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Member of the Supervisory Board from Academia / Knowledge institution

The Hague Humanity Hub is currently looking for a new member of the Supervisory Board, with the profile of professor or senior administrator from a knowledge institution with expertise in the field of peace, law and humanitarian action.

About The Hague Humanity Hub

The Hague Humanity Hub Foundation, established at the initiative of the municipality of The Hague at the end of 2017, aims to promote peace and justice worldwide by stimulating and facilitating innovation in the municipality of The Hague. To this end, the Hub promotes cooperation between (international) companies / startups, NGOs, knowledge institutions, and governments that are (or want to be) active in the ‘Peace and Justice’ domains. The Hub thus contributes to the ambition of the municipality of The Hague to be a global leader as a location for international organizations active in the fields of Peace and Justice. The foundation is funded by member contributions and an operating grant from the municipality. The foundation aims to become independent of subsidy from the municipality by 2022.

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board monitors the management and provides advice and assistance in the realization of the objectives of the Foundation.

More specifically, the Supervisory Board has the following main tasks:

  • ensuring the proper functioning of the management and the role of the employer (appointment, assessment and dismissal of the management);
  • the proper functioning of internal supervision;
  • advisor to the management;
  • maintaining integral supervision of management policies and general affairs within the foundation;
  • approving strategic decisions and policymaking of the management
  • supervising consultation with stakeholders

The Board has 5 members and meets at least 4 times a year, not including one or two topical meetings. The members of the Supervisory Board receive a modest meeting and expense allowance.

 Desired profile

  • Academic professor or senior administrator of a knowledge institution with expertise in the areas of peace, justice and/or humanitarian action
  • Administrative and / or supervisory experience in complex organizations and experience with development issues in such organizations
  • Sensitivity to political and societal context within which the Humanity Hub operates.
  • Innovative/disruptive approach, able to signal opportunities for the development of the hub and the application of new technologies
  • Able to support the hub with insights into relevant academic developments
  • Operates in a relevant network contributing to insights relevant for the Humanity Hub while maintaining independent position of supervisory board member
  • Clear connection and affinity with the mission of the Hague as International City of Peace and Justice

 Qualities and competences

  • Good balance between involvement and independence
  • Quick overview and insight
  • Political sensitivity
  • Decisive
  • Proactive attitude and behavior
  • Team collaboration
  • Self-reflective
  • Communicative
  • Independence and integrity

Interested?

If you fit this profile, we would like to hear from you.

You can send your letter and curriculum vitae up to and including 1 May to jill.wilkinson@humanityhub.net quoting Vacancy RvT.

More information via www.humanityhub.net or by telephone at Jill Wilkinson, Managing Director under 070-217 10 80.

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Vacature – Lid Raad van Toezicht vanuit Wetenschap/Kennisinstelling

The Hague Humanity Hub is per direct op zoek naar een nieuw lid van zijn Raad van Toezicht, met het profiel hoogleraar of bestuurder vanuit een kennisinstelling met expertise op het gebied van vrede, recht en/of [humanitaire actie.

Over The Hague Humanity Hub

Stichting The Hague Humanity Hub, opgericht op initiatief van de gemeente Den Haag eind 2017, stelt zich ten doel vrede en recht wereldwijd te bevorderen door innovatie te stimuleren en te faciliteren. Hiertoe biedt de Hub zowel een fysieke vestigings- en ontmoetingsplek in het centrum van Den Haag als programmatische activiteiten. Zodanig bevordert de Hub de samenwerking tussen (internationale) bedrijven/startups, NGO’s, kennisinstellingen en overheden die actief (willen) zijn in de domeinen ‘Vrede en Recht’. De Hub levert hiermee een bijdrage aan de ambitie van de gemeente Den Haag om als wereldwijd toonaangevende Stad van Vrede en Recht een aantrekkelijk locatie te zijn voor internationale organisaties actief binnen deze domeinen. De stichting bekostigt zichzelf door deelnemersbijdragen, verhuur en een exploitatiesubsidie van de gemeente. De doelstelling is om 2022 op eigen benen te staan.

Raad van Toezicht

De Raad van Toezicht van The Hague Humanity Hub controleert het bestuur van de stichting en staat deze met raad en daad terzijde in de realisatie van het doel van de stichting.

Meer specifiek heeft de Raad van Toezicht de volgende hoofdtaken:

  • zorgdragen voor goed functioneren van de directie en uitvoeren van de werkgeversrol (door benoeming, beoordeling en ontslag van de directie);
  • intern toezicht;
  • adviseren van de directie;
  • integraal toezien op het beleid van de directie en de algemene gang van zaken binnen de stichting; toe
  • goedkeuren van voorgenomen beleid en strategische beslissingen van de directie
  • toezicht houden [op de wijze waarop vorm wordt gegeven aan het overleg met de belanghebbenden

De Raad heeft 5 leden en vergadert 4 keer per jaar, exclusief een of twee themavergaderingen. De leden van Raad van Toezicht ontvangen een niet bovenmatige vergadervergoeding en onkostenvergoeding.

