written extensively and is frequently invited to be a keynoter on international relations, humanitarian aid, terrorism and issues related to the Asia/Pacific. He served on the board of the Council for World Mission and the ACT Alliance.
He has provided confidential briefings to the leadership of U.S. Congress on both North Korea and religious freedom in China. He was an official observer to the Philippine Peace Talks and has been received by several heads of states and governments, and well-known diplomats around the world.