Prior to joining Advance Consulting in 2018, Douwe worked in East and West Africa for 10 years. In 2007, he started his career in Cameroon where he supported rural communities in setting up community-owned water companies. After working in Cameroon, Douwe moved to Kampala with his family where he managed an international bakery chain with shops in Uganda and Rwanda. He played a key role in the company’s expansion to Kenya. In 2017 and 2018 Douwe worked with a Kenyan agricultural company supplying over 20,000 smallholder farmers with farm inputs on credit. Apart from his on-the-ground experience, he has gained valuable expertise in financial management, strategy development, business modelling and streamlining business operations through smart IT solutions.


Douwe is passionate about creating real and sustainable impact through business and entrepreneurship. His on the ground experience enables him to quickly analyse and understand the operational context and working environment of SMEs in developing countries. At Advance Consulting Douwe, focusses on clients based in (East) Africa. In addition, Douwe works for Advance Insight. Douwe studied Economics in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and is fluent in English and Dutch.

Douwe van Loenen

Business Consultant