Chief Financial and Risk Officer
Farm to Market Alliance
Ben Valk is Chief Finance and Risk Officer of the Farm to Market Alliance. Ben was one of the initiators and early promotors of the initiative in 2016 and 2017. Ben assumed his current position when the FtMA Leadership Team was formed in October 2017. Ben previously served as Head Food and Agri Partnerships for Rabobank. In this capacity, Ben advocated Rabobank’s Banking for Food Strategy in international networks, notably the World Economic Forum, UN and World Bank networks, in which context he organised Rabobank’s highest level client and strategy development events. Ben headed Rabobank’s Multilateral Development Banking team in 2012 – 2014, a team with both a development and commercial target. From 2006 – 2011 he was Regional Manager for Rabo Development in Asia and South America, serving a variety of rural banks with strategy planning, capacity building and project management in countries as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil and Egypt and in West Africa. Before that, Ben served for 10 years in various senior management functions in the domestic banking network of Rabobank, a.o. as Director Corporate Banking for Rabobank Arnhem and as Adjunct Regional Director.