About SCOPEinsight

We believe in farming as a business

Since SCOPEinsight was founded in 2010, we have led the way in developing innovative, universally-applicable assessment tools that measure the level of farmer professionalism in emerging markets. SCOPEinsight believe that farmer professionalism is the key to structural transformation of the agricultural sector. By providing business intelligence we aim to increase transparency in the agricultural market, lower investment risks and increase business opportunities for stakeholders in and around the agricultural value chain.

It is our mission to transform agricultural sectors by increasing the market inclusiveness of professional farmer organizations and agribusinesses.

The SCOPE tools create a common language between stakeholders and can be used across any region, sector, crop and farmer segments.

Our clients include global agribusinesses, traders, processors, NGOs, financial institutions as well as multilateral development- and food security organizations.




We are dedicated to a positive change in the agricultural market. Just as we value the professionalism of small and medium-sized businesses, we are committed to high working standards ourselves. Our team is made up of dedicated professionals with complementary skills and expertise.

Our office is in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Contact us!


Lucas Simons
Marise Blom
Jem Kipgen
Pauline van Benthem
Tessa van der Meiden
Giacomo Di Lallo

Lucas Simons


Founder & CEO

Lucas Simons is founder and CEO of two companies: SCOPEinsight and NewForesight, a strategic consultancy company working on sustainable market transformation.

Previously, Lucas was director of UTZ CERTIFIED, a leading global certification and sustainability standard organization for sustainable coffee, cocoa and tea.

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 Ashoka Fellow for his pioneering role as a social entrepreneur and systemic change maker. In February 2015, he was announced member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

For three consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013) Simons has ranked in the top 20 of most influential persons in Sustainable Development in the Netherlands (Trouw Newspaper).

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

Areas of expertise

Sustainable market transformation, system thinking, multi-stakeholder processes, strategic management, sustainable agriculture, sustainability certification and traceability


Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/lucassimons

Marise Blom


General Manager

Marise Blom is General Manager of SCOPEinsight. In the past years, it has been Marise’s quest to find a way to contribute to financing small and medium sized businesses in emerging economies.

During her professional career, she has worked for different companies, ranging from large multi-nationals, start-ups, NGOs, to Emerging Market Funds, where she focused on management, providing financial services and information to investors and stakeholders.

Marise holds an MSc Economics degree from the Groningen University in the Netherlands.

Areas of expertise

Business development, partnership building, project management, financial management, strategic management, team management.

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/marise-blom-4b3563

Otto Wormgoor


Operations & Quality Manager

Otto Wormgoor manages the operations team which focusses on product development, IT solutions, quality management and regular operations.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, Otto worked over 10 years in the microfinance industry, both in the Netherlands and in East Africa, for a development agency (ICCO), a specialized microfinance rating agency (Planet Rating) and most recently at social investor, Oikocredit.

He has strong analytical and organizational skills and aims to create efficient solutions to enable high quality outcomes.

Otto holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Twente University and a master’s degree in Advanced Development Studies from the Center for International Development Studies at the Radboud University.

Areas of expertise
Operations management, project management, rating & assessments.

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/ottowormgoor

Jem Kipgen


Operations Officer

As Operations Officer, Jem Kipgen is responsible for overseeing assessment processes and maintaining the IT systems that support the operational processes. He also developed the e-training methods for assessors and is experienced in managing e-trainings for different clients. Furthermore, Jem is responsible for data mining.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, he worked in India and the USA, where he gained experience in project management, IT Web development and programming.

Jem holds a BA degree in Computer Information Systems and Applied Economics from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota and an MSc in Business Administration, with a specialization in Finance, from TiasNimbas Business School in Utrecht.

Areas of expertise

Project management, product development, data mining & analysis. 

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/kipgen

Pauline van Benthem


Associate Legal Consultant

Pauline van Benthem is an associate consultant to SCOPEinsight since 2011.

She draws on long-standing experience as a lawyer. Having started her career in private practice with Nauta Dutilh in Amsterdam, she moved on to become an in-house lawyer holding various management positions.

Pauline has gained experience in the retail and FMCG industries, having worked with Royal Ahold, Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser to name a few.

She has successfully concluded projects that bring together the retail industry to adhere to the principles of the Foundation of Packaging & the Environment.

Pauline holds a master of laws degree from Leiden University. She was admitted to the European Bar in 1984.

Areas of expertise

Intellectual Property, international contracts, purchasing, EU rules on anti-trust, food related issues as well as product safety

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/paulinevanbenthem

Tessa van der Meiden


Office Manager

Tessa van der Meiden is office manager at SCOPEinsight and its sister company NewForesight. Her drive is to have a positive impact on the world.

