Ivar Smits (Dutch, 1974) and Floris van Hees (Dutch, 1978) are the sailors at “Sailors for Sustainability”. They set up the foundation in 2015 to gather inspirational examples of solutions to sustainability challenges. Solutions that work, somewhere around the world, and can be applied in other locations, too.
Ivar is passionate about ecosystems, climate change, and sustainable economies. He has been sailing his whole life and has over 20 years of experience as a sailing instructor. He is educated as an industrial engineer (University of Twente) and more recently as a sustainability leader (University of Cambridge). Until departure he worked at the sustainability department of paints & chemicals multinational AkzoNobel. During the trip he will work as a freelancer on sustainability related projects from his own advisory company: Institute For a Sustainable Future (Instituut Voor een Duurzame Toekomst – IVeDT)
Floris is passionate about justice, human rights, and environmental protection. He was raised in Switzerland and recently became an active sailor, notably by taking courses in sailing at sea up to skipper level. He has a law degree from Maastricht University, and a postgraduate degree in human rights (EIUC). Following a career as a lawyer for international law firm Clifford Chance in Amsterdam, he started his own legal consultancy and a clearinghouse for referring legal requests from NGOs to law firms for pro bono advice.
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