Collaboration and flexibility are qualities that bound each of us to a team that dedicates itself to the greatest positive impacts possible.
Ard Lengkeek - Managing Partner
Owning years of working experience in the private sector, international research and rural development, all in the tropics. Flexible team player with hands on approach, positive attitude and excellent intercultural skills. Besides being a DIBcoop board member, Ard is also a cofounder and co-owner of a biofuel companies in Mali and Burkina Faso. Ard has an MSc in tree breeding and a PhD in agroforestry, both from Wageningen University.
Arnoud Braun - Managing Partner
Passionate about the combination of smallholders, sustainable trade, environmentally friendly production and private sector investments; for training smallholders using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach. Specialized in Private Sector Investments (grants & loans) for emerging markets, Business Development, Partner Search, Matchmaking, Fair Trade, Pre-Financing for Fair Trade, Organic Agriculture, Smallholder Agriculture, FFS, Farmer Field Schools and training-by-doing.
Frank van Schoubroeck - Managing Partner
He has developed a unique model for agroforestry planning, implementation and management. Thanks to its multi-stakeholder approach, The FarmTree®-Model generates scenarios of farms and landscapes that provide insights not only into the investment robustness for the farmers, but also into nutrition benefits, carbon flows, and returns-per-day by gender. Thus, the whole cost-benefits of agroforestry projects can be forecasted, serving farmers and conservation agencies. See also: www.farmtreeservices.com. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy and Communication and Innovation Studies in Wageningen.
Limbikani Kadzamira - Project Officer
His work involves proposal and business plan development, partnership building, resource mobilisation and institutional capacity development for the private and public sector, farmer organisations and NGOs. He has 16 years of experience in management and development programs through NGOs, faith-based organisations and the private sector. His passion is in development or innovative sustainable business cases that involve smallholders with other players along the value chain.
Sarah Hassan Ali - Project Officer Kenya and Somalia
Sarah Hassan Ali is a young expert at DIBcoop through the YEP program- She has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and three years' experience in developing and implementing emergency humanitarian projects in Somalia. Sarah has shown interest in the business development sector, she is engaging with DIBcoop to build partnerships in both Kenya and Somalia.
Bart Frederiks - Associate (Renewable Energy)
Bart is a freelance renewable energy consultant specialising in bioenergy and solar power. With degrees in electrical engineering and in development studies, he has a strong grasp of technical concepts combined with a thorough understanding of developing country contexts. Bart brings 20 years of experience in developing and executing renewable energy related studies, project implementation, technical assistance and training, in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe
Language: Dutch, English, French
Mathieu Chaix-Bar - Project Officer
His training and experience in economics, ecology and environmental management allows him to bring relevant insights into project development, with often sparking innovation. He has experience in project management in East and West Africa (e.g. urine diverting toilet, small-scale irrigation), especially in rural areas. Passionated about people, Mathieu uses his multicultural skills to facilitate collaboration between local and international organisations and stakeholders.
Peter Paap - Project Officer
During his 25 years of experience in the sustainable development field, Peter followed many projects, mainly in West and Central Africa, focused on training / workshops on capacity building, adaptation to climate change, institutional development and organisational strengthening. Within DIBcoop , Peter is involved in proposal development, particularly for the GEF ( Global Environment Facility) and the GCF (Green Climate Fund), as well as the promotion of a climate smart and agroforestry entrepreneurship.
Sara Butler - Writer and Communicator
An anthropologist by training, Sara has over 30 years of experience in the fields of international and rural development. First and foremost a communicator and connector, she helps people to communicate clearly through written text. She thrives on a variety of media and writing styles: report and proposal writing, website texts, practical guides, copywriting and academic publications. A team player who can motivate, plan and manage - meeting deadlines is second nature to Sara!
Ard Schakel - Project Officer
His passion to contribute to a green and sustainable world has led him to the study International Land- and Water management. Ard values a positive work environment and contributes to that! He highly values an inter-disciplinarily approach as it allows various knowledge streams to come together to meet sustainability goals. He was involved in several agri-projects in Uganda and Sri Lanka, where 'People, Planet, Profit' was at the core of the strategic tool implemented.
Elise van Tilborg - Project Officer
The personal and professional ambition of Elise is to contribute to a green and sustainable world. She has experience in working with (geo)data, in land and water management and with monitoring and evaluation activities. She loves to inspire, to connect, and to achieve win-win situations: together.
Tshering Choden - Project Officer
With her roots in mountainous rural Bhutan, Tshering has developed a strong interest in designing and implementing practical solutions that contribute to sustainable agriculture and resilient livelihoods. After working as an agricultural extensionist in Paro valley, one of Bhutan's major rice producing regions, she studied environmental sciences (at the UK's Open University) and then plant sciences at Wageningen University and Research. Tshering is now focusing on research and data management as DIBcoop develops the FarmTree®-Model.
Agnese Beatrice Orzes - Project Officer
Passionate graduate in International Development, with a track in Rural Sociology and a background in International Relations. Agnese is particularly enthusiastic about everything concerning rural development combined with agriculture and food production / consumption. She likes to "get her hands dirty" and dive into projects. Good organisational skills, very curious and a good team player. Currently busy in managing projects, mainly connected to rural development.
Annie Polman - Administrator
Annie has been working with DIBcoop for more than 8 years, ensuring we keep the company in good administrative order. Her positive attitude makes the administrative tasks for the rest of the team (almost) a pleasure.