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
With many years of experience in the tropics – in the private sector, international research and rural development – Ard is a flexible team player with a hands-on approach, positive attitude and excellent intercultural skills. Besides being a DIBcoop board member, he is also a co-founder and co-owner of agroforestry companies in Mali and Burkina Faso. Ard has an MSc in Tree Breeding and a PhD in Agro-forestry, both from Wageningen University.
Arnoud Braun - Managing Partner
Arnoud's long experience in the tropics, where he trained smallholders using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach, has resulted in his belief in the strength of combining smallholders, sustainable trade, environment-friendly production and private-sector investment. His expertise spans grants & loans for emerging markets, business development, partner searches, matchmaking, fair trade and its pre-financing, organic agriculture, smallholder farming, Farmer Field Schools and training-by-doing.
Frank van Schoubroeck - Managing Partner
Frank's pride and joy is the unique FarmTree®-Model he has developed for agro-forestry planning, implementation and management. Using a multi-stakeholder approach, this model generates scenarios of farms and landscapes, giving farmers an understanding not only of their investment robustness, but also of nutrition benefits, carbon flows and returns-per-day by gender. The FarmTree®-Model can forecast the costs and benefits of entire agro-forestry projects, serving both farmers and conservation agencies. Frank holds an MSc in Agronomy and a PhD in Innovation Studies from Wageningen University. For more information see: www.farmtreeservices.com.
Limbikani Kadzamira - Project Officer
Limbi works on 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 18 years of experience in management and development programmes through NGOs, faith-based organisations and the private sector. Limbi's main focus is developing innovative sustainable business cases that involve smallholders with other players in the value chain.
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. A team player who can motivate, plan and manage – meeting deadlines is second nature to Sara.
Zeynep Yazan - Financial officer
With more than 20 years' experience as a financial and operational executive in international companies, Zeynep excels in developing financial models and implementing operational controls that streamline business operations, increase efficiency, transparency and profitability, and drive growth even with limited resources and in challenging environments. With her strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, Zeynep fosters good relations with all levels of staff, clients and partners, creating pleasant collaborative environments.
Sarah Hassan Ali - Project Officer Kenya and Somalia
Sarah Hassan Ali joined DIBcoop through the Dutch government's Young Expert Programme (YEP). She has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and three years' experience in developing and implementing emergency humanitarian projects in Somalia. Sarah is interested in the business development sector, and is engaging with DIBcoop to build partnerships in both Kenya and Somalia.
Bart Frederiks -Renewable Energy Associate
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.
Mathieu Chaix-Bar - Project Officer
His training and experience in economics, ecology and environmental management allows Mathieu to bring relevant insights into project development, often sparking innovation. He has managed projects in rural East and West Africa, varying from urine diverting toilets to small-scale irrigation. Passionate 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, mainly in West and Central Africa, Peter has developed many projects, focusing on training for capacity building, climate-change adaptation, institutional development and organisational strengthening. Within DIBcoop, Peter works on proposal development, particularly for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and on the promotion of climate-smart and agro-forestry based entrepreneurship.
Ard Schakel - Project Officer
His desire to contribute to a green and sustainable world has led Ard to study International Land and Water management at Wageningen University. He values a positive work environment and makes an active contribution to that at DIBcoop. He favours an inter-disciplinary approach as this allows diverse knowledge streams to come together to achieve sustainability goals. Ard has worked on several agri-projects in Uganda and Sri Lanka, where 'People, Planet, Profit' are at the core of the strategic tools being implemented.
Elise van Tilborg - Project Officer
Elise's personal and professional ambition 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. Tshering is now focusing on research and data management as DIBcoop develops the FarmTree®-Model.
Thor Kuchler - Project Officer
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Agnese Beatrice Orzes - Project Officer
After graduating in International Development, Agnese has built up a track record in Rural Sociology and International Relations. She is particularly enthusiastic about rural development combined with agriculture and food production/consumption. Agnese loves to 'get her hands dirty' and dive into projects, and her good organisational skills and keen curiosity make her a great team player. She is currently busy managing projects for DIBcoop.
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.