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Ivo van der Lee

Ivo van der Lee

Young Expert at Larive International - Kenya
YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 21

YEP Role

I work as a Technical Project Manager for Lattice Aqua, the partner of Larive International in Kenya. In my work I supervise projects that aim to improve the aquaculture sector in East Africa. Examples of projects include: consulting farms, market research, supervising (feed) trials, providing trainings and setting up training programmes.

My work is aimed to develop the aquaculture industry in East Africa. The COVID crisis has learned us the importance of local food production and the risks of depending on import. Increasing production in the East African aquaculture sector can therefore improve food security while providing steady income and business opportunities in remote regions.


Project management, Market research, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Stakeholder management


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Aquaculture and Marine 

Experience before YEP

Before YEP, I worked as the aquaculture manager of ASA Ethiopia where I helped to set up the first commercial fish farm of the country. I worked on training staff in all important steps of fish farming, created farm protocols and was in charge of the research programme of the farm. Further I assisted Koudijs in operating the first extrusion line of the country to ensure local feed production. 

After Ethiopia I worked for the Netherlands-African Business Council as Agribusiness Project Officer. Here I executed market research and projects for a number of agriculture related sectors such as: Poultry, Spices, vegetable seeds, Aquaculture and others. Further I organized trade missions to Uganda and Côte d'Ivoire.

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Organisation: Larive International
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