Régine Debrabandere: National Director Plan Belgium

  • Badenoch and Clark Belgium
  • 04/05/2016
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Plan België
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 – At the end of a selection process conducted by Badenoch & Clark*, part of
Adecco Group Belgium, the board of Plan Belgium has appointed Régine Debrabandere as the
NGO’s new National Director starting July 4th 2016.

Régine Debrabandere, who has a high profile in the development cooperation sector, will head one of Belgium’s foremost development and emergency aid NGOs, a member of the international Plan Coalition, which is active in 69 developed and developing countries.

’Drawing on almost 15 years experience at the Belgian Development Agency and 7 years on the ground in southern and eastern Africa, Régine brings rare expertise on programmes, human resources and relationships with key development actors,’ says Stan Bartholomeeussen, President of Plan Belgium.

Régine Debrabandere is trained as an agronomist and has also worked for the Cabinet of the Minister of Development Cooperation, for NGO Vredeseilanden and for the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB), specializing in improving education access and quality in the developing world.

‘I am delighted to make my experience in the sector available to Plan Belgium, an NGO whose approach to children on the ground I admire and whose fight for the schooling and independence of young girls particularly speaks to me,’ said Régine De Brabandere when she was presented to the team on 4 May.

Régine Debrabandere will succeed Dirk Van Maele, who has been National Director of Plan Belgium since 2004. Dirk Van Maele leaves the NGO looking in very different shape to the one he inherited 12 years ago.

‘Over the years Plan Belgium has evolved from a fund-raising organization into a fully-fledged development and emergency aid NGO, with an ever-increasing presence in the sector in Belgium. I am proud to hand over the helm to Régine, a strategic manager who is able to enthuse others and is more than capable of continuing and accelerating this evolution.

Founded in 1983, Plan Belgium acts with and for the most vulnerable children and their communities in the developing world to fight poverty, injustice and inequality. In its home country, Plan Belgium works to raise awareness and put the rights of the child at the top of the agenda for schools, the media and politicians. Last year, Plan Belgium spent 10.4 million euros on development and emergency aid programmes in the developing world. For more details see www.planbelgique.be.

*Badenoch & Clark conducted the selection process free of charge.