Meet the team
Meet the team
Impact Hub Amsterdam has a strong, passionate multi-disciplinary team, who are dedicated to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society and economy. In this, we are supported by a vast network of mentors, trainers and advisors specialised in all important drivers in the impact field, and sectors such as food, circular to new plastics economy and inclusion. Get to know us and connect.
Our team

Margot Kemps

Acceleration Support

Margot coordinates innovation and acceleration programs at the Hub. She gets really excited about challenges. All kinds! And although her skills vary from creative design, business innovation and facilitation, it boils down to one thing. She wants her work to create a positive impact and looks forward to help you create products or services that do the same.

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Susanne Van Maanen

Sourcing Specialist / Startup Visa

With an Economics Masters degree and as an ex entrepreneur, Susanne knows what it takes to start and scale a business. She is the latest edition to our Innovation Sourcing team which is growing fast, and so is our track record in scouting innovative solutions globally for acceleration programs, challenges, corporations, and investors. Susanne is curious about sustainability in all domains possible and hopes to find the most promising startups that match for the right opportunities to maximise impact of all kinds.

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Charley Snoek

Marketing Communications Specialist

Charley runs the communications for our innovation & acceleration programs. She develops creative scouting campaigns for our internal and external clients and makes sure our program materials convey the right message. She has an MSc in sustainability communications, and her personal mission is to use communications as a tool to make sustainable business mainstream!

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Daniëlle Roosen

Operations Manager & Jr. Controller

Daniëlle has a passion for both business operations and HR. Being able to combine the two into her role allows her to keep a helicopter view on operations. Danielle focuses on HR processes, finance, and ensuring we use the most efficient tooling out there. She keeps everything running behind the scenes, and that boosts her energy!

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Etienne Fournier

Graphic Designer

Etienne is our Graphic Designer. He studied Design & Advertising in Paris and Edinburgh has a real knack for digital communications. He likes to tell stories through his work – preferably as part of a creative campaign. He loves to think outside the box, and is always eager to learn new things.

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Evelien Janson

Community Catalyst

Evelien is the life and soul of our community operations! Enthusiastic, loyal, and kind, you can count on Evelien to support and inspire you. She has a background in anthropology and tourism, and a keen interest in sustainability and communities. With her entrepreneurial genes, she’s driven to help serendipity along and help you find the right people to get in touch with.

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Henrike Slob

Marketing Communications Lead

An experienced marketeer in the creative and startup fields, Henrike develops our marketing strategy and ensures our communication efforts stay up to scratch. Creating crossovers, partnerships, and effective communications, she expands Impact Hub Amsterdam’s network and makes sure that pioneers, change makers, thought leaders, and new partners get to know Impact Hub Amsterdam.

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Ilse Kwaaitaal

Source & Match Lead

Ilse leads our Innovation Sourcing team, which scouts promising participants and innovative solutions for acceleration programs, challenges, and investors. Having identified hundreds of starting and growing impact enterprises, Ilse knows a diamond in the rough when she sees one! Through a thorough selection and matchmaking process, she assesses each venture’s potential for success as well as possible pitfalls. Ilse has an MSc in International Development Studies and also runs her own business in cutting out plastic waste from products.

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Manon Klein

Accelerate Lead

With an MSc in anthropology and over 15 years of experience Manon heads up our Innovation and Acceleration department. She leads the development, implementation, and facilitation of our innovation & acceleration programs and has a deep understanding of impact investing, startups, impact entrepreneurship, and strategy. Also she is a driving force behind our ecosystems, which she builds to support entrepreneurs who are laying the foundations for a sustainable economy.

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Romee Erens

Sourcing Specialist / Startup Visa

With an M.A. in International Relations and Affairs and a background in sustainable fashion, Romee is the rock of our Innovation Sourcing team. The team is growing, and so is our track record in scouting innovative solutions globally for acceleration programs, challenges, corporations, and investors. Consistently scouting winners, Romee knows exactly where to find the most promising startups and match them to the right opportunities to maximise their impact.

