Our people are a reflection of our values. We are a dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about tackling tough sustainability challenges. We believe that the best ideas come from bringing together a broad range of perspectives. Our diverse team consists of strong individuals who each contribute in their own way to the final solution.
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.
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 boardroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 modelingin 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.
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.
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.
Julie creates focus where there is chaos and takes NewForesight’s projects to the next level with her great enthusiasm for innovative thinking. Don’t let her calm appearance fool you: Julie critically observes every situation and comes with sharp thoughts and concrete ideas.
At NewForesight, Julie plays a vital role in supporting the World Cocoa Foundation on the next phase of CocoaAction. In this project she applies human-centered design to rethink how the cocoa sector can approach sustainability issues in an inclusive and collaborative way. Julie is also active in several Service Delivery Model cases where she discovers new and effective pathways for delivering services across different sectors.
Julie always takes an inclusive holistic approach to sustainability and is specifically interested in how people and the environment interact. She puts this into practice at NewForesight by strategically reviewing how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deliver an effective framework for progress.
Prior to NewForesight, Julie worked as a Sustainability Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. There, some of her projects looked to use digital disruption for development, while others developed/provided guidance to the GRI and the UN Global Compact on how businesses can use the SDGs for reporting.
Julie holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and Social Business from HEC Paris.
Cato is driven to create a better world for next generations and derives her energy from the intellectual challenge of solving complex problems. Combining this with developing associative qualities developed in her artistic past make her a true problem solver. Though idealistic, she is a pragmatic and flexible, always trying to understand the underlying drivers for unsustainable phenomena or actors’ positions.
At NewForesight Cato works on global market transformation strategies within several sectors, specifically cocoa and tea. In her projects she always applies her sense for complexity to analyze the systemic drivers for the unsustainable status quo. Sensitive to how each sector has its own dynamics, she uses her creativity and positivity to turn problems into opportunities while keeping the complex context in mind.
Prior to NewForesight Cato worked for two years as an independent sustainability consultant on several innovative market transformation projects, including multi-stakeholder processes with large multinationals and innovative initiatives redesigning international value chains and driving sustainable system change.
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.
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.
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 effective 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 took care of both internal and external communications towards a wide range of stakeholders. Eva is responsible for the Marketing and Communication strategy at NewForesight, 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 she 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.
Eva holds an MSc in International Development Studies from Utrecht University.
Daniel is our specialist in leveraging agricultural economics to tackle tough sustainability challenges. By combining quantitative modeling based on ground-level collected data with in-depth practical advice on how to best implement sustainability interventions, Daniel takes every project to the next level.
Daniel plays a key role in data collection, aggregation and analysis phases in our projects. His activities range from a living income assessment in West-Africa to revising an Indonesian roadmap for cocoa together with the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership. Also within our work on Service Delivery Models, our long-term partnership with IDH, Daniel contributes with his outstanding analyses and well-supported practical recommendations.
Before joining NewForesight, Daniel worked for the Danish Ministry of Food and Agriculture but his experience with smallholder farmers goes way back to when he studied farmers’ adaption to climate change and weather hazards in Kenya, and the rejuvenation of the post-conflict coffee value chain in Angola. Are you looking for assistance in analyzing the business case of farm rejuvenation, in calculating the cost-benefit of climate-smart mitigation strategies, or in assessing the economic sustainability of your company’s service delivery and/or sourcing model? Feel free to contact Daniel and discover the opportunities.
Narita has a passion to drive successful collaborations between many stakeholders. She is motivated to connect different backgrounds from all over the world and always delivers most positive impact in every project she works on.
Her educational background and previous working experience in engineering and innovation management make her effective in translating strategic concepts into practical and actionable steps and priorities. Narita believes that harmony between economic growth, technological development and environmental and cultural preservation is possible if all stakeholders work in synergy; from global to local.
As an Analyst at NewForesight, Narita currently works on some of NewForesight’s key projects in South-East Asia. She works on a landscape approach to palm oil as well as developing a countrywide strategy to sustainable cocoa in Indonesia together with the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP). Narita’s Indonesian roots, deep understanding of value chain processes and skills to identify relevant social and environmental factors in making sustainability progress make her a valuable addition to each team. Narita also plays a leading role in organizing NewForesight’s impactful events such as the Young Agent of Change events to inspire young professionals to devote their career for positive and structural change.
Narita holds an MSc Science in Management of Technology from Delft University of Technology.
With a background in theoretical physics and nuclear fusion, Victor is your guy for applying extensive and complex analyses to tackle systemic sustainability challenges. As an Analyst at NewForesight, Victor is never overwhelmed by large amounts of numbers or complex models; deep-diving into creative, fundamental and quantitative challenges are precisely his cup of tea.
Currently, Victor plays an important role in NewForesight’s work on analyzing Service Delivery Models in a wide range of sectors. This rapidly growing methodology, developed by NewForesight in collaboration with IDH, analyses the economic viability of farmers and their service providers. Besides improving the overall methodology to scale this approach, Victor also dedicates a large amount of his time to study in specific cases how to improve the efficiency of service delivery towards farmers, increase the performance of farmers and ultimately leverage their profitability and livelihoods.
During the weekends, Victor is equally dedicated towards tough challenges and pioneering work: he was the first to climb many previously unclimbed mountains and rock faces and completed an impressive list of wilderness treks – often solo. At work, Victor is dedicated to support our frontrunner clients in trailblazing their way towards systemic and sustainable change, yet to get Victor most excited: start a conversation about non-hypothetical mountains.
Victor holds an MSc degree in Theoretical Physics from Utrecht University.
