We seek passion and excellence
Our mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. We need to complete one of the most ambitious engineering projects on the face of the planet. To succeed in our mission, we hire dedicated, fully focused and out-of-the-box thinking employees.
If you are a master problem solver and are willing to do whatever it takes to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, we want you at The Ocean Cleanup.
We validate our work with science and numbers
We start by tackling the big problems and solve the smaller ones along the way
WORK WITH NATURE
Technology should be symbiotic with the environment
Trying to do everything often leads to accomplishing nothing
STRIVE FOR SIMPLICITY
We avoid interdependency for faster iteration cycles
We test often and fast – to learn as we go and adapt when needed
BUILD WITH EXPERTISE
… but not without questioning it
The Ocean Cleanup is a project that has a strict deadline; once the oceans are clean, our project is complete
Need a few good reasons to join the team?
- See your work getting implemented within months of initial design
- Work on cutting-edge engineering, modeling, and plastic pollution research.
- Be part of a driven group of experts, who see the “impossible” as temporary.
- Play a key role in launching the largest cleanup in history.
We bring the Silicon Valley culture to the Netherlands
- Build, break, learn, and repeat: we iterate fast and continuously
- We work anywhere, anytime.
- Personal accountability is our culture (no time sheets or fixed number of holidays)
- From (free) team lunches, to drinks on the terrace, to ping pong – we work hard, but we also enjoy downtime
Boyan SlatCEO and Founder
Chris WorpManaging Director
Chris Worp, MScManaging Director
20 years of leadership experience in building teams and driving growth in various industries.
Always looking for new challenges and experiences. Being a nature enthusiast since birth, I love experiencing animal life from diving in our amazing oceans to studying the savannah in Africa. Now energized by focusing my time, skills and energy on cleaner oceans.
Lonneke HolierhoekDirector of Operations
Lonneke Holierhoek, MScDirector of Operations
Using 20 years of experience in maritime and offshore projects towards achieving successful cleanup operations
Master of Science in Technical Mathematics (TU Delft, 1995), Quantity Surveyor (I.C.E.S., UK, 2003)
An enthused amateur lapidist
Jos Huijbregts, MScCFO
Bringing 25 years of corporate finance and business management experience to The Ocean Cleanup
Master’s in Econometry (Amsterdam University, 1990), executive degree in Financial Controlling (Amsterdam University, 1994), Management Program (Harvard, 2009)
As an avid sailor, I'm fully motivated to help to rid the oceans of plastic.
Joost DuboisCommunications and External Affairs
Joost Dubois, MScCommunications and External Affairs
25+ years veteran of corporate affairs, marketing and communications
Passionately curious with a nose for news
André VolleringIT Support
André Vollering, MScIT Support
I fix computer related problems
Anne RaangsOperations Officer
Anne Raangs, MScOperations Officer
Graduated as an Industrial Design Engineer from TU Delft.
Used to hectic work environment from the Norwegian offshore yard area.
Prefers to sail the ocean shorthandedly in a sailing boat.
Trying my best to make the world a bit cleaner, both in the local Rotterdam neighborhood and abroad.
Arjen TjallemaTechnology Manager
Arjen Tjallema, MScTechnology Manager
Hydrodynamics & motion-of-the-ocean expert
Floating & boating enthusiast
Experienced mooring designer, with strings attached
Bastiaan DuboisBusiness Development Manager
Bastiaan Dubois, MScBusiness Development Manager
Driven to build strategic partnerships that enable global scale-up
Background in consulting and diplomacy
Rescued a seal who is now swimming in the ocean again named after me
Bruno Sainte-RoseLead Computational Modeler
Bruno Sainte-Rose, PhDLead Computational Modeler
Leads plastic modeling activities
Loves to put his rocket science education to down to earth challenging missions
As a Caribbean islander knows the importance of cleaner oceans!
Carlo WesselingOperations Manager
Carlo WesselingOperations Manager
Former Army engineering officer with 20 years of experience in leadership, strategy design, innovation, and obviously, operations
Worked as deputy director of the innovation center for the Ministry of Defense
Geeky board game designer in spare time
Carmen PerenHR Manager
Carmen Peren, MScHR Manager
Happy to provide HR support to a dedicated crew that strives to have a positive impact on our planet.
6 years of HR experience in the corporate environment.
Animal lover, chocolate addict, and book nerd.
