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Who we are

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Hivos is managed by the Executive Board, consisting of Executive Director Edwin Huizing and the Chief Operations Officer Michel Farkas. The Management Team is made up of the heads of the Strategy and Impact Department and the Business Development Department, the four directors of our regional hubs and a few other management positions.

The Strategy and Impact Department is headed by Biranchi Upadhyaya. Will Janssen serves as the head of the Business Development Department.

The four directors of our regional hubs are Mendi Njonjo (East Africa), Kennedy Mugochi (Southern Africa), Tanja Lubbers (Latin America) and Sarah Saleh (Middle East & North Africa)

Regional presence

In the 1980s and 1990s, Hivos was one of the first major Dutch NGOs that opened offices in the Global South to operate in the close vicinity of its civil society partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders there.

Hivos currently works in 40 countries and has regional hubs in Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and North Africa and the Middle East (MENA). Hivos’ regional hubs, working alongside our many partner organizations, take the lead in defining regionally and nationally specific programs. In the next several years, Hivos will particularly seek to expand collaborations and partnerships in the MENA region and increase its advocacy efforts in the Netherlands. We will continue our presence in Latin America and merge our hubs in East Africa and Southern Africa. Hivos will hand over its Southeast Asia activities to the recently formed local NGO Yayasan Hivos in Indonesia.

Distribution and make-up of staff

Currently one third of Hivos staff works at the global office in The Hague, while two-thirds work at regional and country offices. Staff in the regions are mainly non-Dutch and also hold management positions in the regional offices, including those of Regional Director.