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Our mission is to support organizations in their trade and sustainability journeys. At Hyacint Consult, we guide our clients in global trade and sustainable supply chains, towards meeting economic goals, whilst living up to (ESG-related) responsibilities and expectations as a corporate citizen.

The Brussels-based boutique advisory Hyacint Consult was founded in 2019 by Famke Schaap to provide trade and sustainability expertise in global value chains. Besides a focus on global trade, she brings a core expertise in guiding business and other actors in sustainability due diligence, from policy to practice. 

Sector experience includes: minerals including automotive, electronics, industrial components, agri-sector including palm oil, cocoa, cotton used in the textiles and garments sector.

Part of the mission of Hyacint Consult is that each client journey is developed to support business and societal impact: combining economic goals, whilst ensuring that sustainability-related responsibilities as a corporate citizen are met.

Building on numerous client assignments in the EU and emerging markets, Hyacint Consult offers strong network and (local) expertise in global and emerging markets, including EU, US, China, Eastern Europe, CIS-countries, (South-East ) Asia, and wider Africa.

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Guiding a team of junior consultants and linked to a solid network of local consultants in source countries, Famke brings +15 years experience in working with all stakeholders across supply chains, from business to governments, international organisations and societal players.

Before starting her boutique advisory, Famke worked as Director at Deloitte Belgium Global Trade from 206-2019 (cooperating closely with Risk Sustainability teams), and at UN/WTO ITC (2010-2014) as business and private sector development expert. Prior to that, from 2006-2010, she served as EU/WTO trade diplomat with Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Trade expert with CBI/RVO Netherlands


Hyacint Consult brings together a team of highly dynamic, diverse and professional partners and associate experts. 

Our experts
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Founder and Partner

Founding partner of Hyacint Consult, Famke brings 15 years of experience in trade and sustainability in global value chains. She worked on numerous corporate client assignments, guiding responsible value chains in global supply chains, as well as global trade and market access related. Sector expertise includes minerals, agriculture and textiles sectors.


From 2017 onwards, she advised companies on sustainability due diligence and responsible sourcing, from policy and strategy to implementation including ESG risk identification, assessment and addressing. Her expertise includes translating (EU, US, OECD) legislative requirements and/or voluntary (OECD, UNGP) standards and industry standards into business policy and strategy, and guiding actual implementation.



Besides the EU focus, her geographical experience includes 10 years working in emerging markets and developing countries (East, South, West Africa, South-East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe). Sector expertise includes minerals, agriculture and textiles sectors.

Prior to founding Hyacint Consult, she served as Director at Deloitte Belgium (2016-2019), working primarily on Risk / Sustainability assignments, trade-related impact assessments for the European Commission, Global Trade management work. Until 2013, Famke worked as Business & Trade Policy adviser at UN/WTO agency International Trade Centre, guiding and training Governments and private sector in emerging markets on sustainable (agriculture) development and business competitiveness (incl East and West Africa, SE Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe).

Famke is experienced in stakeholder engagement and facilitator. She has written numerous studies and conducted a wide range of research projects on the role of business in global trade and society. 

Famke is Brussels-based, and enjoys a thriving social life in the city, including a good jazz bar, whilst occasionally going for a camping weekend, a hike or cross-country excursion in the mountains.

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ESG Experts, Sustainability Consultants, Program Managers

Specifically for your projects, we propose the right consultants at the right time.

They all bring key experience in trade matters with and sourcing from emerging markets, and a local perspective and network, such as in Africa, SE Asia, Eastern Europe. Depending on the assignment, Hyacint Consult will propose experts with relevant skills and expertise, including in the field of trade (policy), human rights and environmental Due Diligence to support an upstream perspective on global supply chains. 

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