Karin van Boxtel

Interim director • Land governance • Africa

My goal is to create more and more space for promising initiatives around the world: from farmers exchanging their own seeds in Indonesia, to women setting up food forests in Costa Rica and communities expressing their own vision on water management in Kenya. That's where the future lies.


In times of a climate crisis, a polluting food system and growing insecurity for people who stand up for their rights, these initiatives offer solutions. This means stopping the kind of financing and trading that prevents these initiatives from growing. And it also means sending the money in the right direction and revising the trade model, which will give many sustainable practices a strong boost. I believe that the Netherlands, as a trading country, one of the most competitive economies and with the largest negative footprint in Europe, has a role to play in this and can do so.


As interim director, I want to put these dynamics clearly on the map, together with the network of partner organisations and an extremely passionate Both ENDS team.


About Karin:

Karin, with a background in International Development Studies and experience in Senegal, Burundi and Cameroon, started at Both ENDS in 2015 on sustainable land use and management. Shortly afterwards, she became project leader of the Fair, Green and Global programme, with which she also broadened her focus to public financing and fair trade, often in relation to the food system. Karin is also active in funder networks and closely follows political and policy developments in The Hague. She has applied for the position as interim director because she gets energy from seeing talented people in the team grow, setting strategic lines and visions, networking and entering into collaborations, and making our Both ENDS story land with the right people.


Growing up on a farm, agriculture and food are not only a professional thread in Karin's life. She enjoys vegetable gardening, being involved in local food initiatives, cooking and enjoying food. Living on the edge of the Veluwe, she can often be found in the woods with her dog.

Karin van Boxtel