About

NewForesight is a strategic consultancy that tackles the sustainability challenges of our time.

The challenges of our time are global and complex. To name a few: the depletion of natural resources, climate change, persistent poverty and the problem of food security. The current economic system externalizes costs and acts upon short-term incentives that generates these unsustainable outcomes. Isolated initiatives of individual stakeholders are not enough to tackle these complex challenges.

For a sustainable world, systems need to change. Key stakeholders need to join forces and implement a strategy focused on altering the mechanisms that generate unsustainable outcomes. NewForesight contributes with system thinking, thought leadership and game changing tools.

Mission

We believe large-scale systemic change is possible, and it is our mission to ignite that change. This is not just an idea or a plan, we are already acting upon it. Years of experience have allowed us to develop a theory of change that identifies tipping points for sustainable market transformations. NewForesight works together with multinationals, governments, international institutions, and entrepreneurs towards new ways of doing business, including new partnerships and new strategies.

Our transformation models and collaborative approach have the capacity to change systems and enable sustainable outcomes. With thought leadership, by convening and guiding stakeholders and providing the tools for implementation we provide solutions to system failure and enable sustainability.

Our track record speaks for itself:

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Team

 
 

Lucas Simons

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Chief Inspiration

A brainstorm with our CEO and founder is like entering a tornado of ideas. His book Changing the Food Game  is an example of how these ideas can become reality, create momentum and drive lasting change. To get an idea of how Lucas is translating his ideas into sustainable sector transformations, his TedX talk can be seen here. It is this kind of visionary leadership that has driven the strategies and successes of many of our flagship projects.

CocoaAction: read about how the third phase of market transformation can be organized.
Organic Cotton Accelerator: see how the combination of facilitation, strategy and technical knowledge can drive momentum and change.
Service Delivery Models: find out how business case thinking and economic modelling can ignite innovation.

Lucas is always seeking sustainability solutions in the market. Previously, Lucas was the first director of UTZ CERTIFIED (2002-2008) – a leading global certification and sustainability standard organization for sustainable coffee, cocoa and tea. Besides NewForesight, he founded SCOPEinsight, which is a farmer organization assessment company bridging the gap between professional farmer organizations, markets and sources of finance. He also established Explorement which invests in social entrepreneurs who dream big, think global and act local. At present, he is also dedicating his time to launching ThrivingCoalitions.

His sustainability efforts do not go unnoticed. In 2011, he was honored as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his commitment and accomplishments in the field of sustainable trade, agriculture and rural development. In 2013, he became an Ashoka Fellow for his pioneering role as a social entrepreneur and a systemic change maker. And in February 2015, Lucas was announced as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – an initiative of the Clinton Foundation which convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Lucas holds an MSc in Environmental Hygiene from Wageningen University and an MBA with merit from Tias-Nimbas Graduate School of Management.

Contact Tessa if you would like to invite Lucas to inspire your organization, your company or your students. He loves to teach at (business) universities or stir up a board room.

Email: lucas.simons@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/lucassimons
Skype: lucas.simons
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wouter-Jan Schouten

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Food Transition Orchestrator

Our seasoned senior advisor Wouter-Jan has over 20 years of experience in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group. He has worked with many of Europe’s leading companies in the consumer products, agro and food industries across Europe, Asia and Africa. He also supported the top team of the Dutch Agro-Food sector in setting the pre-competitive sector agenda in 2011. Wouter-Jan holds an MSc in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Combining his network and expertise with NewForesight thinking has already proved to be a winning combination. This is exemplified in the  “New Horizons for the Transitioning of our Food System” report which has been initiated by Wouter-Jan and jointly prepared by teams from NewForesight, Commonland, and The Boston Consulting Group. The report argues that the pressing challenges facing our food system can be translated into opportunities if we change our prevailing logic and adopt a holistic approach towards the food transition . The report gives us a clear mandate to engage (new) clients in our work.

Besides his role as a Senior Advisor at NewForesight, Wouter-Jan is also the theme director for Food Chain Sustainability and Dynamics at the Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TiFN).

Contact Wouter-Jan if you would like to know more about the report From Challenge to Opportunity, and how it could help you contribute to the global food transition.

