Ton van Zutphen has been working for over 30 years in both development and humanitarian settings. He has a Masters degree in Geography from the Catholic University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and worked for several international NGOs (including Oxfam and ActionAid) in management positions before joining World Vision International in 1998. In World Vision he helped to develop the humanitarian preparedness and response strategies. He led several major emergency and conflict programmes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He made a contribution to the quality and accountability approach in World Vision’s global humanitarian division. He was a co-founder of HAP and has been a Board member of the Sphere project for many years. As the chair he contributed to the successful new edition of the Sphere Handbook 2011. For nearly one year he directed the response to the Haiti earthquake; he is currently working on the concept of Global Capitals for World Vision International with an emphasis on Rome and Vienna.