Willem van Nieuwkerk

Willem is currently serving as the Executive Director at the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC).

Professional Background

For the past 25 years, Willem has been involved in international cooperation projects in the public domain, with the last eight years specifically focused on the rule of law and international legal cooperation. He has extensive experience leading international teams and has lived abroad for twelve years. Willem has worked for the European Commission, and the German and French governments, and has also contributed to local NGOs. In his free time, Willem is the chairman of a large sports association with a significant community role. This allows him to be not only engaged in international work but also deeply connected to the local community. Willem believes in the power of engagement and connection, both internationally and locally.

Personal Motto

Start with individual strengths, but we achieve our goal together

Jack Cox

Professional Background

Jack is the director/owner of Forza Asset Management, an independent asset management firm with offices in Maastricht, Eindhoven, and Apeldoorn. In 2018, he founded Econsenso with the aim of bringing attention to the financial aspect of sustainability. His book, “Butterfly Economy: From Growth to Development,” was published in 2019, describing the development of an economy that, following the laws of nature, transforms from a caterpillar, always wanting more, into a beautiful butterfly.

Personal Motto

We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Nicolette Loonen

Professional background

Nicolette is one of the Founding partners of TOSCA, a consulting partnership that helps companies be a ‘force for good’. TOSCA believes in change agents who shape the transformation towards an inclusive and sustainable society. Nicolette specialises in sustainability reporting issues, taking the whole value chain into account, from strategy to embedding in culture and steering for real value. Nicolette is also a member of the Supervisory Board of ABP, the Rutgers Foundation and IPPF. In addition, she is a college member of the CvTA. Nicolette is the founder of WIFS, Women in Financial Services, and was the president of the association of more than 500 women in the financial sector from 2010 to 2016.

Personal Motto

Ieder steentje in de vijver kan een rimpeling veroorzaken.

Any pebble in the pond can cause a ripple.

Koen Eising

Koen is the CSR Director at Alliander, one of the three major regional grid operators in the Netherlands, operating at the heart of the energy transition. Before joining Alliander, he worked for various consultancy firms at the intersection of organizational development and sustainability. Koen studied public administration and political science in Leiden and completed the post-academic program in Organization and Change Management at VU University. He recently finished the Comenius Philosophy Course. With this background, he is fascinated by how today’s large corporations dare to make significant decisions that are urgently needed. He is interested in understanding the leadership we should trust or distrust. Koen believes that public companies must play a leading role in the sustainable transition. He shapes this belief as the initiator of the Green Networks coalition, where 8 infrastructure companies collaborate intensively on climate, circular, biodiversity, and impact measurement. He is the chairman of the Infrastructure Value Theme Center of Next Generation Infra. Koen is also affiliated with the Impact Economy Foundation.

Personal motto

A sustainable world requires not money or technology but a different set of values.

Yente Morsink

Professional Background

Since 2020, Yente has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here, she primarily focuses on international corporate social responsibility. In the summer of 2022, she will embark on her first international assignment for the ministry. Yente’s academic background is in law. During her Master’s in Transnational Law at King’s College London, she specialized in human rights, specifically women’s rights and gender equality. She is particularly interested in topics such as diversity and inclusion.

Personal Motto 

Nee heb je, ja kan je krijgen.

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.

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.

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.

Veronique Swinkels

“It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.”
(oriah mountain dreamer)

Professional Background

Veronique Swinkels aims to change the world through creativity and activism. Until recently, she served as the director of BBK/Door Vriendschap Sterker, a communication agency for a better world. Currently, through Go for Good, she is actively working to systematically bring the SDGs and sustainability onto the agenda of businesses and policymakers. Veronique is a facilitator and next-generation coach, awakening the activist spirit in the new generation of leaders to drive faster changes in companies and systems. She is the founder of Duurzaamheids Dialoog and Global Goals Accelerator, an Earth Charter friend, and a board member of Worldconnectors and Lab Toekomstige Generaties (Future Generations Lab). She also serves on the board of LEAP, an international think tank that releases the Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin every month. Veronique studied Communication and Communications Policy, completed the mediation training at the Center for Conflict Resolution, Deep Democracy at the Dialogue Hunters, Creative Leadership at THNK, and the online Sustainability Management program at Cambridge University.

Personal Motto

Learn from nature about the power of collective intelligence.

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