Nick Blazquez has been Chairman of the Mercy Corps Europe Board since November 2018. He completed a BSc at Aberdeen University followed by PhD at Bristol University. He then became a lecturer at Bristol University.
Following this academic career he joined Diageo where he held a number of senior roles including President for Diageo businesses in Africa, Middle East, India, AsiaPacific, India and Central and Eastern Europe. He was on the Diageo Executive committee and Chairman or Vice Chairman of a number of listed Diageo subsidiaries including in Africa and India.
He left Diageo in July 2016. Whilst accountable for Diageo's businesses in Africa he built the Water of Life programme that provided improved drinking water and sanitation projects to over 10 million people, through c140 projects in c15 countries. He became a director of Mercy Corps (Europe) in 2007 and a member of Mercy Corps Global Joint Board Executive Committee. He is married with 3 children and is a keen runner and sailor.