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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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Marcel Beukeboom
Marcel Beukeboom
Member

Marcel Beukeboom is leading the Food and Nutrition Security team since August 2012.
As a member of the Management Team of the Department for Inclusive Green Growth, he is responsible for the development and implementation of Dutch policies for food and nutrition security.

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Heleen Bos
Heleen Bos
Member

Heleen Bos is responsible for Foreign Development Projects at Rijk Zwaan and has a commercial task as Account Manager for the Organic Programme worldwide. Heleen has more than 20 years of experience in development projects; she lived and worked in Mozambique, Nicaragua, Bangladesh and Spain.

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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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Frederike Praasterink
Frederike Praasterink
Member

Frederike Praasterink is member of the Executive Board of HAS University of Applied Sciences. Her responsibilities include knowledge development, innovation & applied research and internationalization. She has extensive international experience in the field of food and nutrition as a consultant and lecturer.

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Ruerd Ruben
Ruerd Ruben
Member

Ruerd Ruben is professor & coordinator of the LEI-Wageningen UR 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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Annette Wijering
Annette Wijering
Member

Annette Wijering is manager at the Knowledge Department of the Directorate-General Agro of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of agriculture and horticulture and long-term experience in areas such as water management, nature and regional policy and European affairs.

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