Email: wouter-jan.schouten@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/pub/wouter-jan-schouten/4/ab3/960
Skype: live:wenb.schouten
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joost Gorter

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Inspirational Strategist

If you are looking for that ‘’oh, wow, never thought of it that way’’ moment, it is time to talk to our senior consultant Joost. He is our in-house specialist for finding new perspectives and alternative routes that can give you the business edge you were aiming for.

Previously, Joost has worked for the World Bank, GIZ, USAID, the United Nations and the Dutch Government, amongst others; in locations including Washington DC, China, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Joost obtained an MA with honors in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on a Fulbright Scholarship, and holds an MA in History from the University of Amsterdam. His varied background has shaped his unique perspective and charming wit that has given many of our clients the inspiration they need to take their sustainability strategy to the next level.

Joost has been involved in the initial phase of several sustainable market transformations, principally in agri-commodity sectors such as coffee, cocoa and cotton. He has helped structure sector-wide coalitions that have transformed the entire sector towards more sustainable practices, and has continued to work with these coalitions to design strategies that can scale-up their potential. Joost supported the Sustainable Coffee Program as interim manager throughout its development phase, and did so again after its merger with the 4C Association to form the Global Coffee Platform. He also managed the start-up phase of CocoaAction with the World Cocoa Foundation,  as well as for the Organic Cotton Accelerator  with a group of companies and foundations.

For instant inspiration, read this publication that Joost has contributed to on how to drive a sector transformation.

Contact Joost if you are looking for ideas and somebody who can translate your sustainability ideas into action.

Email: joost.gorter@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/joostgorter
Skype: jgorter
 
 
 
 
 
 

William Saab

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Random Number Generator

Will is our analytical mastermind. The insightful models he creates lay the groundwork for winning sustainability strategies and services. As a consultant at NewForesight, he leads our work in economic and quantitative analysis, which includes building dynamic models to measure the agronomic and/or economic impact at farm, company, and sector level; and statistical analysis of impact data. Will uses the insights from these models to translate sustainability strategies into long-term roadmaps and practical interventions.

For IDH’s Service Delivery Models study, Will analyzed the economic sustainability and impact of sustainability programs on the farm, service provider and investor levels across companies in the cocoa, coffee, and spices sectors in different geographies.

In CocoaAction, his Farmer Economic Model helped cocoa sector stakeholders to understand the long-term effect of their interventions on the farmer business case, which has played an important part in building momentum for sustainability in the cocoa industry.

Will’s background as a strategy consultant with Booz & Company gives him a solid base upon which to build sustainability solutions for NewForesight. Previously, he was based in Lebanon and the Netherlands, where he supported both public (incl. education, healthcare, labor policy) and private (incl. FMCG, finance, oil & gas) clients. Will has an MA with honors in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MA with first class honors in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Contact Will if you are interested in economic modelling: from farm to sector level.

Email: william.saab@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamsaab
Skype: will.saab
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hilde van Duijn

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Strategic Engineer

Our consultant Hilde knows how to construct a solid base for any project to succeed. Building on seven years of experience with the engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, she is skilled in designing both the strategic foundations of sustainability projects as well as the tools for implementation. Hilde holds a MSc in System Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management from the Technical University in Delft.

Her visionary and practical thinking was put into practice with her work for the Global Coffee Platform, where she refined their strategy towards a more sustainable sector, and translated this into a value proposition for members. In the organic cotton sector, Hilde also acted as a catalyst for change through her contribution to the strategy for the Organic Cotton Accelerator, and the rolling out of interventions to increase transparency and traceability in the sector. For a better understanding of how traceability can contribute to integrity and sector sustainability, you can read her article on the subject.

Contact Hilde if you want to know how you can come to a robust strategy and impactful tools for your sustainability objectives.

Email: hilde.vanduijn@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/hilde-van-duijn/5/2b0/1b2
Skype: hildevanduijn
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bart Vollaard

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Bridge-Building Biologist

Our in-house biologist Bart knows how to balance different needs and interests, and how to get stakeholders aligned on a strategy or program. As a NewForesight consultant, he has worked on many of our sector changing projects in coffee, cocoa, cotton and sugarcane.

