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Wietse van der Werf

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Netherlands

Wietse founded the Sea Ranger Service to revolutionize ocean conservation. His model combines the empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a concrete solution to severe global human capacity shortages in the monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Emer Beamer

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2017

Netherlands

With her Designathon Works learning method grounded on design thinking the child is understood as a complete human being endowed with great creative capacity, Emer Beamer enables teachers to tap into the natural space of play within a child and among children, to stimulate their interest and...

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Barbara Muller

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

Netherlands

Barbara Muller is dedicated to the development bonding of primary caregivers to babies at risk, particularly during delivery and in the first few months of the newborn’s lives through two new ideas: Het Babyhuis (‘The Baby House’), offering a safe and supportive home to mother and newborn, and De...

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Geert van der Veer

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2017

Netherlands

With his Herenboeren movement Geert is putting the use of farm land back into the hands of local communities, using a model of collective ownership and management, which by restoring people’s relationship with that land, serves as the basis of an alternative system for food production, which...

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Bas van Abel

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands

By designing and producing the first modular designed, and thus longer lasting, smartphone, building a conflict free and fair supply and production chain, Bas van Abel with his company Fairphone is creating a movement of ethical consumption while shifting the smartphone industry -one of the most...

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Joost Van Engen

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands

By innovating a truly sustainable supply chain including the last-mile that is independent of national healthcare systems, Joost van Engen is creating sustainable access to essential medicines, hygiene products and supplements for low income families in remote areas, while at the same time providing...

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Aart van Veller

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands

Aart van Veller created the Netherlands' first renewable energy marketplace, empowering both consumers and independent producers of local renewable energy to circumvent the traditional system, changing market dynamics and advancing the transition from gray to green energy by creating demand for it.

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Jos de Blok

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Netherlands

Dissatisfied with the delivery of health care by traditional home-care organizations in the Netherlands, Jos decided to create a new model anchored on the self-management capacity of nursing professionals, ultimately resulting to a more responsive, patient-centric system giving better quality care...

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Noa Lodeizen

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Netherlands

Current juvenile justice systems around the world are failing, both for youth themselves and for society. Asserting that the current system of imprisoning youths is more destructive than rehabilitative, Noa works to ensure that youths in conflict with the law get a real chance at reintegrating into...

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Lucas Simons

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2013

Netherlands

By creating a tool for rating and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of medium-sized agricultural producer groups, Lucas Simons is able to form a common language and standard of information enabling previously disparate stakeholders to communicate and increasing access to financial products for...

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