Team

Gerbrand Haverkamp
Executive Director

Aside from spending too much time on Twitter, Gerbrand sets the direction for Index Initiative. Gerbrand started Index Initiative believing that society doesn’t progress without companies that align with societal interest. All of us should therefore have something to say on how we want companies to shape our lives and the world around us. Based on these societal expectations we can rightly credit companies that lead while holding others accountable, encouraging both to do better. Before working for Index Initiative Gerbrand worked for the Dutch Government in the areas of inclusive business, sustainable agricultural supply chains and food security.

Lisanne Urlings
Lead Research

Lisanne leads all research-related processes and activities and works on the development of various benchmarks. She is actively involved in stakeholder consultation and engagement activities. Lisanne has always had a keen interest in the role of business in social and economic development challenges. She strongly believes that business can be a force for good and is motivated to contribute to research-based efforts that promote and drive long-term change. Prior to joining Index Initiative, Lisanne worked at the Access to Medicine Index where she focused on methodology development and analysis, and coordinated the development of company scorecards.

Gonnie Been
Lead Operations and Access to Internet

Gonnie leads the Index Initiative operation, including Communication, HR and IT. Gonnie is also responsible for the access to internet benchmark. Gonnie is fascinated by the exponential technological possibilities and what it means for sustainable development. Gonnie gained experience in communication, social innovation, CSR and HR with a focus on organizational- and leadership development. As last at Microsoft The Netherlands, where Gonnie was the driving force behind the new world of work transition of the organization. Before joining Index Initiative, Gonnie started her own social enterprise – RabbleInc. – enabling organizations to infuse digital transformation into human development. Furthermore, she keeps different board functions.

Hendrik Steringa
Senior Researcher

Hendrik develops the climate action pillar as an integral part of the WBA strategy and operations. He conducts research, develops the climate action strategy, builds and maintains a network of relevant stakeholders and applies for funding. Hendrik believes climate action is not only a big threat (which it is) but also about business opportunities and creating welfare for everyone around the globe at the same time. In his work Hendrik aims to bring these elements together. For 10 years Hendrik was active in the field of humanitarian assistance, mainly in Latin America. In 2010, he went through a professional transition and entered the field of corporate strategies of energy companies related to the sustainable energy transition and climate action.

Bas Geerts
Lead Seafood Stewardship Index

Bas leads the Seafood Stewardship Index. Making this world even more beautiful and preserving its beauty into the future has been his drive for decades. To Bas, working with a wide array of international stakeholders is inspiring in achieving sustainable progress. Bas worked at WWF Netherlands, first as fundraiser, later developing and implementing sustainability standards like RSPO (Palm Oil) and RTRS (Soy). After WWF, Bas joined UTZ, expanding their portfolio from coffee to multiple other commodities. Before joining Index Initiative, Bas held the position of Standards Director at the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. Under his leadership 8 global standards for responsible aquaculture were launched.

Katrina Nakamura
Engagement and Research Associate

Katrina Nakamura, PhD is an interdisciplinary expert in market measures for sustainable seafood, specializing in fishery improvements and product screening for risk-based due diligence. Her company, the Sustainability Incubator, developed an approach to screening called the Labour Safe Screen which is available as an insert to everyday procurement and traceability programs in the food sector.It won the Partnership for Freedom Grand Prize for rethinking technological innovation to combat human trafficking in supply chains in 2016.Katrina completed an impact evaluation of industry-led measures for sustainable seafood (PhD thesis) and has co-owned and operated seafood restaurants.She has a long career in seafood that includes founding the Quality Fishing Expo in 1998 and support to trawl, longline, and gill net fishermen to improve fisheries, from 1994.

Marjolein Koornstra
Project Manager

Marjolein is the driver behind the World Benchmarking Alliance consultation and engagement process. She organizes events around the globe to consult lots of different stakeholders on the impact of business on sustainable development. Marjolein is convinced that the private sector has a critical role to play in acting on the sustainable development agenda and accelerating the transformation towards a sustainable future. Prior to joining Index Initiative, Marjolein worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and BoP Innovation Center, where she was involved in sustainable business issues, food & nutrition, and events management.

Rik Beukers
Research Analyst

Rik works as research analyst on the development of the Seafood Stewardship Index, focusing on research methodology and data analysis. He has a keen interest in global economic development topics such as food production and international trade, and its effects on the natural environment. Prior to his work for Index Initiative, Rik worked for almost 10 years at Wageningen Economic Research as economist. His main specializations were market and value chain research in the seafood sector and other agricultural sectors.

Mwansa Phiri
Research Analyst

Mwansa conducts in-depth research to drive the development of various benchmarks, and is actively involved in all research processes related to stakeholder consultation and engagement activities. She is passionate about promoting an inclusive approach to sustainable development that incorporates the voices of all stakeholders, especially youth and marginalised groups.

Prior to joining Index Initiative, Mwansa gained extensive research experience through working on different projects spanning education policy, multidimensional poverty and inequality, social justice movements, and youth empowerment.

She is an ambassador for Teach First, working to address educational disadvantage in the UK, and was previously granted a Global Fellowship Award by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mwansa holds masters’ degrees in Public Policy, Human Development, and Education.

Elie Chachoua
Senior Strategist & Finance Expert

Elie is a senior strategist and sustainable finance expert. He leads on stakeholder consultation and engagement activities.

Elie is a firm believer in the private sector’s potential to deliver the sustainable development goals and ofthe need to align financial markets with sustainability objectives. Prior to joining Index Initiative, Elie was a senior advisor on sustainable finance for the Climate Action Network and a managing editor for an award-winning series of The Economist Group on the industrial economy. His work has been published by renowned organisations, including the World Economic Forum, The Economist Intelligence Unit, KPMG, the OECD, and UNDP.

Kirsty Collins
Lead Engagement

Kirsty is advising and leading on stakeholder engagement and strategy during the WBA global consultation.She most recently worked with the Aviva Investors Global Responsible Investment team after a successful 10 years at GSK, leading investor relations engagement and strategy on sustainability. She is the only investor relations professional to have worked across 3 strategic areas of responsible investment: ESG in asset management at Aviva Investors; in Investor Relations at GSK including leadership on governance, risk and ESG; and in corporate responsibility at GSK leading on sustainability performance, benchmarking and investor engagement on ESG.

Lisa Kos
Communication Strategist

For Lisa it’s all about communication. Lisa loves to think about positioning and communication strategies. How do you show your relevance? What makes a communication activity a success?

Communication can be a puzzle, but it’s one she likes to solve. She mainly focusses on the positioning of the World Benchmarking Alliance. WBA is relevant to Lisa. She believes the SDGs can help everyone to find something that you can do to make the world a better place, but mainly hopes that companies will see this more and more as their responsibility. For her, communication is the art of bringing these insights to companies.

Nilson Rodrigues Lopes
Financial Controller

If it has anything to do with numbers there is a 99,9% chance that Nilson is involved. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and working as an Accounting Consultant in Barcelona he returned to the Netherlands. As of August ’17 he joined the Index Initiative team as their Financial Controller. Nilson is responsible for the delivery of finance services. Services such as financial reporting, budgets, forecasting or any other aspect of financial management. Always with a can-do mentality.