Louise Fresco

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Louise Fresco
Fresco Louise Foto Henk Thomas.jpg
Born (1952-02-11) 11 February 1952 (age 68)
Meppel, Netherlands
Alma materWageningen University

Louise Ottilie Fresco (born 11 February 1952 in Meppel) is a Dutch scientist and writer known for her work on globally sustainable food production.


Current academic positions[edit]

Professor Louise O. Fresco has been the President of the Wageningen University & Research Executive Board since 1 July 2014. Louise Fresco is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 2009,[1] a foreign member of the French Academy of Agriculture, a non-resident member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in Stockholm, a corresponding member of the Real Academia de Ingeniería in Madrid, a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities and a foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Class of Natural Sciences in Brussels. She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Academy of Science South Africa. She is a professor at Wageningen University and a corresponding member of Belgium's Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences.

Other current activities[edit]

As of April 2019 she is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of Syngenta, with special attention for scientific innovations for the purpose of healthy, sustainable food production. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, member of the editorial board of the literary journal De Gids, a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize and a member of the Council of Advisors of the Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food. She is also columnist at NRC Handelsblad and chair of the selectionboard of the Johannes van Dam Prize. She is also Board Member Foundation of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet Fund and member of the Ambassadors of the National Holocaust Museum (in development).



  • Bambusa (1990)
  • De kosmopolieten (2003)
  • De tuin van de sultan van Rome (2005)
  • De utopisten (2007)
  • De Idealisten (2018)
  • Hamburgers uit de moestuin(2019)


  • Schaduwdenkers & lichtzoekers (1998) (Huizingalezing)
  • Nieuwe spijswetten: over voedsel en verantwoordelijkheid (2006)
  • Het einde van de universiteit (volgens een rapport van de Universiteit van Oeloemia) (2007) (diesrede UvA)
  • Hamburgers in het paradijs : voedsel in tijden van schaarste en overvloed (2012)



  1. ^ "Louise Fresco" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 July 2015.

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