Profiel                                                   

  • Positie als hoogleraar of bestuurder van een kennisinstelling met expertise op het gebied van vrede, recht en humanitaire actie
  • Bestuurlijke en/of toezichthoudende ervaring in complexe organisaties en ervaring met ontwikkelingsvraagstukken in dergelijke organisaties
  • Gevoel voor de werkzaamheden van de stichting in de politieke en maatschappelijke context
  • Innovatief/disruptief, ziet kansen voor nieuwe ontwikkelingen en de mogelijkheden voor het toepassen van technologische vernieuwingen
  • In staat om de Hub te ondersteunen vanuit inzicht in relevante wetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen
  • Beweegt zich in voor de organisatie relevante netwerken met zicht op voor de organisatie relevante beleidsterreinen en onderhoudt relevante contacten waarbij een onafhankelijke opstelling als toezichthouder gewaarborgd blijft
  • Binding met de missie van de stad Den Haag als internationale stad van vrede en recht

Kwaliteiten en competenties

  • Evenwicht in betrokkenheid en bestuurlijke afstand
  • Snel overzicht en inzicht verwerven
  • Politieke sensitiviteit
  • Besluitvaardig
  • Proactieve houding en gedrag
  • Samenwerken in teamverband
  • Kritische zelfreflectie
  • Communicatief vaardig
  • Onafhankelijk en integer

Hebt u belangstelling?

Als u zich in dit profiel herkent, horen wij graag van u.

Uw motivatie en curriculum vitae kunt u tot en met uiterlijk 1 mei versturen naar jill.wilkinson@humanityhub.net onder vermelding van ‘Vacature RvT’.

Meer informatie via www.humanityhub.net of telefonisch bij Jill Wilkinson, Managing Director onder 070-217 10 80.  

The Data Science Initiative is putting on the 2nd Hackathon For Good! It will be from 14th – 16th June this year. They are currently looking for challenge owners, so please reach out if your organisation has a peace, justice or security challenge which involves data science or AI/ML. (deadline end of 1st week of April).

Below is a brochure about the Hackathon and submitting challenges. Please reach out to info@humanityhub.net

Find out more:

Transforming for impact with Rt Hon. Helen Clark. How can governments achieve our SDGs?

*Fee includes Welcome Drink on arrival*

Join our discussion with former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark moderated by Leadership4SDGs Foundation President Simone Filippini.

Helen Clark’s career encompasses over 27 years in politics during her tenure as both a Member of Parliament and Prime Minister in New Zealand. She then went on to spend 8 years as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Since leaving her position at the UNDP Helen has devoted her time to promoting peace, justice, gender equality, good governance and climate action, issues very close to her heart.

Simone Filippini’s has spent her career dedicated to humanitarian projects, democracy and diplomacy. Now, as the current President of Leadership4SDGs systematically supporting government political leadership and through that aims to contribute to achieving #Agenda2030.

On April 15 Helen Clark will talk with Simone Filippini, sharing her experience and ideas, on Social Development Goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to deliberate, discuss and question Helen on SDG leadership!

  • Location: The Hague Humanity Hub, Flugewelen 58
  • Date: 15th April 2019
  • Time: 17:00-19:00

Reserve your spot here!

California Based Humanitarian Technology Company Kumbaya Establishes its European Headquarters in The Hague

The Hague, 25 February 2019 – Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Kumbaya Inc. announced the opening of its new European head-office in The Hague. The business ecosystem of The Hague has made a great impression on Kumbaya with its business value and now Kumbaya’s European office can call The Hague Humanity Hub – a community of innovators in peace, justice and humanitarian field – a home. Welcome to The Hague!  

“Today Kumbaya – an IT company from California – officially announced they will set up their European office in The Hague. We met with Kumbaya here at the Holland Pavilion of the Mobile World Congress over the past years, where we informed them about the Dutch High-tech ecosystem & business opportunities our country offers to innovative technology companies. We are proud that our Investinholland program led to these new Foreign Investments in to our Country. As Ambassador I would like to officially welcome them to the Netherlands!”, says the Dutch Ambassador to Spain, Mattijs van Bonzel.

From Mobile World Congress to Investing in Holland
Following the Meeting with The Hague Business Agency (THBA) at MWC 2017, Kumbaya learned of the great environment The Hague has in place for businesses of global social impact and the multitude of opportunities available to the company through an expansion in the Netherlands. The Hague runs a unique program on impact economy – ImpactCity – carefully designed to facilitate businesses that work on innovations for a better world to start up and scale up by providing access to a comprehensive business and impact investment network. THBA has set up a fact finding trip for Kumbaya to join the ‘Impact Startup fest’ initiative of ImpactCity and the biggest festival for impact-makers in Europe, as a delegate in 2018 and in close collaboration with The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency office in San Francisco – a tailor made program was created to assist Kumbaya with all the necessary information for the company to open its office in world’s first ImpactCity: The Hague.

