Arjan Hehenkamp worked as a humanitarian since 1992, mainly with Medecins sans Frontieres. He started in Somalia, at the height of conflict and famine in 1992. Subsequently, he worked in several countries and crises, first as logistician and administrator, and thereafter as emergency coordinator. He became county-director in South Sudan for four years, after which he was appointed as Operational Director and finally worked for 6 years as General Director of MSF in the Netherlands. In this capacity, Arjan was (amongst other things) heavily involved in his twin humanitarian obsessions: protection for and assistance to refugees and migrants, and the search for an effective and affordable regimen for drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis.
Since early 2018, Arjan Hehenkamp works as Deputy Director for St. Vluchteling taking responsibility for programmes and advocacy, whilst working collaboratively with SV and IRC colleagues to propose new strategic directions for SV and its operational partnership with IRC. Arjan is also chair for KUNO, and is member of the supervisory boards of Warchild the Netherlands and The Hague Humanity Hub.