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.
Adrie Papma is an independent chair. For many years she worked as a director at Oxfam International and Oxfam Novib. She fullfilled various governance roles in NL and abroad, and performed as an expert on FNS, sustainable agriculture and fair trade. Working experience has also been with the University of Leiden, SNV, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hivos.Read more »
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.Read more »
Hilke Jansen is an independent advocacy adviser for the development cooperation sector, aiming to bridge people and politics by creating innovative ideas and effective lobbying and positioning strategies. She was owner of BBO for 10 years and worked as international manager for the Young Dutch Farmers Association.Read more »
Peter Jens is Director Strategic Alliances at Koppert Biological Systems. He works within agricultural, food and nutrition issues around the world and promotes south-south cooperation between farmers, cooperatives and research institutes. For the Koppert Foundation he is responsible for innovation and education projects.Read more »
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.Read more »
Huub Löffler is Director International and Accounts of Wageningen UR. He studied Biology in Amsterdam, and did a PhD on Plant Pathology at the University of Utrecht. From the start of his career he was involved in international collaboration; first focusing on resistance breeding, then with a focus on food security and Africa.Read more »
Paul van de Logt heads the Food and Nutrition Security team in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to this position Paul worked on Climate Finance and European cooperation on environment and energy. He has worked as a diplomat in the Embassies in Beijing and Kabul.
Klaas Johan Osinga works for the Dutch farmers’ organization LTO Nederland in the International Affairs team. He is also member of the Commission on International Entrepreneurship of VNO-NCW, member of Working Parties of the EU farmers’ umbrella COPA-COGECA and member of the EESC.Read more »
Michaël Wilde works for organic fruit and vegetable specialist Eosta where he is responsible for the sustainability & communication division. In this role he has worked on numerous international campaigns including “Bees love Organic”, “Save our Soils” and the “True Cost of Food campaign”.Read more »
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.Read more »