Chris ReichardLead Structural & Mechanical Engineer
Chris Reichard, MScLead Structural & Mechanical Engineer
Creative, innovation loving engineer leading the structural team for the pacific system
Experience in structural engineering with a mix of hydrodynamics and coding, previously worked for one of the largest vessels in the offshore industry
Have a passion for the outdoors and always ready for an adventure
Dan van der KooySenior Video Producer
Dan van der KooySenior Video Producer
Storyteller, video producer, film photographer
Produced thousands of stories from all over this planet
Now proud to be a part of telling one of the most important stories for this planet
Deborah KoskelaLead Hydrodynamic Engineer
Deborah Koskela, BScLead Hydrodynamic Engineer
Investigated the impact of ocean motion on flexible things, for fifteen years
Believes in sustainable living. Treads the fine line between recycling and hoarding
Using my professional skills for my personal beliefs
Dieuwertje EwaltsChief of Staff
Dieuwertje Ewalts, MScChief of Staff
Enabling the MT to operate efficiently and effectively, help to secure funding
Over 12 years experience in strategy development and implementation at Deloitte
Proud caretaker of two rescued chinchillas. Known as fervent ‘litterati’
Eline SpekProgram Coordinator
Eline Spek, MScProgram Coordinator
Experienced juggler of projects, priorities and plans
Can almost always answer your question. Probably yesterday
Boulderer, sword fighter & always something new
Ellen HooglandGeneral Counsel
Ellen Hoogland, LL.M.General Counsel
All-round business-oriented general counsel with 20 years of experience
Motivated to leave the world a bit better than I found it.
Erika TräskvikDigital Communications Manager
Erika Träskvik, MScDigital Communications Manager
Have been fascinated by marketing as long as I can remember. Finnish but speak Swedish
Grew up in the forest and spent the summers at the coast. Yes, Finland has summer too
Loving the “nothing is impossible”-spirit at The Ocean Cleanup
Evelyn BrayCommunity and Stakeholder Manager
Evelyn Bray, BScCommunity and Stakeholder Manager
The Ocean Cleanup's biggest fan
Firm believer research and communications are a match made in heaven
My recipe to clean the ocean: optimism, determination, passion mixed with strategy, correspondence, out-of-the-box thinking and a dash of insanity
Fedde PoppenkMechanical Engineer
Fedde Poppenk, MScMechanical Engineer
Working on the Pacific Ocean System as a design and structural engineer
Graduated as Space Systems Engineer, spent 7 years in the Oil and Gas industry as a designer and now up for doing some good
Femke HoesFinance Coordinator
Femke HoesFinance Coordinator
Proud member of the service team
Passionate about ridding the oceans of plastic
Florent BeauverdCreative Content Director
Florent Beauverd, BScCreative Content Director
Self-educated videographer, photographer and copywriter
Bsc. Geosciences & Environment
Curious about physics & mechanical engineering. Tendency to shatter iPhone screens. In love with the great outdoors
Francesco FerrariEnvironmental Monitoring Coordinator
Francesco Ferrari, MScEnvironmental Monitoring Coordinator
Because plastic fighting handyman marine biologist that sails the ocean, is not a job title
3 expeditions to collect samples
Always looking for a solution
Hanna BeumerExecutive Assistant to CEO
Hanna Beumer, BScExecutive Assistant to CEO
Enhancing the executives' effectiveness by providing information management support and representing the executive to others
Bachelor of Business Administration - Professional background in Events Management, Artist Handling, Marketing, and Executive/Personal Assistance
Passionate about traveling, the beauty of nature and neuropsychology
Henk van DalenProject Manager
Henk van Dalen, MScProject Manager
Responsible for a successful execution of the first cleanup system
Experienced in Procurement, Project Management and Business Development
Passionate surfer who lives by the motto "don’t destroy what you came to enjoy"
Henning LagemannGraduate Engineer
Henning Lagemann, BScGraduate Engineer
Coming up with lab- and field tests to improve barrier design
Former product development engineer at a water safety company
Loves to swim in clean rivers, lakes and oceans
Ivan SoaresOceanographer & Computational Modeler
Ivan Soares, PhDOceanographer & Computational Modeler
Senior Oceanographer with 25 years of experience in Ocean Circulation Modeling
Has a PhD in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science – University of Miami
Founder and CEO of the Atlantis Institute)
Jaap SpaansDesign Engineer
Jaap Spaans, BScDesign Engineer
Working on the Pacific Ocean System, the system that will take out plastic from the oceans
Previously Design Engineer at Huisman Equipment, Dive instructor and draftsman at Royal HaskoningDHV
As a scuba diver did coral reef clean-ups, now happy to join the biggest ocean clean-up in history
Jasper van EijkProject Engineer
Jasper van Eijk, BScProject Engineer
Background in building pleasure crafts, offshore contracting and aquaculture innovation.
Multidisciplinary watersports maniac.
Excited about a cleaner future - let’s clean this mess up!
Jean-Sebastian VerjutSenior Structural Engineer
Jean-Sebastian Verjut, MScSenior Structural Engineer
Passionate about everything floating
Helped moor vessels for the O&G industry from 70 to 2700 m water depth
Likes to rise up to the challenge
Joel JansenSpecialist Engineer
Joel Jansen, MScSpecialist Engineer
Specialist in several engineering disciplines (hence the job title). Now focused on QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment) for The Ocean Cleanup system
Previously worked for an innovative company in offshore access, transferring millions of people offshore safely from a vessel to an offshore structure
Would like to leave behind a better world for our children. If not now then when?
Josee MeinersHR Director
Josee MeinersHR Director
High energy HR Director & problem solver
Living on a sailing boat, clean water is so important to me. That’s why I put my experience and energy in The Ocean Cleanup mission
Julius LeinTechnical Superintendent
Julius Lein, MScTechnical Superintendent
Hydrodynamics and coding vs. operation and organization, familiar in both worlds
Passion for windsurfing, sailing, football, cycling… sports!
