Sarah Olij

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Organizations and a Master’s in Public Management and Leadership. In 2024, she will commence her studies in the master’s program Crisis and Security Management: Governing Crises at Leiden University. In 2023, she gained experience at Worldconnectors, an Affiliate of Earth Charter, in her role as an intern.

Her area of interest lies within the SDG sector, as evidenced by her previous position at SDG House Amsterdam, where she worked to promote SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals). Additionally, Sarah participated in the inaugural edition of the SDG Traineeship, where she developed a training program for Works Councils to promote inclusivity and diversity, commissioned by the Wissemagroup.

Jasmijn Rikmenspoel

Jasmijn heeft de bachelor Internationale Politiek voltooid en start in 2024 met de master Latijns-Amerikastudies. In 2023 was ze met veel plezier stagiaire bij de Worldconnectors, Affiliate Earth Charter.

Ze zit bij de DEAL Foundation waar ze zich inzet om ondernemerschap in de Global South te stimuleren door middel van verschillende projecten en spaarplannen. Ook is ze actief in Nederlandse politiek.  Daarnaast houdt ze van reizen en het leren kennen van andere landen, culturen en mensen.

Ze is voornamelijk geïnteresseerd in talen, bevordering van democratie, vrede & veiligheid en in de duurzame transitie.

Anniek van der Krogt

I’ve developed a strong understanding of sustainable development through my academic journey in Innovation and Business Analytics Management. My experience in account management and business development in the energy and FMCG sectors have provided me with practical insights into the challenges and opportunities within the realm of sustainable development. I have been involved in projects that have enabled me to collaborate with experts, community leaders, and policymakers, thereby honing my communication, negotiation, and leadership skills. I am excited about the potential to leverage the Worldconnectors platform to amplify the impact of initiatives that align with the Earth Charter’s vision and principles.

Persoonlijk motto:

Turning negative into positive

Marcel Beukeboom

Professional background 

Marcel Beukeboom, as a diplomat, is always in search of common interests, with his compass set on the most sustainable solutions. He consistently tries to zoom out and keep the long term in mind. As a climate envoy, he represented the Netherlands in international climate negotiations, translating ‘Paris’ into local action. Now, he does the same as the Dutch ambassador to the United Nations food and agriculture organizations in Rome. Young people can always count on his support and attention, just like his bicycle

Personal motto: 

Everyone is a climate diplomat

 

Laura de Vries

Professional background

Laura de Vries is dedicated to creating a sustainable future based on broad prosperity. She achieves this by advocating for a resilient, accelerated, and inclusive climate transition. Primarily, she serves as the vice-chair and board member of public affairs at the Youth Climate Movement (Jonge Klimaatbeweging). In this role, she represents the voices of over a million young people to the government and policymakers. Additionally, Laura plays a local role in the climate debate as a Climate Mayor and internationally as a European Climate Pact Ambassador. She emphasizes the importance of being active at the local, national, and international levels to establish strong connections between them. In her daily life, Laura works as a consultant in public affairs, sustainability, and energy transition.

Personal motto 

It always seems impossible until it is done.

Annet de Raadt

Professional Background

Annet is an enthusiastic development sociologist, coach, policy advisor, and local politician. She has worked with various municipal, national governments, and civil society organizations, with a focus on development cooperation and the social domain. Annet’s core quality, which recurs in all these roles, is organizing and encouraging connection (for example, bridging distances, organizing access, and removing barriers). Annet is committed to this cause at Worldconnectors.

Personal Motto

“You have a no, but you can get a yes!”

Riemer Brandsma

Professional background

Riemer Brandsma started in 2019 at MM-United Nations, initially participating as a delegate in international conferences but later taking a seat on the advisory board and the organizing team of international conferences. Additionally, he works with Montessori Europe as a conference leader and organizer of the annual European Youth Conference of Montessori Europe. In 2021/2022, Riemer served as the Climate Mayor of the Municipality of Wageningen and, as an SDG voice at SDG Netherlands, contributed an additional voice advocating for international collaboration in these goals.

Personal motto

Maintain trust and never give up; we are not alone.

Ceacilia van Peski

Professional background 

Caecilia Johanna van Peski holds an MSc degree in Educational & Cultural Psychology from Tilburg University (2001), an MA degree in Civil-Military Interaction from the German Military Staff College in Hamburg (2021), and a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Border Security and Management for Senior Leadership from the OSCE Border Management College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (2021). She is a Commander in the Royal Netherlands Navy, Military Veteran and an authority in the field of Security & Defense, Civil-Military Interaction, Democratisation & Elections and Justice & Equality whose achievements have received national and international recognition. Recipient of the ‘Ambassador for Peace’ Award granted by the Universal Peace Federation (2010), she is regarded as being among the most influential women of her generation in the Netherlands – listed as one of the ‘Viva’ top 400 (2009) and among the top 100 of ‘Opzij’ (2010). October 2010, she was appointed UN Special Representative for her country, addressing the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York with her statement ‘Deepening Democracy’. She has worked for (inter-)governmental, multilateral organizations, amongst which the Netherlands Foreign Office, the United Nations (UNDP, DPKO), the European Union (EEAS), the European Commission (EIDHR), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), NATO, and DCAF-ISSAT Geneva.

Personal motto

Partnership for Peace and Prosperity!

Aniek Moonen

Professional Background

Aniek Moonen has been the chairperson of the Young Climate Movement since October 2021. As the chairperson of the Young Climate Movement, Moonen represents over 100,000 Dutch young people in the climate debate.

Personal Motto

“I have never done it before, so I think I can do it.” – Pippi Longstocking

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.”