Meet our judges!

You enter the stage, the spotlight shines in your face, and you hope those comfy looking chairs will turn when they hear your research proposal. But who is sitting in these chairs? Meet the judges of the Changemaker Challenge, the experts who decide whether your research gets a chance to change the world forever.

 

Dagan Cohen  

Leader What Design Can Do and Creative Director Social Inc.

Are you looking for a concept which truly engages audiences? Look no further. Dagan Cohen is the expert when it comes to concept development for brands, and cultural and societal organizations. He studied environmental art & design and has a background in visual arts and over 15 years of experience in advertising as (digital) creative director. Is your research the one to make big waves? Dagan knows what will make a splash.

 

Merijn Everaarts

CEO Dopper

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dopper, a social enterprise to make an impact on reducing plastic waste by providing a sustainable water bottle for (filtered) tap water. Merijn Everaarts started out as an entrepreneur in the event and marketing business. Today, the Dutchman has only one priority: his initiative for a better world, Dopper, a social enterprise to make an impact on reducing plastic waste by providing a sustainable water bottle for (filtered) tap water.

His mission is to:

  • create awareness regarding the impact of single-use plastic waste and inspiring people to initiate a change.
  • offer an innovative line of sustainable bottles
  • increase access to safe drinking water for people around the world.


Reinier Hille Ris Lambers (semi finals only)

Program Leader and Portfolio manager in Biodiversity and Conservation at World Wildlife Fund

That’s a long job title. For us this title means Reinier is one of the most important people working for the World Wildlife Fund. His expertise is achieving impacts. And if you think that’s cool: he also focuses on Marine Conservation, Fisheries and Sustainable Finance! To change the world he uses field program design and management, diplomacy and advocacy as well as monitoring and evaluation. Which means he doesn’t just talk about marine conservation, you will also find him on a boat off the coast of Antarctica, inspecting water conditions. Using this experience he’s the perfect judge to identify, develop and coach conservation programs with impact in the oceans.