Bernard Uyttendaele joined the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) as Chief Executive in 2016. Bernard knows both the non-profit and business worlds. He started his career as Credit Manager and Treasurer at Otis Elevator Company in Belgium and France before becoming CFO and Deputy Director in the Netherlands.
In 2001 he moved to telecom company Orange, sitting on the Board of the company until it sold to T-Mobile.
From 2007 Bernard was Director of his own company, Azure, focused on the redevelopment of organisations and optimisation of their business model. Most recently he worked as Managing Director of War Child in the Netherlands. Under his three-year leadership, the organisation grew by fifty per cent, attracted more private and SME donors, and became more firmly established internationally.
Bernard co-founded War Child’s Business Friends Network, a network of business owners supporting War Child’s projects. He also sits on the board of a philanthropic organisation, the Dioraphte Foundation.