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Ewald Wermuth New Director ECDPM


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[This press release is also available in Dutch]

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has appointed Ewald Wermuth as its new Director from 1 March 2015. He succeeds Paul Engel who steps down after having served ECDPM since 2001.

The appointment comes at a crucial moment for global international cooperation, for Europe and for development policy. 2015 will be the year to set goals for the future global development agenda, climate and trade. It is the European Year of Development, and the European Union will redefine its relations with the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group and will review its foreign policy. In this context, ECDPM will also develop its new 5 Years Strategy 2016-2020.

Patrick I. Gomes, Chairman of the Board of ECDPM says:

“We are delighted to have found an outstanding individual, respected and accomplished in the world of international cooperation and international relations, who will bring strategic and inspirational leadership to guide ECDPM across a changing landscape in development thinking and policy-oriented research at this crucial time in international cooperation.”

Since 2012, Ewald Wermuth has been the Director of International Public Affairs at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is responsible for developing and executing IDH’s strategy on international cooperation and partnerships and donor outreach as well as communications, external affairs and risk management. Prior to that, he was, among other appointments, Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organisations for Food and Agriculture (the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)) in Rome. He also served as Private Secretary to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and worked for the Cabinet of the Prime Minister. Ewald Wermuth, a Dutch national, thus brings long and extensive Dutch, European and international experience and networks at expert and management level in public and private sector and at policy, political and practical (on the ground) levels. He holds particular knowledge on trade, commodities, private sector, food security and agriculture.

On his appointment, Ewald Wermuth, Director-designate, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining ECDPM.  We are at a critical juncture in international cooperation and ECDPM is uniquely well placed, and developing its next 5 year strategy, to ensure it continues to use its networks, inform the debates, play a key brokerage role and influence the policies that will shape the future. Following Paul Engel is a daunting prospect, but I look forward to working with ECDPM’s expert colleagues and partners to build on his achievements and find innovative ways to take us forward. I will deploy my strategic and convening skills to build on ECDPM’s leading role in combining knowledge-based policies with effective action.”

The Board of ECDPM called upon Paul Engel to stay with ECDPM as Senior Fellow for another year to contribute to a selection of strategically important projects, one of which concerns the methodology of development policy management, leading to a publication in 2016.

About ECDPM:
Established as an independent foundation in 1986, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has a strong reputation as a non-partisan, strategic “think and do tank”. Our main goal is to link policy and practice in European development and international cooperation and to act as an independent broker between Europe, Africa and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). This means we:

  • Share policy analysis and information to key audiences in both Europe and the developing world. Relevant, timely and practical we are always on the pulse of international cooperation
  • Facilitate policy dialogue amongst global actors in development and international relations
  • Provide practical and tailored policy research and independent advice
  • Support capacity and institutional development for government and non-governmental organisations
  • Engage for the long-term with the policy processes and adopt a long term perspective to development

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