Excess Materials Exchange

We think far too many valuable resources and materials are wasted or ill-designed in the current paradigm, for which the planet pays a heavy price. Isn’t that a waste?
We are determined to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy – and play a part in creating a more viable planet. By showing the financial and ecological value of materials. By challenging companies to design and produce their goods in a more efficient and circular manner. And by making matches. A whole lot of matches.

What do we stand for?

Our digital platform unlocks the maximum potential of the world’s excess materials and products by matching them to their highest value uses.

What do aim to achieve?

We are determined to fundamentally change the waste game - by introducing an innovative way of doing business that becomes the industry standard. That way, we will speed-up the world’s transition to a circular economy and we pull our weight in creating a clean planet for everyone.

Our Values

We unlock potential on a daily basis. We give materials, products and waste streams that are considered worthless a new high-value reuse destination. It’s unsurprising that our core values play an important role in our lives. Those values guide us in all the actions and choices we make.

Transparency

We love openness. That’s why our Resources Passport provides an overview of among others the composition, origin and deconstructability of a product. That allows true value to reveal itself. In our matchmaking, we identify the financial, social and environmental consequences – talk about transparency and honesty! The truth is that profit cannot be considered as such when corruption, toxins, exploitation or other aggressions are involved. We are very clear about that.

Passionate

We invest heart and soul into everything. We’re fired up to realise our big hairy audacious goals: to completely change the way we deal with resources and materials. Furthermore, to bring about a circular economy and a clean, viable planet. That’s why we get out of bed every morning. We want to invest our time and energy into these goals. We don’t just walk away from a challenge and we aren’t afraid to question existing conventions and practices. And if this way of life means we have to eat a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner? So be it.

Matchmaking

Our digital platform creates matches for resources, materials and products. That makes us matchmakers. Is that a core value? To us, it most certainly is. Our key drivers are matchmaking, networking and cooperation. You simply need each other to optimize impact. And that happens to be our ambition. That’s why we forge alliances with partners that share our dreams and ideals. And that’s why we continuously find the most valuable matches for materials and products.

Determination

We are determined to radically disrupt the way we deal with resources, materials, products and waste streams. That transition needs to speed up – so what are we waiting for? We are fully committed to making a strong and positive impact. On the people we work with. On the businesses that join us. And on our planet. It can be done. It has to be done. So let’s just do it!

Innovation

Doing things differently and better. That’s how in our view the world has to deal with resources, materials and products. We need to radically rethink our current system and make it futureproof. Goodbye waste, hello circularity. For this reason, we embrace inventive concepts, ground-breaking innovations, smart technology and finding new ways to organise and cooperate. Anything for disruptive innovation.

 

 

 

 

The Team

These people love matchmaking. And share a dream. To fundamentally change the way we deal with resources, materials and waste streams, speed-up the world’s transition to a circular economy and pull our weight in creating a clean planet for everyone.
Maayke Aimee Damen

Maayke Aimee Damen

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.
Christian van Maaren

Christian van Maaren

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.
Vikas Pandey

Vikas Pandey

CTO
Vikas is a technology enthusiast. He is always exploring how new technologies could be applied to solve complex problems and generate a business advantage. In the past, he has worked in various techno-functional roles for start-ups as well as for Fortune 100 companies. Currently, he regularly contributes to open source projects and the development of decentralised solutions (using Hyperledger). At EME, he is responsible for building and leading the technology strategy, as well as innovations that help scale the EME platform. Vikas is convinced that real progress is when society benefits from your contribution and strongly believes that EME is a great example of bringing that positive impact on the ecosystem.
Ashutosh Singh

Ashutosh Singh

Product Owner
Ashutosh is a creative and avid problem solver having more than 6 years of experience in agile product development. His passion for developing innovative solutions that combine cutting-edge technology to solve complex problems drives him to be part of the EME team. Ashutosh also believes, that being part of the youth generation, it is our responsibility to act for the environment, sustainable development and hence is leading the platform development for EME in the role of product owner. He is an emerging technologies enthusiast who is currently brewing products using blockchain and machine learning technologies for social good.
Caspar Aardenburg

Caspar Aardenburg

Project Manager & Resources Passport Lead
Caspar’s drive originates from the roots of nature. Starting in the study of holistic environmental systems, ecology, and a strong interest for society and economics, he is like a duck takes to water when it comes to circular economy. Through collaboration with several start-ups, governmental agencies in Singapore, and a master’s in business innovation, he can approach business problems from a wide variety of angles. Except for trivia, Caspar could be in no better place than EME to flourish. Constantly asking the “why” and “how” of things, with a critical mindset, he can crack any problem, providing unconventional solutions in line with the bigger picture.
Pratik Makune

