Benefiting from the long-term project management experience of our senior staff, we have built over the past decade a strong and reliable project implementation capacity. EUCORD currently employs more than 35 full-time staff and has project implementation experience in 15 countries.


Staff

Chief Executive Director (Brussels)

Paige Alexander

Interim Executive Director (Brussels)

Niels Hanssens worked close to 20 years in West Africa for VSO, IUCN and Winrock International. With a background in tropical agronomy, his main area of expertise is the development of viable, market-led value chains. Prior to joining EUCORD, Niels worked as Director Technical Services at USAID’s flagship agribusiness project in Nigeria. In 2009, he assumed the position of Deputy Director at EUCORD’s home office in Brussels.

Financial and Administrative Manager (Brussels)

Joining EUCORD in June 2010, Philippe Gustin manages quality financial reporting between projects, the external accounting partner and donors. Before joining EUCORD he worked for ING Bank as relationship manager institutions and later as financial manager and coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kenya, Malta and Haiti. He obtained a Master’s degree in Science in Business Engineering and a post graduate degree in Statistics, Data management and Data mining at UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain).

Program Development Coordinator (Brussels)

Martin Vieira brings 7+ years of cross sector experience, having worked for international organisations, the private and the non-profit sector in Latin America (Peru and Uruguay), Europe (UK) and Africa (Uganda). He has been involved in different aspects of rural development project’s monitoring and evaluation, design, institutional fundraising for 3 years with British charity Send a Cow. Extensive travel in the field and a one year stay in Uganda have strengthened his knowledge around food security and nutrition issues in rural areas.

Financial and Administrative Assistant (Brussels)

Joining EUCORD in January 2013, Pham Quynh Chau works to support administration, finance and human resources at EUCORD’s headquarters. Earlier on she worked for several international NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders and VSO (in Vietnam), ActionAid and the European Volunteer Center (in Belgium). She has also worked as a translator for a Vietnamese news agency and as a secretary at the Banque Nationale de Paris in Vietnam.

Senior Adviser (USA)

Dr. Pierre Antoine has nearly 50 years experience in the design and management of agriculture and natural resource programs in 20 countries of Africa and in Indonesia. Prior to helping build EUCORD from the initial stage, he held various leadership positions at Winrock International, the Rockefeller Foundation (in Zaire, now D.R. Congo), and the University of Minnesota. His prime technical focus is income generation and yield increase at the smallholder level, soil management, seeds, micro-credit, empowerment of rural women, private and public partnerships.

Senior Adviser (USA)

With long-term field assignments in both Asia and Africa, Dr. Henk Knipscheer has more than 30 years experience designing and managing agricultural projects. With expertise including agricultural sector assessments, rapid marketing surveys, and credit studies, he designed alliance-type of projects with a number of multinational agribusinesses including Cargill, Unilever/Lipton, Heineken and Diageo. In Nigeria he co-authored the Cassava Sector Master Plan (2007). Earlier in his career he was Senior Managing Director at Winrock International.

Project Coordinator (Sierra Leone)

Maria Singco joined Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) in October 2015. Having experience with local sourcing, she was tasked as the Project Coordinator of CREATE project and Logistics Development Manager for the brewery. Maria received her Master’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Southeastern Philippines in 1999. She worked for more than 15 years as Project Development Officer with the Philippine Coconut Authority, a government controlled corporation. She then joined Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Sierra Leone as Organizational Development and Fund Raising Advisor. During these assignments she worked with women, farmers organizations and a local fabricator for agricultural machines (FINIC) in Freetown. In 2009 she joined the Lion Heart Foundation as General Manager of NedOil Limited, an oil palm processing company which sources its raw materials (oil palm fruits) from smallholder farmers.

Project Coordinator (Rwanda)

From 1981 to 1987, Fabien Ngoga studied at the Institute for Agronomic Science in Yangambi and obtained a diploma in Agronomy, Chemistry, and Food Processing. From 1988 to 1994, he worked for the FAO Fertilizer Program and then later worked to revive agro-pastoral activities in Rwanda following the civil war. Beginning in 1996, he joined Bralirwa, where he had several positions, including Manufacturing Engineer, Chief Production at the Soft Drinks Plant, and eventually becoming Head of the Soft Drinks Plant in Kigali. On March 1, 2014, he was detached by Bralirwa to EUCORD as Project Coordinator of the CREATE project in Rwanda.

Board

Frank Ex - Council Chairman (Netherlands)

Since 2011 partner at Arengo, a consultancy firm that specializes in strategic advice and creating new business opportunities. Before that as Chief Executive Officer of IATEC, a Clinical Research Organization, Frank Ex’s specific focus was on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other viral infections. He is board member of Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, that focuses on sustainable methods of training and educating on treatment and prevention of communicable and poverty related diseases. He has over 25 years experience in (project) management in various surroundings, of which the last 10 years in clinical trials.

Moniel Verhoeven

Moniel Verhoeven is a cultural anthropologist. She does fieldwork and publishes on the specific difficulties of African youngsters to integrate in Europe; on the modalities of African women to manage informal economies in West-Africa and in Ile-de-France and on the importance of the role of the griot in transitional cultural environments. She is teaching in the French healthcare system on violence and mimesis; on cultural differences in the interpretation of illness and on communicational competences improving medical care. She published an anthropological manual for both the Dutch and the French educational programs for nursing practices. She also writes articles on the role of Europe in global cooperation. She works in a French company developing RFID – technology solutions in the healthcare for patients following cancer treatments and in the monitoring of wildlife and domestic animals.

Laurence Cockcroft

Laurence Cockcroft is a development economist with extensive experience of working with governments in Africa and elsewhere, the private sector (a major UK based agribusiness company), a large private foundation and civil society. His work for governments, business and foundations has been concentrated in agriculture and rural development; his work with civil society has been with Transparency International of which he was a founder Board Member and has been Chairman of the UK Chapter of TI (2000-8). He has written and spoken widely on development issues (publishing a book on the social and political constraints on Africa’s economic development in 1990) as well as corruption from an international, UK and African perspective.

Tom de Man

An agribusiness executive with extensive international experience, Hans Megens has been Managing Director of Food and Agribusiness, responsible for worldwide food and agribusiness activities of Rabobank International, a subsidiary of Rabobank, Netherlands. He worked during his career for several international food and agri companies and has carried out assignments for Winrock International in Bolivia and Mali.

Mike Myers

Mike leads the Finance and Accounting functions, ensuring accurate and responsible management of funds in Winrock's development efforts worldwide. Myers, a certified public accountant, has been with Winrock since 1997. Prior to joining Winrock, he held various senior financial management positions with two Fortune 200 companies. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Henderson State University. Myers has been a visiting instructor — teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in accounting, management, and organizational communications — at various colleges and universities.

Wim Hart

Hart is director of Fair & Sustainable Holding B.V. Before ICCO Hart worked as partner and director of Van Huffelen & Meenink Accountants and Tax Advisors B.V. Among his present ancillary positions are board member ACT Alliance and member of the Supervisory Board of New World Campus.