EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


Wiet Vandormael

Wiet Vandormael: In-house mentoring and coaching programme - C=challenge to bring line management on board - impact evaluation

Session on 24 November 2020 15:30 UTC - View on timetable


When working in a large organisation, where we are fortunate to offer in house coaching and mentoring to our staff across the organisation, a lot of the work is already done.

Very often though, colleagues come to me with a request for a coach or mentor because of one of the following reasons: the HR is pushing me to get a coach/mentor before I can be considered for new responsibilities/role; a line manager asking a mentor for one of his staff members because ‘he needs to learn how to set priorities and manage his team and I do not have time for this’; A mentee asking for support to cope with the bad management of his/her supervisor.

These are not isolated incidents and many of us have been confronted with them. During this session I would like to explore how we can bring the line manager more often in the coaching or mentoring room. How do we train our mentors and coaches to do so and inform the line managers and HR about the true value of systemic approaches to mentoring and coaching?

Sharing experiences and looking for interesting/bold/innovative/daring ideas for all of us to use in our realities.

Learning outcomes

  • Share experiences on in house mentoring and coaching programs and its dilemmas, limitations, and opportunities
  • Bring ideas to the table from those experiences that can help organizations with in house programs to move to a more systemic approach? is that even possible?


Wiet Vandormael is a Belgian who started working for Medicines Sans Frontieres in 2010, after working for Caritas and in social services in Brussels. He studied educational sciences and holds a master in Humanitarian affairs. He started as a logistician with MSF in Afghanistan and Haiti. Ever since that moment, Wiet has been in different roles in MSF. Field Coordinator, Deputy Head of Mission, Emergency Coordinator and Crisis Management Team member for Syria and Kunduz. He has worked mainly in Afghanistan, on the Syrian Crisis and the Mediterranean Migration crisis.

Since February 2019, Wiet has taken up the role of the mentoring & coaching program manager in MSF Belgium. While starting first as a mentor, he quickly became interested in coaching. For him, coaching is a unique way to support the growth of people. It offers a safe space for people to go out of their comfort zone and really learn from their challenges and find a new perspective or attitude.

Oh, and he also is experimenting with wild fermentation in Beer and wines in his home brewery in Brussels. A passion of his.