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Maayke Damen is a passionate advocate for sustainability with ambitions of a world where waste does not exist.
To turn this passion into a reality, Maayke Damen co-founded ‘Excess Materials Exchange’ (EME) which aims to reinstate waste to the valuable resource that it is by developing a circular economy and turning their waste to wealth. EME has created a secured marketplace, where companies can exchange any type of excess materials, business to business. Functioning as a dating site, EME uses data to match supply and demand and help identify the highest reuse potential for any given material. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainability and Innovation Fund Port of Amsterdam, Project Manager at INSID, and Member of the Young Club of Rome. She was also the winner of the Dutch Singularity University innovation contest with the idea of a “Google for Materials” which she developed into the ‘Resource Passport’ that has now been made into Dutch and European policy.
Maayke Damen is a pioneer in circular economy and sustainability: she has been working towards reshaping the waste paradigm through various companies and projects. She takes her inspiration from nature to reform economic and industrial systems. With her passion for sustainability, sharp intellect and strong will, she has become a driving force in the field.
Currently, she is the founder of the Excess Materials Exchange (EME): a platform where companies can buy and sell any type of excess material and/or product. More importantly, it matches materials with their highest value potential to create continuous material loops. Maayke has won various prizes and awards for her work with the EME, amongst others as MIT Innovator under 35, Dutch Financial Times Top Talent 2019, Emerging Innovator for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network and Ashoka.
Previously, Maayke developed the Resources Passport that has now been made into Dutch and European policy. The passport is currently being used by the EME and many other companies to start mapping the economies material metabolism. With the Resources Passport she won a scholarship to attend Singularity University (Google & NASA).
Maayke’s influence in the field can be felt through her many advisory and thought leading roles over the years with various organisations, including: the United Nations, Young Club of Rome, Sandbox, the Port of Amsterdam and INSID. She is an experienced speaker, who can talk with authority and enthusiasm about the circular economy and her work to reduce waste in the world. Her three TedX talks can be viewed online.