Board

Jacqueline Cramer

Jacqueline Cramer

Chair

Jacqueline Cramer is connected to the University of Utrecht as a strategically advisor of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute (USI) and as a Professor of Sustainable Innovations. She was Minister of Housing, Spacial Planning and Environment from 2007 to 2010. Throughout her career she was active in (inter) national advisory boards of the government, industry and non-profit organisations (e.g. crown member of the Dutch Social-Economic Council, member of the Advisory Board of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)/Netherlands and member of the non-executive board of various companies). Presently, she is engaged in various bottom-up initiatives to enhance the implementation of sustainability.

Charles de Klerk

Charles de Klerk

Secretary

Charles de Klerk used to work as Director of Marketing & Communication at SITA Northern Europe Waste Services. He currently invests in real estate & multiple start-ups and works as a private consultant.

Dieter Croese

Dieter Croese

Treasurer

Dieter Croese has been Managing Partner Corporate Finance of Deloitte Consultants, The Netherlands, Director Financial Affairs of the Hollandsche Beton Groep N.V. en Part time Full Professor in Financial Management at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is also Treasurer and Member of the Board of StadsdorpZuid, Amsterdam, a society specializing in the field of active ageing of senior citizens.

Freek Stoové

Freek Stoové

Boardmember Legal Affairs

Freek Stoové is head of legal affairs at the VPRO. He also works one day a week at ABC Legal, a law firm specialising in media and entertainment law. Freek offers assistance to journalists and broadcasters and handles cases in the field of unlawful media publications, contract law and intellectual property law.

Peter Keijzer

Peter Keijzer

Board member Media & Communication

Peter Keijzer works for Lubbers & De Jong (L&DJ) as a senior advisor and managing director. L&DJ is a PR and communications bureau for companies with a strong technology and innovation component. Peter Keijzer and L&DJ advise and guide PS in the field of PR and marketing.

Betteke de Gaay Fortman

Betteke de Gaay Fortman

Board member

Betteke de Gaay Fortman is specialised n the management of non-profit organisations. Since 2007, she has been the director of the Karuna Foundation, an organisation that focuses on the Nepalese health care system. Before that, she was the international director of the De Waal Foundation. At the moment she is, besides being a board member of PSF, also board member of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD).

Team

Maria Westerbos

Maria Westerbos

Founder & Director

Maria Westerbos is educated in the social sciences, specialising in mass communication and psychology. She has worked in the media for the past 25 years, print and TV, and lately as change strategist and television programme developer. In Februari 2011 she founded the Plastic Soup Foundation and in 2013 she finished 20th in the Dutch newspaper Trouw Sustainable Top 100. She has been in the Top 100 ever since.

Jeroen Dagevos

Jeroen Dagevos

Head of Programs

Jeroen Dagevos is an environmental specialist working in the field of water for more than ten years now. He is specialized in water quality related issues and became involved in research and policy making objectives of marine litter. He participated in European Policy making and agenda setting of marine litter topics in relation to the development of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the evaluation of the Directive on Port Reception Facilities.

Richard van Os

Richard van Os

Finances

Richard has experience in working as a financial software developer, a non-profit manager and as a teacher in business economics. As the head of finances he manages the finanaces at the Plastic Soup Foundation.

Annemarie Nederhoed

Annemarie Nederhoed

Fundraiser

Annemarie helps the Plastic Soup Foundation with professionalizing fundraising and generating more income. She has a lot of experience as an account manager and the last 6 years she has been working for multiple foundations. She also rows a barge boat two times a week and wants to prevent plastic from entering the oceans.

Harmen Spek

Harmen Spek

Senior consultant - innovations & solutions

Harmen has a commercial background in media & design. With his experience in product design he developed a great passion for production and materials. These days, many products are made based on a ‘short life cycle’ where plastic, as the cheapest material, forms the most successful formula. Harmen’s is motivated to change these short cycli towards a more sustainable model where plastic is seen and used as a high-quality material. Also, Harmen is on a wordlwide search for finding the best technical solutions and innovations that can help solve the problems and pollution that plastic is causing in the environment.

Michiel Roscam Abbing

Michiel Roscam Abbing

Research & blogs

Michiel Roscam Abbing is a political scientist and obtained his doctorate with a thesis on a historical topic. Since 2011 he has been active in the battle against plastic soup, including reviewing scientific news reports on the PSF website regarding the perils of plastic in the ocean.

Eric Seleky

Eric Seleky

Communications manager

Eric has years of experience in the cultural sector and has, among others, organized the Amsterdam Museum Night. His expertise is in target group marketing and communication. Hij wants to commit his knowledge and experience to spread the mission of the PSF as far and wide as possible among the public.

