Working for a South African NGO to grow rural and township-based businesses that support local biodiversity after finishing my studies and relocating from the Netherlands to South Africa to promote sustainable entrepreneurship and green growth on the ground.
Master degree in History, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Meeting entrepreneurs who have made a positive impact on their environment through concrete actions that make “business sense” has shown me that sustainability is not a nice add-on but part of core business. Some inspiring examples are a microfinance organisation that developed loans for small solar panels, and a brick company that installed a solar powered water treatment plant that also provides clean drinking water for surrounding communities. These examples inspire me to help other entrepreneurs see what a positive impact they have already made and to assist them in doing even more.
Title: Senior Consultant, Sustainable Business Practices