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Rutger de Rijk

Acceleration Specialist | Young Impactmakers Host

Rutger coordinates and runs innovation & acceleration programs. He’s no stranger to impact entrepreneurship, having chosen the entrepreneurial path soon after university. His favourite thing is to help fellow entrepreneurs reach their goals, by bringing them together and ensuring they feel comfortable to express their biggest dreams. Rutger is also your go-to for the Young Impactmakers community: reach out to him anytime for questions, sparring, connections or new insights!

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Sabrina Dekkers

Bookkeeper

Sabrina keeps a watchful eye on our financials and ensures everything is in its place for reports, analyses, and audits. She has deep knowledge of our software systems, which she uses to make our processes more modern and efficient. Her goal is to make Impact Hub Amsterdam a paperless business ASAP!

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Skyla Rabadi

Activate Lead

Skyla focuses on business development and partner relations. She’s lived in 7 countries and worked in various contexts, including in CSR at a large multinational in Amsterdam and an impact investment fund in Barcelona. She backpacked and volunteered for a year in Latin America and lived to tell the tales! By supporting impact entrepreneurship, she contributes to facilitate connections and create positive value in the world.

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Stijn Quast

Finance & Legal Lead

Stijn is our Finance and Legal lead, interested in helping great organisations grow. His main expertise is the development of the organisation itself – its people, systems and processes – while aligning these with the business (growth) strategy and societal and environmental goals. Stijn is also owner and founder of “Beef-up” for organisational & business development.

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Thijs Hoogenstrijd

Sourcing support

With a M.A. in Sustainable Business and Innovation, Thijs has learned that doing business for good is the only natural way to move forward. He specialised in the implementation of green business models and creating an organisational climate for innovation, focusing on the scalability of impact entrepreneurs. As part of the Innovation Sourcing team, he now works with the cutting edge of innovative and sustainable businesses by supporting and finding opportunities for impact entrepreneurs in both internal and external contexts, and from local to global projects.

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Tatiana Glad

Company Lead

Tatiana Glad is an entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner, and change strategist working across sectors and cultures. She has a focus on impact entrepreneurship, urban innovation, sustainable business, and the next generation. She is co-founder and director of Impact Hub Amsterdam, co-founder of Waterlution, and chair emeritus of the global Impact Hub Board. With an MSc in Responsible Business Practice, Tatiana sees enterprise as a vehicle for social change.

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Vincent van Triest

Facilities On/Offline Manager

Vincent is responsible for the daily hospitality operations in our space and plays a key role in hosting our (digital) events. He has the knowledge and experience to turn an offline event to online event. A quick and pragmatic thinker with a love for anything tech-related.

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Mentors

David Peters

Mentor

Vice President of Finance at Coyote Logistics, David is a passionate all-round CFO with expertise in building and optimising the finance, tax, legal and HR functions in various stages of a company’s lifecycle: from start-up through scale-up to maturity, privately owned or backed by external or corporate investors. 

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Drees Peter van den Bosch

Mentor

General Director of Hutton, Drees Peter works to make business catering services more sustainable, focusing on clients, employees, guests and society.

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Enver Loke

Mentor

Enver, Managing Director of Chocolatemakers, has over 10 years of sustainable chocolate manufacturing, 11 years of (green) building experience, as well as 6 years of sustainable product development in tourism & leisure industry. He also has impressively varied experience helping small scale sustainable innovations as well as large scale city transitions to sustainability.

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Jeroen Slappendel

Mentor

Jeroen is an independent consultant with a passion for brands, strategy, innovation and understanding human behaviour, focusing on brands and companies that are looking for real change and positive impact.

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Leontine Gast

Mentor

Leontine, CEO and Director of The Terrace, believes business and brands are the best agents to create positive change.  She believes that positioning needs purpose as people like to connect to brands that share the same beliefs as themselves. In her work Leontine demonstrates a knack for meaningful marketing.

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Liesbeth Gouwens

Mentor

Liesbeth is a mentor on our Food Acceleration Programme and Director of Bites We Love: healthy nut-based snacks in six flavours, wrapped in colourfully designed bioplastic packaging. Each portion contains only natural ingredients and always your DRI of nuts. 

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Marcel Aarts

Mentor

Marcel is a mentor for our Investment Ready Program and scaling programs. He has spent over 12 years in the telecoms industry, building new businesses, opening up new markets, developing new services and business models around the world. For 6 years, Marcel has worked in the IT hardware business, turning a market laggard into a billion dollar market leader in EMEA and boosting profits for all its business partners.

