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Maayke Damen

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Maayke-Aimée Damen (MSc. honours) is a pioneer in circular economy and sustainability: she has been working towards reinstating waste as valuable resource 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 marketplace where companies can buy and sell any type of excess material and/or product. The EME actively matches supply and demand of materials, and materials with their highest value potential to create continuous material loops. 

Maayke has won various prizes and awards for her work, amongst others as MIT Innovator under 35, Emerging Innovator for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network and Financial Times Top Talent in the Netherlands. 


Previously, Maayke-Aimée Damen 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 material metabolism of our economy. With the Resources Passport she won a scholarship to attent Singularity University (Google & NASA).


Talk description:

Maayke Damen, founder of Excess Materials Exchange (EME), means serious business. She wants to save the planet with maximum impact. And she wants to prevent valuable materials from being wasted and destroyed. Her chosen path to achieve all this? Running a dating site. In her talk she will tell you all about her dating adventures. You’ll end up with a whole new perspective on the concept of the circular economy and waste. Does it even exist?

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