 “I am proud to welcome Kumbaya to our city. The Hague as an Impact City has a large international community of social innovators. The city is also traditionally known as ‘Telecom-capital’ of The Netherlands. The establishment of Kumbaya in The Hague is a wonderful crossover between these two areas. I am sure Kumbaya has chosen the perfect ecosystem for their next step.”, says Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague, Saskia Bruines.

Scalable impact through The Hague 
“There are several factors that played a key role in our choice for establishing our European head-office in The Hague. The ImpactCity program of The Hague includes a highly relevant network of humanitarian and like-minded organizations, a friendly business environment, people and events. Moreover, The Netherlands is the perfect gateway to reach our core market in Africa.”, says Mike Freni, CEO of Kumbaya.

Kumbaya is now readying to kickstart trials to fill rural connectivity black spots with its award winning zeroXess Solar-Powered, Communications and IoT Solutions Hub in Ghana and Malawi.
The company aims to connect 15,000 households in 2019 to test the technology commercially. With plans for a full rollout in the region, the trial will demonstrate the scalability and sustainability of its unique business model in addition to testing the localized content delivery platform that is tailored to address the customer needs including both the end user and the network service providers, ultimately creating a win-win for all parties involved.  

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About Kumbaya
Based in Palos Verdes, California, Kumbaya is a tech for good company and a real humanitarian innovator that develops and implements innovative IoT solutions to end poverty. Kumbaya’s mission is to create sustainable solutions that enable the under-served, unconnected people of our world to transform their lives. With this in mind Kumbaya has developed its core product zeroXess, which brings power, connectivity and knowledge content to off grid populations through IoT solutions. zeroXess is a solar-powered home energy and communications platform that is affordable, reliable and sustainable, to ensure there is always electricity, light, connectivity, and access to the information of the world.

We were delighted to host the International Organisation and NGO Reception alongside the Municipality of The Hague on January 29.

The Hague hosts more than 200 international organisations and NGOs, as well as many impact-driven social enterprises, innovative start-ups and knowledge institutes. It was great to see many of these represented in the Humanity Hub, and allow them the opportunity to share their expertise and insights with one another.

We believe that strengthening connections will increase impact. This year’s reception highlighted the diversity of the Hague community and offered opportunities for new connections.

So who was there? And what are they working on?

During the event participants were asked what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they’re currently working on. Among the 200 participants, calling from 130 different organisations such as Amnesty International, UNICEF and Defence for Children, all 17 SDGs were represented. From reducing inequality and poverty, climate action to zero-hunger, organisations based in The Hague are addressing a lot more issues than the themes of peace and justice (SDG16) traditionally associated with the city. Beyond the City of Peace and Justice, the Hague could very well claim the title of City of Impact.

To little surprise, perhaps, most participants had one thing in common when it came to what the biggest barrier was to their respective organisations: funding.

The Humanity Hub is already tackling this issue with its Business Model Transformation track, aiming to enable NGOs and other impact-driven organisations to reinvent their business models and explore new approaches to remain sustainable and impactful. Still, funding wasn’t the only challenge to be raised…

The International Organisation and NGO Reception has helped provide better insight into the current climate that these organisations are innovating within, as well as setting the stage for the environment that they wish to create.

About the workshops

The event also included workshops in order to showcase and inspire all the current innovations progressing in our community and beyond.

Data Security and Cyber Protection for NGOs (Karama, X-Systems, Justice and Peace, and Startpage.com)

Members of NGOs have large amounts of valuable information on their personal devices, ranging from contact details of members of parliament, diplomatic staff, to future policy documents, lobby documents and so on. However, it is widely common for NGOs to not be properly protected against cyber attacks, therefore turning them into the main target of hacks to their systems. The goal of this workshop was to inform the NGOs in The Hague about the possibilities to improve their digital security and to protect their partners abroad.

How can SMEs and NGOs collaborate to realize the SDGs? (Oxfam Novib, Twynstra Gudde, and ImpactCity)

This workshop discussed the questions of ‘How can small medium enterprises (SME’s) contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals?’ ‘How can NGO’s and SME’s work together to make (local) impact?’

Digital Learning Innovations (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University)

The Centre for Innovation explored the current digital trends in knowledge-sharing and how they impact innovative organisations, using this as a springboard to see how these insights can turn this on its head, and help organisations create impact.

Business Model Transformation for NGOs (InnoPlot and Humanity Hub)

Social and commercial business models are colliding. Not for profits are becoming more business-like and commercial enterprise is becoming more socially conscious. But are our current business models fit for the future? Do we need to find new ways of matching funding and capital to social impact? Innoplot and the Humanity Hub challenged all of their participants to reinvent/rebrand/regroup their organisations to meet the current challenges


Photos from the event

Link to complete photo album