Dr. Sjaak (J.) Wolfert studied Plant Science with a specialization in Crop Ecophysiology at Wageningen University. From the same university he received a Ph.D. degree in 2002 on his dissertation ‘Sustainable agriculture: how to make it work? - a modeling approach to support management of a mixed ecological farm’
Since 2001, he is working as a senior scientist at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) in The Hague. His main research areas are systems analysis, information management & ICT and sustainable development. He was involved as researcher and coordinator in several national, international and EU-funded projects. Since 2009 he is also part-time affiliated as assistant professor to the Information Technology Group of Wageningen University, mainly involved in teaching and supervising students.
Till July 2009 he was president of the European Federation of ICT in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA); till 2010 he was also president of its Dutch national member organization (VIAS).
Sjaak is a visionary and is challenged by large complex problems that need a science-based solution in which human, organizational aspects must be combined with technical aspects.
Specialties: systems analysis; service oriented architecture; information and communication technology (ICT); information management; business process modelling; sustainable agriculture; living labs; open innovation; innovation management