Before joining WFF in October 2017, Dick van Ginhoven, a graduate civil engineer (MSc Delft University), was a diplomat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2017, he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of the DGIS development policy for drinking water and sanitation. In this period, Dick was member of the Governing Council of the WSP/World Bank, the WSSCC and SWA. He held various other positions within the Ministry: Head of Development Cooperation (Counsellor) at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa; Head of the Procurement Division of DGIS and Dep. Head of the Gulf Region and North Africa Division. Before he started his career with the Ministry in 1988, he was employed as Sr. Program Officer Water and Sanitation by UNICEF in India and Vietnam and worked for UN-Habitat in Tanzania and was lecturer at the University of Zambia. Upon his retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 2017, he received the Royal Award ‘Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau’. Dick is Member (Secretary) of the Supervisory Board of the Water Integrity Network (WIN).

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