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Salome Boyd

Salome  Boyd

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Ivory Coast

First position after YEP

Consultant at CDI Wageningen, Netherlands

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I am working on the HortiFresh program in Côte d’Ivoire. Using a demand-driven approach, HortiFresh aims to establish a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and (internationally) competitive fruit and vegetable sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. In my capacity as a Young Expert, I focus on the following agro-economic activities:

  • Support and follow-up on companies that have received co-financed innovation grants
  • Support mango actors in cluster activities (i.e. value chain and market access development), addressing common issues raised by cluster actors themselves
  • Liaise and facilitate capacity building activities (i.e. demonstration plots for phytosanitary products, financial literacy training)
  • Link stakeholders and establish stronger business-to-business relationships
  • Advise and support companies in accessing finance
  • Liaise and support in data collection and analysis for M&E
  • Organise Business Platforms, Roundtables, Trade Missions and fairs


  • Project management
  • Facilitating interactive processes
  • Advocacy and grassroots lobbying
  • Analytical skills and critical evaluation
  • Research and data analysis
  • English, Dutch and French


Nationality: Dutch/American

  • MSc Public Administration: Economics and Governance at Leiden University
  • BSc Regional Development and Innovation at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
  • Minor in Development and Policies in a Globalizing World at Wageningen University & Research 

Experience before YEP

  • Courses, projects and events support at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands
  • Educational Assistant for MSc programs Management of Development (MOD) and Agricultural Production Chain Management (APCM) at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Velp, The Netherlands
  • Intern liaising with the Publish What You Pay coalition in advocacy for resource revenue transparency legislation, on behalf of the PCUSA Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., USA
  • Intern for Youth and Governance and Sports for Peace programs at the Society for Awareness, Harmony and Equal Rights in Mumbai, India
  • Intern for the Credit Against Poverty program at Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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Organisation: Wageningen University & Research
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