Saskia Honcoop

Saskia Honcoop

Health / Plastic Soupermarket / Journalist

Saskia is a marine biologist and science communicator. At the Plastic Soup Foundation she is involved in the Health campaign and the Plastic Soupermarket project. She also writes news articles about the latest plastic soup news and scientific developments.

Laura Díaz Sánchez

Laura Díaz Sánchez

Communication officer Ocean Clean Wash

Laura is a journalist with an MA degree in New Media & Digital Culture from the University of Utrecht. She helps with website management, online communication and social media for the Ocean Clean Wash campaign. She also has experience in radio, online journalism and corporate communication.

Yvette van den Brand

Yvette van den Brand

Education / campaigner

Yvette has done her graduation project for the Plastic Soup Foundation and is now working as a campaigner for several projects. She takes care of external communication for multiple campaigns and is managing the Twitter channels of PSF. She is involved in the Sustainable Horticulture and Education projects.

Madhuri Prabhakar

Madhuri Prabhakar

Beat the Microbead

Madhuri is a Research Masters Student in Gender Studies at Utrecht University. She is assisting with the communications and social media for the ‘Beat the Micro Bead’ campaign.

Frank Aldershof

Frank Aldershof

‘Beat the Microbead’ app

Frank studied artificial intelligence and coordinates everything to do with the Beat the Microbead App. He lectures at the HAN University of Applied Sciences.

Janna Selier

Janna Selier

Donations

Janna has studied history and was a volunteer educator at Artis Zoo and WFF. At the Plastic Soup Foundation she takes care of our fundraising actions acties like the plastic bags action, donation boxes and deposit system donations.

Woltera Niemeijer

Woltera Niemeijer

Graphic designer

Woltera has developed the new corporate identity of the Plastic Soup Foundation and since then she, as a graphic designer, has been responsible and/or engaged in various PSF communications.

Volunteers

Nicola Chadwick

Nicola Chadwick

Translator

In November 2015, Nicola joined the Plastic Soup Foundation team as a translator. She picks up litter daily in her neighborhood. The more she learns about the effects of Plastic Soup the more motivated she is to work towards preventing it. But in the meantime, she organizes local clean ups and raises awareness about the problem of litter and plastic soup.

Joanna Bouma

Joanna Bouma

Translator

Joanna is a professional writer/editor (native English speaker). She loves the ocean and supports a number of marine conservation organisations voluntarily with English language texts. After a few years at sea and as a diver, beach walker and nature lover, she knows first hand the negative effects of plastic on wildlife, the environment and humans. She supports PSF’s mission and is pleased to be part of the team.

Christian Bruno

Christian Bruno

Fundraising & Implementations

Christian is changing his career path from the Hedge Fund Industry to the environmental scene. He is helping the Plastic Soup Foundation in setting up and implementing new funds channels in order to ensure more financial stability. He is involved in different projects and helps where needed.

Cindy Iseli

Cindy Iseli

Plastic Soup-free events

Cindy has earned her stripes as a marketing and communications manager at festivals such as STRP and Dutch Design Week, recently she dove into the world of innovation at TNO. At the Plastic Soup Foundation she is working on concepts that lead to plastic-free events and conscious visitors.

Anneke Wevers

Anneke Wevers

Health Files

Anneke Wevers studied molecular sciences at WUR and there she took great interest in environmental and occupational toxicology issues. Her work in Mozambique in the early 80-ties deepened insights in this area. Back in Amsterdam she worked as a trainer, adviser and researcher in work place conditions and as an environmental expert and institutional adviser in export promotion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Carla Mulder

Carla Mulder

Local ambassadors/ Clean rivers

Carla is a communication adviser who has a lot of experience with setting up and supervising changing processes in organizational, communicative and marketing areas. For the PSF she has developed an ambassador campaign for the public with the focus on funding and awareness.

Chayenne de Witte

Chayenne de Witte

AV-Producer

Outdoor and watersport lover Chayenne works as an advertising content producer, conference- and festival curator. Passionate about contributing her skills to media productions for the PSF to raise awareness around the (re-)use of plastic.

Yvonne Sjamaar

Yvonne Sjamaar

Volunteer

Yvonne has been interested in environmental matters for a while now. She shops at organic stores and buys fair-trade clothes. As a volunteer of the Plastic Soup Foundation, she wants to contribute to solutions for the problems marine litter causes in the environment. She helps the PSF with several administrative jobs and is always happy to help during events.

Marlies van Maarseveen

Marlies van Maarseveen

Research

Marlies has worked as analyst in training at the pesticides department of TNO. After that she studied agriculture in Wageningen. She initiated a organic mixed company in France and now she is going to do research plastic an agriculture at PSF.

