Siem Haffmans has over 25 years of experience as a sustainable designer and strategic consultant on sustainable innovation and circular economy. He graduated as MSc Industrial Design Engineer at Delft University of Technology. Since then he worked as a researcher at TNO and started already in 1990 a design studio, specialized in eco-design. In 2004 he was one of the founding partners of Partners for Innovation, working on sustainable innovation and circular economy for leading companies in Europe, such as: DAF trucks, Heineken, Philips, Tarkett/Desso, SUEZ and the packaging industry. He is frequently asked as a (guest) lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and the Dutch Packaging Centre. Siem is also founder of Ragbag, a brand for fair trade and recycled bags from India.
Marjolein van Gelder has a MSc Sustainable Development (Utrecht University/University Basel) and a BSc Sociology (University of Amsterdam). She worked for more than 5 years at the National Government in many different departments at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on sustainability. The last three years she worked as an advisor at the knowledge, innovation and strategy department. Policy processes, research, implementation and policy advice are her fields of expertise. Currently she is strategic consultant at Partners for Innovation, working on circulair economy and the CIRCO project.
Ed van Hinte studied aviation and space technology for some time in the seventies after which he switched to industrial design at Delft Technical University and graduated MSc Industrial Design. He is driven by a certain aversion to conventions within creative communities. He is a freelance writer, editor, curator and teacher. He initiated lightness-studios and currently he focuses on scenarios for introducing lightweight structures and buildings and on future value scenarios. In addition, together with Renate Boere he started design research facility DRS22 in The Hague. DRS22 performs design research in public space, communication and lightweight structures.