The Office facilitates the knowledge management of the Platform, undertakes its own activities and renders account to the Steering Committee for the substantive functioning of the platform (its activities and, more especially, its results). It is accountable to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for matters relating to financial administration.
The independent Office is staffed by a team of knowledge brokers and support staff from AgriProFocus, The Broker and the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. The team members are working part-time for the Platform as well as for their own organization. In this way, the knowledge, experience and networks of the three host organizations are available for the Office.
Frans Verberne is leading the Office which facilitates the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
Frans graduated from Wageningen UR and has been working for nearly 30 years on sustainable development in different sectors such as rural development and agriculture.Read more »
Nicole Metz is an all-round development professional strongly committed to contribute to sustainable changes that end poverty and promote equity.
She has extensive experience in policy advocacy at (inter)national level and worked with civil society organisations in Africa and Asia.Read more »
Vanessa Nigten is a global sustainable development specialist with theoretical and practical knowledge of Dutch and international development policies.
Vanessa gained her experience in this field at various Dutch and international organizations like WRR, Partos, NCDO and the JongOS; she has a background in Sociology and Public Administration.Read more »
Judith Jacobs is an agribusiness sector development and farmer/cooperative entrepreneurship specialist with a broad interest in food and nutrition security.
Judith holds an MSc. in Strategic Management with a focus on inclusive business and entrepreneurship and an MSc. in International Relations. She worked in Malawi for almost two years.Read more »
Babs Ates is content manager of the F&BKP Knowledge Portal and also works as a Knowledge Broker for the Platform.
Babs completed a Master in Development and Rural Innovation, a Bachelor in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University and finished her Advanced Master in International Development.Read more »
Ine Martens generally supports the team members in the day-to-day running of the Office and is content manager of the Platform’s website.
Ine has a Master in Translation, a Bachelor in Marketing & Communications and did volunteer work with underprivileged children in Peru, Ecuador and Nepal for over 9 years.Read more »