Speakers – Border Sessions

Adelbert Bronkhorst

Adelbert Bronkhorst is principal investigator at TNO and professor in Cognitive Psychology at VU University Amsterdam. At TNO he investigates the practical implementation of Artificial Intelligence. He is an expert in auditory perception and human factors in technology that influence behavior.

Sessions with Adelbert Bronkhorst

Alwin Veldboom

Alwin Veldboom has a research background in Urban Environmental Management at the Wageningen University, studying the challenges cities face now and in the upcoming decades. He specialised in the role of social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in the transitions towards future-proof urban environments. As Innovation Program Manager at Outside Inc., he develops and facilitates innovation programmes inspired by Sustainable Development Goals and organisational challenges. The goal is to spark creative confidence for positive change.

” In my work I like to (help) explore motivations and needs of people to gain new insights. Make sense out of these insights and recognise patterns; reframe a problem; generate ideas concrete enough for people to react to; then design future-proof solutions with social/environmental impact.”

André Spicer

André Spicer is Professor at Cass Business School, City University London and the co-author or co-editor of five books. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Financial Times, Times, Independent and CNN.

He will present his latest book Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement together with co-author Carl Cederström

Sessions with André Spicer

Andrew Bullen

Andrew Bullen has spent his working life moving between creative disciplines, cultures and societies: From working for the Brecht family in East Berlin, to university teaching in West Berlin, Sussex, Berlin, Amsterdam and Utrecht. He co-founded the pioneering Europe Online in Luxembourg, directed the Media Guild Creative Industries incubator in Amsterdam and the Futur en Seine Festival in Paris. He is founder of the Creative Cooperative, co-creator of the European Street Design Challenge (ESDC) and he has created and run citizen co-design and social entrepreneur workshops for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Georgia, Cairo and Alexandria.

Sessions with Andrew Bullen

Angela Richter

Angela Richter is a German author and theater director, currently living in Berlin. In 2006 she founded the Fleet Street theatre in Hamburg, which she ran until 2010, and was a director in residency at the Cologne National Theatre between 2013 and 2016. In recent years, Richter has worked with such digital activists as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden. In 2012 premiered her piece Assassinate Assange, which was shown in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Vienna. Since then, she not only visited regularly the WikiLeaks founder in London, but has engaged in panel discussions and various print media including Der Spiegel, Monopoly, Interview Magazine, Revue Magazine for the Next Society for internet activists and hacktivists.

In the season 2014/15, Richter has staged a large scale transmedia-project „Supernerds“ in co-production with german national TV WDR dealing with Massurveillance. The Text was based on Interviews with Digital Dissidents and Whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden, whom she visited in his Exile in Moscow, as well as Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jessely Radack and many more. She Published the Interviews in her book „Supernerds – Conversations with heroes“. „Supernerds“ has received the „Eyes & Ears“ Media Award, was nominated for the SXSW Innovation Award in Texas and is nominated for the BANFF Award in Canada. In 2017, Angela co-authored the book „Women, Whistleblowing, Wikileaks“ with Renata Avila and Sarah Harrison.

Sessions with Angela Richter

Annelies Goedbloed

Annelies is an ICT-engineer, started as a software developer, worked for years in several jobs, made a career as a manager. She was inspired by Gunter Pauli in 2012, followed his training in Belgium (Blue Economy) and try to figure out how to get materials out of our IT hardware. She did not succeed in this, but was aware of the fact something had to change. This is where she focussed on growing mushroom on coffee ground as a waste. From there on several further steps we can make in order to improve on sustainability and collaboration.  

Labs with Annelies Goedbloed

Annet van Otterloo

Annet van Otterloo is a projectmanager for Wijkcooperatie. With a series of projects Freehouse works on an inclusive, integral development of an area in the south part of Rotterdam (NL). It tests and creates new forms, new models for organizing a neighborhood and the city. In 2013 Freehouse founded the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative, a Cooperative on the scale of the neighborhood.
The cooperative creates opportunities through the provision of skill-based labour, trainings, services, and products to enhance the self-organizing ability while trying not to waste talent and human capital. It stimulates sustainable local production, cultural development, knowledge exchange, and entrepreneurship, combined with shared responsibility and participation. The result is a self-organized and self-run body that continues to create local, self-produced economic opportunities, leverage political power to shift policy, and negotiate economic advantages. It also develops local skills and self-certifications, strengthens resilient intercultural networks, and tries to create a radical form for self-governance of the area and reinvest profits directly into the local community.
Annet van Otterloo has a background in (social) history and has a broad experience in (art) projects in public space.

Labs with Annet van Otterloo

Arno Wielders

Arno Wielders is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Mars One. He currently divides his time between Mars One and working at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency as a payload study manager for new planetary mission studies.

Sessions with Arno Wielders

Barteld Braaksma

Barteld Braaksma is innovation manager at CBS, the National Statistical Institute of the Netherlands. In this role he has supported and promoted a wide range of innovation tracks during the past five years, often in the form of concrete pilots or proofs of concept. For example, the current open data site of CBS started as a proof of concept under his responsibility. Other examples include the first infographics published by CBS, the introduction of a process mining tool for internal process optimisation, a number of concrete big data experiments and some pilots involving the use of mobile devices and sensors. In many cases, these innovation tracks have been realised in close collaboration with public and/or private partners like cities, universities, large companies and small start-ups.

