InsideNGO Announces New President and CEO

Press Release

March 29, 2016

InsideNGO Announces New President and CEO

WASHINGTON – Humentum, the largest membership association of international relief and development organizations, has named Thomas Dente as its new president and chief executive officer.

“Tom is an ideal choice to lead Humentum,” said Jim Sailer, chairman of the Humentum board of directors. “He has a strong vision for the future, a deep passion for our mission, and decades of experience in business and international development. He is an outstanding professional and person, and was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and board of directors. We look forward to Tom’s continued leadership in our sector, as he builds on Humentum’s commitment to operational excellence in the international NGO community.”

Dente has been integral in shaping Humentum’s strategy since joining the organization in 2011 as chief operating officer. Since that time, Humentum has grown its membership by 20 percent, to 330 members; increased the number of development professionals served in workshops, trainings, and conferences; and become a leading advocate for the international development community on issues of importance to the sector. During this period, Humentum has also continued to expand the range of benefits and services offered to members. Dente succeeds Humentum Founder and President Alison Smith, who stepped down in February but who will remain affiliated with the organization in her new role as President Emerita.

“For nearly 40 years, Humentum has been inside the NGO community, supporting organizations and individuals as they collectively address the world’s most pressing social issues,” Dente said. “I look forward to engaging with nonprofit, business, and government leaders around the globe to help advance our common agenda of a better world, with more resources and opportunities for the people who need them the most.”

Prior to joining Humentum, Dente had a 20+ year career as a management consultant, as a partner at both Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney, and working with the Criterion Institute and Price Waterhouse. He serves on the board of directors for PM4NGOs, a global nonprofit focusing on project management in development, and has served on the C-Suite Advisory Committee of Independent Sector. Dente holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth.



Humentum is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity.

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