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This event occurred on
May 17, 2019
12:00am - 7:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Sittard-Geleen, Limburg

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Forum Sittard
Engelenkampstraat 68
Sittard-Geleen, Limburg, 6131 JJ
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Cecile Van Berkum

Cecile van Berkum (1967) has a master in Organisational Psychology. In 2008 she started to explore the intricate world of the Mediterranean and its healthy cuisine. A crucial ingredient in this deliciously simple food is extra virgin olive oil. Cecile has dedicated herself to sharing her passion for this fruit juice and its beneficial properties. Cecile now lives in the mountains in the south of Spain with her husband and dogs.

Erik Matser

“Stress is a disaster of todays society. If we keep on living like this we don’t need an atomic bomb to exterminate ourselves” Dr. Matser (1963) graduated as a clinical neuropsychologist and has 30 years of experience in clinical neuropsychology. He worked at St. Anna Hospital in the Netherlands for 15 years and was an associate professor of the department of neuroanatomy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Matser obtained his PhD in 2000 on the topic 'brain injuries in sports' and proved that typical residual symptoms such as fatigue, decreased performance / cognition and emotional instability can be caused by an accumulation of impacts to the head.

Esta Steyn

Social Work
Meet Esta Steyn, an amazing woman from the Netherlands, born in South Africa (1977) and completely devoted to work against Trafficking and make the world a better place. Esta has a bachelor in Social Work and is currently doing a master in Contextual Therapy. Since 2014 she is the director of STOP THE TRAFFIK Netherlands. This organisation wants put a stop to Human Trafficking. It is Esta’s main expertise to prevent the sexual exploitation of minors.

Harmen Spek

Harmen’s commercial background is in media and design, where he developed a major passion for materials and manufacturing. Many products are currently based on a ‘short lifecycle’, where plastic as the cheapest material is maintained as the principal element of the success formula. Harmen’s drive is to change this short cycle thinking to a model in which plastic is held in reserve as a high quality technical material and certainly not for single use products. A transition to alternative materials is key here. He is also on a worldwide search for the best technical solutions for the environmental problems that plastics create.

Ingmar De Gooijer

Ingmar has worked with and in the healthcare industry since 2000. He started his career at a global consultancy firm and was based in The Hague, Tokyo and Singapore. In 2010 he joined the management team at MedTech Europe (trade association for the medical technology industry) in Brussels. In 2015 Ingmar returned to his birthplace Amsterdam to work as an independent consultant and joined myTomorrows in 2017 with skin in the game. He describes himself as an open-minded individual who aims for trust and openness through constructive dialogue and uncompromising honesty.

Lee Immerzeel

Lee Immerzeel (1977) is born and raised in Sittard-Geleen. After a rough childhood and a journey of trial and error he found his passion in personal development. Lee is an accredited Executive Coach. He works as a Master Coach, coördinator and workshop facilitator for DLL (De Lage Landen) in Eindhoven and he is the owner of the coaching company “Born With Potential”. He believes that human beings exhibit amazing potential. If you believe and work hard the possibilities are endless.

Ruurd Oosterwoud

Fake News
Ruurd Oosterwoud (1989) is the founder of DROG, an organisation that creates proactive and applied solutions to reduce the impact of disinformation on society, governments and businesses. DROG has specialised in pre-emptive debunking, or ‘pre-bunking’, developing antidotes to disinformation. In partnership with researchers at Cambridge University they are providing evidence that their innovative and unconventional approach is seriously effective. Last year, DROG organised a preliminary disinformation attack on the European Parliamentary elections of 2019, launched a very successful serious game ( where you have to become a fake news monger and has advised the European Commission and the British House of Commons. Ruurd has an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the university of Leiden. He was the first to specialize in Russian disinformation.

Thomas Bollen

"Writing news articles pays not as well as writing consultancy reports, but holding the powerful accountable is way more fun than serving them. Consultancy and financial journalism are both about investigating and analysing complex matters. However, as a consultant I was required to hold back the sensitive details of my findings whenever revealing them would go against the commercial interests of my employer. As a journalist I am expected to expose the full truth. Always, even if that leads to conflict or controverse." Thomas Bollen (1984) works as a journalist for Follow the Money, an independent platform for investigative journalism in the Netherlands. He is a financial economist specialised in monetary policy and the banking sector. After working as a consultant in the corporate sector Thomas made a career switch to journalism.

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