Maayke-Aimée Damen

Maayke is a pioneer in circular economy and sustainability. She founded the Excess Materials Exchange and currently is the Director Circular Economy at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Maayke-Aimée Damen (MSc. honor) takes her inspiration from nature to reform economic and industrial systems. She’s a pioneer in circular economy and sustainability. Moreover, because of her passion for sustainability, sharp intellect and strong will she has become a driving force in the field.

Maayke’s background


Previously, Maayke founded the Excess Materials Exchange (EME). It’s a marketplace where companies can buy and sell any type of excess material and/or product. EME goal is to reduce waste by actively matching supply and demand of materials that would otherwise be considered waste. More importantly, it matches materials with their highest value potential to create continuous material loops. Therefore, Maayke has won various prizes and awards for her work with the EME.  Some examples include MIT Innovator under 35, EU Impulse giver 2022, Dutch Financial Times Top Talent 2019, Emerging Innovator for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network and Ashoka. Currently, she is Director Circular Economy at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Additionally, Maayke developed the Resources Passport that has now been made into Dutch and European policy. The passport is currently used by the EME and many other companies to start mapping the economies material metabolism. Moreover, with the Resources Passport she won a scholarship to attend Singularity University (Google & NASA).

Maayke as a speaker


She is an experienced speaker, who can talk with authority and enthusiasm about the circular economy and her work to reduce waste in the world. Her three TedX talks can be viewed online. Maayke’s influence in the field is felt through her many advisory and thought leading roles over the years with various organisations, including: the United Nations, Young Club of Rome, Sandbox, the Port of Amsterdam and INSID.

Maayke’s topics include: sustainability, circular economy, (critical) raw materials, (female) entrepreneurship, climate.

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  • Sustainability
  • Circular Economy
  • (Critical) Raw Materials
  • (Female) Entrepreneurship
  • Climate