SNV announces the departure of Meike van Ginneken as CEO

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SNV announces the departure of Meike van Ginneken as Chief Executive Officer per October 2020.

SNV congratulates Meike on her appointment as Associate Vice-President for Strategy and Knowledge at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). While we are saddened to see Meike move on, we wish her all the best in her future role.

SNV implements Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene programmes over 25 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2019, SNV helped to improve the lives of 6.3 million people living in poverty through increased incomes and access to basic services. SNV has a turnover of more than €140 million and achieved a small positive net result.

Van Ginneken oversaw a strong growth of the organisation. Koos Richelle, Chair of the Supervisory Board: "Meike combines a passion to fight poverty with a focus on operational excellence. As CEO she sharpened SNV’s profile in the development sector. She invested in quality both in technical terms and in operations."

Van Ginneken: “The unique strength of SNV is our nearly 1,400 staff around the globe. I am proud to be part of this family of women and men, specialists and generalists, nationals and internationals, young and more seasoned colleagues and I have particularly enjoyed the teamwork in the Managing Board. I am convinced that SNV’s most important impact is changing systems from within - by leveraging finance, kickstarting markets, influencing governments, and changing rules and norms. Systems change is a central tenet of our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.”

SNV is an international not-for-profit organisation, implementing its mission exclusively through project financing. The quality of the programmes receives broad recognition.

“SNV went into the uncertainty of the corona pandemic and the immense socio-economic shifts it causes from a position of strength. The corona crisis makes SNV’s mission to help people living in poverty to lift their incomes and access basic services even more important. SNV is well positioned to help communities respond to the crisis and become more resilient.” Koos Richelle concludes. “The timing of Meike’s announcement of her departure enables the Supervisory Board to carefully select a successor.”

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Meike van Ginneken, SNV CEO