Gert-Jan van den Akker
Agricultural Supply Chain
Gert-Jan ("GJ”) van den Akker is responsible for strategy and execution for Cargill’s agricultural supply chain businesses.
He joined Cargill in 1987 in Amsterdam and held a number of positions across Cargill’s agricultural supply chain businesses, including roles with palm oil byproducts in Kuala Lumpur, domestic grain markets in Tokyo, and corn and soybeans in Geneva.
Van den Akker also has held leadership roles in Cargill’s energy, transportation and metals businesses. He was managing director of the worldwide ocean transportation business from 2007 to 2011.
In 2013, van den Akker left Cargill to become senior head of global regions at Louis Dreyfus, a privately owned food and agriculture company. He was a member of Dreyfus’ senior leadership team, a member of the Dreyfus risk committee and leader of business development in the grain and oilseed sector. He re-joined Cargill in December 2015.
He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam.