Manon van Paaschen

EMERGE - Class 03

Manon van Paaschen
Head of Field Innovation Hub
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I am based in: Dar es Salaam
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Originally from the Netherlands, I have been finding a home away from home for nearly 12 years. After brief stints in the UK, Spain, Germany, Sierra Leone, and Bolivia, I am now based in Tanzania where I lead the Field Innovation Hub at the UN World Food Programme. I have always been passionate about the intersection of the private sector and the philanthropic world, and have been active in various roles in this space, ranging from corporate social responsibility, impact investing, entrepreneurship education, and private sector development.

I also keep busy with a couple of side hustles, running a tourism company together with local entrepreneurs. Outside of work, I like to unwind in the mountains or at the sea, either camping, paddle boarding, hiking, or cycling.