Troels Mahieu-Sorensen Trustworks Global

Troels Mahieu-Sorensen

Senior Advisor

Troels Mahieu-Sorensen has over 20 years of experience working in the humanitarian-development-peace sectors with a particular focus on the African continent. Troels has held positions for multiple leading multilateral organizations – the World Bank, the African Development Bank, UNDP – and bilateral donors and international NGOs. He has been a leading voice in how to operationalize the humanitarian-development-peace nexus as co-chair of the OECD INCAF and part of initiating billion dollar regional programming and coordination such as the Sahel Alliance, the Oslo Consultative Group on Prevention and Stabilization in the Lake Chad Region and the Multilateral Development Bank’s Platform to Address economic migration and forced displacement.

Troels has extensive field experience from being deployed as part of the humanitarian efforts to Haiti in 2010  to residing and working in Central, East, North and East Africa for almost 15 years. His track record spans from programme/portfolio management on economic reform, private sector development, governance, rule of law, climate change, gender, civil society and health to strategic advice on how to advance the fragility and resilience agenda to develop partnerships between international partners, governments and civil society.

The last three years, Troels was responsible for implementing the Danish development programme in Somalia regarding economic growth and private sector development. He represented Denmark as a shareholder on the sharia compliant Nordic Investment Fund with more than 70 Somalian portfolio companies and was a strategic partner in the EU’s efforts to develop strong value-chains in the agriculture, livestock and fishery sectors. Moreover, he collaborated with the World Bank and the IFC on MSME financing, debt relief, domestic resource mobilisation, wage bill, digital identity, oil and gas, trade, business law, green economy and investment promotion.


Board/Platform positions

  • Co-chair of the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF)
  • The Sahel Alliance
  • The Multilateral Development Bank Platform to address economic migration and forced displacement
  • The Oslo Consultative Group on Prevention and Stabilization in the Lake Chad Region
  • Board member of the International Atlantic Treaty Association
  • The Committee of Patrons of the International Atlantic Treaty Association

Regional Specialization


Thematic Specialization

Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, Fragility and Resilience (strategic/analytically/operationally), Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Economic Reform, Private Sector Development, Governance, Rule of Law, Women's Empowerment, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Energy, Civil Society, Durable Solutions, People Management


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