Agrinetwork Alliance is an initiative of three independent consultancy professionals, who each have their own specific background and expertise.
Clemens Stolk worked for six years as innovation policy officer at Plantum, the Dutch trade association of companies active in plant propagation material. There he was involved in setting up joint research projects between seed companies and knowledge institutes. Subsequently, he joined for six years a consultancy company specialized in the Dutch agrofood industry. In this position he served clients with advice and services on both communication and content-related issues. As an independent consultant, Clemens is now offering services to help companies and knowledge institutes cooperate in joint innovation projects, especially in the plant sciences. Clemens holds an MSc degree in plant pathology and a PhD degree in entomology, both from Wageningen University.
Mia Buma offers knowledge and expertise of many years working as legal counsel for the Association of Dutch Flower Auctions (VBN). Assignments in her portfolio fell under the wide scope of Dutch law, with a focus on strategic issues and boardroom counseling. In addition, Mia became a specialist in intellectual property rights (including plant breeders’ rights) and arbitration law. As of 1995 she has been secretary of the Committee for Novelty Protection of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) with links to the EU Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). She is also working as legal advisor and consultant for Dutch horticulture and wholesale organizations. Mia holds a degree in civil law from Leiden University. As a consultant, Mia focuses on legal services, dispute resolution, and association management.
Dick Oosthoek is an all-rounder in the agricultural industry. Currently, he holds several functions, including those of independent consultant and director of the Dutch quality mark ‘Groenkeur’. He developed comprehensive knowledge on sustainability of the agri-food complex, the rural areas and promoting their vitality. Dick brings an enormous financial experience, being tried and tested in the financial sector as manager of the agricultural division of Rabobank. Another sound basis for his skills and experiences in the agri-sector is his permanent education. Dick holds a Master degree in general management with a specialty in quality control from the University of Groningen (NL). In addition, he studied at the London Business School where he specialized in project management. Dick is member of the supervisory board of several institutions and companies. He regularly acts as chairman of the day and makes fact-based contributions to strategy, innovation and food & agri topics via written columns and conference panel discussions.Dick’s attitude is to focus on the person behind the question. He easily establishes contacts and sees the connections. He is most appreciated by his clients for his energy in finding solutions to their problems and challenges. In his opinion projects are processes of and with people. Strategy, innovation and marketing issues are topics right up his alley. Dick has an extensive network in the agri- and horticultural sector.