Bart has mostly worked on strategy and program design, governance and business model development for a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives and standards such as CocoaAction, the 4C Association, Bonsucro, and the Indonesian Cocoa Sustainability Partnership. Currently, as Program Director for the Organic Cotton Accelerator, he drives the OCA farm-level interventions and seeds program in India, which is focused on improving the business case for organic cotton farmers. Read more about this here.

The delivery of the future strategy of the 4C Association, which led to the birth of the Global Coffee Platform, marked a new step forward for sustainability thinking in the coffee sector. In this visionary project, Bart’s practical work in standards and accreditation, as well as M&E systems and results frameworks, has played a crucial role in contributing towards tackling the tough sustainability challenges in this sector.

Bart holds an MSc with honors in Natural Resources Management and a BA with honors in Biology.

Contact Bart if you wish to learn more about practical solutions on the road to sustainability, or if you would like to learn about seeds and cotton farmers – especially with regards to creating farmer opportunities.

Email: bart.vollaard@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bartvollaard
Skype: bartvollaard
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guus ter Haar

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Positive Impact Provocateur

Guus’ work revolves around positive impact. Through holistic strategies, shared goals and convincing communication, he manages to encourage even the sceptics to join him. He also knows how to drive projects and people towards having real world impact, evidenced by his leading role in founding the Green Protein Alliance and his work with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

With both GPA and the work for GSSI, Guus enabled NewForesight to add more game-changing sustainability strategies to its track record; an actionable strategy and business case to engage retail and food service in food sustainability, as well as driving structural change in seafood, a sector which supports approximately 12% of the world’s population.

At NewForesight, Guus also leads our (strategic) communications work, building on his previous experience as a communication strategy consultant at Schuttelaar & Partners. He is the lead author of two chapters in an upcoming Springer publication on natural resource management, which lays out NewForesight’s vision on the future of voluntary sustainability standards. Guus was named a Dutch Young Sustainability Leader and holds an MSc in Science & Business Management as well as a BSc in Biology.

Contact Guus if you want to know how to turn your vision of sustainability into business value through comprehensive strategies, strong value propositions, and organizational models to support implementation.

Email: guus.terhaar@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/guusterhaar
Skype: guusterhaar
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wouter van Monsjou

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Lean Green Insights Machine

When in need of a quantitative sustainability analysis; get in touch with Wouter. Wouter is Associate Consultant  at NewForesight and his quantitative mind and skillset are impressive. The insights derived from his statistical and sensitivity analyses have helped to develop sustainability strategies and business models for many of our clients who operate in agro-commodity supply chains.

Wouter has played an important part in designing IDH’s Service Delivery Model methodologywhich is increasingly gaining recognition and traction. His analysis of the long-term effects of interventions targeted at improving the farmer business case has provided an important knowledge base for designing service improvements that will positively impact hundreds of thousands of farmers’ worldwide. An example of a case report can be found here.

Additionally, for the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Wouter has worked on economic modeling in order to contribute towards a better understanding of the business case of the farmer, and to help design interventions that will improve it.

Wouter holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam.

Email: wouter.vanmonsjou@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/woutervanmonsjou
Skype: wouter.newforesight
 
 
 
 
 
 

Renée Engelsman

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Social Change Commando

Renée is dedicated to confronting the bigger stories behind social problems. An entrepreneur at heart, she dares to think big and she is not afraid to shake up the status quo. With her holistic, lateral thinking combined with a deep sense of cross-cultural understanding, she is a skilled facilitator who finds synergies within the most diverse of groups. She knows how to get the best out of everybody, and she uses her creativity to drive innovative processes and solutions.

At NewForesight, Renée works on one of our most forward looking projects in the cocoa industry. Her solid, complex analyses to find the criteria that impacts investments on farmers in the cocoa industry is crucial to achieving the goal of lifting thousands of farmers out of poverty. She also plays a vital role in several Service Delivery Model cases where she applies her innovative thinking to help revolutionize the way services are delivered to smallholder farmers across different sectors.