In the past, Barteld has been involved in a broad range of activities at CBS, including research, development of new statistics, quality management and enterprise architecture. Beside his CBS duties, Barteld is active in different international groups at European and United Nations level; for example as innovation manager for the UN/ECE Modernisation Committee on Products and Sources and as a member of the ESS Steering Group on Big Data. He was secretary to the high-level group that formulated the ESS Vision 2020. Barteld was trained as a mathematician, in particular in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. Before and during his career at CBS he taught mathematics at various universities in Holland and Belgium. In his free time, Barteld likes to play bridge; which implies a form of data processing which neither concerns open data nor big data.

Sessions with Barteld Braaksma

Bram van Hasselt

Bram is co-founder of Wunderpeople, a collective of professionals who build platforms for prototyping innovation through interactive research. With this collective he strives to explore technology, design, science and innovation to discover opportunities for a more sustainable, egalitarian, and resourceful world. His background in consultancy and management at large corporates he uses to ignite collaboration of multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial teams and organisations.

Labs with Bram van Hasselt

Brett Scott

Brett Scott is an economic explorer and financial hacker traversing the intersections between money systems, finance, digital technology and cities. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013), and collaborates with a wide range on groups on diverse topics, including banking systems, financial activism, digital finance, blockchain technology, hacker culture, technology politics and the dynamics of cashless society. He tweets as @suitpossum

Sessions with Brett Scott

Byron Rich

Byron Rich is an artist, professor and lecturer born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His work exploring speculative design, biology futures and tactical media has been widely shown and spoken about internationally. He pursued a degree in New-Media at The University of Calgary before finding himself in Buffalo, New York where he obtained an MFA in Emerging Practices at The University at Buffalo. He now teaches Electronic Art & Intermedia at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Sessions with Byron Rich

Carl Cederström

Carl Cederström is Associate Professor at Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University and the co-author or co-editor of five books. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic and Harvard Business Review

He will present his latest book Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement together with co-author André Spicer

Sessions with Carl Cederström

Catherine Garcia-van Hoogstraten

Catherine Garcia-van Hoogstraten is bridging policy silos in the digital field, working on cutting edge technology-related legal issues, interfacing with regulators and policymakers looking at regulatory measures around Technology, Media, and Telecom sectors. She is a Civic tech consultant and internet policy advisor in digital agenda issues at the intersection of technology, rights, ethics and governance, and a Lecturer in Data Governance, Technology, Cybersecurity Law and Policy at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Catherine is a Border Labs Award nominee.

Chandar van der Zande

Designer and consultant at Metabolic and Chairman of living lab De Ceuvel, Chandar works between Metabolic, its renewable energy spin-off Spectral, and De Ceuvel as the interface between technology and community. Chandar’s passion for human-centred design stems from his belief that we have all the technology we need to build a sustainable society, but the connection between technology and humans is lacking.

Chandar is a Border Labs Award nominee.

Christina Moreno

Christina Moreno is the founder and CEO of She Matters, a social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to empower refugee and migrant women to enter the labour market. An international lawyer by training, her passion lies in providing them with the support they need to build their social and economic capital, boost their self-confidence and become leaders in their homes, businesses and communities.

Most recently, Christina worked as a legal associate and head of communications at an international legal partnership based in The Hague that specialises in on the ground international humanitarian and human rights law. She is a Thomson Reuter’s Foundation Trust Conference Scholar (2017), and was selected as one of HiiL Innovating Justice’s ‘Persons to Watch in 2018 for Justice Innovation.’

Labs with Christina Moreno

Dirk van der Ven

Dirk van der Ven joined World of Walas in 2011. He says “it was a revelation to discover that cities are not about buildings and infrastructure, but about people and their wellbeing”. In this way, he also came to know a few new teachers, including Umberto Eco, Jan Pen, Jan Tinbergen, Hernando de Soto and last but not least Jane Jacobs.

Dirk has experienced the complexity and difficulty of working on sustainable urban development. He has also come to the realization that the important things in life and ethics are not always the first priority. We stand at an epic crossroad, maybe the most important one ever in the existence of mankind. It is evident that we all need radical changes and a new course towards sustainable urban development:

“…sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.” – Text from The New Urban Agenda

Through his work with Walas, Dirk also gets to work with the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. This document combines the principles of the Earth Charter with the important tools for urban sustainability learned from Jane Jacobs and the principles of placemaking and fair business. And cities play a crucial role in the global wellbeing of both people and Earth.

Dirk himself is quite optimistic about the future and sees it as his calling to contribute to sincere and sustainable cities by collaborating with those close to him.

E. J. Swift

E. J. Swift is the author of the Osiris Project trilogy, a speculative fiction series set in a world radically altered by climate change. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Sunday Times EFG short story award and the British Science Fiction Award for short fiction, and has appeared in a variety of publications from Solaris, Salt Publishing, NewCon Press and Jurassic London. Her latest novel is Paris Adrift, a tale of bartenders and time travel in the City of Light.


Short Fiction

Twitter: @catamaroon

Sessions with E. J. Swift

Edward Keller

Edward Keller is the Director of the Center for Transformative Media [CTM] and Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design. He is a designer, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Ed is co-founder, with Carla Leitao, of AUM Studio / Spec.AE, an award winning architecture, new media and design research firm based between New York and Lisbon; their work encompasses residential architecture, urban competitions, and new media installations in Europe and the US. Keller has spoken on architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally; selected conferences he has convened include Design and Existential Risk; Post Planetary Capital; Signal Path; The Limits of Guitar; & Future of Mind.

