Laure Heilbron

Laure Heilbron is the commercial director of the Social Impact Factory. The core mission of the Social Impact Factory is to create social entrepreneurial solutions for social challenges. Solutions are co-created with social entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and other local stakeholders. We strive to create entrepreneurial solutions for social challenges that create impact for communities and are financially sustainable.

Professional background

Laure is co-initiator of De Partnership Verkiezing, a competition to find the best business case for international development. He worked as a strategy consultant for A.T. Kearney en NewForesight. As the Executive Director of the Organic Cotton Accelerator he worked on fostering industry-wide collaboration to create a prosperous cotton sector that benefits everyone, from farmer to consumer.

Laure holds an MSc in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics and an MSc in International Development Studies from Utrecht University. He is also Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action, a global network committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship.

 Personal motto
“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen” – Desiderius Erasmus

Rosalie de Bruijn

Rosalie de Bruijn is a member of the Worldconnectors board and program and community manager with a passion for sustainable development. She is owner at Sustainable Connections, community manager at MVO Nederland and member of the Young Club of Rome.

Professional background
Rosalie has obtained an Advanced Master in International Development (AMID) from the Radbound University Nijmegen, a Master in Social Geography fron the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a bachelor in the Cultural Anthropology of Development Sociology from the University of Leiden. She has worked with Cordaid, the University of Leiden and the UvA. From 2012 she has worked at NCDO and in this capacity coordinated the Dutch preparation to Rio+20, the UN summit on Sustainable Development, the international sustainability network Earth Charter and several lectures and events. Rosalie was program maker at Oneworld – the largest journalistic platform in the Netherlands in the field of global connectedness and sustainability. Through programs (online platform, events and campaigns), she made complex societal issues accessible for a wider public.

Personal motto
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Lena Euwens

Lena Euwens got inspired by Tom Crowther’s recent research and thesis that there is space to plant “1 trillion trees” on earth. By protecting forests and planting billions of trees, we can slow down global warming and inhibit the loss of biodiversity. Many countries around the world have already picked up the glove, but time is pressing. Together with the Worldconnectors and international experts, Lena examines how we can help accelerate this process and whether the business community is willing to play a leading role.

Professional background

In recent years, Lena Euwens was director of Trees for All, a foundation that plants trees in the Netherlands and the tropics and she was chair of ‘De gezonde Stad”, a foundation dedicated to a green and circular Amsterdam.

She studied Cultural Psychology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, She worked for almost 10 years as program and change manager at KPN Telecom. She quit the corporate world when she heard that her beloved Hortus Botanicus in the center of Amsterdam was threatened to be closed. After the successful rescue, she worked for some years as interim manager, among others for IUCN NL.

Jannet Vaessen

Jannet Vaessen is the managing director of women’s platform WOMEN Inc. She is involved in a wide range of women’s networks and feels connected to women of different generations, ethnical backgrounds and disciplines, as well as with their aspirations for change.

Professional background
Jannet Vaessen previously worked as project manager at the Cultuurfabriek (Culture Factory), as well as an independent entrepreneur, programmer, director and floormanager. Before this she was director of the Dutch TV broadcasting companies VPRO, Humanitische Omroep, RTL 5, IDTV and Teleac NOT. She holds a degree in Contemporary History of Mentalities and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Personal motto
Everyone can initiate a movement. Small moves, big changes. Let’s connect all strategies to create change!!

Alide Roerink

Alide Roerink is actively involved in the global initiative Earth Charter, as a member of the Earth Charter International Council. In the Netherlands she coordinates the netword of Earth Charter Nederland and she is the co-founder, together with Ruud Lubbers, of the initiative Earth Charter Vrienden. In her former position at NCDO Alide mediated various consultations of civil society parties regarding important UN summits; she, for instance, coordinated the Dutch Platform Rio +20.  Alide is boardmember of the gender platform WO=MEN and of ILEIA and is involved as Bisonteur Honorair at the BISONTE Foundation.

Professional background
Her former position at NCDO was ‘Interational Advisor’ from 2000 to 2013, here she initiated and coordinated the Worldconnector Round Tables (2006-2013). In the nineties she coordinated the Vrouwenberaad Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, a network of professionals on gender and development. Alide studied Anthropology & Women and Development at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Personal motto
We are part of one Earth Community with one common destiny.

Teresa Fogelberg

Teresa Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is also board member at Cordaid, WWF 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.

Awraham Soetendorp

Awraham Soetendorp is former rabbi of the Reform Jewish Community of The Hague, and rabbi of the Union of Dutch Reform Jewish Communities. He is also active as peace-builder and public voice towards positive change through the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values. He is currently secretary of the Stichting Prinsjesdagviering: the Foundation for the Budget Day Celebration in the Netherlands.

Professional background:
Awraham Soetendorp has worked as Rabbi in the Liberal Jewish Community in The Hague, the Netherlands, and as Rabbi of the Union of Dutch Reform Jewish Communities. As religious leader he was a participant in the World Economic Forum and various other international conferences around the world. In 2001, he was elected president of European Region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He was also appointed as member of the Earth Charter commission in 2000. He is the founder of the Hope Foundation for Children for Universal Education and was a member in the UNESCO committee working towards new chart of global ethics. Awraham Soetendorp has also been a board member and (co)-chair at various organizations and committees.

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.