Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation. Photo by: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell / CC BY-NC-SA

CANBERRA — Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation wants the humanitarian sector to think differently about how they engage, operate, and lead.

“Instead of sitting at home and designing the solutions, we are designing solutions with the beneficiaries. That is the first and most important part of humanitarian leadership.”

— Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation

He also cautioned that the sector needs to respond to the shifting landscape — and looking inward he assessed his own leadership style. Devex caught up with Heggenes at the 2019 Asia Pacific Humanitarian Leadership Conference to discuss this messaging.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.