Sessions with Edward Keller

Elles Achterhof

Elles Achterhof is an energetic, creative spirit, an idealist with a ‘high level of initiative’. She is the COO of the SDR® Academy, which is a multidisciplinary group of experienced professionals that understand the big picture of public security, while having a nuanced understanding of the various concerns, requirements, obstacles and opportunities toward ensuring a safer environment.

Labs with Elles Achterhof

Elvin Karana

Elvin Karana is Associate Professor of Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where she founded and directs the Materials Experience Lab. Her research aims to understand and enhance the relationships people have with the materials of products. She has undertaken this topic with a holistic approach, capitalizing on not only the technical properties of materials, but also meanings, emotions and actions materials in products elicit. She coined the term “materials experience” to describe this holistic view. Over the last years she developed theories, tools and a method to make designing for materials experience actionable in practice. She is published in Design Issues, The Journal of Cleaner Production, Materials and Design Journal, International Journal of Design. More recently, she has published her work within the Human Computer Interaction field, in the ACM conferences Computer Human Interaction (CHI), and Design Interactive Systems (DIS). She is the main editor of “Materials Experience: Fundamentals of Materials and Design”.

Sessions with Elvin Karana

Emiliano Gandolfi

Emiliano Gandolfi is an urbanist and independent curator, co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies and Director of Community Networks for the Curry Stone Foundation. His focus has been on how architecture and art can become the agency of community political engagement. With Eric Cesal, he has been co-hosting the podcast Social Design Insights. 

Sessions with Emiliano Gandolfi

Emilie Reuchlin-Hugenholtz

Emilie Reuchlin-Hugenholtz is a political scientist and marine biologist working as a senior marine advisor at WWF Netherlands. She has been working on the design and implementation of networks of marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries since 2007, both nationally and internationally. More recently she has been working on active restoration of species and habitats in the North Sea. Emilie just built the first flat oysterbank in the deeper waters of the North Sea and was the first to place 3-D printed sandstone reefstructures in the North Sea, both for the purpose of increasing North Sea marine biodiversity. Emilie loves to be at sea and is not shy of a challenge, such as making miles for North Sea ecosystem recovery.

Sessions with Emilie Reuchlin-Hugenholtz

Emma Hesselink

Emma Hesselink is Centre Manager at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA). This academic research centre is one of the outcomes of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2013, it investigates the relevance of frugal innovation in global development, specifically focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Emma is the Centre Manager at CFIA. For more information, visit www.cfia.nl. Or join the lab FRUGAL INNOVATION LAB: CREATE MORE VALUE WITH LESS to learn more!

Emma van der Leest

As biodesigner, Emma collaborated with different disciplines, from scientists, physicists, artists, and designers. Biodesign incorporates living organisms, e.g. bacteria, fungi, algae or cells, into the design process. Through a strong design, Emma tells a compelling story. Trained as a product designer Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Product Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2015 (cum laude). She highlights crossovers with craft, scientific research, and new production techniques. Emma is also the founder and creative director of the BlueCity Lab, an open source three-part laboratory where she opens up a wet, dry and taste lab.

Emma is a Border Labs Award nominee.

Enrico Dini

Enrico Dini is the founder of D-shape and the designer of the famous D-Shape 3D printer. During Border Session’s Ocean Floor Engineering Lab he will go into depth about the design of D-Shape 3D printer and explain how the printer can be used in many projects that aim to make the world a more sustainable place.

Sessions with Enrico Dini

Labs with Enrico Dini

Floris Kreiken

Floris Kreiken is a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs. He currently works on constitutional affairs (particularly privacy), and looked at the role of government in the field of AI at the digital government department. In previous years he worked at Dutch digital rights NGO Bits of Freedom and finished a PhD at Delft University on the influence of large scale copyright enforcement on human rights safeguards. Part of this research was done at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a Google Policy Fellow.

Labs with Floris Kreiken

Frank van Klaveren

Frank van Klaveren is the founder of CoralGardening. He manages the variety of projects that CoralGardening is involved in, including the restoration of coral reefs in Thailand and Indonesia. During Border Sessions’ Ocean Floor Engineering Lab he will talk about his current projects and the many challenges CoralGardening faces during their mission to protect the world’s most diverse oceanic ecosystems. He invites you to use all your knowledge and creativity to clear the path for mainstream 3D printing of coral reef support systems for the ocean floor and to design of a mobile coral lab that can be used and put together everywhere around the world.

Labs with Frank van Klaveren

Gopika Prabhu

Gopika is the Founder & Creative Director at Elefint, a social impact design studio in San Francisco. Her work is centered around advancing civil liberties, financial opportunity, education and women’s equity. Gopika teaches at CCA and the University of San Francisco and often speaks on the topics of meditation and creativity.

Sessions with Gopika Prabhu

Guyon Brenna

Guyon Brenna is the designer of Reef Life Restoration’s oceanic structures. These structures, among others, include safe anchor mooring stations that simultaneously promote coral growth, oyster farms, and a protective fence that filters out heavy metals and other toxins from runoff to remediate the site and protect corals and fishes. During Border Sessions’ Ocean Floor Engineering Lab, Guyon will talk about his designs, as well as the innovative nanotechnology of the coral growth reef matrix that Reef Life Restoration developed and how this can be used to restore coral reefs around the world.

Sessions with Guyon Brenna

Hans Henseler

Hans Henseler is a managing director responsible for marketing and sales. Hans is also professor of Digital Forensics & e-Discovery at University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Chair of the Board of Directors of DFRWS and member of the board of the Netherlands Organization of Court Experts. In 1992 he founded  the Forensic Computer Investigation Department at the NFI. He was business unit manager Forensics and E-Discovery at Fox-IT, director of forensic technology at PricewaterhouseCoopers and CTO at ZyLAB. Hans received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology and his Ph.D. in Artificial Neural Networks at the Maastricht University.

