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Floortje Jacobs

Floortje Jacobs

Young Expert at Fresh Studio - Asia
YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 21

YEP Role

I’m country manager at Fresh Studio, a leading agricultural consultancy company in South-East Asia, where I’m responsible for management of the Yangon office. Next to my role as country manager, I’m also project manager of a five-year Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project implemented by seven international partners, aimed at improving the aquaculture value chain in Myanmar (‘Powering Aquaculture Progress’). Managing the Myanmar office of Fresh Studio consisting of a team of 8 staff (consultants and support staff), I’m responsible for business development, leading the team in delivering quality work and providing regular technical support to other projects.

Skills

Critical thinker, analytical, eye for detail, but at the same time pragmatic and focused. Works in a structured manner, keeps overview, making sure that through teamwork high-quality products are delivered in time. 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education:
  • University of Amsterdam, Master of Science (MSc) cum laude
    International Development Studies (2012-2013)
    Research for Master’s thesis in Cape Town, South Africa
    "The challenge of housing the poor: stakeholders, politics and knowledge use in decision-making processes for the N2 Gateway Housing Project in Cape Town"
  • University of Amsterdam, Master of Science (MSc) cum laude
    Human Geography/Urban Studies (2011 – 2013)
    Research for Master’s thesis in the Netherlands
    "The dynamics of Dutch immigrant entrepreneurship: a search for the critical success factors for immigrant entrepreneurs in the Dutch urban environment"
  • University of Amsterdam, Bachelor of Science (BSc) cum laude
    Human Geography and Urban Planning (2007 – 2011)
    Minor at School of Global Studies, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
    Research for Bachelor’s thesis in Tamil Nadu, India
    "The Self Help Group-Bank Linkage Programme: a life-changing programme for South Indian women? A study on the effects of Self Help Groups on women’s empowerment in Tamil Nadu"

Experience before YEP

Before Fresh Studio, I worked as a PPP advisor, researcher and project manager in agriculture for SNV Netherlands Development Organization, with my main working base in the Netherlands and regular visits to Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya and Vietnam. In 2018 I moved to Myanmar to manage two agricultural value chains projects for SNV, before she started her new role at Fresh Studio since March 2020.

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