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Nicole Kalkman

Nicole Kalkman

Young Expert at Biota Nutri B.V. - Uganda
YEP period 2022 - 2024, batch 25

YEP Role

Role: Country Director Uganda

In my YEP role, I act as the Country Director Uganda for Biota Nutri, a young and enthusiastic company that produces sustainable, organic fertilisers which contribute to improving the yield of growers worldwide.

Biota currently has 17 staff members and continues to grow each year. Biota’s vision is a world in which circular, organic growing is accessible to all for the benefit of people and the planet. Biota’s mission is to develop and use 100% circular methods for the production of organic fertilisers from plant residual streams. We provide growers with products and knowledge to adopt sustainable practices, while optimising their yield, maximising their product quality, and regenerating their soils.

The core activities of Biota are the development, production and trade of organic fertilisers. Soon, it plans to make these fertilisers solely from locally available waste streams from the agriculture and horticulture sector, and in this way make these sectors more circular, with the lowest possible footprint. Uganda will be Biota’s first local-for-local production site on the African contintent.

My YEP role includes:

  • Set up a business plan for a local production site of our organic fertilisers
  • Manage the pilot R&D and production project funded by the Dutch Government (DHI Investering voorbereidingsstudie)
  • Manage all in-country partnerships (in R&D, suppliers, buyers and prospect buyers)
  • Write funding proposals
  • Hiring and managing a small support team
  • Handle all financial and legal issues with third parties

Skills

  • Business development
  • Project planning, organisation, and coordination
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Fundraising and proposal writing
  • Partnership relations
  • Intercultural communication
  • Multi-stakeholder networking

Background

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Education:
    • Masters African Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
    • Bachelor Politicologie, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Experience before YEP

  • Grants Programme Manager at Biota Nutri
  • Project officer at NGO Fontes Foundation Uganda
  • Fundraising and Partnership Manager at South African literacy development charity help2read
  • Intern at Ashoka UK
  • Intern at Save the Children
  • Intern at HIMS, grassroots Tanzanian health charity
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Organisation: Biota Nutri B.V.
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