Team

Maria Westerbos

Maria Westerbos

Founder & Director
Jeroen Dagevos

Jeroen Dagevos

Head of Programs
Harmen Spek

Harmen Spek

Innovations & Solutions manager
Annemarie Nederhoed

Annemarie Nederhoed

Fundraiser
Richard van Os

Richard van Os

Finance & IT
Janna Selier

Janna Selier

Donations
Eric Seleky

Eric Seleky

Communications manager
Laura Díaz Sánchez

Laura Díaz Sánchez

Project coordinator & Campaigner
Michiel Roscam Abbing

Michiel Roscam Abbing

Research & blogs
Saskia Honcoop

Saskia Honcoop

Website and media admin
Yvette van den Brand

Yvette van den Brand

Education & Campaigner
Madhuri Prabhakar

Madhuri Prabhakar

Junior campaigner
Frank Aldershof

Frank Aldershof

Applications manager
Woltera Niemeijer

Woltera Niemeijer

Graphic designer

Board

Jacqueline Cramer

Jacqueline Cramer

Chair
Charles de Klerk

Charles de Klerk

Secretary
Dieter Croese

Dieter Croese

Treasurer
Freek Stoové

Freek Stoové

Board member Legal Affairs
Peter Keijzer

Peter Keijzer

Board member Media & Communication
Betteke de Gaay Fortman

Betteke de Gaay Fortman

Board member

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 Houthoff Buruma, chairperson VNO NNCW Metropolregion Amsterdam and commissary at Royal HaskoningDHV.

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

Former 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.

Volunteers

Wendela van Asbeck

Wendela van Asbeck

CRM and Fundraising projects
Christian Bruno

Christian Bruno

Fundraising & Implementations
Carla Mulder

Carla Mulder

Local ambassadors / Clean rivers
Ronja Jansz

Ronja Jansz

Film director
Carina van Uffelen

Carina van Uffelen

Coordinator Plastic Soup TV
Chayenne de Witte

Chayenne de Witte

AV-Producer
Nicola Chadwick

Nicola Chadwick

Translator
Joanna Bouma

Joanna Bouma

Translator
Tanja Chung

Tanja Chung

Translator
Anneke Wevers

Anneke Wevers

Health Files
Marlies van Maarseveen

Marlies van Maarseveen

Research
Yvonne Sjamaar

Yvonne Sjamaar

Volunteer
Cindy Iseli

Cindy Iseli

Plastic Soup-free events

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.

Guest lecturers

Carolien de Vries

Carolien de Vries

Guest teacher
Christy ter Braak

Christy ter Braak

Guest teacher
Dirk Groot

Dirk Groot

Guest teacher
Els Timmerman

Els Timmerman

Guest teacher
Helga Warmels

Helga Warmels

Guest teacher
Ingrid Lammerse

Ingrid Lammerse

Guest teacher
Janine Slot

Janine Slot

Guest teacher
Kyra Cramer

Kyra Cramer

Guest teacher
Lonneke Crusio

Lonneke Crusio

Guest teacher
Menno Haeck

Menno Haeck

Guest teacher
Peter Siegel

Peter Siegel

Guest teacher
Petra Kieboom

Petra Kieboom

Guest teacher
Petra Olgers

Petra Olgers

Guest teacher
Pieternel Geurtz

Pieternel Geurtz

Ambassador
Thijs Wetemans

Thijs Wetemans

Guest teacher
Tim de Rooij

Tim de Rooij

Guest teacher