She studied Tourism Management, and has a strong interest in countries all around the world. She worked for an international not-for-profit organization for six years before joining SCOPEinsight and NewForesight.

Areas of expertise

Office management, communications, human resource management, administration

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/tessavandermeiden

Eline Arnoldy


Business Development Manager

Eline is a Business Development Manager at SCOPEinsight. She is responsible for client acquisition and developing new and existing partnerships.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, she gained four years’ experience in the banking sector working at Rabobank’s head offices. She joined Rabobank as a Corporate Management Trainee and worked three years as a relationship manager in Trade and Commodity Finance, where she built her expertise on international financial markets, agriculture and trade.

Eline derives a lot of energy from building partnerships and connecting people and believes this is essential to the success of any project.She is an honest and enthusiastic communicator with a critical eye that enjoys devising creative paths and strategic thinking to solve challenging problems.

Eline holds a Msc. degree in International Development studies from the University of Amsterdam and has a Msc degree in International Business from the University of Maastricht.

Areas of expertise

International financial markets, agriculture, trade

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/elinearnoldy

Laura Roverts


Product Development Manager

Laura Roverts is operations manager at SCOPEinsight. She is responsible for operations, including the development of the online training platform and SCOPE assessment tools.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, Laura worked at Akvo Foundation for 5 years, a non-profit foundation that creates open source internet and mobile phone software to make international development and country governance more effective, transparent and collaborative. She gained experiences as a project and product manager.

Laura holds a MSc. degree in International Development Studies, with a specialization in Disaster Studies, at Wageningen University.

Areas of expertise
Product development, project management, international development

Linkedin: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/lauraroverts

Giacomo Di Lallo


Data Analyst

Giacomo Di Lallo is Data Analyst at SCOPEinsight. He is responsible for data collection procedures as well as processing, cleaning and verifying data integrity. He also provides insights and proof for the mission of SCOPEinsight through data mining while developing and carrying out internal research projects.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, Giacomo worked as intern at the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developing and carrying out an extensive research on the East Coast Fever (ECF) disease striking the livestock production in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Giacomo holds a MSc. degree in Sustainable Development, with a specialization in Climate Change and Ecosystems, at Utrecht University.

Areas of expertise

Data analyzing, research


Carolina van Loenen


Operations & Relationship officer

Carolina van Loenen is the operations and relationship officer at SCOPEinsight. She is responsible for monitoring operations and fostering relationships with clients and operational partners at implementation level. This means she is the main contact person for clients during the implementation and evaluation of projects.

Before Carolina joined SCOPEinsight, she worked as a project assistant at CTA, a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union. Here she learned a lot about project monitoring and reporting.

Carolina holds a MSc. Degree in International Relations at Utrecht University.

Areas of expertise

Operations, relations with clients, project monitoring.



SCOPEinsight is a fast growing social enterprise. We are frequently looking for motivated, proactive and entrepreneurial people to join our team. We always welcome open applications so please send your CV and short letter explaining why you want to work with us to Tessa van der Meiden.

We are currently looking for a Data Analyst (work-place experience).


Vacancy: Marketing Strategist

SCOPEinsight provides business intelligence to create opportunities in agriculture by measuring the level of professionalism of farmers and their organizations. SCOPEinsight has the standardized and scalable approach to measure and benchmark how farmers manage their business. Since 2010, SCOPEinsight has trained over 325 assessors, 1700 assessments were conducted in 22 countries spanning 40 agricul-tural sectors […]

SCOPEinsight provides business intelligence to create opportunities in agriculture by measuring the level of professionalism of farmers and their organizations. SCOPEinsight has the standardized and scalable approach to measure and benchmark how farmers manage their business. Since 2010, SCOPEinsight has trained over 325 assessors, 1700 assessments were conducted in 22 countries spanning 40 agricul-tural sectors and reaching over 2.5 million farmers worldwide. Our clients include global agri-businesses, NGOs, financial institutions as well as multilateral development and food security organizations. For specific client stories, visit www.scopeinsight.com

SCOPEinsight provides smart assessment tools that measure and score the professionalism of farmer organizations in emerging economies. The assessments lead to business intelligence, which can be used to segment farmer organizations on their organizational performance and analyze or benchmark their results.