Tanja Chung

Tanja Chung

Translator

Tanja is a writer, editor and translator. From a young age she has been stimulating the people around her to recycle, be more aware of single-use plastic and carry their own bag to the supermarket. She is happy to contribute to the awareness of plastic soup by translating texts and articles for the Plastic Soup Foundation.

Ronja Jansz

Ronja Jansz

Film director

Ronja Jansz is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist with a specialization in fiction and documentary film making. On top of her freelance work in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, she visually captures the Plastic Soup Foundation its events and projects to help raise awareness of the plastic problem in the world.

Wendela van Asbeck

Wendela van Asbeck

CRM and Fundraising projects

Wendela has a degree in business and has worked in several account management jobs in banking, executive search and online marketing. During several travels abroad she has seen how the oceans are being polluted.The plastic we see is the tip of the iceberg, which is why she is dedicated to help the Plastic Soup Foundation increase awareness of this huge problem.She is involved with fundraising projects and the implementation of a CRM system.

Honorary chairmen

Charles Moore

Charles Moore

Seacaptain, founder of the Algalita Marine research Institute and ‘discoverer’ of the Plastic Soup

A yachting competition across the Pacific led veteran seafarer Charles Moore to discover what some have since deemed the world‘s largest "landfill" -- actually a huge water-bound swath of floating plastic garbage the size of two Texases. Trapped in an enormous slow whirlpool called the Pacific Gyre, a mostly stagnant, plankton-rich seascape spun of massive competing air currents, this Great Pacific Garbage Patch in some places outweighs even the surface waters’ biomass six-to-one.

Moore said after his return voyage, "There were shampoo caps and soap bottles and plastic bags and fishing floats as far as I could see. Here I was in the middle of the ocean, and there was nowhere I could go to avoid the plastic."
Charles Moore is founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. He captains the foundation’s research vessel, the Alguita, documenting the great expanses of plastic waste that now litter our oceans.

Since his discovery, Moore has been analyzing the giant litter patch and its disastrous effects on ocean life. Through the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, he hopes to raise awareness about the problem and find ways to restrict its growth. He’s now leading several expeditions to sample plastic fragments across thousands of miles of the Pacific.

Marcus Eriksen

Marcus Eriksen

Founder of the 5gyres Institute

Marcus Eriksen is the Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers, recently publishing the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles. In 2013 he and colleagues published the discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes, which became the cornerstone for a US-based campaign to eliminate plastic microbeads from cosmetics, resulting in the Microbead-Free Waters Act, which became US federal law in 2015.

In 2000 he traveled to Midway Atoll, finding hundreds of Laysan Albatross with plastic pouring out of their stomachs, and that experience narrowed his focus to plastics. He received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft of plastic bottles to bring attention to this issue. Again in 2008, he rafted across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, floating on 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane fuselage as a cabin (junkraft.com). The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, brought attention to the work of the 5 Gyres Institute, the organization he co-founded with his wife Anna Cummins.
In 2010 Marcus is chosen to be National Fellow of the Explorers Club.

Comittee of recommendation

Jack van Ham

Jack van Ham

Chairman Liliane Fonds, chairman BoP Innovation Center en boardmember People 4 Earth, also ex-chairman Plastic Soup Foundation.

Marry de Gaay Fortman

Marry de Gaay Fortman

Lawyer and partner at lawyersoffice Houthoff Buruma, chairperson VNO NNCW Metropolregion Amsterdam and commissary at Royal HaskoningDHV. As a lawyer De Gaay Fortman is specialized in sustainabilitycases.

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

Photographer and filmmaker from Seattle with reports about mass consumption and waste. His work on Midway, where the albatross feeds his children plastic, shocked the world.

Tjerk Wagenaar

Tjerk Wagenaar

Director Nature & Environment Foundation.

Jan Bouke Wijbrandi

Jan Bouke Wijbrandi

Director UNICEF the Netherlands.

Hans Anker

Hans Anker

Criminal Lawyer at Anker & Anker Criminal lawyers.

Drs. Hanno Niemeijer

Drs. Hanno Niemeijer

Chairman Louis Bolk Institute.

Jelle de Jong

Jelle de Jong

Director IVN Nature- and environmental education.

Willem Sijthoff

Willem Sijthoff

Owner Sijthoff Media Groep, CEO Binnenlands Bestuur, Adfo Groep en Young & Connected.

Cathy Spierenburg

Cathy Spierenburg

Founder and program manager at My Book Buddy. Advisor childmedia. Formerly network manager at Z@ppelin.