April 2016… after an amazing two years and a half in Ayacucho I say good-bye, with pain in my heart, to my wonderful colleagues from Solid Peru. I made one last joke about my new job in Belgium: I was going to work for Antwerp’s diamond sector (“diamant”), not that big a difference, because only one letter is different from “Diamanta”. After two interesting years in the diamond sector, I ended up in the insurance sector again (those 10 years at Vanbreda keep on haunting me…). Soon I realized this was not quite what I was looking for… I wanted a more meaningful job again. One day, as a gift from heaven, Lyn contacted me… if I wasn’t interested to work for Solid Food… and a few weeks later the knot was already cut.
I’m very glad that I’m allowed to contribute to the further expansion of Solid Food, a company with a lot of potential and great ambitions. I’m going to concentrate on the further commercial expansion, but also –together with Laura- work in the field of logistics, planning, etc. Yet I notice that the underlying goal, that is giving the farmers in Ayacucho a fair income, is very motivating for me.
For sure you’ll get to know me better in the coming period. But here I give you already a few ‘DYKs’.
· In Peru one of my hobbies was adding fun but unknown touristic places on Google Maps. Of course I recently put “Solid Food Europe” also literally on the map.
· I have an amazing wife who I met on the plane somewhere between Guinea and Morocco. We have three talented children who are very sporty. This means that we often play a taxi to go to football, basketball or athletics.
· I also try to exercise a bit myself: once a week suffering well through squash and every month we organize a beautiful hike with some friends.
· Now that I’ll be back in Peru every now and then, I’m going to try to make the adventurous trip with Peter to the “Catarata las Tres Hermanas”, a fairly unknown but yet the third highest waterfall in the world(!), in the selva of Peru.
· I try to kick out biscuits, chips, etc. To keep it tolerable, I only eat sweets in the weekend… so don’t try to tempt me with too many goodies when I’m in Ghent…