Prior to NewForesight, Renée worked for three years as a Strategy and Transformation Consultant at Capgemini where she worked on projects using technology to facilitate systemic solutions for sustainability. She has a degree in European Law (LLM) and an MSc in Innovation Management from the University of Utrecht.

Email: renee.engelsman@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reneeengelsman/
Skype: r.engelsman
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rowena Achterkamp

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Sector Wave-Maker

Sustainability is not just about creating a vision. It requires hard work, and Rowena is all about putting sustainability strategies into action. For her, market transformation is about getting things done. Rowena is an expert in aligning sector stakeholders and keeping track of progress achieved. With an entrepreneurial mindset, she asks critical questions in all of the projects she is involved in and is consequently able to push things forward.

In her work for the Organic Cotton Accelerator, she has worked to turn the Foundation’s shared sector vision into a platform for collective action. She has helped to identify a value proposition for OCA, and is focusing on how OCA can further grow the movement towards a prosperous organic cotton sector, from farmer to consumer

Before joining NewForesight, Rowena worked at CSR Netherlands for five years. As a project manager, she co-facilitated sustainable market transformation trajectories for both the maritime and chemical sectors. To do so, she set a vision and ambition for each sector, and developed several projects for strategic implementation towards lasting change.

Rowena has a MA in International Relations and International Organization from the University of Groningen and was named as one of the ‘100 Dutch Young Leaders in Sustainability’ in 2016.

Email: rowena.achterkamp@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowenaachterkamp/
Skype: rowena.achterkamp
 
 
 
 
 
 

Laurens Speelman

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Captain Complexity

As one of the select few to be able to list ‘Complexity’ as one of his degrees, Laurens quickly grasps complex issues, is an expert in big data analytics, and has a knack for designing and programming computer simulations.

Laurens has developed highly data-driven solutions with local relevance. He does this by working together with stakeholders who have diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, ranging from local fishermen and farmers to professors, ministers, and managers. He has broad as well as in-depth methodological knowledge and can quickly identify and implement appropriate analytical methods to develop high-quality and innovative solutions to complex sustainability challenges.

Using this affinity for complexity and an analytical mindset, Laurens is in the core of NewForesight’s analytical and modelling work, spending most days on the Service Delivery Model that we do in support of our partner IDH.

Laurens holds a PhD degree in Engineering and the Environment from the University of Southampton, and MSc degrees in Complexity Science (University of Southampton) and Environmental Science (Wageningen University). At Wageningen University and Research, he worked with a model for dynamic water resources and crop production, which culminated in a journal publication on the effects of adaptation options on crop production and water resources in river basins in India. Before coming to NewForesight, Laurens worked as a strategy consultant at Spring Associates in Amsterdam and worked in international development in Tanzania and in The Netherlands.

Email: laurens.speelman@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurens-speelman-83319131
Skype: laurens.speelman
 
 
 
 
 
 

Niko Wojtynia

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Bold Thinker

Niko is curious and eager to develop new thinking, and to create opportunities for sustainability. As an analyst at NewForesight, Niko is always the first to dive deep into methods and approaches that will suit the needs of our clients. He is involved in the development of many new methods and approaches at NewForesight, principally focusing on the sustainability challenges which revolve around farmer livelihoods, land degradation and rural agricultural development.

For the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Niko supported the team in strategy and program development. At the TE Sustainability Conference in Hamburg, Niko shared his bold ideas with industry stakeholders in his home country of Germany.

Niko has also been an important contributor to the “New Horizons for the Transitioning of our Food System” report. This report has been jointly prepared by teams from NewForesight, Commonland, and The Boston Consulting Group, and argues that the food transition not only offers some of the biggest challenges mankind has ever faced, but offers significant opportunities for businesses, farmers, society and the planet.

Niko has an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest and a BA from University College Utrecht.

Email: niko.wojtynia@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nwojtynia
Skype: niko.wojtynia
 
 
 
 
 
 

Matthijs Maas

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Inquisitive Wordsmith

Having read over 2,000 articles annually for the last few years, it is safe to say that Matthijs has a broad interest. All of this information and more is turned into insightful analyses that benefit many of our projects at NewForesight. Matthijs also uses his writing skills to contribute to several NewForesight reports and papers, such as the “New Horizons for the Transitioning of our Food System” report and articles like this one for the Organic Cotton Accelerator on sourcing strategies and practices.

