Our team in Kenya and the Netherlands

We believe in local presence. Our core team members are based in the Netherlands, Kenya and Ivory Coast.  

Our story

Our core team knows each other through working in East & West Africa. In different projects, we had the opportunity to work together and to get to know each other personally and professionally. Based on our international experiences we have observed the demand in East & West Africa for grant writing.

Our team is made of thinkers, strategists and leaders with fast and hands-on solutions. Combined we have 30 years of working experience in Africa. All of us have working experience with sales. 

Core team

Sijmen Weesie

CEO & Senior Consultant of Scaling International. 6 years of fundraising experience for African companies. Raised 7M$ Equity and 2 M$ Grant funding for various organisations. Participated in the Dutch Young Expert Programme. With extensive industry experience in scaling up & fundraising initiatives within Africa, especially in fundraising, grant writing, strategic advise, and e-commerce.  Multi-cultural & Africa expert, experienced in forming strategic international partnerships.

Néné Barry

In addition to her position at Witteveen + Bos, Néné Barry operates as business advisor at Scaling International. Seasoned through her work experiences in Africa and the Netherlands, she is specialised in maximising succes in the African market. With a record of managing international teams in driving strategic growth.

Erik Grunther

The co-founder of Scaling International. The West African specialist of Scaling International, with over 10 years of commercial experience in Africa, China and France. Erik has experience in Energy project project management, the establishment of efficient teams, and management of international large-scale projects and commercial developments.

Niels Van Den Bosch

With a professional background in agriculture and socio-economic research, Niels has worked across Africa. Predominantly on market analysis, business strategies and commercialization. Most recently he worked in Nigeria for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture where he conducted an in-depth study on scaling-up a biocontrol product that reduces aflatoxin-contamination.

Tim Jan Huldman

Senior consultant. With commercial fundraising experience in Ghana and Indonesia, he is currently based in the Netherlands. He is an expert in supporting in international development projects to improve current processes, and knows how grants match the needs of a company. Enthusiastic for access to sustainable agriculture, social impact, and efficiency.

Kingsley Stephen Owino

With extended experience in the field of pay-go energy and WASH product distribution. In addition to his role as head of operations for Azuri technologies and RUH solar, he has vast experience in customer support, warehouse management, and field operations. Professional background in Economics.