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

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.

Sascha Wegner
Advisor Community & Communication

After becoming a doctor, Sascha decided to aim for a very different working environment. Now her focus is to keep our community happy & healthy. With her support on Communication, her talent as a 'spelling Nazi' surely comes in handy ;) And by managing our office she also makes sure everyone's blood pressure stays close to normal... 

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
Staff member 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 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.

Iris Menger
Coordinator Seaweed Markets

With experience in commercial seaweed cultivation and a background in Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, Iris brings the North Sea Farmers fresh outlooks on seaweed business. Always willing to share her experience and knowledge and an eagerness to keep learning more, she will be coordinating the markets of feed and food. Talking about food, have you ever tried seaweed caviar? Free tip from an expert 😉  

Juriaan vissers
Intern Seaweed Cultivation

 As a master student Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University, Juriaan joins the the North Sea Farmers as Seaweed Cultivation Intern. Juriaan is interested in seaweed and sees his internship at North Sea Farmers as the perfect opportunity to explore the seaweed sector. 

ADVISORY BOARD
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. 

ADVISORY BOARD
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.