Hivos International


Hivos is managed by the Board of Directors, consisting of Executive Director Edwin Huizing and the Management Team, made up of the heads of the Open Society and Green Society programmes, the four directors of the regional offices and several other management positions.

The heads of the two thematic programmes are Ms Carol Gribnau (Green Society) and Ms Will Janssen (Open Society). 

The four directors of our regional offices are Ms Mendi Njonjo (East Africa), Ms Tanja Lubbers (Southern Africa), Mr Biranchi Upadhyaya (Southeast Asia), and Ms Myrtille Danse (Latin America).

Additional management positions at the global office in The Hague are Ms Mirna Hovius (Strategy, Communication & Innovation Manager), Mr Tini van Goor (Middle East & North Africa Programme Manager) and Ms Evelien ter Kuile (interim Human Resources Manager). Our Finance, Support & Control Manager is Mr Thomas Klompmaker. (More details in the downloadable pdf - right sidebar)

Regional presence

Hivos was one of the first major Dutch NGOs that in the 1980’s and 1990’s opened offices in the South to operate in the close vicinity of its civil society partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders in the South. To date, most of our programmes are executed through regional Hivos hubs in Southern Africa, East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. We currently have country offices in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Uganda, Timor Leste, Malawi and Zambia. All these offices report to their respective regional hub.

Distribution and make-up of staff

Currently one third of Hivos staff works at the global office in The Hague, while two-thirds work at regional and country offices. Staff in the regions are mainly non-Dutch and also hold management positions in the regional offices, including those of Regional Director.