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Robert van Buchem
Consultant , interim, for International profit and non-profit organizations
Bogor, Indonesia
Driven, and motivated agricultural economist, with 25+ yrs experience in senior management positions in various developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America. With hands-on project and business experience (incl. budget planning, budgeting, execution, fundraising, etc). Effective communicator and coordinator between various, and multi-cultural stakeholders.
Consultant, part- or full time
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
Professional Experience:
2018 - Today:
Organization: CV Petani Bersama and Ministry of Agriculture in Indonesia
Position: Lead Consultant for Public Private Partnership project West Java in Indonesia.
The project concerns micro-credit for small holder farmers for greenhouses. Mainly concerning horticulture products in the area of West Java (Indonesia). It is a pilot project which is intended to be extended to other areas within the country.
My main activities within the project;
- Define final project scope
- Make project feasibility study
- Make Financial budget proposal
- Manage and maintain relationships with all involved stakeholders
- Manage, coordinate and supervise the start-up phase of the project.

2006 - 2018: PT Q-Spicing, Indonesia
Position: Managing Director and founding partner.
This company was particularly focused on the growing and processing of Indonesian spice products. In our supply chain we cooperated very much with farmer groups and cooperatives. In order to optimize the quality and supply guarantee of our products we developed various training and certification projects in cooperation with various NGO's and organizations like Cordaid, IDH, SwissContact, Rabobank, Rainforest Alliance, Dutch Government, etc. These projects concerned mainly training and certification in areas like Good Agricultural Practices, ISO certifications, yield optimization, Organic Certification, Sustainability Certification, Quality Management, etc.
Company revenue: $10 million
Number of employees: 120 FTE
Number of cooperating farmers: 1.200
The company has been successfully divested in 2018 to PT Haldin Naturals.

Period: 2014 - 2018:
Company: PT Spice Care Indonesia
Position: Managing Director and founding partner
Spice company specialized in high tech processing of spices and agricultural products.
Revenue: $2.5 million / yr
Reason of termination: I divested the company in 2018

Period: 2003 - 2006:
Company: Royal Numico / Danone (Indonesia)
Activities: Manufacturer of infant nutrition.
Position: Procurement and sourcing manager

Period: 1999 - 2003:
Company: Royal Numico (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Activities: Manufacturer of infant nutrition, medical nutrition, and food supplements.

Period: 1997 - 1999:
Organization: Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations.
Placement: Dar es Salam, Tanzania
Market development and price monitoring of white maize and building of community- and communication building of the market stakeholders.

Main areas of experience:
- Strategic organization management
- Business establishment and development
- Management of different ethnicities and cultures.
- Community development
- Management of NGO's
- Project management and implementation (incl. budgeting, controlling, supervision, HR activities, project evaluation and reporting to the organization management, fund contributors and other stakeholders.
- Emergency aid management and coordination (incl. planning, financial control, and
M.Sc. Agricultural Economics
University of Reading (United Kingdom)

B.Sc. International Agricultural Trade
University of Larenstein Deventer (The Netherlands)
Affiliations and Achievements:
Period: 2012 - 2015
Organization: Indonesian- Dutch Association (INA)
Position: Chairman of the Agricultural and Food Committee.
This is a non-governmental organization which dealt with supporting informing and lobbying of the various stakeholders in the agricultural and food industry (e.g. like investors, government organizations, embassies, etc.) with as objective to improve and facilitate the investment conditions.

1997 Tsunami Releave Work in North Sumatra.
Position: Sector Leader (Volontary work)
With a local releave organizatiion we provided first aid help to the areas which were hit by the tsunami which struck Sumatra and many countries in the region.

1994: Internship at United Brands International, Panama.
- Assistant plantation manager Chanquinola
- Leader of 'Plant Disease Control Group'

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Spanish, English, Spanish, German, Bahasa indonesian, Dutch
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