CEO and Founder
Boyan Slat (1994) is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who creates technologies to tackle global issues of sustainability. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, where he is responsible for overall strategy and cleanup technology development.
Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and was crowned 2014 Champion of the Earth, the United Nations' highest environmental accolade. In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry's Young Entrepreneur Award, and Foreign Policy magazine included Boyan in their 2015 list of Global Thinkers.
Michael Hartnack (1972) has 20 years experience as ethical venture capital investor and financially-focused business (strategy) consultant. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Michael began his career at KPMG (1995 - 2007) where he specialised in advising high-growth businesses (or their investors) in the context of mergers and acquisitions. For the last decade he has worked almost exclusively with (and is passionate about) high-potential businesses which deliver environmental or social returns. As CFO he is responsible for the foundation’s sound financials and in charge of all financial flows.
Lourens Boot (1974) studied civil and offshore engineering at Delft University of Technology. After completing his studies, Lourens has worked for 12 years in the large oil and gas corporate business. He was stationed on several locations in Europe, Asia and Africa, managing projects for Schlumberger and Shell. After those 12 years Lourens decided to direct his focus to clean technology. At The Ocean Cleanup his role is to lead the engineering team in designing, testing and building the system that will capture and retrieve plastics from the oceans.
Julia Reisser (1984) leads the oceanographic team and the ocean plastic research expeditions. She is responsible for increasing the knowledge on mass, distribution, and impacts of plastics across the world’s oceans. Initially starting her academic career in Brazil, she then moved across the world to do her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on understanding how ocean physical processes influence plastic pollution and marine life. Julia has led many research expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans, resulting in 15 publications on plastic pollution and biology topics to date.
Frederik Gerner is co-founder and shareholder of Ampelmann Operations BV, currently managing director Asia Pacific at Ampelmann.
Evert Greup is ex-CEO VvAA groep, ex-CEO Kempen & Co, and prior to that investment manager at Nationale-Nederlanden.
Frans Ratelband is a former senior management consultant for KPMG and a founding partner of Organics management consultancy.
Willem van Schoten
Reijnder de Feijter
Dieke van der Gugten
Peter van Eersel
Sabrina A. Roy
Hans van Piggelen
Mirjam van der Mheen
Monique van de Graaf
Anna van Duin
Rempko de Bie
Frank van Lent
Pauline Horng BSc
Maloe de Goeij
Tim van Kinderen