Labs with Hans Henseler

Harrie van der Hagen

Harrie van der Hagen is a vegetation scientist and landscape ecologist (Radboud University Nijmegen). He works for Dunea dealing with the issues around nature conservation itself and in relation with drinking water production. Currently working on his PhD at Wageningen about livestock grazing management.

Labs with Harrie van der Hagen

Hedwig Miessen

Hedwig is an initiator of innovative projects, processes and communities. As an ICT consultant, Hedwig Miessen worked on various ICT change processes for ORMIT, a former subsidiary company of Ordina, and subsequently as a management concultant at CGI (formerly CMG).

As Programme Manager of ‘ICT in the City’ for the municipality of The Hague, she initiated programmes such as ‘govroam’, ‘smart city’, ‘resilience’, and the ‘innowijklabs’. For many years, she was national head of the programme Digital Cities Agenda (Safe City), including the City Rhythm research in collaboration with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zoetermeer, Helmond, Zaanstad and The Hague. She is currently Programme Manager of the Urban Data Centre/The Hague and national leader of the ISO Certification of cities for ISO-37120 regarding sustainable development of communities. The Urban Data Centre is a place for research, innovation and experiments. The aim is to use existing data even more effectively and innovatively and to make this data available for policy development. An example of current research by this UDC is the degree of coverage provided by municipal services to those people who are entitled to them.

Sessions with Hedwig Miessen

Holly Ritchie

An academic, consultant and social entrepreneur, Holly Ritchie is a keen socio-economic explorer in ‘fragile’, often war-torn, environments. With over 16 years of experience in international development, Holly has worked and lived in Afghanistan (10 years), East Africa, Brazil and the Middle East. Her award-winning PhD (ISS, Erasmus University) looked at the nuances of grassroots women’s enterprise and culture in Afghanistan, and was published in 2016 (Institutional Innovation and Change). Now based out of Kenya, she works with a wide range of international organizations, NGOs and government agencies. She is particularly interested in the role of women’s groups and entrepreneurs in processes of social change; and increasingly, their interaction with emerging technology in our evolving world. Currently she is setting up her own social enterprise in Kenya, THRIVE, Women Socio-preneurs for Change aimed at the capacity building of women aid workers and researchers, and (pro-bono) support to refugee women leaders.

Sessions with Holly Ritchie

Labs with Holly Ritchie

Iskander Smit

Iskander is educated as industrial design engineer and worked as designer and strategist in digital agencies. He is now innovation director at info.nl, a creative technology agency dedicated to crafting relevant digital products. He heads the innovation lab since 2012.
Iskander is initiator and co-organiser of ThingsCon Amsterdam and Behavior Design AMS meetup.
Since 2017 he is appointed as visiting professor at Connected Everyday Lab at Delft University of Technology, where he coordinates the research program PACT (Partnerships for Cities of Things).

Labs with Iskander Smit

Ivo Jonkers

Ivo started his first company at the age of 16 and received a nomination for the Spinawards as a young talent. Interested in Bitcoin and blockchain technology, he started to mine Bitcoin in 2011. Currently, he is giving workshops and talks about cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Labs with Ivo Jonkers

Jan de Graaf

Jan de Graaf is from a Wadden Island based maritime family. ‘Schooling’ meant Maritime School, but he chose theory and history of urbanism (Technical Unversity Delft). Narrative planning is his favorite field, led by a thalassacentric perspective. Large scale and long time geography, with a sharp eye for geopolitical aspects.

Labs with Jan de Graaf

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”. Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to enable communities to take control of their own futures.

Sessions with Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeroen Boon

Jeroen Boon is an urban pollinator traversing the intersections between social entrepreneurship, next economy, digital technology and smart sharing cities. Recently he has done research together with LSA-citizens about new perspectives on community-based social enterprises in The Hague. How can such co-operatives in neighborhoods contribute to the local economy and create work?
How can we use smart technologies to foster local economies and can citizens be a economical part of their own energy transition, future healthcare or food production?
Jeroen has two Bachelor degrees, one in Ecological Landscape Planning and one in Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. He also completed the course Social Innovation in exciting times, about practice and theory in transitionmanagement, at the Wageningen Business School.
He tweets as @Kiemkracht.

Labs with Jeroen Boon

Johan Boekholt

Johan Boekholt develops innovative concepts to accelerate the energy transition. In a multi-stakeholder playing field with complex social issues, he realizes groundbreaking concepts for CO2 reduction. In the start-up phase he knows how to bridge between customer needs and organizational design.
Successful projects within the theme of energy saving are Buurkracht and De VvE Zonnecoach, both enabling individuals and groups to take steps towards a more sustainable world. At present, Johan focuses on new concepts for electric charging and sustainable area development.

In 2003 Johan started his career at one of the largest energy companies in the Netherlands. In 2005 he became an independent entrepreneur with a focus on organizational issues within the energy sector. Where in the first years projects focused on internal process design and improvement, a major turnaround was made in 2012, towards designing and building organizations upon customer needs.
His most painful moment in his carrier? The moment he realized that he had been ‘talking about the customer’ for years, but never ‘talked to a customer’! Nowadays in-depth understanding of the customer/user needs is an essential part of all his projects. Value for users increases by working iteratively and incrementally, in interaction with the user and other chain partners. And the proof of the pudding is in designing and building an excellent organization of people, processes, systems and partnerships to succeed.

