Get to know the people behind Material Innovation Center
Eric (Rik) Logtens builds thriving, impactful businesses like birds build their nests.
Just like the birds know exactly what twigs to select, and how to position these twigs to construct a genius architectural structure to nurture and safeguard their offspring, Eric understands that talent and resources are precious. In his view, each material, technology or methodology serves a specific function or role in time and place, and he is in business to interlink positive social, ecological and environmental impact with thriving operations. Among the very first to apply the principles of Cradle2Cradle and conceptualise the Circular Economy, over the past 15 years, Rik has focused on:
conceptualization and commercialization of sustainable materials, products and services
advocating and inspiring students, business professionals, and policymakers to make the right decisions instead of the less bad ones
building companies from zero to scale
developing and implementing strategies and structures for multinationals, governments and universities on sustainability and circular economic principles.
Sann Carrière (1983) dreams the future into being. Anticipating a world in which nature and technology merge, Sann builds inspiring, purposeful businesses. She is driven by a strong sense of what is to come and combines mindfulness with dedicated entrepreneurship to manifest. Working towards this systemic change via responsible production and consumption, she aligns her business concepts and actions with the principles of the circular economy.
Sann facilitates disruptive technology start-ups, governmental bodies, public organizations, and multinational companies to co-develop materials innovation and large-scale commercial success. Her circular business models have proven to outcompete the traditional linear approach.
Sann has been developing her views and tools on the new economy since 2009 in the Netherlands. In 2017 she moved to Singapore and has since then been working on projects in Eurasia remotely.