ABOUT THE OCEAN CLEANUP

The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. The Ocean Cleanup’s goal is to fuel the world’s fight against oceanic plastic pollution by initiating the largest cleanup in history.

CORE FIGURES

FOUNDED: 2013
STAFF: 25+
VOLUNTEERS: 100+
HQ: DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS

PREPARING FOR EXECUTION

 

FEBRUARY 2013
The Ocean Cleanup founded

MARCH 2014
Proof-of-concept barrier deployed in the Atlantic

JUNE 2014
Feasibility study published, indicating the concept is likely a viable way to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

SEPTEMBER 2014
Most successful non-profit crowd funding campaign ever (US$ 2.2 million, 38,000 contributors, 160 countries)

NOVEMBER 2014
United Nations awards founder Boyan Slat its highest environmental accolade

FEBRUARY 2015
The Ocean Cleanup study proves ocean plastic is within reachable distances from the surface

MAY 2015
The Ocean Cleanup announces the Coastal Pilot

AUGUST 2015
The Ocean Cleanup embarks on the Mega Expedition

 

 

 

 

2020
Start of Cleanup

Management

BOYAN SLAT

CEO and Founder

Boyan Slat (1994) is a Dutch entepreneur 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.

HANS STRENG

COO

Hans Streng (1954) studied Electronics at Eindhoven University of Technology and earned an MBA from the University of Rochester. Hans occupied numerous leading positions at Philips, The Industree, NXP and Geotate. As CEO of Epyon he steered the company from a start-up into a successful enterprise, which attracted a takeover by ABB. Hans joined The Ocean Cleanup as COO, overseeing all daily operations.

MICHAEL HARTNACK

CFO

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

Lead Engineer

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 Asia and Africa, managing projects for Schlumberger and Shell. After a break 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 ocean.

JULIA REISSER

Lead Oceanographer

Julia Reisser (1984) leads the oceanographic team and the ocean plastic research expeditions. She is responsible for increasing the knowledge on mass and distribution 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.

Supervisory Board

FREDERIK GERNER

Technology and R&D

Frederik Gerner is co-founder and shareholder of Ampelmann Operations BV, currently managing director Asia Pacific at Ampelmann.

EVERT GREUP

Funding and Finance

Evert Greup is ex-CEO VvAA groep, ex-CEO Kempen & Co, and prior to that investment manager at Nationale-Nederlanden.

FRANS RATELBAND

Project Management and Organisation

Frans Ratelband is a former senior management consultant for KPMG and a founding partner of Organics management consultancy.

OUR TEAM

At The Ocean Cleanup we work with a team of over 100 committed people, performing research in the fields of engineering, physical oceanography, ecology, finance, maritime law, processing and recycling.