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.
Our seasoned partner 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.
Ted van der Put carries over 20 years management and sustainability. He worked for 25 years at Philips Electronics where he developed his passion for long-term value creation, engaging teams and stakeholders with a common vision to deliver the targeted results. Over the years Ted became increasingly concerned with the impact of “business as usual” and was convinced that (collective) leadership efforts of frontrunner companies could leverage sustainable development in service of people, planet, and profit. From 2010 until 2017 Ted has been working as a Director and Executive Board member of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and provided leadership to a wide variety of (mainstream) sector transformation initiatives like the Global Coffee Platform, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and The Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA).
As of January 2017 Ted works as an independent consultant. In this role he supports companies and other organizations to develop and implement (more) sustainable strategies. Together with NewForesight he has been working on an international sustainability strategy for a large manufacturer of conveyance solutions. Besides his role as Strategy Advisor at NewForesight, Ted is Executive Advisor at IDH and Member of the Board at FairPhone.
NewForesight is committed to drawing together talented and driven people from a range of backgrounds and origins. The company has been growing since it was founded in 2008 and we are constantly on the look-out for professional and creative people to join our team.
We offer unique opportunities for individuals who are dedicated to creating significant sustainability impact on a global scale, while we also invest in your own personal development with a steep learning curve.
To make sure our work stays cutting-edge and our people continue to grow as individuals and as consultants, the company has a strong focus on training and development. We invest in both personal and team development through coaching, training and internal mentoring.
What we offer:
Delineation of the responsibilities and opportunities for team members at each level within our organization, and a support system (including mentoring, training, evaluations) to help our people grow and mature personally and professionally
An internal training program to help our analysts develop their skills, with trainings tailored to the different levels within our organization
Opportunities for external training where appropriate
360-degree assessments twice a year, where development needs and career development opportunities are identified
What are we currently looking for:
Are you ready to tackle the toughest sustainability challenges of our time with the world’s leading multinational and public organizations? We are currently looking for strategy consultants.
For young, high potential change makers, NewForesight offers a 6-month Junior Analyst Program. Promising recent graduates can apply throughout the year. Interested to learn more before you apply? Check out our ‘Young Agents of Change‘ events!
For young and high potential candidates, NewForesight offers a 6-month Junior Analyst program.
JUNIOR ANALYST PROGRAM 6 months
Work on at least 2 client-facing projects during 6 months at NewForesight, with ample opportunity to learn and develop your skills
Get assigned an experienced consultant as a mentor to help you identify your development priorities, and to ensure you have the opportunity to work on these
Attend several in-depth internal trainings during your period at NewForesight, from hypothesis-based consulting to advanced Excel skills
Get the opportunity to grow within the organization; we take on Junior Analysts with the intention to hire them after this program
“The Junior Analyst program is a valuable opportunity to explore and at NewForesight this is 100% stimulated. If you really enjoy doing something different every day; this is your place!”
– Andrea Viviers, former Junior Analyst at NewForesight
Research and analysis (e.g. industry level analysis of agri-commodity sectors)
Project management support
Quickly translate theory into practically applicable project content
Assist in organizing our projects, with progressive client exposure depending on capabilities
Ad-hoc research projects and practical matters such as building PowerPoint presentations etc.
Speaking your mind when you see opportunities or areas of improvement
What we are looking for:
Recent graduates with relevant studies at University level
Confident in English, written and spoken (other languages are a plus)
Solid analytical skills
Ability to work independently on tasks and projects
Prioritization and planning skills
Good communication skills (including interviewing, presenting, etc.)
Hands-on mentality and team player
Above average interest in and knowledge of sustainability, development and agriculture
Additional experience in topics such as finance, enabling technologies (e.g. geodata, blockchain, traceability), circular and bio-based economy, or natural capital are a plus
What we offer:
A dynamic opportunity to learn and gain experience at a social venture organization in the center of Utrecht
Being an integral part of the committed project team in a small, fast growing organization
Challenging responsibilities in a broad consultancy context
If you are looking to jumpstart your career in sustainability and think that you have the potential to join our team, keep an eye on the career page of our website for a Junior Analyst opening or join our Young Agent of Change events!
Marlien obtained a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology with a minor at Université de Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Motivated to increase the link between science and society, she took TU Delft’s master on Science Communication, where system thinking is the main approach for analyzing and facilitating innovation and knowledge sharing within and between organizations. Alongside, Marlien took an additional annotation on sustainable development and the role of technological innovation. In her graduation project, Marlien studied the way pro-active work behavior can be stimulated among employees to enhance sustainable innovation.
With the Junior Analyst program Marlien aims to develop her expertise on strategy development and effective writing and presenting. While at NewForesight, she is working on several projects, including the development of a roadmap for regional sustainability progress in South-America, together with one of our frontrunner industry clients in coffee.
“At NewForesight I have the opportunity to contribute to world-wide sustainable market transformation on a daily basis. Together with many inspired colleagues, we allow stakeholders in the chain to transform their efforts into concrete outcomes.“
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a sustainability strategy consultant looks like? Want to see how top-level sustainability thinking is applied in a real-life setting? Are you looking for an opportunity to create significant sustainability impact on a global scale? Then our Young Agents of Change events are perfect for you!
For these events we invite a select group of recent graduates at the start of their careers, to challenge themselves, learn about real-life sustainability topics, and ask critical questions. These events are a way to get to know young people interested in working at NewForesight and we obtain our Junior Analysts from our Young Agents of Change events.
The second YAoC-event has taken place in May 2018. Want to attend the next event? Sign up for NewForesight updates and select “Young Agent of Change events”.