Labs with Johan Boekholt

Jorine van Egmond

Jorine van Egmond is co-founder of Bloom Foundation. Bloom facilitates international experience based learning and seeks possibilities to recognize and validate competences gained outside the formal educational system. Jorine is project leader of ‘Shared Responsibility’, an European project which makes a SHARE method with Open Badges.

Sessions with Jorine van Egmond

Jos Sluijsmans

Jos Sluijsmans is an independent cycling consultant, cycling advocate and promotor at Fietsdiensten.nl. He organizes the annual International Cargo Bike Festival and is an expert in cargo bikes. Jos is also a member of the European Cycle Logistics Federation. He is consortium member of the LEVV-LOGIC project and initiator of the Register of Initiatives of Pedal Powered Logistics in which more than 40 articles on cycle logistics are published. For the Dutch Cycling Embassy, Jos has done cycling tours on infrastructure, presentations and cooperated in several international Bike Exhibitions and Bike Festivals.

Josefien Groot

Josefien is a 23-year-old enthusiastic and ambitious change maker who is determined to improve the world, by enterprising and innovation, when it comes to sustainability and social equality. She has a passion for technology, yet, she is primarily interested in innovative technology that contributes to a better world. She believes that technology can only generate value for a society with the help of enterprising and innovation, for which an interdisciplinary approach is needed, that integrates the technology, systems engineering and management aspects, to bring innovations to life.

Josefien is currently doing her Master in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management (SEPAM) at the TU Delft, which enables her to operate at the intersection of technology, organisation and governance. She is also extremely entrepreneurial: together with her sister, Josefien found YogaChicks that sold yoga leggings made from recycled plastic bottles.

In August 2017, Josefien found Qlayers with her two co-founders, Amber and Ruben. Qlayers is a young, passionate startup that develops a new revolutionary coating head that can apply functional coatings on large surfaces. At this moment, Qlayers is the only one that can print functional microstructures worldwide.

Labs with Josefien Groot

Jun Yamadera

Jun Yamadera founded EYES JAPAN CO. LTD. in 1995, the first IT startup from the University of Aizu, Fukushima. In the past 20 years, he has been working on various cutting edge projects such as exporting Fukushima rice via web in 1995, making world’s first virtual pottery system, making CG of historical archives of national treasure of Japanese castles, temples, traditional dances and medical motions using motion capture. He is a pioneer in Augmented Reality wearable technologies, Medical x IT and has been organizing world’s first medical security hackathon since 2012. His team won the the championship in Developers Challenge 2013 Health 2.0 in Silicon Valley. He is the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter Leader and a TEDxKobe 2015 Speaker. He started a project called “FUKUSHIMA Wheel” in the aftermath of the terrible disaster caused by the earthquake and nuclear accident in Fukushima, JAPAN in March 11, 2011.

Sessions with Jun Yamadera

Jyutaro Mochizuki

Jyutaro leads the R&D department at Hakuhodo i-studio, one of Japan’s leading digital production companies. He leads a multidisciplinary team of technologists and designers spanning engineers, experience designers and researchers. His team develops and creates cutting-edge prototyping technologies within the theme of adapting and enhancing everyday life through invisible innovation. His team is also active in exhibiting ideas and prototypes at SXSW since 2014.
He has delivered seminar talks at Lions Innovation at Cannes Festival of Creativity (2016) and SXSW Panel Picker (2017), etc.

Sessions with Jyutaro Mochizuki

Kees Dorst

Kees Dorst was trained as an Industrial Design Engineer at Delft University of Technology, and studied Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, he is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, and the founding director of the UTS Design Innovation and Designing Out Crime Research Centres. He lectures at universities and design schools throughout the world. He has published many articles and several books – including ‘Understanding Design’ (2006), ‘Design Expertise’(with Bryan Lawson, 2009), ‘Frame Innovation – create new thinking by design’ MIT Press (2015) ‘Designing for the Common Good’ (2016) and ‘Notes on Design – How Creative Practice Works’(2017).

Labs with Kees Dorst

Kris De Decker

From 1996 to 2007, Kris De Decker was reporting on cutting-edge science and technology as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines in Belgium. In 2007, he moved to Spain and started Low-tech Magazine, a popular international blog that focuses on the potential of past and often forgotten knowledge and technologies when it comes to designing a sustainable society.

On the one hand, De Decker shows why high-tech solutions only make things worse. On the other hand, he researches and documents visionary low-tech solutions that arise when old technology is combined with new knowledge and materials, or when old concepts and traditional knowledge are applied to modern technology. He also looks for inspiration in the developing world, where resource constraints often lead to inventive solutions.

Since 2016, De Decker collaborates with the Demand Centre at Lancaster University (UK), which researches the social dynamics of our ever increasing demand for energy. In 2017, he started the Human Power Plant, an art project in collaboration with Melle Smets, which combines social and technological research to find out what sustainability actually means. Central to De Decker’s work is a broad historical context – a subject can only be understood if its complete history is taken into account.

Sessions with Kris De Decker

Labs with Kris De Decker

Kristel Groenenboom

At the age of 23, Kristel Groenenboom took over her father’s company, Container Service C. Groenenboom. The company, located in Oosterhout, manufactures and repairs containers and employs around thirty employees. Groenenboom was trained as a commercial engineer at the University of Antwerp. She writes columns for the business website MT. In November last year she published her book: May I speak to Mr Kristel, please?

