Lucas Simons

Lucas Simons is the founder and CEO of SCOPEinsight and New Foresight  (a strategy consulting firm dedicated to driving change). He is is passionate about sustainable agriculture and has dedicated his life to working on this topic.  His book Changing the Food Game  is an example of how partnership and scaling sustainability can become reality, create momentum, and drive lasting change.

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 and was responsible for spreading the certification label globally.

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.

From 2011-2013, Lucas has ranked in the top 20 of most influential persons in Sustainable Development in the Netherlands (Trouw Newspaper).

As an excellent speaker and facilitator Lucas always evokes action on tough and systemic challenges. To get an idea of how Lucas is translating his ideas into sustainable sector transformations, his TedX talk can be seen here.

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