Advisory Board

The Advisory board provides strategic support to our foundation. 

Paul van Koppen is an independent consultant and manager in the international water sector. As such is supporting a.o. the Netherlands Water Partnership in growing the international portfolio of Dutch companies and organizations. He was educated as a civil engineer and worked in international engineering and consulting functions. Since doing an MBA (2001) his career led him into senior management and director positions (both executive and non-executive). In parallel, his advisory work has focused more and more on developing and implementing international strategy, supporting organizational change and providing process support, all in the fields of international water supply, sanitation and environment. Since 2011, he is also trainer and coach for young professionals, amongst others for YEP Water & Agrofood.

Next to being in the advisory board of the Justdiggit, he is also member of the Board of WASTE foundation and the Water for Life foundation.

Paul Vosbeek is a clean tech entrepreneur and investor in support of the energy transition. Paul currently serves as the Managing Director for Energyworx USA, pure-play cloud-based Software-as-a-Service which is disrupting the energy and utilities markets worldwide. Paul co-founded clean tech startups in small-scale hydro energy and energy storage technology. Paul is also the founding partner of Real NewEnergy and has been involved and responsible for the development of wide spectrum of sustainability projects and clean energy technologies.

Paul is the Founder and Board Member of OrangeGoesGreen, a Public-Private-Partnership, organized as a US based 501(c)3 which brings together Dutch and US capabilities and requirements at the intersection of energy, water and food. Recently, Paul also served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco.

Paul is an Honorary Board Member of Bioneers, an innovative nonprofit organization, that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with breakthrough solutions and each other. A movement of movements.

Paul transferred to Washington D.C. in September 2006 to set-up the US operations for a leading Dutch supplier of specialized machinery for the destruction of currency, coin and classified information media. Paul has developed an in-depth understanding of the workings of the US market in general and US Government specifically.

Prior to that, Paul was running his own consulting company, Vosbeek Consulting which was specialized in international environmental and agricultural technology transfer projects. Paul holds a Bachelor degree in International Business obtained in 1992 at the Higher School of Economics in Groningen, the Netherlands and the Ryerson University of Toronto, Canada.

Paul likes to think big and loves big thinkers and when he got introduced to the ambitions and programs Justdiggit is developing, he immediately got inspired and attracted to the game-changing initiative. “If we can warm up the planet, we can also cool it”, how beautiful and simple a principle to fight for and Paul just digs it!

David Wyler is the co- founder and COO of HUMIN inc. a technology company in San Francisco that developed a contextual contact management system designed to think the way you naturally do. In March of 2016, Humin was acquired by Tinder.

Wyler is also the founder and Vice-Chairman of the board of the Kairos Society. The Kairos Society is a global organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Over the years, the Kairos Society has helped launch and grow over 100 innovative technology companies tackling problems in mobile healthcare, education, clean water, and more.

Wyler previously worked as director for Granaria Holdings BV. Granaria group is a globally operating century old family investment company. It’s an active investment holding company with interests in, commodities, pharma, real estate, shipping, wealth management, hotels, fashion and venture capital.

Prior to Granaria, Wyler worked at H2 equity partners, an independent private equity firm based in Amsterdam. Here, he focused on investments in mid-sized companies in Europe.

Wyler sits on the xprize innovation board as well as the board of advisors for 8VC and Romulus Capital.

In 2010 David Wyler was selected as one of 80 students worldwide to participate in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. Singularity University brings together leaders in business, science, and technology to facilitate the development of technologies that address humanity’s greatest challenges. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Foresight Forum and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, as well as a Leader del Futuro by the Ambrosetti Forum.

Wyler was also recognized in forbes’ 30 under 30.

Wyler graduated from the University of Amsterdam majoring in European Studies and Economics.

Robin Millington is Director, External Relations with the European Climate Foundation and a member of the leadership team. Based in The Hague, Ms. Millington has oversight for relations with the philanthropic community as well as managing outreach and awareness-building programmes about climate issues. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Gold Standard Foundation Supervisory Board and joined Justdiggit on their Advisory Board in 2016.

Prior to joining the ECF in 2009, Ms. Millington held senior management roles in both the private sector and in non-profit organizations, including Director of Development for INSEAD, as founding International Director of Wetlands International and Managing Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. She also served as a consultant to the American Ambassador in the Netherlands, board-level corporate clients, and other organizations on diversity issues.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Millington worked in the IT industry for ICL, the British computer company. She served as lead negotiator on the largest computer technology transfer into the former Soviet Union during perestroika which today is the largest IT services company in Russia. A dual American/Dutch national, Ms Millington obtained her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in International Relations and her MBA from INSEAD.

Ankur Jain is an entrepreneur, with a focus on leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to solve global problems.