Pratik Makune

Software Engineering Lead
Pratik has worked at multiple startups, building software from scratch and fine-tuning it to work at scale. He is an avid learner and believes and applies "first principles thinking" in his day to day tasks and life. His learning agenda is “To make an airplane after jumping off the cliff”. He’s a passionate programmer and problem solver at heart. On the weekend you can find him working out in the morning or reading some book in a cafe or tinkering with hobby projects to learn something new. He's also curious about design patterns, Solution Architecture and Technical Architecture.
Lucyl Staub

Lucyl Staub

Project Manager
Combining her backgrounds in business management and environmental management, Lucyl aims to disrupt business-as-usual practices. With most of her experience in the food and beverage industry in CSR or consultancy role, she allies strategic system thinking with efficient hand-on operational management. Her curiosity, love for challenges and passion for circular economy brought her to the US, China, France, Sweden and India. As a project manager at EME, she is excited to support the scale-up of EME’s innovative marketplace which actively drives the large scale sustainable transition to a circular economy.
Cynthia Mooij

Cynthia Mooij

Project Manager
Cynthia’s passion is to bring sustainability to life within organisations. She does this partly by using her background in business management and strategic sustainability. She enjoys applying systems thinking to different organisations and learning about new opportunities for materials and waste streams. Her experience ranges from circular economy consultancy, to sustainability lecturer, and in her last role she was CSR manager at a shipbuilding company. The red thread in each of her roles has always been to make sustainability tangible and translate its concepts to stakeholders. This is what brought her to EME; to use practical tools to show quantitative insights that will make the circular economy a no-brainer for organisations around the world.
Elza Kuipers

Elza Kuipers

Communications Advisor
Elza is a communications advisor who likes to keep it short and simple. She loves words. But she feels most organisations use too many of them, which leads to little to no impact. She’s excited about EME’s dedication and determination to make a huge impact. In the waste sector and circular economy and on the whole planet. In addition, she believes that EME’s proposition is valuable and that they can truly make a difference. So she happily helps them to keep things as short and simple as possible.
Marc van der Meide

Marc van der Meide

Data Analyst Intern
Marc has a strong dedication to improving the environment for both people and planet. He is always working towards understanding the world around him through numbers and facts. For this, data analysis, modeling and coding are not only necessary but also tools he enjoys using. His studies in engineering and environmental science were thus very well suited to him. In his free time he contributes to open source projects like the LCA Activity Browser. Through working with the EME he hopes to accelerate the development of the circular economy by combining his interests, curiosity and knowledge together with the rest of the team.
Bonnie Tsai

Bonnie Tsai

Data Analyst Intern
Bonnie is an ocean lover with a passion for natural protection. She has worked with clothing brands and textile manufacturers, involving Higg Index and sustainable global supply chain projects. With her background in textile and international business, she is always curious to search for new sustainable solutions and dedicates to bringing changes. She firmly believes the material exchange concept will be the future to protect our planet. Her current studies in innovative textile development aim at turning materials circular through the design of material and production process. Combining with the work in the EME, she would like to explore and develop more possibilities for the transition to a circular economy.
Jim Teunizen

Jim Teunizen

Partner at Alba Concepts
Jim Teunizen was trained as an engineer at the Eindhoven University of Technology and subsequently followed a design and law course. Today, the mix of technology, finance, legal aspects and sustainability is the main topic in his projects. His strength is to take on the role of his client and to arrive at new, often unexpected, insights based on a creative approach. His commitment to sustainability has resulted in Jim finishing in 7th place in 2019 in the ABN AMRO Sustainable Top 50.
Jip van Grinsven

Jip van Grinsven

Consultant at Alba Concepts
Jip is driven, enthusiastic and convinced that the transition to a circular economy is essential for a better and brighter future. With her enthusiasm she aims to mobilize others to join her goal: deviate from the status quo and towards a circular economy. Jip is convinced that new insights in financial, ecological and social benefits are a necessity to drive the transition forward. EME facilitates match-making with the highest-value reuse opportunity, therefore she sees EME as an important platform to facilitate the large scale transition to a circular economy and to make a real difference.
Cécile van Oppen

Cécile van Oppen

Consultant at Copper8
Cécile has been involved in achieving breakthroughs in social issues for many years. She developed herself at the interface of innovation and sustainability and has written academic articles on the importance of different organisational structures to achieve sustainable goals. She focuses increasingly on initiating and forging project-like collaborations.Cécile is an idealist through and through, but she has both feet on the ground – after all, we live in a capitalist society. She is inspired by content and connects her analytical skills with her ability to get business done. She knows how to make different parties enthusiastic and, more importantly, how to connect them sustainably.
Marijn Polet

Marijn Polet

Consultant at Copper8
Marijn is consultant at Copper8. He is a systems thinker researching institutional and economic change, developing sustainability strategies and an expert in circular business models. At EME he started working on customer journeys for the online materials exchange and project management. After that he expanded his activities to developing the environmental and social valuation of excess materials. He is also involved in building knowledge necessary for circular matchmaking.