Sustainability Debate 2024

On Wednesday 1st of May the second edition of the Sustainability Debate will take place, with the theme: ‘Circular Economy’. Different experts from different fields will go into discussions together and share their view on this topic. The debate will be from 19:30-21:30 (walk-in from 19:00), and the first 150 people who get a ticket get access to free drinks afterwards! Make sure to get your tickets now:

Remi Veldhoven – Innovation manager at Wolkat Fibers BV
As the innovation manager for circular textile recycling company Wolkat, Remi Veldhoven innovates and improves the process and product of Wolkat. Besides, she aims to stimulate all players in the textile supply chain to get engaged in textile circularity and believes legislation is the tool to stimulate, motivate and sometimes force players to do so. 

Marjet Rutten – Consultant in sustainable construction
Marjet Rutten has been working in construction since 1998. She has spent a large part of her career focussing on innovation and sustainability in construction. Marjet advises organizations (including the ministry) solicited and unsolicited on innovations in construction. Marjet works three days a week for the National Approach to Biobased Construction. She also works voluntarily as Gideon one day a week to contribute to achieving climate goals in the built environment. She is also active in government assessment committees and juries, where she assesses, among other things, the market opportunities of planned product and process innovations.

Jan Keller – Executive V.P. Head of Reuse and Repair at ASML
Jan Keller is currently the Executive Vice President Head of Reuse and Repair at ASML, focusing on boosting the circular supply chain. With a background in strategic sourcing, supply chain management, and global operations leadership, Jan has held various executive roles at companies like ABB, Air Liquide, and Alstom Power. Jan’s expertise also includes experience in procurement, sales, and strategy in industries such as energy, automation, and renewable energy. Educationally, Jan holds a Master’s degree in Physics and an MBA from ETH Zürich and INSEAD, respectively.

Joris Thijssen – Tweede Kamer member GroenLinks-PvdA
Joris Thijssen has been working for more than 25 years towards finding a balance between the earth and her 8 billion residents. He started in 1996 as a volunteer at Greenpeace. Joris Thijssen was involved in organizing countless campaigns as director of Greenpeace. However, after 25, he decided to stop as director and start a political career at PvdA-Groenlinks where he now represents the party in “De Tweede Kamer”.

Jan van Poppel – Jounalist BNN-VARA
Taking part in the Sustainability Debate as the third panelist is Jan van Poppel, journalist and radio presenter for BNNVARA. He studied Sustainable Global Science in Utrecht, and in his journalism he specializes in sustainability topics. As a freelance journalist he writes for Brandpunt+, De Correspondent and NRC. His pieces touch upon topics like nature, climate change, and circular economy.

Dario Perfigli – Scientist Rebellion
Dario A. Perfigli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology research group of TU Delft, and recently, he also joined Scientist Rebellion Delft due to his significant concerns about climate change and related injustices, feeling the need, both as citizen and researchers, to raise his voice. He has an interdisciplinary background, combining media studies, human geography, STS, and philosophy to explore and question the relations between society and technology.

Andy van den Dobbelsteen
The debate will be moderated by Andy van der Dobbelsteen, who works as a Sustainability Lead at TU Delft and is a Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability in the Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology.