Frans Claassen is chair of the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) since 2012. He is also managing director of the Oils and Fats Industry Association (MVO) in the Netherlands since 2014. He was general manager of the MVO between 2006 and 2013 and chaired the Dutch task force for sustainable palm oil and the Dutch task force for sustainable soy. Prior to this position, he held various roles at the Dutch ministry of agriculture and ministry of foreign affairs. He notably worked as an agricultural councilor at the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, between 2000 and 2005, and was an agricultural attaché at the Dutch embassy in Beijing, China, between 1996 and 2000.