As a farmers' son I grew up between the pigs, the cows and the horses in the province of Noord-Brabant (NL). My key competence is transferring farmers´ needs into opportunities and solutions. Moreover, creating linkages between civil communities and the ‘countryside’ is also one of my activities.


I graduated from Wageningen University in the department of animal husbandry and have done, among others, an internship at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. For many years after my graduation, I have worked in the Feed sector, in the area of Sales and Marketing and especially in pig farming and later in dairy farming. I had several responsibilities such as the purchase of raw materials, marketing and sales, personnel and management at different cooperatives.


In the last few years I have implemented several projects in the field of manure, biomass valorization and the marketing of feedadditives in Eastern Europe like Hungary, the Baltic States, Ukraine and Georgia. But I´m also familiar with livestock production in Asia; in countries like Vietnam, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. Finally, I have gained a lot of experience in developing a marketing & sales department for a leading research institute and for a famous feed company.


Since 2016 I have been a partner of HollandDoor and have been working on projects in the area of Feed, Food and Farming, using my large agricultural network at home and abroad.


Ad Merks


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