“We are so different.” Exchange of knowledge between business and the humanitarian sectors

Humanitarian organisations and businesses differ significantly. Running a food bank is not the same as running a supermarket, and an organisation delivering relief items after a disaster can’t be compared to PostNL delivering packages. Although collaborating with the private-sector is strongly encouraged when it comes to innovation, the differences in objectives and cultures often act as obstacles that can be off-putting, and seem risky. 

Speakers DCHI Academy

Date: 1 June 14.30 – 17.00

This edition of the DCHI Academy on Thought Leadership is powered by RSM faculty and featuring highlights of the DCHI Humanitarian Innovation Course. Jointly we aim to open up the conversation from all sectors, and explore how we can start sharing insights and knowledge with each other. These keynote speakers, panellists and moderators will help you explore some of the fundamental differences between the NGO, NPO and commercial sectors, but more importantly how we can exchange knowlegde and how do Academics and Universities enable us to learn from each other. 

Prof. Rob van Tulder

Rob van Tulder is a professor of International Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Astrid Coelman

Programme Manager Achmea Foundation

Astrid is a driving force behind the Achmea Foundation. Her portfolio also includes ImpactPlus, Expert Volunteer Assignments and Vrijwilligersplatform Voor Elkaar

Prof. Lucas Meijs

Lucas Meijs is a Professor of Volunteering, Civil Society and Businesses and Professor of Strategic Philanthropy at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Julio Garcia Martz

Change Manager & Innovation Coordinator at ZOA

Michel Becks

Humanitarian Innovation Coordinator at The Netherlands Red Cross

Michel Becks has worked since 1997 in the humanitarian world for organisations such as CARE, Oxfam, MSF and since 2009 for the Netherlands Red Cross. In his current position, Michel is actively working with humanitarian partners to design and resolve humanitarian challenges in a people and planet centric manner.

Dr. Harwin de Vries

Harwin de Vries is Assistant Professor at the Technology and Operations Management department at RSM.

His research mainly focuses on complex health supply chain problems, with a particular focus on improving availability of essential medicines and scaling up access to essential health services. In close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, Harwin analyzes how such supply chains impact patients and how they could be improved. 

Birgit Ros

Communications & Events Manager DCHI

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