ECDPM’s Board of Governors announced today that Ewald Wermuth will step down as Director of ECDPM as per 4 June 2018, after more than three years of service. Wermuth will take a medical leave of absence to focus on his health. After his recovery, he plans to return to the organisation as an ECDPM Fellow, working on issues of food security.
Ewald Wermuth joined ECDPM in March 2015, after having served as Director of International Public Affairs at IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Wermuth played a pivotal role in defining ECDPM’s strategy and work areas for 2017-2021, making the organisation well-positioned to increase its impact and stay relevant in a rapidly changing global context. Under his leadership, ECDPM obtained a number of strategic grants, providing sufficient flexible funding to secure the organisation’s future and independence for the years to come.
“The Board is very grateful to Ewald for his dedication and commitment to the organisation”, said Adebayo Olukoshi, Chair of the Board. “We thank him in particular for his clear vision for ECDPM’s future and his great efforts to implement a number of strategic changes across the organisation. As we search for ECDPM’s next director, we look forward to building upon Ewald’s legacy.”
Reflecting on his departure, Wermuth said: “It has been a great privilege to be at the helm of this exceptional organisation and work with such dedicated colleagues. Development and international cooperation will inevitably be characterised by political and financial uncertainty, but I trust ECDPM is uniquely placed to embark on the challenges ahead and contribute to making the 2030 Agenda a reality for all.”
ECDPM’s Board will begin its search for a new director. James Mackie will assume the role of Acting Director until a permanent appointment is made.