Our team

Our team consists of young pioneers who crave innovation and are committed to working on sustainability. From technology experts to business developers, from market sensitives to straight-up science enthusiasts. Let's meet the team!

Eef Brouwers
Manager Farming & Technology

If we are going to build something, Eef is our guy. With an electrical engineering background, he knows his way in the world of innovation. He needs innovation like oxygen. Eef was one of the first people involved at North Sea Farmers, he is mainly responsible for the primary production part and offshore operations. 

Bas de LEeuw
Manager General & Public Affairs

Bas likes to organise what needs to be organised. As an experienced manager and facilitator, he is always ready to step up the game.  He is committed to seize opportunities to make seaweed mainstream, by connecting the economic and environmental drivers between companies, governments and NGO's.

Marlies Draisma
Manager Markets & Applications

Marlies is known for her market skills. Seaweed for plants, food, feed, pharma, energy: wherever there is an opportunity to increase the impact of seaweed, Marlies is nearby. She was present from the beginning of North Sea Farmers and has a background in Land & Water Management. This one is eager to learn new things every day.

Zinzi Reimert
Coordinator Offshore Test Site & interim manager

Zinzi is a force to be reckoned with. Before, she worked as a system engineer on innovations for the energy transition, fitting her background in Structural Engineering. As a coordinator of the Offshore Test Site, she is responsible for activities and project development related to the multi-use of windfarms. Zinzi is multi-use in human form.

June Kromjongh
Senior Advisor Communication & Community

June loves to tell stories. After working for newspapers, the government and running her own communications agency, June decided that it was time for something new. As a communication specialist with a green heart, who lives close to the beach, she always wandered what she could do with all that seaweed. In her role here at North Sea Farmers, she found the perfect place to find an answer and help the seaweed sector. 

Monique Veenker-le Bruijn
Business Controller

Monique is our tower of strength when it comes to keeping our pioneering ambitions financially viable. Always keeping her cool, she manages to navigate our project finances from foggy conditions to clear horizons. 

Rimco Slagter
Project Support Offshore Seaweed Cultivation & Processing

During his internship, Rimco has proven himself a true seaweed enthousiast. He has a head full of knowledge and at the same time he keeps himself busy with offshore cultivation systems on the Offshore Test Site. He is doing a master in Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University & Research.

Maite de Medeiros
Coordinator Seaweed Markets

Maite has many years of working experience in interdisciplinary and multi-cultural settings as a consultant in the offshore energy industry. After investigating about a new role to play in times where fast paced changes are required, she found her answer on seaweed. With her combined background in ocean/geosciences & sustainable development, her goal is to contribute to a society where both planet and people thrive! This she brings into North Sea Farmers when coordinating the seaweed markets for non-food/feed applications.

Jeroen vanson
Advisor Communication

After 9 years experience in sustainable energy and public relations Jeroen has a gap year in 2023 in order to train for a full distance triathlon. Goal for Jeroen is to finish the Ironman Triathlon in Hamburg in June 2023. Jeroen assists the North Sea Farmers on communication and PR activities for the seaweed sector this year. So if there is interesting news to share, please let us know!

Bram naves
Intern Circular Economy

Bram Naves is studying MSc Biobased Sciences at the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). He want's to find out how he can make North Sea Farmers futureproof and sustainable by working on the community and other cases. Bram is convinced seaweed is a keystone in a regenerative and circular economy, while supporting ecosystems and biodiversity.

Anouk Florentinus - chairman

With a broad and extensive expercience in innovation management, Anouk is our much appreciated chairman of the Advisory Board. Developing the seaweed sector has much resemblance to growing the sustainable energy sector, which is her focus at Vattenfall.

advisory board
Job Schipper

After many years of building Hortimare BV with respect to seaweed breeding and propagation, Job's scope of work generally broadened to the full seaweed production chain. Today he uses his experiences to advise external clients and partners and jointly conduct research and development projects. 

Martijn van Dam

Martijn has a background working at the House of Representatives of the Dutch Government, specialized in climate, food, ICT, innovation. Next to his current role as member of the Board of the Dutch Foundation for Publlic Broadcasting (NPO), he is a member of our Advisory Board.