Jain is the co-founder and CEO of Humin, a technology company in San Francisco that developed a contextual contact management system designed to think the way you naturally do. In March of 2016, Humin was acquired by Tinder. Jain is also the founder and chairman of the Kairos Society, an organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world challenges. Over the years, the Kairos Society has helped launch and grow over 100 innovative technology companies tackling problems in mobile healthcare, education, clean water, and more.

Over the years Jain has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2010, Jain was selected as one of 80 students worldwide to participate in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. Singularity University brings together leaders in business, science, and technology to facilitate the development of technologies that address humanity’s greatest challenges. He has been recognized as a Leader del Futuro by the Ambrosetti Forum and as a Young Leader by both the World Foresight Forum and the St. Petersberg International Economic Forum. Jain also currently serves as a member of the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations. In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World” and awarded Jain “30 Under 30”. In 2012, Jain was named “30 under 30: Solution Broker” by the Christian Science Monitor. In 2013, Jain was elected to the Innovation Board for the X-Prize Foundation. And in 2015, Forbes also named Jain to their “30 under 30” list.

Jain graduated from the Wharton School of Business in May, 2011.

Jim Fournier has three decades experience in sustainable systems design, renewable energy and information technology –

Jim is cofounder, Chairman & President of Planetwork, a San Francisco based collaborative network using information technology to address the pressing issues of our time – ocean acidity, mass extinction, ecological collapse, social & economic justice, and true democracy.

In 2000, Planetwork convened the first international conference on global ecology and information technology, and has continued to host major conferences and gatherings since then. Long before anyone had ever heard of social media, Planetwork convened the conversation around creating an online social network to empower individuals and civil society. The Planetwork community remains dedicated to the vision of building a distributed global networksince then. 

He currently serves on the board of Buckminster Fuller Institute, Channel G Network and Threshold Foundation’s Sustainable Planet Grants Committee. 

Recently exited Biochar Engineering Corp after five years as the leading entrepreneur in biochar – a carbon sequestering soil amendment – one of the only effective ways to remove net carbon from the atmosphere. Biochar increases soil fertility and has great promise for mine-land reclamation, the focus of Biochar Solutions Inc., a profitable spin-off where he serves as Chairman.

A former industrial designer, entrepreneur, software developer and industrial ecologist; left MIT to found an industrial design firm; owned and operated an international consumer goods design and manufacturing company; and developed 3D software as a Geometry Partner with Silicon Graphics.

He is also the co-founder and current CEO of JLINC Labs, an open system platform for managing the virtual chain of custody for digital objects.

Ignace Schops is a Belgian environmentalist and expert in biodiversity, landscaping and herpetology. He is the director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, president of the largest network on the natural heritage in Europe; the EUROPARC federation, a full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and council member of the largest nature conservation organization in Flanders; Natuupunt.

Schops has been awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize, better known as the Green Nobel Prize, in 2008 for his contributions to the establishment of the Hoge Kempen National Park. He is selected as Ashoka fellow and is one of the eight global ambassadors for the IUCN countdown 2010 initiative.

Peter Laanen is our advisor for Justdiggit’s international expansion to the United States. Despite his busy schedule, Justdiggit stole his heart! Whether he is lecturing in the Netherlands or consulting the Government on the State of Tabasco in Mexico, his demeanor is always one of optimism and joy.  After a successful track record in the entertainment and sports industry, he became the Founding CEO of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville (home of Pixar), California in 1998. After his induction into the Dutch-American Hall of Fame in 2012, Peter has been honored by the Senate of the State of California in 2014 with a resolution regarding his success as International Trade Director at the Netherlands Business Support Office. Peter is based in California where he developed an extensive network of business and government leaders.

Olivier Karg started his first company in Groningen just before he hit his twentieth birthday. His career as an entrepreneur began in sales and running social advertising campaigns for various webshops. He built a healthy business within half a year and soon he realised that his next challenge was not going to be found in the small city up north.

Seeking for more peers and opportunities he moved to Amsterdam. He developed himself there as a freelance growth hacker and started to work with Startupbootcamp, Philips, Randstad and several fast growing startups soon after.

2015 was the right year to take a next step. Together with two co-founders he founded the Amsterdam based growth hacking agency Bammboo.

Currently their team is growing fast and operating in the Netherlands, Belgium and Dubai.

With the use of a variety of startup-models (Technical growth models, combined with Agile&scrum, Lean Startup and Holacracy) Olivier helps startups, online businesses and smart corporates to create and execute clear growth strategies. Growth hacking is a way of high paced, data- technology- and market based digital marketing. Together with the Bammboo team Olivier discovers the most effective ways to grow businesses by running data-driven online experiments. In addition they train and coach marketingteams to do this theirselves.

Dennis Karpes’ pitch for Justdiggit touched Olivier’s heart and since that moment he wanted to be a part of the Justdiggit movement.