Henk joint Tropenbos International in 2017 as programme coordinator of the programmes in Africa developed under the green livelihoods alliance and the EU funded project strengthening the capacity of non-state actors to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Western Africa.
Henk has a passion for Africa and has lived and worked in a number of countries throughout Africa since the early 1980s.
Trained in tropical soil science, agronomy and agricultural engineering Henk started his career in agriculture extension and gradually made the transition to forests, integrating forests as part of rural development nexus, working at the fringe of agriculture and forests. Since the mid-1990s Henk has worked in the forests of the Central Africa Region with civil society, governments and local communities.
Driven by a keen purpose to contribute to transformational change Henk has developed a strong interest in forest governance and integrated REDD+ programs, land-use and multisector planning processes.