Who We Are

We believe in farming as a business.

Professional farmers can increase production levels in a sustainable way, benefit from more business opportunities and provide better livelihoods for everyone involved.

Professionalism and entrepreneurship are the keys to transforming agricultural markets. SCOPEinsight provides business intelligence to create opportunities in agriculture by measuring the level of professionalism of farmers and their organizations.

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!



Diana Chiodo


Data Analyst and Business Intelligence

Diana Chiodo is the Data Analyst with SCOPEinsight. She is responsible for providing insights on client assessment data and developing strategic best practices.

Before joining SCOPEinsight, Diana worked with the United Nations World Food Programme in Early Warning and Logistics analysing agricultural markets, trade and providing field support. She continued to strengthen her field experiences by working with the Food and Agricultural Organization in Mali building humanitarian partnerships for the Food Security Cluster.

Diana drives great energy from agribusiness value chain analysis and connecting people to sustainable markets. She enjoys the challenges in making sense of data and strategic thinking to find the best opportunities.

Diana holds a MSc. in Food Security and Human Development from Roma Tre University

Areas of expertise

Risk and vulnerability analysis, data communication, agribusiness markets particularly for cocoa, coffee and dairy


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Currently there are no open vacancies.



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.