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Executive Director (Interim)

Vanessa Nigten

Vanessa Nigten

Vanessa Nigten is a dedicated result-oriented specialist in global sustainable inclusive development. In 2013 she became knowledge broker at The Broker and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform Office. She is experienced in building strategic international multilevel, multi-actor knowledge linkages to improve development policies and practices. Vanessa is well-versed in Dutch and international development policies. Before The Broker, she gained her theoretical and practical experience at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), Partos (the umbrella organization for Dutch NGOs), the Dutch expertise and advisory centre for citizenship and international cooperation (NCDO), and the JongOS network for young professionals in development cooperation. Vanessa has a background in Sociology and Public Administration (University of Amsterdam), focusing on the Dutch Parliament, Burkina Faso and Citizenship.

World Development Report 2015 calls for knowledge of human mindsets in development policies

On Wednesday June 10, 2015 a presentation was given at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the World Development report 2015 “Mind, Society and Behavior” (WDR2015).

Reinforcing battle lines or facilitating cooperation?

In May 2014, Hilal Elver was appointed the third UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Yet will the Turkish expert on climate change, human security and democracy have sufficient clout to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable food system? Her first performance in Amsterdam left many questions unanswered…

Initiatives to combat food wastage: a waste of time?

The recently published F&BKP report on food wastage shows that a significant decline in food wastage will not automatically improve food security. There may be a positive impact on resource efficiency and general food availability in the long term but aspects such as food access, utilization and stability in developing countries will not improve at the same time.

Launch of website of The Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform has been launched. In the Platform, an open and independent initiative, representatives from international networks and organizations of businesses, science, civil society and policy come together.

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