New Governance At amfori: Richard (Dick) Dictus Appointed Interim President



Brussels 11 June - Christian Ewert seven-year tenure as President of amfori came to an end on Wednesday, 9 June 2021. Richard (Dick) Dictus steps in as interim President.

On the 9th of June 2021, Christian Ewert officially stepped down as President of the association. The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his dedication and enthusiasm during his seven-year tenure.  He led amfori on a path of dynamic growth, carrying our message: Trade with Purpose without fault along the way.

The Board is pleased to announce that Richard (Dick) Dictus will take on the role as interim President of amfori starting on Thursday, June 10 2021. He will uphold the position until the end of the year, which will give the Board sufficient time to recruit a permanent President.

Dick Dictus, a Dutch national, began his career at the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in 1987 and has since followed a highly international career path with the UN. He has gained considerable experience in both the field, leading major UN programmes in Sudan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Malawi, and in the UN headquarters in New York, namely as the Deputy Director of the Office of Human Resources of the UN’s Development Programme. In 2017, he became the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Cairo, Egypt. He coordinated all UN activities across all 14 UN organisations in Egypt. Dick Dictus has a strong relationship with the private sector having worked closely with key actors such as Carlsberg, Orange, Vodafone and Microsoft.

The priority of Dick, together with the Board, the Executive team and the entire organisation will be to ensure amfori remains committed to its members and meets its strategic goals and priorities for 2021. The Board is confident that Dick Dictus will bring valuable expertise to amfori and support the organisation in the best of his ability.  

Dick Dictus said:

“I am honoured to be appointed as Interim President of amfori during these unprecedented times. We all know the state of our world and there is no more time to waste in making sustainability and social impact even more of a priority in global trade. I am dedicated to support amfori and its members while a permanent solution is found. I will use my experience to ensure amfori carries on delivering high quality services and tools to its members.”

Herman Poelmann said:

“Dick is a solid and passionate leader with a broad background from different cultures and countries. He has successfully managed stakeholders on all levels including large multinational companies, governments as well as small and medium sized companies. He wants to make a difference when it comes to sustainability, and we are sure he will be the best possible support to the amfori organisation and its’ members while we are in the process of finding a permanent solution as President.”