F&BKP Steering Committee
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 Food & Business Knowledge Platform, the Netherlands-CGIAR Partnership and other Agrifood knowledge programmes.
Prior to taking up his current position, Melle spent seven years at embassies in East Africa, lastly as food security and economic development advisor at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi.
Melle studied rural development in Wageningen and wrote a PhD dissertation on the Zambian health sector. He lives in The Hague with his wife and two daughters.