Specialist in International Cooperation, Human Development, Nutrition, Food Aid & Emergency Response
Tom grew up in Egypt, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, is fully fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, and earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences.
Between graduating and settling in South Africa in 2011 he spent 10,000 days in disaster relief operations and development programmes for humanitarian organizations (Red Cross, United Nations) in 50 countries on 5 continents. He ran UNICEF Country Offices as the Representative or Deputy in Niger, Rwanda, Togo, Maldives and Uruguay and was Senior Advisor on the UN reform in New York and Panama.
Tom and his wife established and ran “LOCO Lounge Restaurant” in Cape Town (2012-2017). The father of two sons loves traveling the world and enjoys food because and despite his technical background. Tom has been a Rotarian since 2011 and his favourite mottos include “Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire” by Ireland's poet William Yeats.