Matthijs is also providing important support to the program development and implementation of the Organic Cotton Accelerator, as well as putting his knowledge and skills to use in IDH’s Service Delivery Model Study.

Besides his work as an Analyst at NewForesight, Matthijs is a Junior Associate at the Global Catastrophic Risks Institute, where his research focuses on safeguarding global food security. Matthijs holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from University College Utrecht, and an MA with distinction in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh.

Email: matthijs.maas@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: nl.linkedin.com/in/matthijsmaas/
Skype: matthijs.maas
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jennifer Morton

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Duchess of Diplomacy

Jennifer is a systemic thinker who brings a structural mindset combined with an eye for detail to every project she works on at NewForesight. With a talent for tact and diplomacy, she is a natural at engaging with stakeholders and managing client relations, and understands how to align different stakeholder agendas to drive the success of any sustainability partnership.

As an Analyst at NewForesight, Jennifer puts these skills into practice with her central role in the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA). Being extensively involved in strategic analyses as well as project management support and communications, Jennifer juggles different skillsets to help our clients tackle the challenges in organic cotton and organize governance in the sector. Her innovative analysis on tipping points in sustainability markets and insights about the success conditions for sustainability partnerships have been used as central building blocks in OCA’s sector-wide vision for how to structurally transform the organic cotton sector.

Jennifer was awarded a First Class in her Master of Arts Honours degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. In addition, she is further pursuing her academic interests with part-time study towards an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility with Sustainable Development.

Email: jennifer.morton@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-morton-89b9b099/
Skype: jenniferlilliana
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andrea Viviers

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Justice Warrior

Andrea brings energy into every project she works on at NewForesight. Coming from South Africa and with a background in anti-fraud practices, compliance and system dynamics, she is deeply motivated by any issue that involves business integrity and securing justice for every stakeholder in the value chain.

As an Analyst at NewForesight, she has worked on multiple sustainability solutions for frontrunner clients in the coffee, cocoa and seafood sectors.  From assessments on value chains, sustainability programs, stakeholders, M&E results and regional sustainability priorities,  Andrea plays a big role in standardizing our solutions to make them scalable. In addition to her projects, Andrea is exploring the hindering effects of corruption within the agricultural value chain.

Andrea has an MSc in Business Administration from TIAS School for Business and Society in the Netherlands and an Honors degree in Forensic Accounting from the North-West University in in South Africa.

Email: andrea.viviers@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreaviviers/
Skype: andrea.viviers
 
 
 
 
 
 

Silvana Paniagua

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Creative Strategist

Silvana turns our thoughts and theories into telling visuals. As an associate consultant she is based in Madrid but indispensable to our team. Her creativity seems to know no boundaries. She developed the visuals used in CocoaAction and the Organic Cotton Accelerator, amongst many other projects.

Silvana’s strategic mind complements her creative talents. She has been part of CocoaAction since its inception, and contributed to the foundational thinking that led to one of the most comprehensive industry sustainability strategies across the globe. Currently, she is focusing on the coffee sector, where she is working on a coffee strategy for Tchibo, which will lead to a practical roadmap and targeted interventions.

Silvana has a BA in Architecture from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios superiores de Monterrey) in Mexico, and an MSc in Engineering at the Technical University in Delft. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in sustainability-driven projects at the Delft Institute of Technology.

Contact Silvana if you are looking for creative solutions for your sustainability goals.

Email: silvana.paniagua@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://es.linkedin.com/in/silvanapaniagua
Skype: silvana.paniagua.tufinio
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eva Schouten

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Idealistic Impact Marketeer

Combine excitement about impact with a bucket-load of creativity and you get Eva. She uses Marketing and Communications to grasp the meaning of NewForesight projects and finds innovative ways to convey our messaging. Marketing for her is not about putting impact down on paper—it is actually a way of creating change altogether.

As Communications officer for the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Eva takes care of both internal and external communications. She supports NewForesight in Marketing and Communication strategy and implementation, as well as building the company’s brand identity. Eva also plays an important role in developing the tools that help NewForesight’s clients clearly define and strategically use their identity, and supports the facilitation of workshops that help them put this thinking into practice.

