International Development Practitioner/Consultant

Last Updated: 2nd October 2017 (over 5 years ago)




Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level

Chinese, Dutch, English, French


After a successful, rewarding as well as challenging 15-year career in the financial services sector based in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Brussels, across research, business development and project management roles, it was time for a fresh challenge.
After a brief time at the leading Solar PV Industry Association (NGO) in Brussels as Senior International Market Developer, I have during the past few years turned my attention to the International Development sector where I have been able to apply my private sector experience and skills to collaborate with NGOs, consulting firms, aid agencies and foundations to develop value chain studies, identify fundraising opportunities, support proposal development as well as on-the-ground implementation work.
My interests lie in research and business as well as project development related engagements (preferably including field work) in agriculture and entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa but also Asia (major focus during my financial career).
I am multilingual (Dutch, French, Chinese, English) and am flexible and open to both short and longer term assignments, and am available to spend longer periods in-country for field assignments.


European Business School, London
Business Studies

   Sep 1993
— Jun 1994

University of Durham, UK
Chinese Studies with Japanese B.A. Hons.

   Sep 1989
— Jun 1993


International Development Practitioner/Consultant

   Mar 2013
— Current

Working with international NGOs (TechnoServe, Institute for Sustainable Communities), foundations (BMGF), agribusiness specialists (The Context Network) and aid agencies (USAID, DFID) on agricultural value chain, enterprise and new business development in East and West Africa as well as Asia.
• Producing in-depth value chain studies of various agricultural commodities based on desk and field research, including refining market information, validating local market statistics as well as the value chain actors and structure.
• Recommending major impact opportunities for grant-making strategies and identifying potential partners to start the grant development process.
• Leading and supporting the development of new business and programs in the region including identifying fundraising opportunities, and responding to major contract/grant opportunities by developing competitive proposals (e.g. for World Bank, DFID, USDA, USAID etc.)
• Working with leading corporations and agencies to develop and implement programs to overcome/improve supply chain issues and benefit smallholder farmers and/or SMEs (e.g. developing and rolling out a seed marketing network across 2 counties in West Kenya)
• Researching and developing sustainability strategies for enterprise development

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