Fixing everything from old scooters to computers
Laurent Lebreton, MScOceanographer
10 years experience in ocean modelling, environmental data science and mapping
Ocean lover, surfer and globetrotter
Lourens MeijerSenior Hydrologist
Lourens Meijer, MScSenior Hydrologist
Working on understanding and quantifying the global influx of plastics into the ocean
6 years of experience in Engineering Consulting
Water sports enthusiast, from frozen ice to tropical waves
Maggie LundHead of Business Development China and Philippines
Maggie Lund, MBAHead of Business Development China and Philippines
Environmental Engineer MBA.
14+ years’ experience in business development, project management, fundraising, and diplomacy.
Passionate about sustainability and innovation seasoned with a flavor of philanthropic ambitions to change the world.
Enjoy free time as an artist (painting) and co-author of two books.
Marieke BijlOffice Manager
Marieke Bijl, LL.MOffice Manager
Motivated, proactive and proud member of the team working on ridding our oceans of plastic
Had a company for 12 years, so far not sorry for the exchange to The Ocean Cleanup
Matthias EggerLead Ocean Field Scientist
Matthias Egger, PhDLead Ocean Field Scientist
Using 10+ years of experience in marine research to improve our knowledge about the cycling of plastic in the ocean
PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry (Utrecht University), MSc in Environmental Sciences (ETH Zurich)
Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, passionate scuba diver, weakness for chocolate and Belgian Beers
Matthias van MiddendorpDesign Engineer
Matthias van Middendorp, MScDesign Engineer
Designing concepts and materialising industrial products and machines with a special interest for clean tech sector
Working on the extraction system
Passionate about travelling and sports like cycling, hiking and climbing
Peter WiersumProject Manager Communications
Peter Wiersum, OLYProject Manager Communications
Aligning engineering and operational work with communications planning and logistics
Represented the Netherlands at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games
Former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist coxing the Dutch men’s rowing team
Rachel RichardsonManager, Creative Copy & PR
Rachel Richardson, BScManager, Creative Copy & PR
I love to tell a good story and I’m here to help The Ocean Cleanup tell theirs
Have worked in aerospace, fashion, law, healthcare, education, but now I think I found my fit in the ocean
Ran several half marathons, ran one full marathon, and can quote 97.3% of the movie Zoolander
Reijnder de FeijterR&D Engineer
Reijnder de Feijter, MScR&D Engineer
Investigating the structural and hydrodynamic response of the cleanup system
Divides even his lunch into finite elements
Passionate about eco friendly motorsports
Roberto BrambiniHydrodynamic Engineer
Roberto Brambini, MScHydrodynamic Engineer
Lived in Denmark where I got the M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering
Singer-songwriter and passionate about swimming, surf, football and snowboarding
Best adventure so far: one month research expedition in the North Pacific ocean
Robin de VriesGeospatial Analyst
Robin de Vries, MScGeospatial Analyst
Researching plastics detection, mapping and analysis from the air and from space
Four years of experience in Remote Sensing and Geo-Information Analysis in one of the oil & gas supermajors
Fascinated by our dynamic and powerful planet and convinced it will get rid of us, humans, if we don’t keep it clean!
Rutger de Witt WijnenGeneral Counsel
Rutger de Witt Wijnen, LL.M.General Counsel
Responsible for all legal matters such as cooperations, contracts, regulatory requirements for our cleanup systems, IP registrations, etc. as well as government relations.
In my past, I worked with international finance transactions, legal actions of climate change, Green Climate Fund in South Korea and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva.
One of my hobbies is making wine (and drinking it, in moderation of course).
Sander DarricarrèreDesign Engineer
Sander Darricarrère, BScDesign Engineer
18 years of experience in the fascinating oil and gas industry, working both onshore, offshore and on fabrication yards.
Likes all kinds of sports, but nothing so far beats windsurfing.
Was fortunate enough to have been able to travel all over the world and visit magical places.
Now it is time to do my part and help keep it that way.
Sarah-Jeanne Royer, PhDOceanographer
Using 10 + years of research in biogeochemistry and the degradation of plastic and microfibre in the environment
My long-last objective is for policymakers to use data from scientists and volunteers to design better laws and policies to reduce plastic production & consumption
Surfer, ocean lover, sailing, hiking, running and cycling are my favourite ways of transportation depending on where I am
Sjoerd DrenkelfordInstallation Officer
Sjoerd DrenkelfordInstallation Officer
Works on extraction technology
Background in Transport engineering and logistics
Fanatic music lover
Steven BinkHead of IT
Steven Bink, MScHead of IT
Microsoft Tech consultant since 1994
Passionate for Science and Technology
Joined The Ocean Cleanup on June 18, 2013
Stijn PinsonProject Engineer Electrical Systems
Stijn Pinson, MScProject Engineer Electrical Systems
Experience in sensors, data, and the earth environment. Love the audacious goals at The Ocean Cleanup and passionate about all sportive challenges.
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