Secretariat

A team of experienced consultants in the field of food, science and communications is responsible for the coordination of all activities and communication of Choices International.

Rutger Schilpzand

As Managing Director of Choices International, Rutger Schilpzand supports national healthy food choice initiatives, based on the Choices program, worldwide.  Rutger (1953) studied Human Nutrition at Wageningen University and has worked as a freelance science writer, a campaigner for OxfamNovib and for consumer organisations. As such, he was the initiator of the Clean Clothes (Schone Kleren) Foundation and member of the board of the Max Havelaar Foundation. Rutger Schilpzand is co-founder of the Ghana Schoolfeeding Programme that now serves 1,5 million meals daily to Ghanaian school kids. He has worked as a strategic consultant in nutrition at Schuttelaar & Partners, where he initiated two business units with 1M€ annual turnover. In 2005 he initiated the Future of Food seminars initiative, a series of international high level seminars about future developments in the global food system. Rutger is co-author of “De strategische Stakeholderdialoog”, the first study into experiences and expectations from business and with stakeholder dialogue in the Netherlands.

Sylvie van den Assum

Sylvie van den Assum is the Scientific Secretary of Choices International. She coordinates the science-based secretariat actions, supports the use and development of the international Choices criteria and takes care of the communication towards external stakeholders.

Sylvie graduated from Wageningen University in 2013 where she studied Nutrition and Health. For two years, Sylvie worked as a scientist at Danone Nutricia research in The Netherlands and Singapore, studying the effects of early life nutrition on growth and development. At Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam, NL), Sylvie has worked as Communication Officer for the Generation R study and was project manager for an international EU funded project. She was on the organizing committee of DOHaD 2017, a congress on the developmental origins of health and disease.

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