Committee of Recommendation
On this page, the Committee of Recommendation of Storm is presented. A Committee of Recommendation consists of people that publicly want to support Storm and its goals. By linking their name to Storm, a good and professional reputation of our association is being build. All of the member are either known in the world of politics, science or in the business world. They are strongly connected to sustainability, and therefore valuable for Storm.
We are honoured to introduce you to the following people:
Prof. Ir. Klaas van Egmond
As emeritus professor on Environmental science and Sustainability, I am still active within the university with respect to (guest) lectures, research in all fields of the sustainability issue and last but certainly not least, as ‘patron’ of the Study Association Storm. My role is to advise and support Storm where possible and necessary. Among other things, this might be to help them to find their way inside and outside the University. This is particular relevant as environmental and sustainability sciences by their very nature has to cover almost all disciplines. So although students still need to learn to specialize, increasingly they also need to learn to receive and process specialized information from others, within and outside the university. Herein, Storm plays an important role by organizing meetings and congresses and by creating more general educational activities that place the different disciplines in a broader context. Such a broader context is hard to learn from a textbook; it only gradually matures over the years. And that’s why an elderly, emeritus patron can be of some help to link the students with the many organizations and institutions which are active in the broader field.
(Emeritus) Professor of Environmental Sciences & Sustainability; Utrecht University
At this moment I am the CEO of Milieudefensie, which is an NGO working on sustainability in the Netherlands. In my daily work I am concerned with various campaigns that have the goal to make the world a more sustainable one. Our campaigns aim to create awareness about the impact people and organisations have on our environment. I think it is very important that not only NGOs make a case for a better environment, but other organisations should also emphasize the importance of sustainability. That is the reason why I think it is very good that study associations like Storm exist. They help to engage the next generation in one of the worlds biggest problems. We need to change our behaviour to make sure that future generations can enjoy the same quality of life as we did. Younger generations will play a crucial role in this transition towards a sustainable world. When we cooperate with each other we can successfully reach this target!
As co-founder of WakaWaka and several other companies with sustainability at their core, I have tried to contribute to the transition that is both necessary and urgent. A transition that is no longer a mere option up for debate, but an unavoidability one if humankind will want to preserve civilisation as we have been developing it over the last millennia. The time to act is now.
It is mandatory therefore that the present leaders in society come up with measures to save the ecosystems of this planet, and by doing so save civilization. It is no less important, however, that they also give the opportunity to the new generation to contribute to this development towards a sustainable society. Students play a vital role: they are the future leaders of the world. As part of the committee of recommendation of Storm, I hope to inspire these new students in actually finding new solutions and implementing them.
I am a Member of the European Parliament representing GroenLinks within the Greens/EFA group. As such I am a member of various committees that are involved with the environment, economic and monetary affairs and transport. We face that the depletion of resources, global climate change and extinction of animal species are all consequences of our current way of living. These cross border problems make it necessary for Europe to play an important role. It is therefore necessary to foster our planet and make sure that future generations will have the same quality of life as we are enjoying now. I try to achieve this goal in my daily work, by developing and implementing new policies on behalf of the European Parliament. However, this transition towards a sustainable society is not something that governments can do on their own. We also need more concrete actions on a local level which makes it necessary to stimulate people to change their behaviour. Therefore, Storm makes their members aware of the impact they have on the environment. It is very important that people understand the consequences of their actions. In Brussels we are striving to establish the right pathway towards a sustainable society, but we need organisations like Storm to get everybody along. Together we can make a difference!'
As former politician, Minister of Environment (VROM) and chair of the WWF in The Netherlands, I’m aware of the challenges humankind faces with regards to our living environment and I have worked towards tackling these challenges head on. In my most recent capacity as chair of the Klimaatberaad, the core organization involved with the Dutch Climate Accord, I was once again working with many others to provide a better future for the whole of society. However, in the end, this better future is something we all have to work on, a better future for all, by all. Therefore, I think organizations like Storm are able and crucial in reaching and engaging people, in this case students, to be actively involved in realizing this better future. We all have a part to play in the transition to a brighter future and Storm is doing just that!
Feike Sijbesma has an illustrious career. He is currently honorary chairman of DSM, of which he has been chairman for 13 years. Transforming the Royal DSM from a chemical company into a purpose-led global (bio-)science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. Making sustainability at DSM is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver. He is co-chairman of the Global Centre of Adaptation, UN-cooperation to tackle climate change, together with Ban Ki-Moon. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB); non-executive board member of Unilever; and member of the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, advising the Chinese Premier. He is one of the Climate Leaders of the World Bank and is Chair of the High-Level Leadership Forum on Competitiveness and Carbon Pricing, and Champion of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), both convened by the World Bank Group.
Mr. Sijbesma is a recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award & Leaders of Change Award presented by the United Nations; among others he received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University, Netherlands; he received the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership and was ranked in the Fortune World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018.
Finally, he has played an important role in the covid-19 crisis in The Netherlands. From the 26th of march until the first of September he was named special envoy by the Dutch Government to address several aspects of the crisis. Focussing mainly on increasing the availability of tests and vaccinations. He now mainly focusses on his supervisory function and the Africa Improved Foods initiative, aimed at decreasing famine in Africa.
Prof. dr. Louise Vet
Dear new generation of clever students, you probably feel that, soon, the world is all yours! I agree, so what are your plans? To put you on the right track, just remember that we, as humans, are totally dependent on healthy, biodiverse and well-functioning ecosystems. For our food, clean water and air, and for all the goods and services nature delivers. For more than 3.8 billion years, nature has been functioning fine without us but it is us, Homo sapiens that is making a mess on this planet, with our single and destructive focus on economic growth and financial gain. How different is nature’s economy! It is based on system thinking and diversity, on circularity and it is powered by solar energy. So let’s learn from nature and translate its principles to human practice. I promote this transitional change as a scientist, as former-director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), as professor in Ecology (WUR), in the media, as Chair of the Board of Urgenda, in ‘science for policy’ and while serving in many (inter)national public and private boards and committees on sustainable technology and development, ecosystem restoration. Some examples: I was the driving force behind NIOO’s prize winning sustainable laboratory/office complex (www.nioo.knaw.nl/en/building) and I am presently chairing a large societal coalition on biodiversity recovery in the Netherlands (https://www.samenvoorbiodiversiteit.nl).
What I learn every day is that the challenge is enormous. Yes, we get inspired by the inspiration of positive action. But what is even more needed is the power of a whole new generation of critical and creative minds. That is why I am happy with Storm that motivates students to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow!
Former-Director Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) & Emeritus Professor in Evolutionary Ecology (WUR).