Henk is an accomplished environmental governance and rural development specialist with more than 35 years’ experience throughout Africa in policy and strategy advice, project development and implementation, program evaluation, human resource capacity development, and institutional development. Worked on forest and climate change issues, land use planning and sustainable development of agriculture and nature systems since the 1980s. Strong interest and experience with transformational change processes and the collaborative governance of commodity value chains from local to global levels.
From 2017 to 2020 he coordinated an EU programme on VPA-FLEGT and REDD+ in West Africa and led advocacy work on cocoa & forest initiatives in Europe and West Africa, and lobbied for investments in community based forest and land management in the Central Africa region. From 2001 to 2017, Henk undertook short and medium-term consultancies for a large variety of international development partners, including 12 Team Leader roles. From 1983 to 2001 he worked in the capacity of technician, trainer and programme director in a variety of integrated agriculture and natural resource management and conservation programmes.