Melchior Lengsfeld

Executive Director
Melchior Lengsfeld

Melchior Lengsfeld (lic. phil., MAS ETH Development and Cooperation) chairs the management board of Helvetas since 2005. Earlier, he has worked in different functions in India, Mozambique and Mali on a broad array of topics. Melchior has been a driving force in the merger between Helvetas and Intercooperation in 2011, an initiator for the launch of Helvetas Germany gGmbH as well as founder and chair of Helvetas USA. Melchior is member of the board of Alliance Sud as well as member and incoming Chair of the Executive Board of Alliance2015. Convinced that sustainability starts with ourselves, he has been a long-standing member of the Board and Vice-President of the Max Havelaar Foundation Switzerland, and served until 2018 on the Board of Fairtrade International.

«For the first time in human history, overcoming poverty as a destiny is within reach. Faced with growing inequalities, we must unite forces to create pathways into a self-determinded life for today’s global youth.»

Melchior Lengsfeld