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Our dream

Changing the world begins with a small group of people who simply refuse to accept the unacceptable ~ Richard Branson
Our vision is to create an economy where waste no longer exist.
EME’s mission is to help our customers transition to the Circular Economy as fast as possible. In doing so, helping them to understand their value chain better whilst decreasing their impact on the environment and creating a more resilient Circular Economy.
Christian van Maaren

Christian van Maaren

Co-Founder
Christian, as chronic optimist, always finds possibilities to achieve the seemingly unattainable. With his sense of humor and ability to see the bigger picture he is able to successfully align unconventional stakeholders over complex challenges, as he did many years for Shell. His vision, curiosity and wit make him a skillful entrepreneur. Driven by making the world inclusive and circular he brought light in remote places with Global Himalayan Expedition and now the Excess Materials Exchange is his new venture. He is convinced that the Circular Economy plays a paramount role in the energy-climate challenge whilst delivering sound business results.
Maayke Aimee Damen

Maayke Aimee Damen

Co-Founder
With Maayke's passion for sustainability, sharp intellect and strong will it has come as no surprise to anyone that she has done some amazing things in her short career. Taking her inspiration from nature to reform economic and industrial systems, she developed the idea of the resource passport that has now been made into Dutch and European policy. Singularity University taught her that exponential technologies hold the key in our transition towards a sustainable society and can deliver the necessary tools. Through various companies and projects she has been working on creating a Circular Economy for many years. With the Excess Materials Exchange, she can now fully focus developing a worldwide inclusive Circular Economy.
Roberto Valenti

Roberto Valenti

Advisor
AI researcher and Entrepreneur, a dreamer, technologist, innovator, futurist, contributionist, collaborativist, with a focus on future sustainable society, empowered by the convergence of artificial intelligence, blockchains, and the internet of things. He also achieved a record number of high-impact scientific publications in the field of human-centric computing.