John Hewko


John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries. At MCC, he was the principal U.S. negotiator for foreign assistance agreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. As general secretary, Hewko leads a diverse staff of 800 at Rotary International’s world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and seven international offices.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Ensuring the end of polio means new milestones for public health
9 Jul 2018

As the number of polio cases across the globe decreases, resources put toward the eradication effort could now be repurposed to take on other health and development goals. Drawing on lessons from the aftermath of smallpox eradication, Rotary International’s John Hewko explains how infrastructure, assets, and health workers can be successfully transitioned for maximum impact.

The clean water and sanitation crisis: How we can do better
22 Mar 2016

For WASH programming that has a lasting impact, we have to learn from past failures, writes John Hewko of Rotary International, in this guest column on World Water Day.

3 ways Zuckerberg can change the world again
24 Feb 2016

The Facebook founder's announcement to divert profits to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative indicates that he recognizes the value of multilateral partnerships to help pursue ambitious goals, writes John Hewko of Rotary International, in this guest column. Can this new philanthropic initiative transform sustainable development?

Humanitarian diplomacy offers the olive branch needed in today's violent world
23 Oct 2015

How do high-level efforts combine with local initiatives to have a sustainable humanitarian impact? In war zones and areas of humanitarian crisis, creative negotiations have facilitated crucial vaccination campaigns to reach vulnerable civilians, writes John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International on World Polio Day.

Audacity useful in reimagining role of partnerships
7 May 2015

The term public-private partnerships has been bandied about so often in the past couple of decades that it may, perhaps, be losing its true impact. But for millions of people worldwide, well-executed PPPs are an entry to a better life, shares John Hewko, secretary-general of Rotary International, in this guest commentary.