Before joining NewForesight, Eva worked as an ‘Impact Fairy’ at Lendahand where she worked on impact reporting and research. She currently works for NewForesight through ThrivingCoalitions and also supports our sister company SCOPEinsight.

Eva holds an MSc in International Development Studies from Utrecht University.

Email: eva.schouten@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-schouten-b579b661/
Skype: evaschouten1993
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pauline van Benthem

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Legal Lady

With the law on her side, Pauline graciously guides us through any bureaucratic minefield. She makes sure that all the paperwork is in order, both for us and for our clients.

Pauline draws on her long-standing experience as a lawyer. Her services extend beyond making sure NewForesight complies with legal requirements. She also contributes to those projects where our clients need legal support. Pauline has provided legal expertise for the Organic Cotton Accelerator and the Green Protein Alliance amongst others. Her services are key to establishing legally sound multi-stakeholder organizations and governance structures.

Pauline has a Master of Laws from Leiden University. She was admitted to the European Bar in 1984.

Email: pauline.vanbenthem@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/paulinevanbenthem
Skype: pauline.van.benthem
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tessa van der Meiden

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Office Ninja

Sustainable market transformations are dynamic and unpredictable, as can be a day in our office. Amidst the fast-paced nature of our daily operations, our office manager Tessa is our safe haven. She ensures that NewForesight and its sister organization SCOPEinsight function like well-oiled machines, as she masters the skill of juggling the different needs and perspectives of our organisations.

Tessa is driven to work for positive impact. Before joining us at NewForesight, she worked for over 6 years at an international not-for-profit organization which focused on making quality healthcare accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income countries. Tessa believes in the people behind impact and finding opportunities to empower them. She has been a driving force in our HR and recruitment policies, and is often the one that helps take the final decision on a candidate.

Tessa studied Tourism Management at Schoevers in Amsterdam.

Contact Tessa if you would like to know more about our recruitment strategy or for general information requests.

Email: tessa.vandermeiden@newforesight.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tessavandermeiden
Skype: tessavandermeiden
 
 
 
 
 
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Career

NewForesight works in areas where a system fails to operate in a sustainable way, with key stakeholders that have the power to change the system. We help give direction to a sector that is at a standstill and convene its stakeholders. In this cutting-edge field, a company as small as ours can create leverage in sectors that have a global impact such as agriculture. Working at NewForesight means creating sustainable impact, a steep learning curve and room for personal growth.

NewForesight is a young and growing company. We are frequently looking for people that have the drive to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale, and are analytical, flexible, and result-driven.The challenges that we aim to tackle are big, and the stakes are high, but we are dedicated to deliver. Do you have what it takes?

Specific job opportunities are posted on this page, but open applications are welcome at any time. Additionally, NewForesight is always looking for highly motivated graduates that want to gain experience in tackling tough sustainability challenges through a six-month Junior Analyst position. If you want to send us an open application, please send a short motivation letter and CV to Tessa van der Meiden at tessa.vandermeiden@newforesight.com.

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We are looking for an Office Assistant / (Financial) administrative Assistant

Are you customer oriented? A real role-up -your -sleeves type? The go-to person when we are in need? Do you like taking initiative? Do you have an eye for detail? Do you like tidying the office and taking care of our beloved plants? Do you love numbers, Excel, Exact online and properly filled out documents […]

Are you customer oriented? A real role-up -your -sleeves type? The go-to person when we are in need? Do you like taking initiative? Do you have an eye for detail? Do you like tidying the office and taking care of our beloved plants? Do you love numbers, Excel, Exact online and properly filled out documents in organized binders? Do you speak Dutch, English and maybe even other languages? And do you like to work in a very dynamic, committed, ambitious and highly professional environment, where the passion of your colleagues is contagious?

Then you are the person we would love to meet!

