April 16, 2018

EVPA announces change in leadership

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) announces that Bernard Uyttendaele is leaving his role as CEO of EVPA to pursue other opportunities. A search for a new Chief Executive Officer will be conducted while Steven Serneels, EVPA Board member, will act as interim CEO.

Bernard Uyttendaele Evpa Ceo Opening The Conference

Appointed in June 2016, Bernard Uyttendaele came to EVPA with a combination of business and NGO experience and deployed his skills to good effect in moving the organisation forward, managing substantial challenges along the way and navigating the fast-moving environment in which EVPA operates. 

Bernard has worked well with the Board to position the organisation to contribute to the impact ecosystem. Having met agreed targets he is leaving EVPA in good shape, with a successful EVPA 2017 conference, a strengthened management team, a stable financial position and strong growth in members. Bernard also supported the team in EVPA to deliver enhanced, new and relevant services including training and the development of our corporate and public/private leadership initiatives. During his time with EVPA a number of key partnerships were secured including, very importantly, a new 4-year partnership with the European Commission. We very much appreciate the contribution Bernard has made to the progress achieved by EVPA over the last two years. We look forward to building on the progress achieved by Bernard and the EVPA team as we move towards EVPA’s next phase of development.”, said Madeleine Clarke, Chair EVPA

Mr. Uyttendaele will be assisting the Board in the coming weeks to prepare the organisation for the next phase of development.

To ensure a smooth transition, and until the recruitment of a new CEO, the EVPA Board has appointed Steven Serneels, one of its members, as interim CEO. Mr. Serneels is a Board member of EVPA and an impact investor of SI², a for-profit social impact fund, providing growth capital to European for profit social enterprises. He is also chairman of Kampani, a social impact investment fund to unlock the potential of entrepreneurial farming in the South. Steven Serneels has initiated and led EVPA’s Corporate Task Group and is (co-)author of papers on various topics dealing with the role of business in society, one of them being EVPA’s report on ‘Corporate Social Impact Strategies – New paths for collaborative growth’(May 2015). Steven is also a visiting Professor at Hult International Business School, Dubai, lecturing on Business in Society.

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Ioana Traista , Communications and Partnerships Manager

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