Richard Pichler was born in Tamsweg (Austria) in 1961. At the age of nine he came to the SOS Children's Village Hinterbrühl near Vienna where he found a new home.
In 1980 he obtained his school leaving certificate, in 1988 he graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in Business Administration. In 1990 he married Nora Lang, a teacher. In July 1997 their daughter Judith was born, and in August 2000 their daughter Timna followed.
He started his career at SOS-Kinderdorf International in May 1988 when he was appointed as personal assistant to President Kutin. His first posting was to Korea.
In the following years Richard Pichler implemented financial and administrative procedures in the South East Asian and East Asian countries on behalf of the President.
In 1992 Mr Pichler was appointed Regional Director for South East and East Asia being based in Manila (Philippines). Apart from implementing computerised accounting in all National Associations in Asia, he re-organised the SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines and realised new SOS Children's Village projects in China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia.
Mr Richard Pichler was appointed Secretary General of SOS-Kinderdorf International in July 1995 at President Helmut Kutin's proposal. Since then the SOS Children's Village idea has been established in several countries of Central Asia, in Cambodia and in Macedonia.