Young Expert at Rebel Group - Indonesia
YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 20
On behalf of Rebel and as a Young Expert, I work as Business Developer Circular Economy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is globally second in contributing to the problem of marine plastic pollution. This problem is closely related to the water and agrofood sector as leaking streams of plastic packaging in the environment contaminate waters (rivers, estuaries and oceans) and mismanaged recycling processes result in pollution that – via soils and sea animals – also ends up in our food systems.
As Business Developer I will bring the Dutch knowledge and experience of circular economy principles to the Indonesian office of Rebel, to contribute to solving (part of) the problem related to marine plastic pollution in Indonesia. This means providing tools to calculate the current negative (economic, environmental and social) impact of plastic pollution and compare these to scenarios of policy packages to change the status quo. One of the projects I am working on is the development of the market for recycled plastics in Indonesia as part of a programme initiated by the Dutch and Indonesian governments on demonstrating a circular plastics value chain in Indonesia.
With a background in Industrial Ecology and Architecture, I am specialised in system thinking, design thinking, circular economy and analysing material flows and supply chains related to them. In my work as a circular economy consultant at Rebel I work on assignments around sustainable strategy and organizational change.
I love to work in multi-stakeholder environments. I focus on the qualities of the people in my team and build bridges between differences in backgrounds, experience or sector. I am motivated to make positive environmental change, both in my professionals and personal life. I build partnerships, structure collaborations and take the lead in the projects I manage. I am responsible, creative, analytic and solution driven.
- 2013 – 2016: Msc. Industrial Ecology (Cum Laude), Leiden University and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
- 2013 – 2015: Climate-KIC Master Label Programme, European Institute of Technology (EIT), winning pitch during the summer school focused on sustainability and entrepreneurship
- 2014: Leiden Leadership Programme, Honours Programme for Msc. students by Leiden University with a focus on leadership, including a consulting project at Oxfam Novib
- 2008 – 2013: Bsc. Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. Minor International Entrepreneurship & Development (Dep. Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft), including development project in Moengo, Surinam
Experience before YEP
- Researcher, Department of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft, Delft, March 2016 – August 2016
Part of the European research project GLAMURS on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and the way local sustainable initiatives like Transition Towns, Energy Cooperatives and Repair Cafés can contribute to these lifestyles.
- Graduate intern, KPMG Sustainability, Amstelveen, June 2015 – February 2016
Thesis research with regard to circular economy in the built environment and the contribution of supply chain collaboration to circularity in buildings.
- Project Assistant, De Groene Grachten, Amsterdam, June 2015 – February 2016
De Groene Grachten makes historic buildings (like the Dutch canal houses) sustainable. As Project Assistant responsible for advisory and innovation, organizing a competition for sustainable student houses and research into sustainable co-working spaces.
- CEO and co-founder, CaffeInk, Amsterdam, September 2015 – current
CaffeInk extracts colorants out of coffee waste to support in sustainable ink production. As CEO/co-founder responsible for managing the project team, building partnerships and the overall strategy of the project that focuses on creating maximum value out of coffee waste.