To facilitate our growth, we are looking for a professional and experienced:

Marketing Strategist

(Full time, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Role and responsibility of Marketing Strategist within SCOPEinsight:

  • Position SCOPEinsight as the thought leader in its field, aiming to create systemic change in agri-culture through professionalizing farmers and their organizations at a global scale.
  • Branding of SCOPEinsight should underline our innovative and differentiated presence in the market
  • Ensure that SCOPEinsight is ‘top of mind’ with our partners to include the SCOPEinsight added value in their donor driven proposals, provide them with the practical tools and documents that encourages them to do so, as it improves their proposals.
  • Drive the Business Development and Sales activities by creating more excitement and traction in a B2B environment.
  • Know which distribution channels you need, including social media, to achieve you goals.
  • Develop and design the necessary documents to support the whole client experience: from first contact till recurring client. Creating happy clients who are inclined to make referrals.
  • Support our (potential) clients to create a broad (internal) support to implement the SCOPEin-sight methodology by providing success stories, proof, data driven insights reports, etc.
  • Support Product development by organizing SCOPEinsight Innovation Club events, organize ex-planatory webinars and trial sessions, prepare product launches and collect feedback on the tools and methodology, as well as the strategic considerations (quotes, referrals).
  • Be the driving force behind the market driven thinking in the whole SCOPEinsight organization, where each individual realizes that we can only be successful when our partners and clients are.

In view of the above, our ideal Marketing Strategist is versatile and can demonstrate deep expertise in strategic marketing, branding, digital marketing, marketing automation, community building, a.o. This means:

  • You are a brand connoisseur: You’ve worked for or draw inspiration from world-class brands, and you are eager to build a strong brand for SCOPEinsight, one that truly reflects on our core iden-tity.
  •  You can look small, but think big: You’re detail-focused and can run with nearly any project. But you also know when to step back, look at the bigger picture and organize what you need to succeed.
  • You are analytical: You understand the needs of our clients and partners and know how to set-up an efficient marketing machine that generates new leads for our business.
  • You are creative: you have innovative ways of conceptualizing approaches differently. You also know how to use this creative mind to mobilize social media and other channels to achieve your goals.
  • You are efficient: You know how to reach maximum results with limited resources, supported and leveraged by data (including CRMs) and automation. You are inquisitive, like to get things done and actively seek to improve processes.
  • You are a self-starter: You are a versatile and entrepreneurial-minded professional; you take ini-tiative, are analytical and have a ‘can do’ and hands on mentality. You like the challenge of multi-tasking various projects in an international context.
  • You are a talented writer: You can deliver a complex message in an understandable and com-prehensive way.You are creative and able to present ideas and concepts in an attractive and clear manner. You have excellent knowledge and use of the English – and preferably also the Dutch – lan-guage. Other languages, such as French and Spanish are a plus.
  • You are committed: You have affinity with and believe in our mission and you have an under-standing or a strong interest in (sustainable) agriculture.
  • You build communities: you are eager to build long-term relationships with partners and clients, as you understand that SCOPEinsight is successful if clients are successful. You know how to build successful communities and how to keep them active by motivating the community with the right instruments.
  •  You are IT savvy: You have excellent skills in different software packages such as Microsoft Office and the Adobe suite, especially PowerPoint and InDesign, CRM and CMS tools (such as WordPress) and Online Marketing Software (i.e. Mailchimp, Constant Contact).
  • You have Experience: you have at least three years of experience.
  • You have what it takes: to take SCOPEinsight to the next level!

We offer

  • An exciting and versatile environment, where you are given space to excel;
  • A motivated group of colleagues with ambitious goals: we aim high!
  • A safe environment, where we learn from mistakes because we pioneer, sharing a common vi-sion and are eager to succeed; A professional, though informal, working environment in a highly dynamic social enterprise; An opportunity to work in a very international environment;
  •  Company pension scheme.


If you are interested in this position please send your resume and letter of motivation to Tessa van der Meiden as early as possible, but before the end of July 2017. Applications will be dealt with on a rolling basis. Email: tessa.vandermeiden@scopeinsight.com.

For questions regarding the position please refer to Tessa van der Meiden on +31 30 234 8218.

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NewForesight logoNewForesight, SCOPEinsight‘s sister company, is a strategic consultancy that tackles the sustainability challenges of our time.

NewForesight works in areas where a system fails to operate sustainably. It is their mission to ignite large-scale systemic market transformation. NewForesight’s 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, they provide solutions to the systemic failure of unsustainable markets and enable large-scale transformation to sustainable ones.

NewForesight works together with multinationals, governments, international institutions, and entrepreneurs towards new ways of doing business, including new partnerships and new strategies.

Visit their website for more information.