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ABOUT US

Nature^Squared is committed to creating a truly sustainable Planet Earth on which people, companies, and societies prosper. According to us, nature is the starting point to reach that goal and biodiversity is the engine behind a planet that can provide for our needs.

OUR STORY

Nature^Squared is guided by the idea that the way we look at nature is fundamentally wrong. Nature is often seen as an expense and cost-base. The idea that a choice should be made between nature and economy prevails. We believe that nature is essential for us, humans, and that our ecosystems represent a tremendous wealth, both  ecologically and economically.

We have summarised our vision of the value of nature in a short video.

10-2012
The idea arises

The idea for Nature^Squared arises

02-2013
Jump into the deep end

Nature^Squared is officially established

07-2016
Our first employee

We reinforce our team by hiring a new employee for the first time

01-2017
Setting up a research program

Daan and Ervin are both appointed professor 'Innovative Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas' at HAS University of Applied Sciences to develop and manage this four-year research program.

And the best
is just about to happen!

PARTNERSHIPS

In order to arrive at a green economy, we need to join forces. We are an active member of leading network organizations, such as the Natural Capital Coalition (technical advisor), Ecosystem Services Partnership, Businesss@Biodiversity, and MVO Nederland. We already have a lot of knowledge and experience in-house, but we can only accelerate if we learn from each other and work together.

OUR TEAM

Daan Groot

A real system thinker, Daan acts as a ‘spider in the web’. Founded Nature^Squared in 2012 together with Erwin, because he is convinced that nature...

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Iris Visser

Analyst and connector. Iris works on achieving a just and inclusive world and views sustainable agriculture as the crucial link. After her degree on Social...

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Tom Meijer

Associative and results-oriented. Toms power in organising and collaborating. After a career in business and IT, he turned things around to actively aid the effort...

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Merlissa Diele

Go-getter and questioner. Merlissa’s ambition is to make environmental policy work for the people and nature at the same time. With a broad background in...

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Boi de Moel

Driven and analytical. Boi is determined to create positive climate impact and strives for multiple value creation - both for people and nature. With a...

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Tom Kools

After working for two years at Verstegen Spices & Sauces as an international project manager on regenerative agriculture and as strategic impact manager, Tom Kools...

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Myrthe Belder

Assertief en verbindend. Myrthe streeft naar meer bewustzijn voor duurzaamheid en natuurbehoud. Met haar interdisciplinaire achtergrond in Environment and Resource Management ligt haar expertise in...

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Eli Morrell

Inquisitive and analytical. Eli believes that greening the financial sector is essential in creating a sustainable future. At Nature^Squared, Eli is focusing on the linkages...

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Kelly Hartholt

Creatief en ondernemend. Kelly is eind 2022 als grafisch vormgever bij de Natuurverdubbelaars aan de slag gegaan. Ze is een creatief denker met een scherp...

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Yso van der Meer

Curious and passionate. With a background in Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, Yso tries to put everything into greater perspective. During his bachelor's degree in...

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Boje Boogaerdt

Nieuwsgierig en betrokken, Boje heeft een bijzondere interesse in de relatie tussen de mens en haar omgeving en is overtuigd van de waarde van interdisplaire...

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Alexander Brown

Detail-oriented and imaginative. Alex strives to contribute to human-biota co-existence in cities and beyond. He has both a technical and environmental background, having recently graduated...

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Daria Selyavina

Driven and inquisitive. Daria is interested in preserving the harmony between humanity and the natural world, where it is vital to recognize the intrinsic value of nature. With...

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Jitske Elzinga

Enthusiastic and driven. Jitske wants to work for a greener future where people and nature are in harmony, and cities and nature are more intertwined....

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Giacomo Bauer

Curious and impact-driven. With a background in environmental policy and economics, Giacomo sees changing the way we view nature and organize our economy as a...

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  • Daan Groot

    A real system thinker, Daan acts as a ‘spider in the web’. Founded Nature^Squared in 2012 together with Erwin, because he is convinced that nature restoration is part of the solution for almost all of the major challenges we are currently facing: climate change, inequality, health, and migration. Daan regularly acts as moderator/facilitator and workshop leader. He was acknowledged as one of the most influential sustainability professionals of The Netherlands, being included on the Sustainable 100, as well as on the Food100 (2017), Young Sustainable 100 (2018, 2017, 2014), and was nominated for the VHG Green Award on Sustainable Tuesday on behalf of Nature^Squared. Daan is professor ‘Innovative Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas’ at the HAS University of Applied Sciences since 2017 and together with Erwin, he published the book ‘Earning a good living with Nature’ (only in Dutch). Daan graduated cum laude as a political scientist with a specialization on International Relations and started his first job at Deloitte (2005-2009).

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  • Iris Visser

    Analyst and connector. Iris works on achieving a just and inclusive world and views sustainable agriculture as the crucial link. After her degree on Social Geography (University of Copenhagen), she started working at Nature^Squared. As befits a true geographer, she easily switches between different scale levels and knows how to combine economic, environmental and social questions. Iris brings valuable international experience and mainly works on delivering projects for our corporate clients, with a specific focus on the transformation of supply chains.

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  • Tom Meijer

    Associative and results-oriented. Toms power in organising and collaborating. After a career in business and IT, he turned things around to actively aid the effort for biodiversity. A lot of global problems arise from the way that we use our nature: it's time to change! At Nature^Squared, Tom works on a diverse group of projects, from valuing ecosystem services to researching innovations for wildlife management.

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  • Merlissa Diele

    Go-getter and questioner. Merlissa’s ambition is to make environmental policy work for the people and nature at the same time. With a broad background in environmental economics and policy and her analytisch outlook, she is capable of addressing complex issues from multiple angles. At Nature^Squared, she works on developing sustainable business cases for nature-inclusive agriculture and monetising ecosystem services.