Labs with Kristel Groenenboom

Leila Janah

Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the book Give Work(Penguin/RandomHouse), which was released in September 2017.

Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).

Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014 and was the subject of cover stories in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Conscious Company Magazines.

She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.

Loek Peeters

Loek is social entrepreneur, humanitarian, husband and father. He is founder of HumanSurge, a social enterprise striving for a world in which all humanitarian crisis receive an adequate, timely and quality response. Loek has over fifteen years of professional experience, of which ten years in the field of humanitarian response, including multiple natural and man-made disaster contexts such as Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Gaza Strip. He has worked progressively in senior management positions for European and US-based international NGOs, and consulted for the UN. Loek is a Fulbright-scholar and holds three university Master degrees.

Labs with Loek Peeters

Lorenzo Romito

Lorenzo Romito is a founding member of Stalker, a laboratory of urban art and research, that focuses on the relations between art, architecture, social history, and environmental studies. Over the past two decades Romito’s work has been crucial in terms of investigating the boundaries between our urban environments and citizen’s social engagement.  

Sessions with Lorenzo Romito

Mans Schepers

Archaeologist Mans Schepers (Groningen University) is specialised in ancient coastal agriculture around Dutch dwelling mounds, so-called terps. The dramatically different relation the inhabitants of the area prior to massive dike building had with the sea, is the most fascinating outcome of his research in the past few years.

Labs with Mans Schepers

Maria Luce Lupetti

Maria Luce Lupetti is a postdoctoral researcher working within the AMS-funded project PACT (Partnerships in Cities of Things). She did a PhD in “Management, Production and Design” at Politecnico di Torino (IT), from 2014 to 2017. Her doctoral research was about the role of Design Research within the context of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies, with a focus on the theme of child-robot play. Her research was funded by TIM (telco company) and partially carried out in collaboration with X-Studio, at Tsinghua University (PRC), where she was visiting scholar from September 2016 to April 2017. She previously got a MSc in Ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino (IT), and a BA in Industrial Design at ISIA Roma (IT).

Labs with Maria Luce Lupetti

Marit Mihklepp

Marit Mihklepp is an Estonian artist based in The Hague. She is interested how collaborative practices with other-than-human (bacteria, stones,cities) create space for alternative understandings of human life, less based on possession and power. Lately, she has been exploring the differences of time perception between human and stone bodies.

Labs with Marit Mihklepp

Masha Ru

Artist & researcher Masha Ru explores Geophagy, a phenomenon of eating earth and earth-like substances. Common cultural, spiritual or healing practice in many countries, but officially regarded as psychological disorder in Europe and USA. Ru collects, presents and with soils from all over the world in Museum of Edible Earth.

Labs with Masha Ru

Melanie Peters

Melanie Peters became director of the Rathenau Instituut. Dr. Peters has a broad background in science, industry and the public sector, combined with ample experience of national and international politics and social relations. She studied food technology at Wageningen University, and became a certified toxicologist at Imperial College, London, where she was also awarded a PhD in biochemistry.

Dr. Peters worked as a scientific researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, and led a research team at Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam. She has held various positions combining science, policy, politics and social issues at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Dutch Consumer Association, and as director of Utrecht University’s Studium Generale scientific discussion platform.

Sessions with Melanie Peters

Melle Smets

Melle Smets is an artist, researcher and curator with a career of more than fifteen years. He has directed numerous creative collectives across Europe, South America and Africa that have produced a large body of work focused primarily on social interaction with public space. Using existing social structures and local customs as a starting point, Smets presents an alternative vision on our habitat. More than a physical space, he understands our habitat as a mental space.

Melle Smets studied OK5/ Art and Public Space at ArtEz Academy in Arnhem. After his study Smets became the co-founder of art collective G.A.N.G. As cultural project developers they operated through interventions in public space, and the travel agency P-reizen (P-travel). P-reizen organized expeditions to the parallel world of highways, airports and ports.

In 2005 Smets established his independent practice in Rotterdam and in 2008 set up the Aardschap foundation. Aardschap is a collective of action researchers that uses methods from art and academics to develop communities-of-practice for challenging places, and pieces together what makes them function. Smets has been a guest lecturer at different universities in the Netherlands and during the period 2014-2016 he was the Director of the temporary Master ‘System D Academy’ at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Sessions with Melle Smets

Labs with Melle Smets

Michaël Laterveer

Michaël Laterveer is the founder of Blue Linked. Before Blue Linked was founded, he developed the coral breeding program of the Oceanium of the Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam. He, among others, used his expertise in coral breeding to develop a mobile coral lab in shipping containers for the Van Oort company and for the project “Corals in the greenhouse” during which he developed novel sustainable methods to commercially produce corals on Dutch soils. During Border Sessions’ Ocean Floor Engineering Lab Michaël will talk about his coral breeding projects and the coral labs he developed.

Labs with Michaël Laterveer

Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

Nicolaj Højer Nielsen is a serial entrepreneur and business angel who has been building startups since 1999. He focuses on high potential start-ups, and has co-founded and invested in thirteen companies, primarily within IT. He has experience of securing funding from all possible sources – friends and family, business angels, VC funds, and public funds. His experience is based on reviewing thousands of different investment opportunities and he knows the fundraising process from both sides of the table.

His latest venture is Copenhagen United, an investment fund focusing on providing capital and mentoring for early-stage software companies.
Nicolaj dedicates a significant part of his time to help other startups. He lectures on entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School, and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs. Nicolaj also holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Nicole van Haelst

Nicole van Haelst is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on fostering connections. She currently is the founder/director of the International Community Platform and Check-NL. In 2015 Nicole together with Robbert Dijkstra founded Lift– an app that recommends career opportunities based on your passion, purpose, and potential. Previously Nicole was a program manager at ING Bank, Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Global Program manager at KPN. Her mission: enabling growth for people and business in the context of globalization and technological developments.

