At EnvirometriX / OpenGeoHub Kris assists Tom and Ichsani through administrative tasks, data processing, internal management processes, website editing and social media marketing.
Kris is fascinated by environmental and social changes and is driven to play an active role towards a regenerative society in any way he can. As such he is excited to be part of the EnvirometriX and OpenGeoHub team. He is also co-founder of the Renew Foundation.
After extensive soulsearching Kris decided to dedicate himself to the fundamentals of civilization: agriculture and humanity’s relationship to its environment. As such an education in Rural Development & Innovation at the University of Applied Science of Van Hall Larenstein in Wageningen presented itself as a perfect opportunity. Through his studies Kris was fascinated not only by social dynamics and inequality but especially by the promises made by permaculture and ecosystem restoration projects. This fascination grew through internships at permaculture/restoration sites in southern California and India, as well as a minors program International Land & Water Management at Wageningen University. Kris finished his bachelor’s programme with an internship at The Louis Bolk Institute combining permaculture with a costs & benefit analysis of log-based fungiculture, in order to provide an additional and sustainable source of income for Dutch farmers.
When his studies were finished in 2017, Kris became a member of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps, founded by John D. Liu. Inspired, Kris also co-founded the Renew Foundation, designed to prepare and train young people in the Netherlands to support ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture projects. In 2019 Kris gave a talk at TEDxWageningen to encourage more initiatives to support a global ecosystem restoration movement.
- 2019–present: Junior soil consultant AbelTalent, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
- 2017–present: Co-founder / Coordinator Renew Foundation,
- 2017–2018: Board Member OtherWise Foundation, Wageningen, The Netherlands,
- 2016–2017: Student researcher Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen, The Netherlands.