Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Marieke started her career at the United Nations. For the next 10 years, she lived in all continents and worked in more than 50 countries, from Costa Rica to Vietnam. She returned to Wageningen University, leading a research team to analyse the impact of agrifood investments, working with the likes of Rabobank, Syngenta and Ahold Delhaize.

In 2014, she became director of AgriPlace, a software company simplifying compliance processes. Three years later blockchain matured and concluded it addressed key challenges in agrifood: data ownership and data integrity. Convinced that blockchain accelerates a more sustainable food system, she founded The New Fork in 2017. The New Fork helps agrifood companies work with new technologies like blockchain (web3).

In 2019, she started to build Open Food Chain which became a foundation in 2021. Open Food Chain helps entire industries to adopt Open Food Chain, a traceability solution that keeps costs low, is farm-friendly and extremely interoperable.