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A voluntary Advisory Council was established in 2018 to support our activities. The Advisory Council ensures continuity and provides valuable knowledge and experience. Meeting a number of times per year, the Advisory Council members work efficiently to advise and deploy their networks. They are approached for advice on tactical and substantive issues. The Advisory Council of FairClimateFund consists of the following members:

From left to right and in alphabetical order: Peter d'Angremond, Heleen de Coninck, Niels van Geenhuizen, Jelle de Jong and Josien Sluijs

Peter d’Angremond - President & CEO Stichting Max Havelaar
Peter d'Angremond has had various commercial positions in leading organizations. In the rapidly evolving consumer goods industry, Peter worked for Kraft, and Sara Lee Household & Bodycare. Peter was country director Benelux at Disneyland Resort Paris and marketing director at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. From June 2009, Peter has acted as executive director of the Max Havelaar foundation (the basis behind the Fairtrade label for sustainable production and fair marketing standards). In this position, Peter is also chairman of the association of labeling initiatives (the 23 associations responsible for Fairtrade's market development in their respective markets).

Heleen de Coninck - Professor of socio-technical innovation and climate change at the Technology, Innovation & Society group at Eindhoven University of Technology
Heleen de Coninck is a Dutch climate scientist. She is professor of socio-technical innovation and climate change at the Technology, Innovation & Society group at Eindhoven University of Technology, and associate professor at the Department of Environmental Science at the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She previously worked for more than ten years at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) on international energy and climate policy, including emissions trading and the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol. Her research is mainly about international climate policy, energy technology and innovation. She is one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 interim report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, and lead author of the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report. She specializes in the capture and storage of carbon dioxide, among other things. View her recent TedX Talk here about why "Climate Change Requires Changing Human Skills" and why "Every Half Degree Matters".

Niels van Geenhuizen – Sustainability Manager CSU, Tzorg, ZiZo
Niels is sustainability manager at Total Care. Total Care is a family business with three labels; CSU (cleaning), Tzorg (home care) and ZiZo (convenience services) who are all active at the top of their sector. After various sustainability roles at Arcadis (national and international), Niels switched to Total Care in early 2023 to boost sustainability there. He integrates sustainability together with colleagues in all agreements and services towards customers. In addition, making Total Care's own operation more sustainable is also an important part of its activities. As a third line, Niels is committed to accelerating sustainability in the Netherlands by establishing all kinds of networks and 'coalitions of the willing'. For example, Niels is one of the founders of Anders Reizen, Anders Huisvesten, Low Car Diet and he has held various board positions at initiatives such as Paris Proof Commitment and Whole Life Carbon of the Dutch Green Building Council and Liaison Delegate at the World Business Council For Sustainable Development . Niels knows the Dutch, European and global theme of sustainability in companies well from his various sustainable roles.

Jelle de Jong - Managing Director IVN Institute for Nature Education
Jelle de Jong is managing director of IVN Nature Education, an association that is committed to reconnecting people and nature. They do this with about 160 professionals and almost 10,000 active volunteers. The ambition is to easily involve the more than 1 million people who indicate that they want to dedicate themselves to green and nature in the immediate living environment and to connect them in the "swarm". In previous positions, Jelle was active as a board member of Tempo-Team, as a strategy advisor at Boer & Croon and as an HR manager at Shell International. He believes that sustainable results only come about when "soul and business" are connected.

Josien Sluijs - Managing Director Aqua For All
Josien Sluijs is director of non profit organization Aqua For All and also has as been active in the field of inclusive financing for more than 15 years.
Before her current position she was director of the Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM). She was responsible for the representation of the Dutch Inclusive Finance sector and facilitates collaborations, knowledge development, and knowledge sharing among the members of NpM. Before that she held a senior position at Rabobank International. She was responsible for restructuring rural banks in the Middle East and Asia. She was also responsible for various advisory processes for international organizations, such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and research projects related to Value Chain Finance.