"Since doing volunteer work in Surinam, my goal has been to make a contribution to a more sustainable world. This was my motivation for taking the bachelor’s course in Aquatic Ecotechnology at HZ University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, specialising in water quality and water treatment. I concluded my bachelor’s with a research project into the potential for recovering valuable substances from the residual water after extracting protein from plant biomass. I then took a master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Energy and Materials at Utrecht University. During my master’s course I concentrated on quantitative analytical methods and modelling applied to sustainable fish production, and more specifically to the use of feed. For my thesis I carried out research into how trends in European fish farming have influenced the use of raw materials and the sustainability of alternative feed ingredients in the future.
Understanding the complex food chain and making it more sustainable is a fascinating challenge and I will be doing my part towards meeting that challenge as a consultant at Blonk Consultants. Besides my work at Blonk I’m a keen camper, walker, swimmer and diver."