The New Fork
Kirsten Coppoolse discovered blockchain by accident. After studying art history at the
The University of Amsterdam and working in art in various roles, she went back to the UvA
for a master’s in religious studies, with the aim of finding a way in which she could
contribute to creating a better world.
Kirsten found what she was looking for while working on a project for improving digital
human rights: blockchain technology. She immediately completely immersed herself in
the Dutch blockchain scene, co-founded a meetup and a blockchain start-up.
However, for Kirsten blockchain is a tool, not a goal. Her drive to use blockchain for
good led her to The New Fork. In her position as COO of The New Fork Kirsten aims to
achieve global food integrity by using blockchain technology.
Kirsten is passionate about facilitating the dialogue on how new technologies, like
blockchain, can improve agrifood systems. In 2019 the First edition of StrikeTwo,
organized by The New Fork took place. During StrikeTwo decision-makers in the
agrifood industry create roadmaps to work on industry-wide issues with blockchain
In 2021 Kirsten was recognized for her efforts in improving sustainability in the food
industry with blockchain technology with a nomination for de Duurzame Jonge 100, the
yearly list for the most influential young people in The Netherlands on improving
The food industry, in all its aspects, has been under increasing pressure to up its sustainability efforts. The huge footprint of meat production, worldwide transportation of fresh produce,...
- Henry Gordon-Smith - CEA - Agritecture
- Christine Gould - Founder and CEO - Thought For Food
- Guy Galonska - CTO - infarm
- Sharon Cittone - Founder & CEO - Edible Planet Ventures
- Eva Teekens - CIO, reNature; Investment Manager, Meraki Impact - reNature
- Mariana Vasconcelos - Founder and CEO - Agrosmart
- Kirsten Coppoolse - COO - The New Fork
- Nadine Bongaerts - Senior Scientist Molecular Biology - Gourmey