A Gen Z change maker with a focus on mobilising minds to create a fairer and more sustainable world.
Nature-centered designer and biomimicry expert.
Daphne holds a PhD in biomimicry (University of Akron, USA). She’s a connector of people, ideas, disciplines and places.
She is a proven innovator, from seeing unexpected opportunities to effectively developing them and putting them on the map.
During her PhD training she co-founded two startups: Jaswig, out of a personal need for a sustainable and convenient standing desk; and Hedgemon, an R&D startup developing a hedgehog-inspired impact technology. After scaling up successfully, Jaswig was acquired by the American B Corp Fully in 2018.
As an innovation consultant at the global strategy and business design firm, Board of Innovation, she conducted workshops and training courses for corporate clients, all over the world and from almost every sector (food, finance, automotive, healthcare).
Her common thread is found in sustainable innovation and nature-centered design. Daphne is an eloquent and enthusiastic advocate in her writings and lectures.
Biomimicry allowed Daphne to see the world from another perspective: one where humans are part of nature. She is a true expert when it comes to learning from and mimicking the strategies found in nature to solve human challenges and develop future-proof and planet-friendly innovation strategies.
As an advisor and keynote speaker, she inspires corporate audiences to learn from nature’s forms, processes and ecosystems to be truly sustainable innovators.