The DCED Executive Committee (ExCo) typically meets once a quarter, to oversee the work of the Secretariat and the Committee’s various Working Groups. The three members and two co-chairs are elected for two-year terms; elections are held once a year at the DCED Annual Meeting.


Current ExCo members

Johan Veul, co-chair

Johan Veul

Johan Veul is Head of Private Sector Development in the Department for Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The department works to promote inclusive growth by improving the business environment and the functioning of markets in low and middle income countries. Engagement with Dutch enterprises helps to realize synergies between the objective of inclusive growth and Dutch business interests in international trade and investment.

Johan began working in Private Sector Development in 2002. His responsibilities at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have included policy development for and co-ordination of challenge funds, infrastructure development, and overseeing the food and nutrition security programme. Prior to this, Johan worked in Africa for 12 years, with previous roles including Country Director in Uganda and programme manager in Zambia. Johan graduated as a civil engineer at the Delft University of Technology.

Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf, co-chair

Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf is Head of the Private Sector Development Division in the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate at SECO, promoting a better business environment and access to finance for enterprises as well as strengthened skills.

She has been working for SECO since 1996 in different positions, including as Senior Advisor at the Swiss Executive Directors Office at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., as private sector development specialist for the International Finance Corporation IFC and as Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Budapest, responsible for the set-up and implementation of a 130 million CHF cohesion programme in Hungary. She holds a masters in economics from the University of Berne with a minor in political science. She speaks five languages.

Meredith Lee

Meredith Lee is Associate Director, Country Program Management at the Mastercard Foundation. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the country strategy development of the Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy which seeks to address the economic opportunities for young people across Africa. She also manages a portfolio of youth programming in a variety of sectors including technology, tourism and hospitality, and agri-food systems across Africa. Her work focuses on the pressing issues of young people as they transition into work opportunities in the formal and informal sectors.

Meredith has almost 20 years of experience working with youth both in Canada and internationally in experiential education, strategy development, program design, and implementation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meredith was the Director of Programs for Street Kids International. She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada and a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University, Canada.

Merten Sievers

Merten Sievers is the Value Chain Development and Entrepreneurship Coordinator in ILO’s Enterprise Department. In this position, he is responsible for the ILO’s global technical cooperation programme on Value Chain and Market Systems Development. He also manages ILO’s portfolio on entrepreneurship training, on women’s entrepreneurship development and an expanding portfolio of refugee livelihood interventions.

His team and related ILO field offices backstop technical cooperation activities in 70 countries. Merten is the author and co-author of several publications on strategies to enhance competitiveness and job creation in specific sectors and value chains, using a market systems development approach. He holds a degree in Economic Geography (Hamburg and Madrid), and a Diploma in Development Management (Berlin).

Simon Andrews

Simon Andrews is a Senior Manager in IFC’s Development Partner Relations department based in Washington, D.C. Simon joined IFC in 1998 and has worked across the corporation in various roles, most recently as Global Head of Digital Economy. Previously he was based in Beijing as IFC’s country manager for China, Korea and Mongolia and from 2009 to 2014 in Hanoi as regional manager for Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, where he established IFC’s first operations. He has also worked in IFC’s manufacturing agribusiness and services investment operations based in Hong Kong SAR, China and previously in Washington, DC in IFC’s global oil and gas group and private equity funds group.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from London Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

ExCo Minutes

DCED Members can view the ExCo Minutes on demand; please contact the Secretariat.