Head of Office, ECHO - Nigeria
Thirty years ago, Bart started his humanitarian career with Médecins Sans Frontières in Somalia. Since then, he has also held leadership positions with Save the Children, the Danish Refugee Council, and World Vision Canada. Additionally, he has worked with the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – ECHO – heading up their office in Palestine, as well as a policy adviser on the principles and legal aspects of humanitarian aid. Bart has worked in a wide range of countries, including the fragile contexts of Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DR Congo, Palestine, Iraq, and Libya and participated in rapid response missions to major natural disasters in Colombia, Honduras, Pakistan, and Nepal. He was an election observer for the European Union in 1994, monitoring the first democratic elections in South Africa and Malawi. Bart is currently the Head of Office for ECHO in Nigeria, based in Abuja.