General director of Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Netherlands
Arjan Hehenkamp, from the Netherlands, joined the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 1992, when he was in his late twenties, working as a logistician in Somalia, southern Sudan and Afghanistan.
Three years later, Arjan joined MSF’s emergency team, setting up emergency relief projects in Bosnia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Croatia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Somalia and Afghanistan. After working as an operational advisor in MSF’s headquarters in Amsterdam for a year, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya, to become MSF’s head of mission for southern Sudan.
Returning to Amsterdam in 2004, Arjan spent five years as MSF’s director of operations, before taking over as general director of MSF Holland in 2011.