Dik van de Koolwijk (Nijmegen, 1979) studied development studies at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. In order to complete his master's thesis, he spent six months in Nicaragua, where he conducted a research work based upon the possible advantages and disadvantages of the approval of the free trade agreement with the United States.
In 2007, Dik worked as research assistant within the framework of the doctoral work of Dirk-Jan Koch: "Blind spots on the map of international aid. Discover the geography of civil society aid". Therefore he performed fieldwork analysing the presence or absence of international development organisations in the Republic of Central Africa.
Dik joint Agriterra in 2008. At the time he did the Advanced Master in Development Studies at the Radboud University. After successfully completing his academic degree, he continued working at the projects department of Agriterra. In May 2010 Dik decided to switch the city of Arnhem for a different environment so he moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In DRC he covered a post for the FOPAC (Federation of Agricultural Producers' Organisations of Congo) Nord Kivu in Goma, working as organisation consultant for the regional program Agriterra / PSO at the Great Lakes Region (Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda).
From September 2012, Dik is back in Agriterra Head office where he was business advisor. Per December 2016, Dik is trainer/advisor, and in this position responsible for coordinating and constantly improving our trainings modules and workshops.