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Henri van Eeghen

Senior Director, Mercy Corps

Session: a message from mercy corps
COUNTRY: United Kingdom

 After working abroad for more than twenty years on three continents, Henri van Eeghen became C.E.O. of the Van Eeghen Group in 2004, the oldest still family run business in The Netherlands (established in 1662) - an international producer and distributor of food ingredients. He also worked in the printing, publishing and paper industry. 

Up to the end of 2015 he has been C.O.O. of The Netherlands largest NGO, Cordaid. In that period he helped transform the organization into a social enterprise, where innovation, renewal, increased transparency and new ways of working became common practice; thereby responding and reinventing itself within the new context of development work. Social impact combined with strong financial sustainability, including the establishment of an investment fund, and delegated responsibilities are cornerstone of the new Cordaid. 

Today Henri works for Mercy Corps, a global organization with 43 offices around the globe. Specific responsibilities entail representing Mercy Corps at key fora and to high level government, civil society and private sector stakeholders in Europe, raising both the organization’s profile and ability to influence on issues around fragile states, private sector partnerships and economic development. He also spearheads the expansion of partnerships with select strategic donors in Europe (including the private sector) and develops and helps implement a Mergers and Acquisitions strategy. Finally Henri helps develop a strategy to secure new, non-traditional funding streams, which may include establishing a for profit entity, a joint venture or social enterprise. 

Henri is also board member of The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development and was board member of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). He presently sits on the board of three foundations and two companies and also sits on the steering group led by PWC & the Dutch Accounting Association on the Introduction of Integrated Reporting in the Netherlands. Henri van Eeghen currently advises a microfinance organization.