Making policies work

Ewald Wermuth

  • Trade
  • Food security
  • Sustainability
  • Private sector development
  • Public policy
  • Governance


Ewald Wermuth, a Dutch national, was Director of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 2015 to 2018.  As of January 2019, he will be a Senior Fellow working with the Food Security team.

He combines a strong track record in international relations with expertise on trade and food security issues and has held several senior and managerial positions in public organisations, ministries and diplomacy in the Netherlands and internationally.

Before joining ECDPM he was Director of International Public Affairs at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative in the Netherlands, which aims to boost sustainable trade and global value chains through public-private partnerships.

Prior to this he has held senior positions at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. He also served as Private Secretary to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and worked for the Cabinet of the Dutch Prime Minister.

His international experience includes appointments as Permanent Representative to the UN organisations for food and agriculture based in Rome: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

He also served as chairperson of International Commodity Bodies in London and chairperson of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ad hoc Group on Food Safety, reporting to the G8 summit in Okinawa, Japan. He has been a member of multiple (inter)national board and advisory committees and published various articles throughout his career.

Ewald Wermuth holds a master’s degree in political sciences and a postgraduate certificate in international law from Leiden University. He worked as a trainee at the European Commission, was a Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington and completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme in Fontainebleau.


ECDPM is an independent ‘think and do tank’ working on international cooperation and development policy in Europe and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The Centre aims to inform strategic policies that effectively contribute to sustainable global development. Its focus is on EU external action, societal dynamics of change in Africa, fragility, conflict prevention and resolution, economic transformation and trade and food security.

ECDPM provides independent policy research and analysis and ensures the uptake of that knowledge. Beyond that, it acts as a policy advisor, brokers dialogue and actively collaborates with its partners to address policy implementation challenges. To promote impactful development solutions, its work incorporates thorough analyses of what might prevent or drive change – not shying away from looking at political constraints and incentives.

Ewald Wermuth

Senior Fellow




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