Our Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board supervises the policy pursued by the Director, the performance of its managerial duties and Netherlands Food Partnership’s general course of affairs, taking account of the interests of all the foundation’s stakeholders.

Its main two roles are: To monitor progress and pro-actively identify potential obstacles and opportunities for Netherlands Food Partnership engagement. And advise on the strategy and long-term development of Netherlands Food Partnership, including the positioning of Netherlands Food Partnership both in The Netherlands as well as all relevant global stakeholders.

The Supervisory Board consists of at least three members and maximum five. Members are appointed for a period of four years and may then be reappointed once for a period of four years. All members of the Supervisory Board are independent.

The functioning of and decision-making within the Supervisory Board are governed by the Statutes of the Foundation. In line with these, the Supervisory Board has established from among its members a Financial Audit Committee. The task of this committee is to prepare the decision-making of the Supervisory Board as described in the regulations of this committee.

Suzanne van Tilburg - Chair Supervisory Board

Suzanne has agreed to chair Netherlands Food Partnership’s Supervisory Board because of her long standing expertise in the Food and Agriculture space from different angles, ranging from agricultural diplomacy, policy making for the Dutch to political roles in the parliament and business oriented roles in the private sector.

On the basis of this experience she is not only highly dedicated to connecting the right stakeholders to the right propositions in order to achieve the SDG’s, but also truly believes in the power of public private partnerships and multi stakeholder engagement in innovative business models that sustainably contribute to them. Netherlands Food Partnership – as a crucial and neutral party amidst many players – can drive, accelerate and scale these models.

Current Position: Global Head F&A Networks, Rabobank. Ancillary Positions: none

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Lennart Silvis - Member Supervisory Board

Lennart has joined Netherlands Food Partnership’s Supervisory Board because of the experience he built up in the role of managing director of the Netherlands Water Partnership (2011-2018).

Lennart is convinced that the sustainable development goals can only be achieved by smart collaboration between public, private and civil society. He is committed to contribute to Netherlands Food Partnership by sharing his experience on building partnerships; aiming to achieve collective impact on sustainable food systems.

Current Position: Global Director Water for Industry at Royal Haskoning DHV. Ancillary Positions: none

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Janet Nieboer - Member Supervisory Board (Vice-chairperson) / Chairperson Financial Audit Committee

Janet Nieboer has a solid background in banking (Merchant Banking / Social and Impact Banking) and setting-up new ventures.

She has seasoned experience in doing business in developing, emerging and developed markets with private (start-ups, mid & large corporates) and/or public counterparts. With her broad national and international network, she intends to support NFP in her value proposition and positioning.

In her role as chairperson of the Financial Audit Committee Janet intends to contribute to the financial continuity of the Netherlands Food Partnership. And being the sparring partner for the Executive Director of NFP in relation to the internal control of NFP.

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer - ROM InWest. Ancillary Positions: n/a.

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Ruerd Ruben - Member Supervisory Board

Ruerd Ruben is an expert in the field of food systems, agricultural value chains and impact assessment and (emeritus) professor at Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands. He has been actively engaged in coalitions to enhance impact of land reform, smallholders in tropical food chains, sustainable rural development, cooperative organizations and certification.

Ruerd’ experience with multi-stakeholder cooperation and interdisciplinary research at the interface of public investments and private innovations contributes to Netherlands Food Partnership positioning. He intends to support Netherlands Food Partnership as an impactful knowledge and experience network for accelerating the achievement of SDG2.

Current Position: emeritus professor Impact Analysis for Food Systems, Wageningen University & Research. Ancillary Positions: member program management Committee CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) led by IFPRI.

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Heske Verburg - Member Supervisory Board

Heske Verburg is passionate about inclusive and sustainable economic development, a true connector and a strategic thinker. As Director within the Solidaridad Network, she brings solid knowledge of sustainable food systems, as well as a strong network in the Global South to the Board. She is familiar with the Dutch aid and trade agenda and is a strong advocate for sustainability as a business model at all levels in the value chain.

Heske brings the Civil Society perspective to the board and will contribute with her knowledge, network and experience to further enhance the mission of the NFP: to accelerate innovative solutions to support SDG2.

Current Position: Managing Director Solidaridad Europe. Ancillary Positions: Member of the Advisory Board Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University and Research

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