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.

 

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Team

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!

 

 
 

Benjamin Wielgosz

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As Senior Technical Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist SCOPEinsight, Ben brings significant experience in applying statistical analysis and data science to a wide range of economic development challenges in Asia and Africa. At SCOPEinsight, he is responsible for finding answers to the bigger issues in agriculture.

He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with dual degrees in Mathematics and Geography, and started out his career as a geographic information system (GIS) specialist for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Pakistan and South Sudan before moving into a spatial data management role at ICF-International. After completing an International Economics degree at American University (AU) he worked with leading Washington think-tanks – the Brookings Institution and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in a range of quantitative analysis roles delivering evidence-based policy solutions for agriculture in Africa and Asia.

Prior to joining SCOPEinsight, Ben was based in Geneva where he has worked as a technology programme manager for the World Economic Forum’s Grow Africa Initiative delivering online investment evaluation and agricultural CSR reporting tools to support public private partnerships in the African agricultural industry.

Since then he has provided business development services to a number of start-ups in African agriculture and technology services including business planning, market research, and impact investment advisement. He publishes perspectives on the African Ag-Tech industry online through LinkedIn – Pulse.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lucas Simons

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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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Carolina van Loenen

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Juliet MacDowell

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As Marketing Manager, Juliet is responsible for sharing our collective successes and amplifying our client’s good work.  She is passionate about SCOPE’s mission to transform the agricultural sector and is committed to sharing this vision with everyone!

Juliet has been working in the development field for over 20 years and has experience in all cycles of program development and implementation. She also has extensive experience in business development, fundraising, and proposal writing.

Juliet holds a Masters Degree in International Development and Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Contemporary African History.

Areas of expertise:
Marketing, communications, business development

 
 
 
 
 
 

John Cherek

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As Strategic Sales Manager, John uses his open and professional style to help our clients find the services that will fit their needs.  He leads our efforts in connecting with our clients to create a common vision around farmer professionalism and therefore enhancing systems change.

John has a rich background in agriculture – in the Netherlands. His previous position as a program director and social entrepreneur for a sustainable agricultural and community development project in the Netherlands has helped him understand the challenges of balancing the capacity of mother nature with the demands of value chain players.  This, alongside his corporate wholesale experience in fresh ingredients, makes for an eclectic yet well-rounded point of reference for all your agricultural program and systems transformation needs.

John holds as Master’s degree in Political Science (2009) from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University (2000).  His work and travels have brought him to many parts of the world (Siberia, Sierra Leone, Seattle) and so he feels right at home with his international client portfolio.

Areas of expertise
Product development, project management, international development

 
 
 
 
 
 

Joe Iveson

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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

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tessa van der Meiden

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Tessa van der Meiden is office manager at SCOPEinsight and its sister company NewForesight. She masters the skill of juggling the different needs and perspectives of our organisations.

Tessa is driven to work for positive impact. Before joining us at SCOPEinsight, she worked for over 6 years at an international not-for-profit organization which focused on making quality healthcare accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income countries. Tessa believes in the people behind impact and finding opportunities to empower them.

Tessa studied Tourism Management at Schoevers in Amsterdam.

Areas of expertise

Office management, communications, human resource management, administration

 
 
 
 
 
 

Jem Kipgen

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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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Marise Blom

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Interested in joining us?

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If you are interested in joining our team, head over to our career page to see more on our current vacancies. Nothing in there that suits you? Send us your open application!

 
 
 
 
 
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Careers

We always welcome open applications, so please send your CV and short letter explaining why you want to work with us here.

 

 

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Open application

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.

 

 

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NewForesight

NewForesight, 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.

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