BOARD

  • Kristian Doolan is a technology professional with 20 years’ experience in various sectors across all sizes of company, including a significant stint in one of the global agri players.  Being raised on a dairy farm in rural Australia before attending Monash University to study Astrophysics, Mathematics and Philosophy gave Kristian a unique perspective on need for pragmatic & efficient resource use including technology with in the sector.  Based in Switzerland for the last 10 years Kristian is passionate about using his enthusiasm & experience to help drive positive & sustainable change ultimately improving quality of life for all people within the ag chain....

  • Marc Parren has more than 30 years of experience in tropical forestry mainly in West- and Central-Africa. He is well aware of the problems facing the tropical forests in these zones and the need to balance between the needs of the local human population and the pressure exerted by several parties on the natural resources. He has been engaged in finding sustainable solutions for managing these resources whether for timber production, pure conservation goals or for restoration after degradation. This also includes getting more trees in farms and at the larger landscape level, a topic he worked on before in several countries in Central Africa....

  • Naomi Hendriksz is the department secretary of the IB section at the International School Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She was born in Spain, lived in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. She studied Spanish in Barcelona and Office Management in the Netherlands. Naomi travelled to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and South Africa. She worked for a charity in Mpumalanga (RSA), an organisation helping orphans and children in need. Naomi is fluent in four languages, Dutch, English, French and Spanish....

EXECUTIVE TEAM

  • Michiel Hendriksz joined the FarmStrong Foundation as the new Executive Director in May 2016, a few months after founding FarmStrong Commodities SA in October 2015. Before that, Michiel Hendriksz worked for over 16 years for the trading company ADM, most recently as the Director of Sustainability for ADM Cocoa (2009-2015). He previously held several commercial roles such as the Head for Cocoa Trading West Africa. Before that, Michiel Hendriksz worked for various trading industries in fish and fish products, cocoa, coffee, and rubber, based in Spain, England and in Indonesia. Michiel Hendriksz has a B.Sc. in Tropical Agronomy and International Trade (Netherlands) and a M.Sc. (Agri-Business) from Cranfield University (England). He is fluent in Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian and English....

  • Mrs Françoise Konaya TOURÉ (Ing.) was appointed in July 2016 country director for FarmStrong Foundation programmes in Côte d’Ivoire. In her capacity she oversees all country programmes and manages a team of 15 permanent employees. Prior to joining FarmStrong, Françoise worked between 2007 and 2016 for ADM (Côte d’Ivoire), in the last years as Head of the Certification and Community Development Unit. Prior to that, between 2001 and 2007, Françoise worked as a microbiologist in the food industry. Françoise is a graduated engineer in agro-food and industrial processes from the Centre Universitaire Professionalisé (CUP) in Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire....

 

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