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Marielle van Gorp

Mentor

With more than 20 years experience in the Online Travel, Hospitality & Tourism industry – of which 16 years was spent taking Booking.com from startup to global leader – Marielle is a global business and people developer with experience in the full lifecycle of the business. She is skilled in scaling fast growing organisations, developing successful businesses & strategic partnerships and leading & developing high-performing global cross-functional and cross-regional teams.

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Niels Groenewoud

Mentor

Niels is a passionate marketing professional with experience in food, category management, product management and trade and shopper marketing. He has gained this experience from different perspectives, namely retail, food service and producer. In addition, he was very closely involved in the development and execution of a start-up in retail for several years and is one of our start-up mentors at Impact Hub.

 

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Niki van Wijk

Mentor

Niki, from Due North Consultancy, believes the future of most businesses is about people, creativity and using data and tech to create impact. Connecting the left and right brain is essential for any organisation or person. Niki helps shape the potential future of organisations, as well as a better future for our planet.

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Reinier Mommaal

Mentor

One of our longstanding Investment Ready Programme mentors, Reinier founded CleanBridge: the “bridge” between new and disruptive (clean) technologies and their markets. Reinier is also a member on the board of the Smart Circle Foundation, an independent platform, funded by companies, centres of expertise and networking organizations that share the conviction that the latest in green innovations and ground breaking scientific research must be promoted globally, thus informing and inspiring a large audience worldwide.

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Trainers

Jasper Mutsaerts

Trainer

As The Startup Coach © Jasper helps social entrepreneurs to set bold aspirations, build teams, grow their business and be a force for good. So far he has coached over 300 founders and CEOs of startups across multiple industries (e.g. travel, plastics, happiness, healthcare, culture) and geographies (e.g. Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, US).

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Jeroen Wilms

Trainer

Jeroen is a strategy, monitoring, evaluation, learning, and narration professional focused on impact entrepreneurs. He believes that purpose-driven organisations – and the impact ecosystem at large – will excel when the art of articulating and narrating outcomes becomes a common, accessible, and affordable practice.

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Peter Fechter

Trainer

Peter helps impact entrepreneurs come to informed financial decisions and supports them with the more advanced tax and business economics challenges.

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Tijmen Rümke

Trainer

Tijmen has helped creative entrepreneurs become business-savvy for many years. It drives him nuts that simple things can hold back so much creativity. Good work for the right reasons makes the world a better place. He graduated in physics, became a business consultant, started a university,, is an Art of Hosting practitioner, and an emotional brainiac. Tijmen is curious, self-aware, and easily excited by the boring things.

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Sheila Schenkel

Trainer

Sheila gives pitch workshops using the Best3Minutes Methodology©. She is the co-author of “Zet jezelf op de kaart,” in which she helps people get to the next level, by having a thorough look at how they present themselves.

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Co-founders

Frederike Vos

Co-founder

Intuitive and pragmatic, Frederike knows how to challenge the status quo and how to drive people and business past its comfort zone to imagine and activate what is possible. Frederike co-founded Impact Hub Amsterdam, and worked as co-director for 8 years. Now, she works as an expert associate for the Impact Hub network, Leadership & Innovator Impulser for Cross-Pollination Lab in Paris, as well as regular speaker, trainer, mentor, facilitator for S-ETHICS.

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Thomas Vaassen

Co-founder

Thomas is a “builder” who makes sure new ideas and plans get traction. Thomas co-founded startups Blik-Opener, Realize! and Impact Hub Amsterdam and served as the founding chairman of the global Impact Hub Association. Under the Impact Hub, he started the Investment Ready Program in Amsterdam. Since 2015, Thomas has been fully dedicated to his land mapping venture “Meridia” that he co-founded.

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Tatiana Glad

Company Lead

Tatiana Glad is an entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner, and change strategist working across sectors and cultures. She has a focus on impact entrepreneurship, urban innovation, sustainable business, and the next generation. She is co-founder and director of Impact Hub Amsterdam, co-founder of Waterlution, and chair emeritus of the global Impact Hub Board. With an MSc in Responsible Business Practice, Tatiana sees enterprise as a vehicle for social change.

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