October 1991- January ’95 Post Harvest Technologist & Technical Director
Minnaar Plc. Earith, Cambs, United Kingdom.
Responsible for the Technical Management & Sourcing of Minnaar Plc. UK. Managing the QA team of 8 persons. Member of Management Team.
Technical Training and assistance visits to: Spain (15), Holland (25), Cameroon, Israel (2), Turkey (2), South Africa, Colombia (5). Developed successful exports from Jordan, Sudan, The Gambia, Turkey and Puerto Rico (and later China). Other countries visited: Jamaica, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Thailand, Malaysia, U.S.A. and Canada.
February 1995 – July 1997 Youth Camp Director – IDR, Soest, Holland
1998 -1999 – Project Manager, Tianjin Vegetable Research Institute, Tianjin, China
Endive Pilot Project growing and marketing
Set-up a pilot project for the cultivation of Belgium Endives in the Tianjin area together with the Tianjin Vegetable Research Institute, including Post Harvest storage and chain development;
Set-up a marketing pilot project in Tianjin & Beijing supplying major supermarket chains (Makro, Carrefour) and western hotels (Holiday Inn, Sheraton).
2000 – 2013 Agricultural Director, Shanxi Evergreen Service, Taiyuan, China
Set-up of the Agricultural Programme and Projects with the aim to help the economically disadvantaged farmers in rural areas of China.
Set-up of an Agricultural Training and Demonstration Centre for basic swine raising management and greenhouse technology improvement, conducting research as well as dissemination knowledge.
Set-up of greenhouse demonstration unit with improved technology and introduction of new varieties.
Set-up training program in villages to transfer knowledge to farmers.
Set-up Post Harvest management and marketing of vegetables with farmers supplying major supermarket chain in Taiyuan City, Shanxi;
2003-2006, 2010-2011, 2013-2018 Regional Director, Shanxi Evergreen Service, Taiyuan, China
Overseeing and leading all projects and its staff (30+), including expat members (8), in China.
2004 – 2011 & 2015 – currentFounder & Owner, Yellow Valley Cheese – YangQu, China
Value Chain Development project to help local farmers in the marketing of their milk by processing into cheese, created added value to their product.
Set-up the first Gouda Farmhouse cheese making company in China supplying natural organic cheeses to supermarket chains in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities. Developed a strong brand name and sales. Currently establishing a co-operation with a local dairy company to expand production of cheeses.
2011 – 2013 Lecturer Black Forest Academy, Kandern, Germany
Taught course in Applied Business at International School for one year as part of a sabbatical.
2007 – current: Project Manager, Trainer and Consultant:
2013 – 2016 set-up cheese export/import business with China / The Netherlands
2014 – set-up import/export French wines to China (2014)
2007 – 2015- set-up fruit (pears, apples) exports from China to Europe
2016 – current: freelance Lecturer at Lentiz Educational Group for BTEc, Lentiz Course & Consult, The Netherlands
2017 – current: Project Manager for Colombian Project for the transfer of horticultural knowledge in greenhouse technology.