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  • Boi de Moel

    Driven and analytical. Boi is determined to create positive climate impact and strives for multiple value creation - both for people and nature. With a degree (MSc) in finance and sustainability, and work experience within the new economy, he focuses on accelerating the sustainable transition at Nature^Squared. Inspired by innovation and efficiency, Boi views issues with a multidisciplinary and analytical lens to promote biodiversity and nature.
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  • Tom Kools

    After working for two years at Verstegen Spices & Sauces as an international project manager on regenerative agriculture and as strategic impact manager, Tom Kools has rejoined forces with Nature^Squared. Tom worked previously at Nature^Squared and has vast experience on biodiversity and business and on the topic of ecosystem valuation. He will focus on biodiversity strategy's for businesses and green building. Tom loves all things Latin America, sports and tries to meditate on a daily basis.

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  • Myrthe Belder

    Assertief en verbindend. Myrthe streeft naar meer bewustzijn voor duurzaamheid en natuurbehoud. Met haar interdisciplinaire achtergrond in Environment and Resource Management ligt haar expertise in ecosysteemdiensten en de maatschappelijke waarde van natuur. Bij De Natuurverdubbelaars werkt zij aan vraagstukken in het landelijk gebied, waar haar praktische benadering bijdraagt aan het integreren van de waarde van natuur in besluitvorming om zo de relatie tussen mens en natuur te versterken.

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  • Eli Morrell

    Inquisitive and analytical. Eli believes that greening the financial sector is essential in creating a sustainable future. At Nature^Squared, Eli is focusing on the linkages between biodiversity and finance. She has a background in Environmental Resource Management, Political Science and Environmental Governance. With this broad toolkit, she works on projects related to business cases for Forest Landscape Restoration and platforms for biodiversity and finance.

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  • Kelly Hartholt

    Creatief en ondernemend. Kelly is eind 2022 als grafisch vormgever bij de Natuurverdubbelaars aan de slag gegaan. Ze is een creatief denker met een scherp oog voor details. Als specialist in data-visualisatie is Kelly zich als geen ander bewust van het belang van sprekende communicatiebeelden en het en toegankelijk maken van analyses, onderzoeken en rapportages. Kelly is gespecialiseerd in cartografie/GIS, landschap en ecologie. Ze is betrokken, nieuwsgierig en ondernemend en wil bijdragen aan een betere wereld met een rijkere biodiversiteit en een gebalanceerd(er) milieu.

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  • Yso van der Meer

    Curious and passionate. With a background in Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, Yso tries to put everything into greater perspective. During his bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences, he became fascinated by how different natural processes interact to form a complex system. Humans have become an important part of this, which is why Yso believes it is important to understand the relationship between humans and nature. Yso is committed to making nature a fundamental part of society in which both man, and nature, can flourish in a healthy balance.

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  • Boje Boogaerdt

    Nieuwsgierig en betrokken, Boje heeft een bijzondere interesse in de relatie tussen de mens en haar omgeving en is overtuigd van de waarde van interdisplaire en interculturele samenwerking. Tijdens zijn opleiding politicologie aan de UvA volgde Boje vakken over het antropoceen en de teloorgang van biodiversiteit. Zijn Msc. Environment and Resource management (ERM) aan de Vrije Universiteit (VU) borduurde voort op de gewortelde perceptie dat het verlies van biodiversiteit als vliegwiel fungeert voor de vele complexe problemen die ons bestaan definiëren. Boje is voorstander van het erkennen van de intrinsieke waarde van de natuur maar ziet tevens het toegevoegde nut van het hanteren van ecosysteemdiensten bij het bewerkstelligen van de noodzakelijke systematische veranderingen in de relatie tussen mens en omgeving.

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  • Alexander Brown

    Detail-oriented and imaginative. Alex strives to contribute to human-biota co-existence in cities and beyond. He has both a technical and environmental background, having recently graduated with a MSc in Metropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering. Alex will be researching how emerging mobile technologies can be utilised to conserve and restore biodiversity across a variety of threatened ecosystems in low and middle income countries.

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  • Daria Selyavina

    Driven and inquisitive. Daria is interested in preserving the harmony between humanity and the natural world, where it is vital to recognize the intrinsic value of nature. With an educational background in political science and environment and resource management, Daria believes creating a policy environment promoting nature-positive initiatives and finance can contribute to a sustainable future. At Nature^Squared, she works on projects related to nature finance, the role of nature tech in biodiversity conservation, and proposing ways in which current environmental legislation and policies can foster more sustainable outcomes.

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  • Jitske Elzinga

    Enthusiastic and driven. Jitske wants to work for a greener future where people and nature are in harmony, and cities and nature are more intertwined. In her Master's degree in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University, she has gained extensive knowledge of ecology that she can put to good use as an intern at Nature^Squared. Here she will work on Greener.Land, which is an international platform with interventions for landscape restoration. She also works on projects on greening cities.

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  • Giacomo Bauer

    Curious and impact-driven. With a background in environmental policy and economics, Giacomo sees changing the way we view nature and organize our economy as a critical societal challenge. During his MSc at Wageningen University, he worked on projects to stop deforestation and biodiversity loss, learning how to incorporate thinking about value of nature into business operations. After sustainability projects at an insurance company and writing his thesis on the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, he is driven to change financial sector incentives to protect biodiversity and nature. At the Nature^Squared, he supports projects on financing for nature as an intern.  

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OUR VACANCIES

We currently have an internship opportunity for Master’s students:

Internship Landscape Restoration – Greener.LAND

Aside from our vacancies, we are always open to accommodate ambitious students looking for an internship opportunity.  This can be on one of the topics below, but we are also interested in hearing your ideas! Interested? Then please get in touch!