Labs with Nicole van Haelst

Oliver Becher

Exploring blockchain for the next technology shift with GoDataDriven, Oliver focuses on architecture in line with existing business models to launch proof of concepts. He believes that transactional data conveys existential long-term value and wants to show others what they can do with their transactional data now. Oliver has a data engineering/science background, and previously worked with Amazon, IBM & CWI.

Sessions with Oliver Becher


Artists Ronald Boer & Jonmar van Vlijmen collaborate under the name Onkruidenier. They explore forms of symbiosis between the realm of the cultural and the natural world and develop new interpretations. Their work transforms familiar everyday actions of classifying, cultivating, preparing and consuming of plants into experiential narratives.

Labs with Onkruidenier

Peter Knorringa

Peter Knorringa holds a chair in Private Sector & Development and is the Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA). As a professor working at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam), he says: “I do not perceive private firms as either the ‘enemy’ or the ‘heroic deliverer’ of development. Instead, I aim to advance a more empirical and nuanced debate on where and when entrepreneurs and firms are more likely to contribute to a better balance among economic dynamism, sustainability and social responsibility.”

This perspective is highly relevant for the topic of frugal innovation as well. These low cost innovations combine low tech and high tech in reaching solutions for everyday problems in resource constrained environments. Within frugal innovation, technology is one side of the story, but it must be put in perspective from an entrepreneurial and social or cultural perspective in order to contribute to sustainable development outcomes. Join the lab FRUGAL INNOVATION LAB: CREATE MORE VALUE WITH LESS to learn more!

Labs with Peter Knorringa

Pieter van Boheemen

Pieter van Boheemen specialises in science and society interactions. His research focused on understanding social and ethical aspects of synthetic biology, and more recently he investigated the digitalisation of news and implications of blockchain. Pieter completed the Life Science & Technology at the TU Delft and Leiden University.

During his studies he started two companies: one in software and a chain of webshops. After this he worked at Accenture and co-founded biotech startup Amplino. He then focused on social innovation, especially smart cities and biotech. As manager at Waag Society he lead the teams of the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and FabLab Amsterdam. These focused on open, fair and inclusive technology in the European FP7, H2020 and Creative Europe programmes. The outcomes will be displayed on international art, design and science musea and festivals.

Sessions with Pieter van Boheemen

Reinhardt Smit

Reinhardt grew up in South Africa and Ghana. After finishing his IT studies and Hotelschool in The Netherlands, he started his own company to improve communication and workflows of organisations and projects. During his work he came across the world of electronic waste and recycling. At Closing the Loop he focuses on strengthening the existing networks and helping the organisation grow through his experience and knowledge from Africa.

Labs with Reinhardt Smit

Renata Avila

Renata Avila, Guatemalan, is an international lawyer and digital rights advocate. Specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology, her work addresses the crucial intersection between human rights, information, technological change and the power disparities between the Global North and South. As a lawyer in Guatemala, Avila has represented indigenous victims of genocide and other human rights abuses, including the prominent indigenous leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

As part of her longstanding advocacy work in the field of Internet and Human Rights, she leads with World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners – Lee a global campaign to uphold human rights in the digital age in more than seventy-five countries. Avila sits on the Board of Creative Commons – and is an advisory board member of Diem25, exploring the potential of decentralised technologies in Europe. She is currently based in Belgrade and Guatemala, and is writing a book about Digital Colonialism and advises the Web Foundation on their new Digital Equality strategies. She also represents Civil Society at the OECD’s Committee on the Digital Economy Policy.

Sessions with Renata Avila

Richard Borsboom

As a general manager, with a business development and financial background, Richard has created stable environments within a number of companies in order to successfully initiate and execute change processes. He always seeks to understand the background behind circumstances and is committed to his cause. Richard’s motto is: ‘nothing is impossible’. His management style is: ‘empowering and directive’.

Labs with Richard Borsboom

Rob Ruts

As a visual artist, theatre and film maker as well as an expert in urban safety, security and risk management Rob Ruts is committed to finding new ways in engaging in urban challenges. He puts philosophy into practice using his knowledge of pragmatism and Actor-Network Theory related concepts. He does so acting as quartermaster urban innovation laboratories at THUAS, initiating and developing what in The Hague are called InnoLabs. They provide for opportunities to be engaged in finding new and inclusive ways to approach tough issues such as poverty, polarization, energy transition, achieving a heathy, inclusive and sustainable city.

As such they provide for an excellent learning and research environment. Rob develops the notion of challenge driven education into a practical arrangement of spaces in which students with academic and vocational backgrounds meet and work on outcomes of InnoLabs, assist in research and experimentation within labs, develop tools to complement laboratory inventory.

He is also closely involved with the development of a new urban knowledge infrastructure in which community based sources of knowledge are equal part in the considerations about how to make the city. As an artist he contributes to using art and design, for instance in triggering new representations of urban challenges and how communities see them.

Rob also looks into the consequences of new philosophies of knowledge for academic and vocational education and research as well as for the management of organizations in the public sector.

