Sander was born in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1962 and has lived there ever since. After high school and having served time in the military, he joined Kantoor Boone in 1982.
Kantoor Boone is a consultancy company, working in the areas of fiscal and administrative services with a current staff of 14 employees. During the mid ninties, the daily management of Kantoor Boone was in Sander’s care and in 2004 he became the sole owner of the company. Besides his daily work in the consultancy business, Sander is currently studying law, specialising in tax law, at the University of Leiden. Sander is married with two children.
Hans Bruning has been the Executive Director of the Netherlands Institue for Multiparty Democracy, NIMD, in The Hague since December 2011. Prior to this, from March until November 2011, he was the Executive Director ad interim. As of 1 January 2012 he has also been acting as the Board of NIMD.
Mr. Bruning has an extensive track record in development cooperation, civil society and politics. He gained his education in law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He started his career as assistant to a Member of Parliament and has been active in several roles, for example, Director of Development Organisation ICCO and as Director for International Programmes of CNV, one of the Dutch labour unions.
Rhiannon Davies holds two academic degrees, the first in International Politics and Environmental Studies and the second in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Over the past 14 years, Rhiannon has held executive leadership roles within leading multi-national companies in the food and beverage industry.
A key focus of her professional career has been on the optimisation of supply chain operations, starting from the raw material in the field until it reaches the consumer. This experience has clearly demonstrated the significant need and great opportunity to achieve sustainability in the food supply chain and in the industry as a whole, and it has kindled in her a strong desire to work towards the implementation of this change.
Denise Lapoutre (1962) is Executive Director at Taste, Technical Assistance for Sustainable Trade and Environment. She has been working in sustainable development for over twenty years. Confronted with the feminisation of poverty in Southern countries, and with the exclusion of smallholders’ families from access to formal markets, she felt the need to support these vulnerable groups; and so she did, side by side with local professionals.
Between 1996 and 2006, when living in Nicaragua and the Andes region respectively, Denise led innovation in local economic development and in the realisation of socially inclusive agro-industrial supply chains. Within multi-stakeholder processes, she operated on the edge of development cooperation and business. From 2006 onwards, she holds the position of Head of International Programs at Plan Netherlands – member of the Child Rights organisation Plan International; as such she is responsible for programs on integrated community development in 46 countries.