Frank Westerman

A Dutch writer and former journalist who studied tropical agricultural engineering at Wageningen University from which he obtained the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2005. As a journalist he worked for de Volkskrant in Belgrade and the NRC in Moscow. As an author his books have been translated to more than ten languages and won numerous awards such as de Gouden Uil.

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Arjen Van der Veen

Captain and Co-founder of the world’s first modern emission free shipping company which is based in the Netherlands.The company utilizes the power of great sailing ships that only use wind as a means of propulsion. The company has grown into what is now known as Fairtransport. It is the prime intention of Fairtransport to sail cargo emission free, with a focus on transporting special products which are organic, or crafted traditionally – such as Olive Oil, Wine and Rum. In addition, to raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution created by the modern shipping industry and affect positive change in the way goods are shipped around the world.


May Taherzadeh

A multi award-winning filmmaker who has directed films in over 15 countries across 6 continents. She is the co-founder of 'Inspire Courage for Change Foundation’ that creates films to inspire social action.Her latest short film, Mercy’s Blessing is set in an African village and is a story of selfless love and sacrifice in the midst of social injustice. It has won 12 international film awards, and is supported by UNICEF, UNFPA, and the European Union.The film is being used in over 100 countries worldwide to raise awareness about gender equality, education and to inspire social action. The film creates a space for meaningful discussions to take place; making us aware of our own social reality, recognizing our prejudices, our privileges, and the power of choice in creating change.”Mercy’s Blessing” was shot in Malawi where less 25% of girls finish primary school, less than 5% finish high school, and more than 50% of girls are child brides.

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Yohanes Sugihtononugroho

CEO at Crowde.Co , a financial platform for investors (public) to invest their money on small-scaled farmers and fishermen in Indonesia. To date, CROWDE has been able to attract about 22,000 investors and has raised over US$4 million to help 14,000 small farm holders. Listed in Forbes Asia 30 under 30.

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Martijn Kersten

Senior management consultant at Soul, a company that wants to change organisations radically. They want to enhance work ethic and create an environment of trust. Nowadays, we have created environments where competition has become dominant and people cannot flourish in these as indicated by the increasing numbers of burnouts. Soul inspires and stimulates the establishment of communities in order to grow and innovate.


Kris Devéria

(Winner of Pitch Night 2019 TEDx Wageningen University)
Co-founder of Renew- a young, Wageningen-based foundation that strives to support ecosystem restoration projects by enabling everyday people to get involved. Inspired by the work of John D. Liu, Renew is developing as an organisation which provides a variety of methods that allow people to reach greater opportunities to deal with the environmental and climatic issues we face today.


Mendelt Tillema

CEO & Co-Founder of UmaMeats and a recipient of Young Hero Award - Startup of 2018 (Wageningen Business Event). UmaMeats works on redefining taste by using future proof ingredients.A Wageningen alumni where he pursued Plant Sciences. During the major plant production systems as a student he was trained to find answers on how to feed the world in the future. During one of his excursions visits to a seaweed farm which he thought was a great idea. Growing good food while recycling lost nutrients without the need of land. Later he took over his family project which evolved into UmaMeats.


Barbara Oliveira

PhD, MBA, LLM, Registered Lawyer under the Brazilian Bar Association – São Paulo Section.

A professional mediator in socio-environmental conflict transformation. For the last 20 years, Barbara has been a leadership and trust developer, process designer and facilitator, change agent and host of meaningful conversations. Barbara is also an Integral Master CoachTM and a Thinking Environment FacilitatorTM, and a public speaker on various topics around being human in the 21st century, exuberant leadership, leading appreciative lives, cracking wicked problems, and collaboration.