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

As Data Analyst and Strategist, Diana brings forth her rich experience working in agricultural focused international organizations to provide insights on client assessment data and develop strategic best practices.

Prior to SCOPEinsight, Diana worked with the United Nations World Food Programme’s Early Warning and Logistics analyzing agricultural markets, trade, and providing field support. Her agricultural experience is further strengthened by her work with the Food and Agricultural Organization in Mali where she built humanitarian partnerships for the Food Security Cluster.

Diana is passionate about 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

As Operations and Customer Success Manager at SCOPEinsight, Carolina brings several years of management experience to her responsibility of monitoring operations.  This experience is complemented by her personable demeanor and polyglot capabilities to foster relationships with clients and operational partners at implementation level.

Her prior experience includes her work at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as a project assistant where she provided outstanding project management backstopping to the Pacific region as well as in Eastern and Southern Africa by providing overall project monitoring, communication among stakeholders and organizing conferences.  Furthermore, she was an active member of internal working groups on business intelligence and change management.

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

Areas of expertise

Operations, relations with clients, project monitoring.


Joe Iveson


Business Development Manager

Joe is SCOPEinsight’s Operations and Sales trainee where he helps support the company’s daily operations including co-developing a customer evaluation system.  As a new graduate from Utrecht University where he obtained his Masters Degree in Sustainable Development, Joe has a strong background in conducting interviews and analyzing data.  Aside from his coursework, Joe’s international focus is indicated by his international travels and has volunteer work in a refugee shelter.

Areas of expertise

monitoring & evaluation

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

As General Manager of SCOPEinsight, Marise leads team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. She is passionate about transforming the Agricultural sector in emerging markets through the professionalization of Farmer Organizations and Agribusinesses.

Marise brings over three decades of diverse and robust experience with a wide array of businesses from large multi-nationals, start-ups, NGOs, to Emerging Market Funds.  During her career, she refined her business acumen and leadership skills.

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 here.

Our open vacancy is here.



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.