A new chapter: MetaMeta joins the GOPA Consulting Group for global impact in water and climate solutions


We are pleased to announce that as of March 2024 MetaMeta joins the GOPA Group, one of Europe’s largest providers of international development services. It will become part of GOPA AFC headquartered in Bonn, Germany. MetaMeta brings in more than 20 years of international water and climate expertise complementing GOPA AFC’s global experience in agriculture and financial sector development. This significant move further strengthens the portfolio of the GOPA Consulting Group and strongly aligns with GOPA AFC's ongoing growth and unwavering commitment to top-tier service over 50 years.

Based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, MetaMeta is a thought leader in many dimensions of water, agriculture, environment and green infrastructure. Its service offering combines research, innovation, policy development and programme implementation. MetaMeta has a dynamic team of 40 staff with offices in several countries, including its branch offices in Ethiopia and Yemen.

The synergies and complementarities between MetaMeta and GOPA AFC provide a great opportunity to consolidate our presence and sharpen our positioning in the integrated areas of water, climate and agriculture.

As part of this transition Marc van der Stouwe takes over the role of Managing Director of MetaMeta. Until December 2023, Marc was the Managing Director of Mott MacDonald Euroconsult and Global Sector Leader International Development for the global Mott MacDonald Group. We wish Marc success in his new role.

We are also pleased to announce that Frank van Steenbergen, the founder and owner of MetaMeta, who has led MetaMeta to become the strong and internationally recognized organisation it is today, will continue to be fully involved in MetaMeta’s work in the coming years.

“We are very happy with this development – it makes it possible to make a difference in water and climate at a large canvas, which is so much needed. We are happy to continue the journey for impact as part of GOPA” – Frank van Steenbergen.

"We are delighted that MetaMeta is joining GOPA AFC and the GOPA Consulting Group. The contribution of the excellent expertise and thought leadership will foster growth under the new ownership, enabling greater success and impact for the beneficiaries we serve", states Marc van der Stouwe, who was appointed Managing Director of MetaMeta.

“MetaMeta adds a new technical domain to GOPA AFC, complementing its work in the agriculture and food sectors, and giving water and climate sector expertise a more central place within that. The incorporation of MetaMeta also aligns perfectly with the recent establishment of the GOPA Group US in Washington D.C. As a result of this strategic alliance, our services can now be extended to agencies in the USA.”, says Johannes Buschmeier, CEO of GOPA AFC and Co-Director of MetaMeta.

Looking ahead, we're confident that this new chapter for MetaMeta and GOPA AFC will significantly strengthen our ability to address global and local challenges in water and climate. These challenges require concentrated, dedicated efforts and practical solutions, which have always been MetaMeta's hallmark. Together, we look forward to shaping a resilient and sustainable future. As we join forces, under the umbrella of the GOPA Group, we remain focused on our mission to address global and local challenges with innovative and practical solutions. We look forward to this new exciting journey.

More information about GOPA:

GOPA CONSULTING GROUP is a multi-disciplinary group of consulting and engineering companies dedicated to implementing sustainable projects for a better world. At the core of our mission lies collaboration, trust, and social impact. We firmly believe that innovation, technology, and a deep commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion are the basics of our entrepreneurial approach.

For nearly 60 years, we have been helping our clients to see the world as interconnected, formulating strategies, building partnerships, interacting with people, and implementing programs that have a lasting social and financial impact. Our network comprises more than 850 staff members in six core companies and more than 7300 experts worldwide are currently working in over 1,000 ongoing projects.
At GOPA CONSULTING GROUP, we believe that by working together across borders, across sectors, and across cultures, we can build a better world for everyone.


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