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Steering committee

The Platform is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is supervised by a Steering Committee of authoritative representatives from knowledge institutes, the business community, government and civil society.

The Steering Committee decides on the knowledge agenda of the Platform and advises on the content of the two research funds managed by NWO-WOTRO: the Global Challenges Programme and the Applied Research Fund.

 

Paul Engel
Paul Engel
Chair

Dr. Ir. Paul Engel is Director at ECDPM, the European Centre for Development Policy Management, and part-time Professor of Public Policy and Innovation at MSM, the Maastricht School of Management. His primary field of interest is the role of knowledge in policy and its implementation.

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Melle Leenstra
Secretary

Melle Leenstra is the knowledge policy coordinator at the food and nutrition cluster of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From this position he coordinates the Ministry’s support and engagement with the F&BKP, the Netherlands-CGIAR Partnership and other Agrifood knowledge programmes.

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Caroline Wooning
Caroline Wooning
Member

Caroline Wooning is manager at the Knowledge and Innovation Department of the Directorate-General Agro of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. She is working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs for 17 years and has large experience in the field of European Economic Affairs.

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Toon Keijers
Toon Keijsers
Member

Toon Keijsers is lecturer International Food & Business and coordinator International Projects at HAS University of Applied Sciences. Before that he worked in capacity building & private sector development programs with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Africa & Asia and with SNV in Latin America.

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Adrie Papma
Adrie Papma
Member

Adrie Papma is Associate Director of Oxfam International. She worked at the University of Leiden, SNV, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hivos. Since the early nineties she joined Oxfam Novib and fulfilled various functions: as an expert on food security and nutrition, and in various international campaigns of Oxfam.

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Ruerd Ruben
Ruerd Ruben
Member

Ruerd Ruben is professor & coordinator of the Wageningen Economic Research programs on food security, value chains & impact assessment. Research concerns prospects for smallholder participation in tropical food value chains, effectiveness of rural cooperative organizations & impact of fair trade certification in value chains.

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