We are team workers dedicated to achieving the greatest positive impacts possible

Collaboration and flexibility are our trademarks


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.

Contact me:
 
Email:
arnoud.braun[at]dibcoop.nl
 
Mobile/WhatsApp:
+31 630 884 640
 
Languages: 
Dutch, English, Spanish, Italian, Swahili

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.

 
Contact me:
 
Email: 
ard.lengkeek[at]dibcoop.nl
 
Mobile/Whatsapp:
+31 614 636 894
 
Languages:
Dutch, English, French, German

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.

Contact me:

Email:
frank.vanschoubroeck[at]dibcoop.nl

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 654 365 515

Languages: 

Dutch, English, French, Nepali, Sharchokpa, Danish

Justa Hopma - Project Operations Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in international cooperation projects seeking to achieve food system change, Justa has expert knowledge on both the theoretical and practical requirements for making this goal a reality. Justa holds a PhD in human geography and political science (University of Aberystwyth) and an MPhil in Anthropology (University of Oxford). With her strong academic background in combination with excellent organisational skills and field experience in eastern Africa (Uganda), the Arab region (Jordan, the West Bank) and Latin America (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru) Justa brings a wealth of experience to the team. 

Contact me:

 

Email:

justa.hopma[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

[plus] 31 620 178 427

 

Languages: 

Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Arabic

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.

Contact me:

 

Email:

zeynep.yazan[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 611 539 129

 

Languages: 

English, Turkish

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.

Contact me:
 
Email:
sara.butler[at]dibcoop.nl
 
Mobile/WhatsApp:
+31 614 686 069
 
Languages: 
English, Dutch, Spanish, French, German

Marjolein Meijer - Administrator Officer

Contact me:

 

Email:

marjolein.meijer[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 633 174 647

 

Languages: 

Dutch, German

Gabija Pamerneckijte - Project Officer

Gabija believes that one of the best ways to conserve nature is by fostering sustainable livelihoods and agroforestry. She is passionate about and has experience in landscape finance, participatory assessments and innovative methodological approaches. Gabija has conducted participatory studies in Indonesia, Ghana and Vietnam, where she led workshops, focus group discussions and interviews with experts and community members.

Contact me:

 

Email: 

gabija.pamerneckyte[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/Whatsapp:

+370 61 842 213

 

Languages:

English, Lithuanian, Danish 

Ard Schakel - Project Officer Rwanda

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.

Contact me:

Email:

ard.schakel[at]dibcoop.nl

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 627 523 198

Languages: 

English, Dutch, German

Tshering Choden - Project Officer Asia & Agroforestry Impact Quantification Assistant

With her roots in mountainous rural Bhutan, working experience in the agriculture sector and educational background in Environmental and Plant sciences, Tshering works on practical solutions that contribute to sustainable farming practices, sustainable business development and resilient livelihoods. Her interests include natural resource management, agronomy, agroecology, crop diversification, climate smart agriculture, agroforestry and plant/tree-soil modelling. Tshering is now focusing on networking, proposal writing, project implementation and the promotion and use of the FarmTree®-Model. She is particularly interested in collaboration with Asian countries.

Contact me:

Email:

tshering.choden[at]dibcoop.nl

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 641 003 577

Languages: 

English, Bhutanese, Nepali

Moussa Fofana - Project Officer West Africa

Although Moussa’s training is in journalism, translation and interpreting, his heart lies in agribusiness and agroforestry. He is a fervent tree planter too and has been closely involved in a Jatropha agroforestry project – the nuts of this tree have many uses including the production of biodiesel. Moussa is DIBcoop’s man in Mali, from where he coordinates our projects in West Africa.

Contact me:

 

Email: 

moussa.fofana[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/Whatsapp:

+223 76 187 605

 

Languages:

Bambara, French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian, German

Thor Kuchler - Project Officer

Thor's background is in international nature management. His keen interest in agroecology and agroforestry, landscape restoration and participatory approaches fuels his contribution to projects that address environmental and social issues in a pragmatic and holistic way. Thor has experience mainly in rural South America, and he enjoys working and communicating in diverse and international settings.

Contact me:

 

Email:

thor.kuchler[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/Whatsapp:

+31 637 275 728

 

Languages:

Dutch, English, Spanish

Michel Uiterwijk - Project Officer

Michel Uiterwijk is our FarmTree® Tool co-developer and is guiding the development of the FarmTree® Application. Michel is an experienced mobile app developer and has extensive experience with agriculture and biodiversity related simulation models. Michel uses core principles such as Clean Code, SOLID, DRY and TDD (Unit Testing).

Contact me:

 

Email: 

michel.uiterwijk[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/Whatsapp:

+31 627 243 997

 

Languages:

Dutch, English, German, Polish

Irene Vinkenburg - Software Developer

Irene Vinkenburg is our software developer. She has an MSc in chemistry and a Bachelor’s in the visual arts, and used to be a high school teacher. A few years ago, she made a career switch and learned to code through the Make-IT-Work program at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She now maintains and adds new functionality to the code of DIBcoop’s FarmTree® Model and is improving the tool's accessibility. 

Contact me:

 

Email:

irene.vinkenburg[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 611 719 777ā€¬

 

Languages: 

Dutch, English

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.

Contact me:

 

Email:

b.frederiks[at]live.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 648 726 389

 

Language:

Dutch, English, French

Dennis Reinen - Intern

Dennis his interest in a sustainable world had led him to study Land and Water Management at Wageningen University. During this study he has developed a particular interest in how Geo Information Systems and Remote Sensing can help inform local partners about the problems they face. In his internship at DIBcoop he hopes to learn how to use the knowledge obtained in his study in a real-life situation and he hopes this knowledge could prove to be valuable to DIBcoop and its projects.

Contact me:

 

Email:

dennis.reinen[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+31 612 381 614

 

Language:

Dutch, English

Moussa Mar - Project Officer Senegal

Papa Moussa specialises in logistics and project reporting. After studying and living in the US for several years, he moved back to Africa, setting up a fishing company in Sierra Leone, which works with smallholder fishermen, and running several logistic companies in Senegal. He has assisted USAID with project reporting on agricultural projects in English, French and other languages. His excellent interpersonal communication skills have helped him to build a wide network in Senegal, a great advantage when it comes to developing locally based projects. Papa Moussa collaborates with DIBcoop on project development in West Africa, providing expertise and profound knowledge of the local context and dynamics.

Contact me:

 

Email:

moussa.mar[at]dibcoop.nl

 

Mobile/WhatsApp:

+221 770 348 987

 

Languages: 

French, English, Wolof

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.

Contact me:
 
Email:
sarah.ali[at]dibcoop.nl
 
Mobile/WhatsApp:
+221 770 348 987
 
Languages: 
English,  Swahili,  Turkish,  Somali

Limbikani Kadzamira - Project Officer Southern Africa

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.

Contact me:
 
Email: limbikani.kadzamira[at]dibcoop.nl
 
Mobile/WhatsApp:
+44 7733 371 054
 
Languages: 
English, Chichewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, French