Labs with Rob Ruts

Rob van den Dool

Rob is a sustainable entrepreneur, founder and director of the social enterprise Yumeko, the only company in the Netherlands that focuses entirely on sustainable bedding, with a fair trade chain focusing on honest and responsible working conditions as well as the usage of organic or circular materials with less animal suffering, fewer chemicals and pesticides and therefore a cleaner and better environment. Rob has an international legal background and was the owner of an online advertising agency with more than 20 years of experience as a management & strategy consultant in the areas of sustainability and CSR, e-business, and the positioning of brands. In addition, he is co-founder and member of the board of War Child for many years and was also a board member of various social and sustainable organizations.

Labs with Rob van den Dool

Robert Olivier

Robert Olivier is a visionary bringing together business and environment. For 2 Decades, he has developed insect-based technologies across 22 countries. He has served as president of ESR International, an environmental research and development company focusing on industrial separation and recycling technologies and he currently he is the Founder of GrubTubs, Inc.

Sessions with Robert Olivier

Ruben Baart

Ruben Baart is a writer and designer based in Amsterdam. His work explores alternative futures with technology through speculative design and hybrid media. Ruben holds a Master’s degree in visual strategy and currently works as the editor-in-chief at Next Nature Network. This international network stimulates debate around the impact of technology on the relation between people, nature and technology through multidisciplinary projects, publications and events. Among other projects, Ruben is editor of the NANO Supermarket book, which will be published later this year.

Sessions with Ruben Baart

Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison is a British journalist who was WikiLeaks’ Investigations Editor for several years after joining for its groundbreaking 2010 publications. In 2013, Harrison helped Edward Snowden safely escape to Moscow, and in 2015 she was awarded the Willy Brandt Prize for political courage. In 2014 Harrison co-founded Courage, an international organisation that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record, where she worked for several years before moving to its Advisory Board in 2018.

Sarah Harrison is the co-author of the book Women, Whistleblowing and Wikileaks which she will talk about at Border Sessions with co-authors Renata Avila and Angela Richter.

Sessions with Sarah Harrison

Shahar Livne

Shahar Livne (1989) is an Israeli-born designer located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Her lifelong fascinations in nature, biology, science and more developed naturally into intuitive material experimentation way of work during her bachelor studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven from which she graduated successfully in 2017. Shahar’s body of work focuses on conceptual material research and her work process is characterized by trial and error and experimentation in the search for interesting results. Some of her projects deal with obscure materials such as blood, man-made fossils, crystallization and more. Her projects starting points are often stories about places. Shahar sees herself as a designer with an intuitive and research approach that materializes her work through written research and object compositions.

Shahar is a Border Labs Award nominee.

Stephanie Pau

Stephanie is a design research MRes candidate at the Royal College of Arts. Her current research is on designing health and wellbeing in extreme (space) environments. Originally trained as an engineer, her work straddles between technology and design. As a freelancer, her professional focus is on space, wearables and health. In her spare time, she has been producing space community events and a FashTech show.

Labs with Stephanie Pau

Thijs de Zeeuw

Thijs de Zeeuw is a Dutch landscape architect, who designed several animal enclosures for ARTIS. With ‘ZOOOF’ he initiated a research-and-design project on the zoo of the future and he is the founder of the NATURE OPTIMIST, a platform for the happy, opportunistic and untamable nature in and around us.

Labs with Thijs de Zeeuw

Thomas Meany

Thomas Meany is the co-founder and CEO of Cell-Free Technology, a biotechnology company that enables high speed DNA circuit testing. Prior to this he held an interdisciplinary fellowship in the University of Cambridge Plant Science Department studying applications of technology in synthetic biology. He holds a PhD in physics and prior to working in biotechnology he developed semiconductor circuits in the quantum information group at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Labs.

Sessions with Thomas Meany

Tiwánee van der Horst

Tiwánee van der Horst makes 3D-paintings with recycled plastic. She graduated with honors in 2016 in Architecture at the TU Delft and focused on the analogy of 3D-printing and painting. She moves her self-built machine through the air manually, to ‘paint’ organic objects and structures. Besides circular and technologically innovative, her works are a reflection on the ‘rigidity’ in architecture, including the digital trend of 3D-printing.

Tiwánee is a Border Labs Award nominee.

Vladan Joler

Vladan Joler is co-founder of SHARE Foundation and professor at the New Media department of the Academy of arts in Novi Sad. He is leading SHARE Lab, a research and data investigation lab for exploring different technical and social aspects of algorithmic transparency, digital labour exploitation, invisible infrastructures, black boxes, and many other contemporary phenomena on the intersection between technology and society.

Sessions with Vladan Joler

Walter Dresscher

Walter Dresscher studied architecture at the technical university of Delft. After working at several architectural offices in Paris and Amsterdam he started his own initiative called “de natuurlijke stad” (The Natural City). Around the world people move to cities and the population on the countryside shrinks. The city is more and more the natural habitat for people. The fact that people still experience city and nature as two different entities shows that cities do not yet provide a true natural living environment. Walter Dresscher seeks opportunities to transform cities so they can truly be “natural”.

In 2017 Walter Dresscher joined the P2P foundation team to coordinate the Dutch language blog. He implements P2P values in his work and seeks to connect and promote P2P practices. In this role he hopes to be able to accelerate the needed transition to new value systems and transform cities to more just, open and fair environments for (human) life.

Labs with Walter Dresscher

Yori Kamphuis

Yori is co-founder and CBDO of Storro, Global Shaper of the Amsterdam Hub, connected to the World Economic Forum, member of the Programmaraad of the Rathenau Instituut, part of the advisory board for the cyber security track of the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, SingularityU Rotterdam Chapter ambassador.

Sessions with Yori Kamphuis