Thriving Coalitions –  Office Assistant / (Financial) administrative Assistant (fulltime and combined function)

Thriving Coalitions

Thriving Coalitions is a new shared service company, which is part of a group of dynamic companies specialized in international sustainability. ThrivingCoalitions is an initiative of NewForesight Holding and they work with the global top brands and organizations to help them solve their tough sustainability challenges.  The CEO and Founder of these companies is Lucas Simons, one of the most experienced and innovative thinkers for how to tackle sustainability issues on a global scale.

The support provided by Thriving Coalitions is essential to the success of initiatives as we provide support services specialized in multi stakeholder coalitions and it offers support services like Legal, Financial administration, Marketing and Communication, back office support and project management. Will you be the new hero that joins this team full of flexible, experienced and very committed people that help new coalitions thrive?

The position
Your responsibilities:

Assist and support the Office Manager and the Finance Manager with:

  • Development, implementation and maintenance of administrative procedures
  • Coordinating the upcoming move to a different office (in the next 1,5 months)
  • Assisting clients of Thriving Coalitions in logistical, administrative and support services
  • Procuring equipment; evaluating products, service, troubleshooting failures, calling for repairs
  • Maintaining professional appearance of offices
  • Optimize internal functioning of the office, including catering
  • Performing light HR work
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings
  • Import data for financial administration and process this data
  • Acquire approval on purchases and pre-prepare invoices for payment

We are looking for someone:

  • who enjoys supporting the client
  • who is an accountable professional
  • to organize and host meetings to the smallest details
  • with ability to proactively pick up work
  • who stays calm if the printer is out of paper or the internet connection is lost
  • who of course gets on it right away to fix the problem
  • with the ability to work accurately and independently on tasks
  • who is not afraid to ask for help
  • who is a creative team player and effortlessly makes the team (un)load the dishwasher
  • who likes to suggest new ideas
  • with fluency in Dutch and English, written and spoken (other languages are a plus)
  • with an affinity with (financial) administration

What we offer:

  • A chance to make a difference for sustainable frontrunners whilst gaining experience in working in a team of a small, fast growing organization
  • Lots of (internal and external) clients to make happy
  • Working in international and multi-cultural working environment
  • The satisfaction of making the office run like a well-oiled machine
  • You can start straight away!
  • The option to work with ThrivingCoalitions longer (upon evaluation of your work)

Thriving Coalitions is based in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and offers a dynamic work experience for young professionals who are looking to make an impact through their work. Apply here and let’s have fun and make a difference!

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we are looking for a

Analyst

As an Analyst at NewForesight, you will support consultancy work and have your own responsibilities and deliverables. You will have a broad spectrum of work streams in a dynamic, professional environment. Do you have what it takes?

Are you up for tackling tough sustainability challenges?

Global Challenge: Despite decades of investment, certification and development aid, cocoa is still called the poor man’s crop—plagued by poverty, child labor and low productivity.
Your assignment: Support the team in convening and facilitating the leading cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers to agree on a collaborative strategic agenda for structural change.

Global Challenge: It is currently not well understood what type of support actually improves the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries in the long run, nor what the return on investment of this support is.
Your assignment: Develop an analytical model that will help to compare different intervention practices, run multiple user cases and together with our client build a global knowledge platform to make support and capacity building more effective and efficient.

Global Challenge: Public health and the sustainability of our food system both require consumption to shift towards more vegetable protein as an alternative to meat and dairy; a shift that will require a major transition in politics, business and society.
Your assignment: Analyze the required transition, identify barriers and points of leverage, and support the consortium of front-running companies and knowledge partners that are willing to develop a shared strategy to enable a significant boost in demand of vegetable proteins.

Do you have what it takes to tackle these assignments?

 If so, NewForesight is looking to hire you for the position of

Analyst

You are the change agent. Together with our clients and a professional, dedicated, and driven team of colleagues, you will build new, sustainable realities, and have structural and positive impact in sectors and markets all over the world.

NewForesight is a strategic consultancy firm based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to turning complex challenges into shared opportunities. Global clients from the public and private sector approach us to address challenges in their sector or supply chain, either individually or with a group of like-minded organizations.

We are dedicated to deliver, and the solutions we deliver are always high quality, creative, tailored, and practical. And because of our unique and holistic approach combining sustainability and business strategy, we have built a reputation as a thought leader and change maker in the sectors where we are active.  You have the chance to join us.

