Sergey Hayrapetyan

Director, Global Compliance & Risk,
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
228 W. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD
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Phone: (443) 453-3957
2014 Annual Conference
Humentum Connect Ambassador

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Director, Global Compliance & Risk,
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


I am an economist with extensive experience in general and program management, systems design, operations (including supply chain), and governance, risk, and compliance. 

My journey to relief and development work started when I was 11 when I witnessed the destructive earthquake in Armenia that has taken more than 25,000 lives. Living in the disaster zone and later going through post-disaster hardships, I received humanitarian aid as part of the international response. Inspired by the power of giving and kindness in response to the immediate need in rebuilding communities, I began volunteering, and later, working for humanitarian relief agencies. I have been with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 2001, having been privileged to be part of CRS’ work in Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa, Central Asia, and now worldwide in a global capacity, in my current role based at the organization’s headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

Currently, I lead the design, application, and oversight of meaningful, applied, and responsible risk management and compliance systems with an emphasis on mission, culture, people, strategy, and performance. Through continuous improvement, my focus is on balancing risk mitigation with efficiency for operational excellence. Alongside my team, I provide strategic direction and oversight to CRS' global risk & compliance.

I am known for creating, motivating, and leading strong teams that deliver the best results in complex operations and matrix structures. I am a strong advocate for communal learning, collaboration and advocacy, am a member of Humentum’s Government Relations Advisory Council (GRAC) and am leading the Governance Risk & Compliance Community on Humentum Connect.

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Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management
2014 To

Cornell University College of Engineering
Certificates in Systems Design and Project Leadership
2012 To 2013

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
2011 To 2012

University of International Economic Relations
MS in Economics
2002 To 2004

University of International Economic Relations
Economics (BS eqivalent)
1996 To 2000

Vanadzor State Medical College
Medical Attendant
1994 To 1996

Professional Associations

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE)
2016 - Present

Job History

Catholic Relief Services
Director, Global Risk & Compliance / Head of ERM
Baltimore, MD, United States
October 2017 - present

Catholic Relief Services
Senior Advisor, Operational Excellence
Baltimore, MD, United States
December 2013 - September 2017

Save the Children International
Director, Support Services
Amman, Jordan
April 2013 - December 2013

Catholic Relief Services
Head of Management Quality (Operations)
Lilongwe, Malawi
March 2009 - March 2013

Catholic Relief Services
Head of Program Support
Lobito, Angola
June 2004 - March 2009

Caritas Iraq
Finance Manager
June 2003 - July 2004

Catholic Relief Services
Operations Manager
Vanadzor, Armenia
October 2001 - June 2003

Armenian Red Cross
Vice Chairman, Lori Regional Branch
August 1999 - July 2002

Armenian Caritas
Regional Emergency Coordinator
January 2001 - July 2001

Lori Regional Central Clinic SCJC
July 1999 - May 2001

Honors and Awards

Special Recognition Award
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)