Research and Development

Oceanography

Julia Reisser MSc
Lead Oceanographer

Stella Diamant
Mega Expedition Coordinator

Eline Spek
Expedition Manager

Lys-Anne Sirks
Expedition Assistant

Audrey Legat
Expedition Assistant

Steven Mitchell
Expedition Advisor

Bart Sturm
App Developer

Daniel Baker
App Developer

Eva Seignette
App Developer

Harm Pieters
App Developer

Nitin Prasad
App developer

Dan Pinder
Interim Vessel Recruitment Coordinator

Andreas Saavedra
Vessel Recruiter

Ella van Gool
Vessel Recruiter

Aude Pacini
Vessel Recruiter

Mario Merkus
Trawl Developer

Jan Maarten de Gruijter
Trawl Developer

Wouter de Vos
Trawl Developer

Mirjam van der Mheen
Trawl Developer

Claartje Ketelaars
Trawl Developer

Denny Blokland
Packaging Designer Trawls

Arnaud Graeffly
Composite Expert

Martin Rijn
Manufacturer

Aristotle Boaitey
GIS work 

Francesco Ferrari
Lab Coordinator

Serena Consulo
Lab Assistant 

Engineering

Lourens Boot
Interim Lead Engineer

Herm Bussemaker
Naval Architect

Hans Muller
Advisor Project Management

Sergio Castellanos
Engineer

Sneh Sameer
Draftsman

Michiel Kruijff
System Engineering Advisor

Jan-Willem Damsteeg
Systems & Control Engineer,
Special Projects

Sjoerd Drenkelford
Mechanical Engineer,
Special Projects

Dieke van der Gugten
Mechanical Engineer, Special Projects

Wim Poel
General Assistance to the R&D dept

Jeremy Nijk
General Assistance to the R&D dept

Bart Kaas
General Assistance to the R&D dept 

Brody Lee
General Assistance to the R&D Dept 

Pilot Projects

Rick Martini
Pilot Project Manager

Ioannis Katseris
Costing Engineer

Computational Modeling

Bruno Sainte-Rose
Lead Computational Modeler

Leonid Pavlov
Computational Studies Advisor

Simone Manuputty 
3D CAD Support 

Maritime Law

Bettina Boschen
Lead Maritime Law Researcher

Process Engineering

Norbert Fraunholcz
Lead Process Engineer

Kauê Pelegrini
Process Engineer

Rosmary Brandalise
Process Engineer

Diego Piazza
Process Engineer

Special Projects

Paul Lubbers
General Advisor

David Cerda Salzmann
Technical manager special projects

Martin Bakker
Assistant Special projects

Dmytro Tereshchenko
Volunteer Architect

Marton Mazzag
Volunteer Architect

Marketing and Communications

Robert Chesal
Head of Communications

Ianthe Dickhoff
Communications Manager

Merel Bas
Communications Assistant

Sabrina A. Roy
Social Media Coordinator

Joost Niepoth
MarCom Advisor

Emilie Rost van Tonningen
Event Coordinator

Jolien Jonker
Intern Documentary maker

Sophie de Voogd
Demo model Designer

Andrea van den Berg
Demo model Designer

Elmar ten Kate
Demo model Designer

Lennart Opdam
Demo model Designer

Linde Rappard
Demo model Designer

Yiu Fung Chow
Demo model Designer

Jorne de Vries
Demo model Designer

Matt del Biondi
Graphic Designer

Tom Pougin
Graphic Designer

Jonas Hermann
Graphic Designer

Lucas Körner
Graphic Designer

Robin Bugdahn
Graphic Designer

Bea Nagy
Photographer

Dana Nentjes
Videographer

Anne van Campenhout
Videographer

Hans van Piggelen
Webmaster

Lenneke Karlas
Webmaster

Kees van Bezouw
Email Communications

Manissa Ruffles
Speaking Coordinator

Finance

Michael Hartnack
CFO

Hanneke Stolk
Bookkeeping

Dario Grassini CPA
Financial Assistant

Sonja van Eersel
Financial Assistant

Wilbert van der Vliet
Subsidy Tracer

Office

Femke Hoes
Office Director

Jenke Heeke
Head Office Manager

Hanneke Binnendijk
Assistant to the Office Director

Saskia Nijhof
Secretary support

Josje Erkelens
HR Management

Sanne Lemmens
HR Administrator

Tjeerd Hoes
HR Advisor

Steven Bink
IT Coordinator

Rempko de Bie
IT Support

Maarten Eekels
SharePoint Consultant

Andres Schulz
Salesforce Consultant

Frank van Lent
Database Architect

Monique van de Graaf
Legal Counsel

Anna van Duin
Legal Counsel

Anouk Stevelmans
Legal Counsel

Martijn Stuart
Legal Counsel

Mary Adner
Proofreader

Kim Rybarczyk
Proofreader

Alison Frost
Proofreader

Colomba Grolleau
Translator French

Jaime López
Translator Spanish

Patricia Schiavone
Translator Spanish

Pauline Horng BSc
Translator Traditional Chinese

Norbert Eggermont
Translator German

Tina Conrad
Translator German

Anne-Marie Vermunt
Translator English

Aya Sadahiro
Translator Japanese

Sandra Quirijns
General Assistance

Astrid Groot
General Assistance

Bara Halikova
General Assistance

Etienne Schweistries
General Assistance

Wieke Dingler
General Assistance

Gabrielle van Steenstraten
General Assistance

Yoli Wheeler
General Assistance

Jacob Janssen
General Assistance