At NewForesight you will be part of initiating, shaping, and driving strategies, partnerships, programs, governance, and business models designed to deliver structural positive change.

We are looking for someone that recognizes themselves in our requirements:

  • Eager to learn, open minded and creative
  • This position will prepare you to become a consultant so we are looking for candidates who have that ambition and capabilities
  • We are looking for a strong analytical and conceptual thinker with a flexible mind and a keen eye for detail.
  • The Analyst is able to perform qualitative as well as quantitative analyses, with a special talent for the latter.
  • Willing to travel internationally and prepared to work irregular hours
  • Affinity with the types of clients that we work with and the sectors in which we work – notably agricultural commodities
  • Comfortable giving and receiving clear and constructive feedback, investing in the growth of yourself and the people around you
  • Can help us professionalize as a fast growing organization

What type of work can you expect?

  • The Analyst will support consultancy work and have own responsibilities and deliverables
  • Play an integral role in projects with functions ranging from research, development of presentations, data analysis, value chain analysis
  • The Analyst will have a broad spectrum of work streams in a dynamic, high professional environment
  • Deliver high quality outcomes and serve our clients, with a focus on building long-term partnerships
  • Perform sector system analyses and the develop alternatives for any concept or practice
  • Find and analyze data regarding sustainability in the broad sense
  • Take up various consulting support roles

Do you have what it takes?

  • Relevant academic background with University Degree
  • Experience with relevant tasks
  • Solid analytical skills
  • Excellent use of PowerPoint and Excel
  • Critical attitude towards data presented
  • Ability to work independently on tasks and projects
  • Ability to prioritize and planning skills
  • Hands-on mentality and team player
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability, development and agriculture
  • The Analyst is able to perform qualitative as well as quantitative analyses
  • Excellent English language skills. Dutch and other languages are a plus

What is our offer?

  • A 1 Year, full time contract. With possibility to extend.
  • Salary indication of € 2100 – €2600 for a full-time position
  • You will join a committed, passionate team. And they’re pretty fun to hang out with
  • The opportunity to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale
  • Really let that sink in: The opportunity to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale
  • An innovative working environment
  • Great potential to grow and develop.
  • 25 vacation days a year

Applying

Please apply via this link or via e-mail with your cover letter CV by December 31th, 2016. Interviews will take place in January 2017. A case study will be conducted during the interviews, as part of the selection process. For more information about NewForesight and the team, you can check our website.

We look forward to meeting you!

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SCOPEinsight

PrintSCOPEinsight, NewForesight’s sister organization, is a social business that assesses the business potential of the missing middle in agriculture in emerging economies. By assessing their potential, smallholders and producers organizations (POs) get insight in possible areas of improvement and gain access to finance and markets.

Access to capacity building, finance and markets are essential enablers for business development in agriculture. Smallholders and POs have the greatest need for intellectual and financial investments as well as the highest potential for growth. And yet, in many emerging countries these small to medium-sized organizations are under-represented, therefore appropriately called the ‘’missing middle’’, stifled by non-facilitating regulatory climates and poor access to inputs. To illustrate: the total average annual net investment need for this group is estimated to be at least $83 billion globally.

Financial institutions (e.g. banks, investment funds, donors) currently lack the appropriate insight in the business potential of smallholders and POs in emerging countries. Also, NGOs, value chain players and other market players that provide assistance to these organizations have insufficient information concerning the key strengths and weaknesses of a particular organization to define a strategic approach for capacity building and market access.

SCOPEinsight is dedicated to the development of assessment tools that bridge the information gap, and improve access to capacity building, finance and markets for smallholders and POs. A SCOPE assessment provides the necessary information to lower information costs and reduce investment risks related to supporting or financing the missing middle.

SCOPEinsight assessments focus on 9 dimensions:

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SCOPEinsight is headquartered in the Netherlands with a local office in Kenya servicing East Africa. To date, the organization has carried out over 425 assessments in 14 countries worldwide in different sectors in agriculture, dairy/livestock, aquaculture and forestry.

Watch the short movie about SCOPEinsight‘s work for Muki Farmer’s Cooperative Society in Kenya.

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