Meet Anouk van den Boomen, our new team member

I am Anouk, a fresh graduate with a master Nutrition & Health from Wageningen University. I am known to be enthusiastic, but self-critical, and always looking for innovations that promote healthier living. I specialize in a systems approach for sustainable and healthy diets. I am eager to use my knowledge to transform our food system. Ultimately, I am ambitious to connect and inspire people in order to achieve positive change. When I am not working with foods, I am eating them - as I love to cook, dine, and try new food spots with my friends.

What Anouk adds to the Foodvalley NL Team?

In the upcoming months, I support the Foodvalley team achieving its mission to make processed foods healthier. Here, I can apply my systems thinking, as I will map out the different roadblocks, stakeholders, and gaps to produce healthy, affordable, tasty, and sustainable foods.

How Anouk contributes to a sustainable food system at home?

I am fortunate to live next to the weekly farmers’ market of Rotterdam, as I love to see where foods are coming from. Every week I buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season at the market. Doing groceries at a local market helps to reduce packaging, stimulates the consumption of imperfect, infamous, or ‘forgotten’ foods, and allows one to buy directly from the farmer or producer. Every week it is a surprise what recipes I will try!

What can you wake him up for in the middle of the night?

For an adventure! You can take me for a hike to watch the sunrise, catch a flight to a new destination, or spot wildlife. Anything that stops me from dreaming and doesn’t include heights.

Questions? Get in touch

Anouk van den Boomen
Project coordinator Food & Health



Meet Nard Clabbers, our new team member

My name is Nard Clabbers. I studied Human Nutrition in Wageningen and started working for the food industry thereafter. After about a decade I switched over to Dutch research organisation TNO, where I was responsible for food and health research. Also at TNO, I set up the Personalised Nutrition and Health research consortium together with WUR and many private partners. This personalised nutrition stuck and led me to Happ, a startup in this field where I am a co-founder and CSO.

What Nard adds to the Foodvalley NL Team?

Nard will add a lot of personalised nutrition expertise and a global network in this field. On top of this, he has a true drive to change the food system for the better and help individuals to make the healthy choice the easy choice through personalisation and empowerment.

How Nard contributes to a sustainable food system at home?

‘I was already a flexitarian when it was not(!) cool’. Nard has been explaining the benefits of a low-meat diet for decades and is living proof that it works. 😉

What can you wake him up for in the middle of the night?

Mountainbikes! Shiny parts but also new training regimes to stay competitive in MTB competitions.

Questions? Get in touch

Nard Clabbers
Programme manager Personalised Nutrition



Meet Ewan van Eijden, our new team member

I am currently studying for my master Plant Sciences at Wageningen University. My goal is to combine molecular and agricultural techniques with ecological knowledge in order to make our society more sustainable. When I’m not studying, I like to climb or hike (preferably in the mountains) or read a good book.

What Ewan adds to the Foodvalley NL Team?

During the coming months I will assist with the partnership management administration workload for new partners.

How Ewan contributes to a sustainable food system at home?

As a student, a big part of my choices about food must also involve thinking about money. Fortunately, Too Good To Go helps me to combine saving money and saving food that would otherwise go to waste. I try buying from Too Good To Go each week and keep a vegetarian diet for the rest of my groceries.

What can you wake him up for in the middle of the night?

Olives! I love olives of any kind as long as they are not painted black.

Questions? Get in touch

Ewan van Eijden
Partnership Management Support



Talent to drive the transition to a sustainable food system, who do you need?

Are you looking to grow your business and searching for new co-workers to build your company? Let’s face it, you are not the only one! We know that we need top talents to move the transition to a sustainable food system forward. But what kind of talents and profiles are we talking about? And what triggers them to work in the food system? And moreover, which trends on the labour are we facing? To answer these and more questions, KplusV and Toekomstdoeners conducted a study among both employers and talents.

Top 10 insights from the study

In the (Dutch) reports you can read in detail about the talent profiles, trends, location factors and recommendations. This study with recommendations is the starting point to get started in the Talent and Business Community. These are the top 10 insights of the study:

  • The development of the population in the Netherlands and Europe and the ageing working population will put increasing pressure on the available talent in the upcoming years.
  • The battle for talent is global: There is strong (inter)national competition on specific talent profiles, including in the areas of data science, IT and tech.
  • Increase in interdisciplinarity: Specialised professionals will continue to be needed in the future but are increasingly developing into broad profiles with crossovers to other disciplines
  • Outside-in profiles: there is an increasing need to attract new knowledge and talent from other disciplines. Their expertise for example in the field of data science, IT, high tech or circularity can be usefull.
  • Keeping current employees deployable is of great importance by strengthening the manoeuvrability of existing talent. And let workers continually develop knowledge towards the future (future-fit)
  • The world as your playing field: employers and talent are increasingly looking internationally at recruitment, training and retention of talent. The primary focus is on the required profiles and less on the country of origin. Foodvalley competes with new seekers for talent.
  • Most important talent profiles: Foodtech, data scientist, lab technician/analyst, process engineer, business innovator
  • The most important location factors for talents are their living environment, mobility and housing.
  • Talents experience many interesting employers in Agri&Food . They feel they can really make an impact in this field. Access to and overview of jobs outside FoodTech is limited.
  • Jobseekers (both students and transfer students) do not always know what the career opportunities are in Foodvalley and miss an overview of jobs and interesting employers.

The study was commissioned by Wageningen, Ede, Gelderland and Foodvalley NL.

Slow Food Youth Network and your challenges

Are you working on the transition of our food system? And are you looking for fresh and positive ideas from future food changers? Join the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Academy and let SFYN’s community work for you!

What is the Slow Food Youth Network and what can they do for you?

SFYN is a network for young people who are committed to healthy, sustainable and fair food for all. They think outside the existing structures and well-trodden paths. When your organisation participates in the Slow Food Youth Academy you benefit from their way of thinking! Especially when it comes to ‘wicked problems’, it’s refreshing to get ideas from future food changers, who stand just outside your organisation. The SFYN Academy is a versatile and interactive learning programme for curious young people with a passion for food. Through lectures, excursions and workshops, they immerse themselves in chains and systems.

What is participation in the SFYN Academy?

As an organisation, you can submit a case to the SFYN Academy. From January till June, , a group of participants works on your practical problem. The group use innovative ways to find a solution to this practical food issue.

Foodvalley NL as partner of SFYN

Foodvalley Nl is involved as a partner in the Slow Food Youth Academy. Huiberdien Sweeris, Foodvalley NL: “By connecting the SFYN Academy with our ecosystem of innovative organisations, we expect innovative ideas and solutions for issues in the field of Food & Health, Circular Agrifood and Protein Shift. Together we bring a sustainable food system one step closer. And we are helping the food leaders of the future to find their passion. A great win-win!”

Talent as Innovation Support

This collaboration is part of the approach in the Innovation Support area of Foodvalley, Talent. Together with organisations from our network, we work towards rejuvenating, strengthening and diversifying the pool of professionals working in our ecosystem. By being a partner of SFYN, we are taking the first step towards involving young people in issues relating to the transition of the food system. Would you like more information? Please contact Huiberdien Sweeris.


+31 6 821 241 69

About the Foodvalley NL team

A welcoming and energetic team of over 30 professionals working on the transition of the food system. Our core values: Together, Personal, Positive, Learning & Development and Professional. We strive for maximum impact. We value an open, safe and familiar work environment, where we constantly challenge you to learn, experiment and grow.

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