Yoeri van Alteren is an expert in connecting companies, combining their forces to take up sustainable challenges and co-creating hands-on solutions. He had a great career at Van Gansewinkel, where his passion for sustainability was ignited, leading him to start the Club van 30. The Club van 30 is at its core a successful business network of leaders in sustainability that is surrounded by a large online network of specialists, supporters and followers. It is the largest sustainability network that actually delivers concrete results. "Sustainability has never
been about talking, it is about successful cooperation and effective implementation."
Adjiedj Bakas was born in 1963 into a family of educators in Surinam, he is of Indian parents, and he has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. With roots in three continents, he is quite literally at home all over the place. He is well travelled, widely read and combines expertise and knowledge with a healthy dose of humour. He directs his own trend watching agency and makes use of his own research as well as that of various other national and international partners and parties. Previously, he worked in broadcasting and was managing director of the trend communication agency Dexter bv. He and is currently guest lecturer at various universities and universities of applied sciences in (amongst others) the Netherlands, Abu Dhabi, Shang Hai, London, Suriname and Recife (Brazil).
Ori Brafman New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman specializes in new ways of looking at business. He is a renowned organizational expert and co-author of the groundbreaking books The Starfish and the Spider (Penguin Portfolio, 2006), Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior (Currency/Doubleday, 2008) and Click: The Magic of Instant Connections (Crown Business, 2010).Ori’s first book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations looked at the power of the new organizational forms and business models that characterize such “starfish” as Wikipedia, craigslist, and the original Napster – and al Qaeda and the Apache nation. Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said, “As a result of reading The Starfish and the Spider, I proposed ten action points for my organization.”
Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, described it as “compelling and important.” And Jack Covert of 800CEO-READ summed it up: “I love this book.” He has presented before audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Televisa, Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and many others. Ori holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Paul Bloemen is a change manager with a speciality in new ways of working. After graduating in political science in 1989, he worked first as manager and later as a consultant. In 2008, together with Marc Bouwmeester, he founded the Dutch consulting firm Riddervis that specializes in the development of change strategies, mostly for larger companies. Paul likes to encourage autonomy, so people can take responsibility for their life, work and results. Besides a lover of meaningful organizational changes, Paul is interested in sustainability and transformed his house into the first energy neutral momument in the Netherlands.
Karin Jironet is an international and interdisciplinary scholar, who received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 1998. She is affiliated with the Leiden Institute for Religious Studies and functions as an external reader in a PhD program at Pacifica University, CA. Since October 2000, she has been responsible for De Baak’s International Desk. Her focus is on leadership development in times of transformation - personal, corporate and social transformations. Karin Jironet offers leadership retreats and journeys for senior executives in some of the world’s most sacred places. She is an author and a lecturer on requirements for new leadership and has written five books on the daily practice of leadership.
Nalden With a background in the music- and advertising industry, his expertise of onlinetrends and most of all; as powerful blogger with his unique and internationally recognized blog, Nalden.net, he keeps reinventing himself and other businesses. As a ‘social entrepreneur’ he’s focused on exploring new ways to reach people without interrupting them, in which he already succeeded with his Wallpaper Advertising business model on Nalden.net and WeTransfer. With his knowledge about technology and the impact this new media is having on the world he’s always working on connecting the dots to make this a better world to live in, by sharing, supporting and investing.
Martijn Pater has a strong background in innovation. Following his industrial design studies at the acclaimed university of Delft, he founded Fronteer Strategy after years of consulting experience at Bain & Company and Auberon. He is an engineer with a passion for crossing Borders – quite literally: he made a round trip to Mongolia on a BMW motorbike. Martijn is an advocate of co-creation, unlocking the collective creativity of people. And at Fronteer Strategy he supports management teams on the path to new growth, through innovation and brand development. His special interests lie in open innovation and new product design.
Harry Starren, M.A., M.Sc. has been CEO of De Baak VNO-NCW (association of employers) since 1996. He studied History at the University of Utrecht and Political Science/Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He has held positions as scientific researcher and professor and manager of postgraduate education in Business/Public Administration at the University of Utrecht. He is a teacher and advisor on managing professional organisations, and anchored the educational television show, Grandmasters in management. Harry Starren is interested in helping foster entrepreneurship and the human side of enterprise. He coauthored the book The 21 Commandments of Leadership.
Jop Timmers is a Product Innovation Manager and the founder of Design for Good, a consultancy firm that helps leaders translate their good intentions into good business. "Design is the best carrier of change. Without good design change will not be made, nor will it be understood.” Jop is a trained Cradle to Cradle (R) Design Consultant and has helped many companies and organisations with sustainable thinking and innovations, including VitrA, Coca-Cola, KPN, Municipality of Amsterdam and Hildering Industrial Packaging. In the past Jop worked as a design consultant at several design companies and was a lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Jop co-authored the book The Design Process in Practice.