Dennis Kerkhoven

Professional background

Dennis is one of the founding partners of YesAndMore, a Special Purpose Impact Vehicle for regenerative regions, cases for change, and corporates. They work towards “markets fit for purpose” and “thriving societies” through a “trusted space.” Dennis, as an entrepreneur, executive, investor, and philanthropist, has a broad background in the corporate world, governments, knowledge institutions, citizen movements, and financial institutions.

In addition to his work at YesAndMore, he guides boards of directors, supervisory boards, and shareholders through conflicts and complex situations from the standpoint of good governance. He is a guest lecturer at institutions like Nyenrode and chairman of the foundation 0.0. He coordinates the alliance for SDG 16.

Personal motto

Nature only knows optimized abundance.

Werner Schouten

Professional Background

Until October 2021, Werner Schouten served as the chairman of the Youth Climate Movement. In this role, he represented the voices of over 100,000 young people, students, and young professionals in the realm of climate policy within politics and the business sector. Werner sees sustainability as an opportunity to build bridges, transcending social divides and bridging generational gaps, with the aim of collectively working towards a thriving future with harmony between people, the environment, and prosperity. Additionally, as the owner of the startup Carbon Clarity, he assists organizations in making their operations more sustainable.

Personal Motto

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.”

Rowan Hordijk

Rowan is the director of innovation & re-skilling company Circles of Future Skills, a B Corp organization that ensures radical innovation in organizations by teaching professionals and leaders the mind & skillset of the future.

Professional background

His ‘work-and-learn’ model is called an ‘Impact Circle.’ With this, he combines real organizational results with teaching new skills to teams and leaders. This ensures that workers are not only the best in the world but also for the world. For example, he assisted Dopper in their mission to become carbon neutral by 2030. Watch his story

Personal motto

Show character, learn future skills, and deliver your purpose.

Marleen Selten

Professional background

As the daughter of a climate scientist, Marleen Selten learned at a young age about the effects of our contemporary actions on our environment. After winning the Young Entrepreneurs Zuyd Award in 2017 with a healthy fast-food concept, Marleen decided to pursue a master’s degree at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. During her master’s, she was active in various network organizations, including Female Ventures, an organization that provides a platform for female (social) entrepreneurs. She also conducted research at Philips on making social impact measurable. After completing her master’s, she decided to dedicate her professional career to making businesses more sustainable. This is reflected in her current role at Schiphol, where she works as a link between strategy and operations to implement the airport’s sustainability targets (zero waste by 2030, zero emissions by 2030). In addition to her work at Schiphol, Marleen is actively involved as the chairperson on the board of Young & Fair, an organization that raises awareness about sustainability and fair trade through guest lectures in high schools and annual festivals.

Personal motto

A goal without a plan is only a wish

Simone Filippini

Professional Background

Simone Filippini is a former senior Dutch diplomat. Among others, she served as Head of the Gender and Women Rights department in the Netherlands MFA, Consul-General for the Southeastern US and Dutch Caribbean, and Dutch Ambassador to North Macedonia. In 2013 she became CEO of one of the largest Dutch humanitarian and development organizations Cordaid after which she served as interim ED of NIMD, the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. In December 2018 Simone established the not-4-profit Leadership4SDGs Foundation which aims at capacitating and empowering government leadership to lead and drive achieving the SDGs.

Simone has been engaged in multiple voluntary functions and roles, including as the elected International Secretary of the National Board of Dutch political party D66, President of the Skopje International School, Board member of the CIDSE – together for Global Justice and of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). At present a.o. she is a member of the World Government Summit Dubai Global Council on SDG16, President of the UN Association for the Netherlands (UNANL), Member of the International Advisory Board of the Athena Management School in Mumbai, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands-African Business Council, President of the D66 local Chapter in her city of residence, and a regular contributor to Horasis. Mrs. Filippini is also a strategic adviser, communication expert, accomplished speaker (ZijSpreekt and Bookingworldspeakers.com), and facilitator.

Personal motto

If nothing is ventured, nothing is gained

Annemarie van Geel

Annemarie van Geel is an Arabist, anthropologist, and religious scholar. Her expertise lies in the areas of women’s rights, art & culture, and religion. As an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion from an expert and sharp, yet empathetic, engaged, and curious perspective.

Professional Background

Annemarie earned her doctorate in religious studies from Radboud University Nijmegen with her dissertation “‘For Women Only’: Gender Segregation, Islam, and Modernity in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.” She holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s in Social Science from University College Utrecht. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. She is fluent in Arabic. In 2020, her book “Hakken in het zand: Saoedische vrouwen over hun levens” was published, featuring stories of Saudi women covering all aspects of their lives, dreams, and challenges. Simultaneously, the reader gains accessible insights into the country, its society, culture, religion, and politics (Prometheus Publishers). Annemarie is a Member of the Supervisory Board of the National Museum of Antiquities and an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow in cross-cultural and inter-religious leadership & dialogue.

Personal Motto

Let curiosity be your compass.

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Diederic van der Wijk

Diederick is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Forward Incubator, a foundation that assists entrepreneurs with a refugee background in starting businesses. Since 2021, he is also the founder of Maratan, the Netherlands’ first HR agency for refugee newcomers.

Professional Background

Diederick holds a master’s degree in International Relations (UvA) and International Management (Erasmus University) and enjoys working within international teams. Through various startups, he developed his interest in entrepreneurship, business, and advising startups in different sectors. Within Refugees Forward, he finds his passion in coaching entrepreneurs and building a team and organization.

Personal Motto

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Ralien Bekkers

Professional Background

After two years serving as the Dutch Youth Representative for Sustainable Development to the UN, from Rio+20 to COP20, Ralien Bekkers moved to the United States for a master’s program at Yale University. There, she worked on the agreement and implementation phase of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including at the office of the UN Secretary-General. Currently residing in Washington, Ralien works with an international coalition for the implementation of the Paris Agreement: NDC Partnership (ndcpartnership.org). From 2019-2021, the Netherlands co-chairs this coalition. Ralien collaborates with developing countries to accelerate the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), mobilize necessary financing, and enhance international ambition to implement climate actions in alignment with the SDGs.

Personal Motto 

“The greatest gift that life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Imad el Fadili

Professional background

Imad has worked as an adviser in different private and public agencies (a.o. Deloitte) in the financial field. For the past three years, Imad has focused on the world of Islamic Finance and more specifically, Islamic social finance. This is a discipline that implements innovative and sustainable solutions for present-day challenges (e.g. debt issues and poverty reduction).

Personal motto 

”Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”
This quote includes two core values that are central in Imad’s life, humility and determination.

Bauke Post

Professional Background

Bauke Post is a high school student in The Hague. During and after school hours, he enthusiastically engages in public speaking and youth participation—raising his voice and giving others a platform to do the same. This passion aligns well with his work for the National Youth Council, where he, along with a motivated group of students, conducts guest lectures for young people and contributes to SDG projects. They actively and inclusively discuss current and challenging issues such as privacy and polarization with young people. The insights gathered by the NJR youth representatives are expressed at the UN. Recognizing the value of diversity in age, perspectives, and background, they aim for more enriching conversations and decisions.

Personal motto

”Open your mind before you open your mouth.”
– Aristophanes