Co-founder – Process and International Operation
Guus Paardekooper had as a child already a broad interest in subjects like gardening, farming, politics, and ‘getting to know the world’. Back then, he dreamt about working abroad in remote settings. Later on, he realized this dream: he did his practical period, and MSc thesis in Andra Pradesh, India.
Graduated in the early nineties at Wageningen University in biotechnology, agronomics, and agricultural business economics. Later he moved to Honduras where he lived for 4 years. During this period, he worked with farmer cooperatives on sustainable, and organic agriculture. At the same time, he traveled extensively in Central and South America. Back in The Netherlands he practiced organic farming himself, worked at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, and then joined a large NGO in The Netherlands, where he worked on working sustainable development programmes worldwide.
He started working on programmes in Latin America. The he moved to management leading a team of sustainable economic development specialists working in Asia, and later in Africa. After doing some interim management during the set up of a programme on climate change for the same NGO, Guus moved as managing director to a small NGO working on integrated water management worldwide. Currently he is the managing director of MCNV, an international network organisation working on health, nutrition, sustainable production and education. Guus is co-founder of SkillEd, specialized in process management and sustainable development.
He is still a ‘nature adept’ and likes doing sports, socializing, dancing, reading, and travelling.