Local solutions supported by Dutch expertise

The Postharvest Network links businesses, governments and civil society to Dutch expertise, knowledge and solutions as to minimize food losses in the postharvest supply chain. In some chains, around 50% of the harvest is lost before the product even reaches the consumer. Enterprises, knowledge institutes and NGOs of Dutch origin are working in food supply chains all over the world. With global experience, we know how to implement proven solutions to reduce postharvest losses. Together we combine our forces in the Postharvest Network to help you improve your supply chain.

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Our team

Our team is driven by one unified goal: to reduce postharvest losses. Our team members know how to analyse food supply chains and how to trace food losses. They also know where to find the expertise to implement practical and proven solutions. The team at Postharvest Network consists of individuals with expertise in different knowledge fields relevant for reducing postharvest losses.

Dirk ‘t Hooft

Dirk ‘t Hooft

Chairman

Dirk ‘t Hooft works as Independent Senior Advisor for different companies. At European level he is active in research projects and member of the Executive Group of “ALICE”, the European Technology Platform on Logistics. After his graduation in economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Dirk worked in several senior management positions in Publishing, Agricultural Machinery, Bulk stevedoring in Rotterdam Port, the Flower Auction of Aalsmeer and the last 11 years as CEO of HIDC (Holland International Distribution Council). Dirk is experienced in the management of innovation projects, is able to match people and organizations, and has a broad international experience. For the Postharvest Network Dirk is Chair of the team to setup and activate the network.

Michael Jurriaans

Michael Jurriaans

Network Secretary

Michael Jurriaans has extensive experience in the Dutch public sector, in particular in the field of agrologistics. He further developed his knowledge and skills during his work for the Platform Agrologistics, of which he was Secretary. Long years of experience made him build up a broad network in the Dutch public and agricultural sectors. For the Postharvest Network he takes over the function of Network Secretary, contributing to a smooth running of the organization.

Nina Waldhauer

Nina Waldhauer

Project Manager

Nina Waldhauer is an expert in logistics and supply chain management. She gained her experience through extensive work in the logistics sector and research organizations. Currently, Nina works at Wageningen University & Research Center as a project manager for international research projects focusing on fresh food chains in developing and emerging countries. She is responsible for the overall project management of the Postharvest Network.

Françoise van den Broek

Françoise van den Broek

Business Developer

Françoise van den Broek is an expert in supply chain management and sustainable logistics. She commands a broad network within the logistics community, higher education and governmental bodies. She initiates projects which stimulate sustainable, efficient and safe traffic of passengers and goods. Her key qualifications are: development and multimodal accession, sustainable use of infrastructure, agricultural logistics, effects of globalization on future transport flows, innovative transport concepts and regional development. She has many years of experience in directing (multicultural) teams and worked with the Platform Agro Logistics. Françoise acts as a Business Developer for the Postharvest Network.

Peter Ravensbergen

Peter Ravensbergen

Business Developer

Peter Ravensbergen works as Program Leader Food Security at the Food & Biobased Research Institute of Wageningen UR in the Netherlands. He is a specialist in sustainable (international) fresh supply chains. He has a broad international network: Mexico, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Balkan. Recently, he designed the National Agrologistics Programme for the Ministry of Agriculture in Mexico. His career is characterized by bridging the gap between R&D and practice, through positions in governmental organizations, advisory companies and (semi-) private companies. His experience includes linking people and organizations, project design, programme and supply chain management, as well as strategy development. Peter is Business Developer for the Postharvest Network. His task is lead finding and generation on postharvest topics in upcoming countries and the translation of leads to business propositions with private and public partners.

Auke Schripsema

Auke Schripsema

Business Developer

Auke Schripsema is a supply chain expert, specialized in linking scientific concepts to business implementations. He has gained his experience working within multinationals like Heineken and ASML and within the Research Institute Food & Biobased Research.
Auke is responsible for matching project needs to knowledge and experience available at the Postharvest Network. He is also responsible for the project management of Public-Private Partnerships initiated by the Postharvest Network.

Ine Martens

Ine Martens

Back Office

Ine Martens has a Master in Translation and a Bachelor’s degree in General Marketing & Communications. She worked for several years as legal secretary in an international law-firm in Brussels. She continued her career in the Netherlands as Office Manager, Personal Assistant and Marketing Manager in various Internet companies. End of 2005, Ine decided to do full-time volunteer work in developing countries with underprivileged children and their families: she set up projects in Peru, Ecuador and Nepal.
After eight years, Ine moved back to the Netherlands where she started working as Office Manager of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform end 2013. She now also organizes the back office of the Postharvest Network, including the coordination of the website and social media.

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