Siddhartha Kaul was born in 1954 in Pilani, Rajasthan, India. His association with SOS Children’s Villages began ten years later when his father, J. N. Kaul, was entrusted by SOS founder Herman Gniemer with the responsibility of establishing SOS Children’s Villages in India. The first SOS Viillage came into being in Greenfields and the family started to live there. As the eldest youth in the village, Siddhartha Kaul developed a bond with children and mothers.
While studying Architecture and later Liberal Arts, Mr. Kaul maintained his connections with the village family. He led summer camps, and held language and math classes for young people. In October 1978, SOS Children’s Villages India offered him the opportunity to go down to Chennai to establish the first SOS Children’s Village in South India. For him this was a great experience and confirmed his commitment to the ideals of the organisation.
In March 1981, Mr. Kaul joined SOS Children’s Villages International and was posted to Sri Lanka to establish the organisation in that country. In 1986, Mr. Kaul moved back to India to become Regional Director. During this time Mr. Kaul was involved in the revival of the organisation in Vietnam starting in 1988, establishing the organisation in Cambodia and eventually becoming the Deputy Secretary-General for Asia in 2001, becoming a member of the Senior Management Team of SOS Children's Villages International and an active participant in the strategy process.
In December 2004, Asia was devastated by a tsunami and the organisation embarked on a major relief and reconstruction programme which was supervised by Mr. Kaul. Working in diverse social, economic, religious and political systems in Asia, Mr. Kaul has learned to appreciate and value diversity.
Continuously interacting with children and mothers, be it in the SOS Children’s Village or in the Family Strengthening Program, remains his priority and strength, not to mention source of joy. Mr. Kaul has received numerous honours within the organisation as well as by governments and civil society in countries throughout Asia.
Mr. Kaul has been married to Ramma Kaul since 1985, and together they have two children. Mr. Kaul speaks English, Hindi and a smattering of Sinhalese.