Senior Adivsor & Scientific Consultant
Who I Am
I am an experienced consultant, data scientist and applied quantitative researcher on the fields of Agro- and Behavioral Economics, Environmental and Economic Sustainability and Public Sector, Non-Profit and Government.
I have expertise in economic and mathematical modeling, optimization problems, management and econometric analysis of small and large data-sets as well as research and survey designs. I am using more and more Machine Learning and other Big Data Techniques.
My passion is to translate complex problems into feasible solutions and applications. I enjoy combining my scientific and technical backgrounds to navigate the space where great programmers could use more scientific depth and great applied scientists and/or policy makers lack technical skills to implement their ideas.
Some of my work
in cooperation with my colleagues
Demystifying the Cocoa Sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
This major study aims to contribute to the cocoa sector’s body of knowledge and provide a solid evidence base to test common assumptions and beliefs.
Living Income Gap Calculations
To understand the gap between actual farmer income and a living income benchmark value, I led 2 gap reports, a guidance manual and develop a stata package to implement the calculations.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Future-proof and sustainable healthy diets based on current eating patterns in the Netherlands
To keep global warming <1.5°C as recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), eating patterns must change.Within Dutch eating habits, satisfying optimization constraints required a shift away from beef, cheese, butter, and snacks toward plant-based foods and fish and shellfish, questioning acceptability. Satisfying 2050 food system GHGE targets will require research in consumer preferences and breakthrough innovations in food production and processing
Frontiers in Nutrition
To quantify the performance of food products in a sustainable diet based on the balance of their contribution to nutrient intake and environmental impact, within the context of the Dutch diet.
Lancet Global Health
The SWPER index for women's empowerment in Africa: development and validation of an index based on survey data
The Sustainable Development Goals strongly focus on equity. Goal 5 explicitly aims to empower all women and girls, reinforcing the need to have a reliable indicator to track progress. Our objective was to develop a novel women's empowerment indicator from widely available data sources, broadening opportunities for monitoring and research on women's empowerment.
A Conceptual Model on Women and Girls' Empowerment
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Information and strategic voting
We theoretically and experimentally study voter behavior in a setting characterized by plurality rule and mandatory voting. Voters choose from three options. We are interested in the occurrence of strategic voting in an environment where Condorcet cycles may occur and focus on how information about the preference distribution affects strategic behavior
Guidance manual on calculating and visualizing the income gap to a Living Income Benchmark
A main objective of this guidance manual is to contribute to creating consistency of process and (visual) language in how income gaps are calculated and reported once income data is available. It intends to contribute to the discussion about standardized approaches