Peter Akkerman

Peter Akkerman (1993) is one of the writers of the National Environmental Program. He has a background in diplomacy and security issues. After starting his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he transitioned to sustainability. While peace and security are important, a livable Earth is the prerequisite.

Addressing biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, and environmental pollution are the challenges of our time, and Peter is passionately dedicated to tackling them. He enjoys working with young people and is the founder of the Youth Environmental Council, chairman of the foundation “Bos dat van zichzelf is” (Forest that Owns Itself), and the creator of Serendicity, an app for greening cities (currently in development).

Additionally, he is one of the organizers of the Symposium 50 Years of Environmental Policy (2021) and the National Environmental Day 2022 – Limits to Growth. Peter is also a creative individual with thousands of ideas, an enthusiast of meaningful conversations, a history buff, and an animal lover with a deep affection for nature.

Gerrien Anbeek

Professional background

Gerrien’s contribution to the SDG goals of gender equality, poverty reduction and innovation shows through her board position at the VVAO, an association for higher educated women that promotes empowerment, and as a member of the committee Broad Welfare of VNO-NCW. Her entire working life has been in international business; as a trainee at Rabobank, global director and expat at KPMG Consulting, and associate director at EY.  As an interim director at global corporates, she supervises leadership development, digital transformation of HR and cultural changes in organizations. Gerrien has been a non-executive director on foundations and social enterprises in the charitable and semi-public sector for over 10 years.

Personal motto 

“A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” – Angela Merkel

Meindert Brouwer

Meindert Brouwer (1951) is an independent communication advisor, writer, and publisher. He specializes in the conservation and sustainable use of nature, especially forests. Previously, he worked at KPMG Accountants & Consultants and at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Brouwer authored the books “Amazon Your Business,” the first guide to sustainable products from the rainforests of the Amazon; “The Ecosystem Promise” about the economic value of nature conservation with examples from around the world, and “Central African Forests Forever” on opportunities and solutions for the conservation and sustainable use of the Congo Basin rainforest. Brouwer sees social equality and economic justice as necessary conditions for a sustainable world.

Personal Motto:

There are always opportunities.

Teresa Fogelberg

Teresa Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is also board member at CordaidWWF Netherlands and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Professional background
Teresa Fogelberg is an expert on the subject of women and development. She is former Chief Reviewer of the Gender and Diversity Programme of the CGIAR at the World Bank, and Associate Professor in Anthropology at Leiden University. She also held the position of executive assistant to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. She has also held the role of Chair of the OECD Expert Group on Women and Development. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs she was head of the Research department, head of the Women and Development department, and thematic specialist on women and development at the Dutch embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Personal motto
Be touched by compassion: indifference is dangerous.

Jan Pronk

The UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro was considered by many as a clarion call. The Cold War had ended, and henceforth, the global focus would be on combating poverty linked to environmental protection. I had the privilege of attending that conference and was impressed by the renewed enthusiasm, both among politicians and the youth.

New initiatives were emerging everywhere, and one of them was the drafting of the Earth Charter, a groundbreaking and inspiring document outlining principles to guide our actions as citizens of the Earth.

I was tangentially involved in the Earth Charter initiative, first in my roles as Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for the Environment, and later when I had the opportunity to teach at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where the office of Earth Charter International is located. Ruud Lubbers was the driving force behind the Charter, both internationally and in the Netherlands. When he passed away, I wholeheartedly took over the chairmanship of Earth Charter Netherlands, not only as one of his former friends and comrades but also as a friend of Earth Charter Netherlands.

See Jan Pronk’s contributions to the dialogue series in collaboration with the Worldconnectors on Climate Action (July 7, 2020) and on Migration and Refugees (Migratie en Vluchtelingen) (March 9, 2021). A compelling podcast from Earth Charter International features a conversation between director Mirian Vilela and Jan Pronk discussing his key moments in the UN and international politics, available here (podcast van Earth Charter International). A series of three podcasts about Jan Pronk’s political ideals and positive actions was released in September 2021 by the Correspondent. You can listen to it here (hier te beluisteren.)