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Curriculum vitae

Professional & Academic Experience

July 2022 - present

ESG Consultant

ESG Advisor | CSR Manager | Environmental Specialist | Human Rights Advisor

Independent contractor for ESG, CSR, climate, sustainability, (business) human rights, as well as supply chain due diligence and auditing strategy development.

August 2020 - present

Independent Jurist

​Interim Project Manager | Interim Legal & Compliance Manager (EU only)

Interim management and team lead of large legal teams and smaller mixed teams operating in the EU.

 

Jurist | Interim Counsel | Legal Consultant (EU only)

Independent legal contractor for various types of legal work within the EU.

August 2020 - present

Freelance Content Creator

Freelancer | Writer & Editor | Illustrator & Photographer

Freelance services in copywriting, copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, (legal) translating, and content creation.

September 2022 - present

Columnist

The E-Waste Column

Weekly column and monthly newsletter published on LinkedIn, discussing developments on e-waste and transition minerals in law, policy, and business.

September 2022 - present

Founder & CEO

Palsa & Pulk

Palsa & Pulk B.V. is a startup and for-profit social enterprise focused on sustainability and circular economy. We help companies across sectors transition in an honest and transparent way, and we make a point of avoiding greenwashing and social washing.

September 2022 - present

Founder & CEO

Nikander Holding

Nikander Holding B.V. is a holding company focused on sustainable development and social impact. Through our presence on the market, we aspire to promote social mobility and respect for diversity.

January 2023 - present

Lead Coordinator

Sustainability Education for Europe

SEFE is a pan-European initiative to increase and improve sustainability education in primary and secondary schools across Europe. The goal is to give the youth access to knowledge on climate change, biodiversity, and the environment as a part of their ordinary formal education.

July 2022 - present

Project Director

Mens Artium

Mens Artium is a community-based and non-profit project that is active at the nexus of human rights, restorative justice, and the arts.

September 2021 - present

Guest Lecturer | Guest Speaker

Independent Scholar

Lectures on international law, human rights, environmental law, circular economy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), legal and business ethics, as well as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.

August 2020 - July 2021

Legal Counsel

Contract at a social enterprise

Focus on IP protection, copyright, protection of cultural heritage, cultural preservation, and indigenous people's rights.

August 2017 - May 2020

Legal Associate

Contract at a large law firm in Amsterdam

Rotations in the departments for competition law (for 6 months), international arbitration (for 1.5 years), and intellectual property law (for 1 year).

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Education

August 2021 - May 2022

LL.M.

Master's degree in Law, Columbia Law School (USA)

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (awarded in recognition of superior academic achievement)

Fulbright Scholar (ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grantee)

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellow

FFN Pertti J. C. Lindfors Legal Studies Scholar

 

September 2016 - August 2017

LL.M. with Merit

Master's degree in Global Environment and Climate Change Law, Edinburgh Law School (UK)

International Environmental Law, International Law of the Sea, European Environmental Law, EU & National Climate Change Law, Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law

 

August 2014 - June 2016

B.A. with Honours

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges, Leiden University College The Hague (Netherlands)

Major in International Law

Minor in Journalism and Environmental Science

 

Traditional Library

Publications & Research

  • “The Just Transition Newsletter” • 03/2024 - present • Monthly newsletter by Palsa & Pulk exploring how to achieve a just transition and how companies can become champions for change (published on LinkedIn, Substack, and website)

  • “The E-Waste Column” • 09/2022 - present • Weekly column and a monthly newsletter on e-waste, transition minerals, and critical raw materials (published on LinkedIn, Substack, and website)

  • “E-waste recycling: time to peddle harder” • 03/2024 • Article published online and in print in The Mint Magazine by Promoting Economic Pluralism

  • “How have courts dealt with scientific evidence in youth-led climate cases? How does this differ between courts?” • 12/2021 • LL.M. writing project for Columbia Law School (unpublished)

  • "Attacks on Human Rights Lawyers in Zimbabwe: 2020/21 Report" • 09/2021 • Report drafted for Lawyers for Lawyers (published)

  • "Weser Road Trips" • 02/2021 to 06/2021 • Travel blog about exploring the Road of Weser Renaissance by e-car (published online)

  • “The Legal Principles of Hazardous Waste Management, and Their Deployment in European and US Case Law” • 08/2017 • Master's thesis for Edinburgh Law School (unpublished)

  • “E-Waste Trafficking as an Environmental Crime: Countering the Transboundary Movement of E-waste by Legally Limiting Planned Obsolescence” • 05/2016 • Bachelor's thesis for Leiden University College (unpublished)

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Speaking Engagements

  • "Impact Of The Energy Transition: Assessing Demands & E-Waste Generation" • 27 June 2024 • panel moderator in the "Circularity Of The Energy Transition" session of the E-Waste World Conference & Expo 2024 in Frankfurt

  • "Social Sustainability Legislation In Metal Sourcing” • 26 June 2024 • speaker in the "Opening Keynote Presentations" of the Metal & Critical Raw Material Recycling World Conference & Expo 2024 in Frankfurt

  • "Navigating the regulatory landscape around greenwashing and chemicals” • ​21 May 2024 • speaker at webinar hosted by Chemical Watch

  • "Expert's Take: From Greenwashing to Sustainable Impact" • 18 April 2024  speaker at webinar hosted by Dazzle Platform

  • "How To Tackle The S in ESG" • 14 February 2024 • webinar speaker at social impact masterclass hosted by Dazzle Platform

  • "Navigating the complexities around conflict minerals" • 7 December 2023 • speaker at Chemical Watch’s virtual Global Chemicals Management for Electronics Conference 2023

  • "The Regulation Of Raw Material Supply Chains Within The EU" • 28 June 2023 • speaker at the "Transboundary Movements And Responsible E-Waste Management" session of the E-Waste World Conference & Expo 2023 in Frankfurt

  • "International Law and Human Environmental Rights" • 24 November 2021 • guest speaker for third lecture of the "Conversations on International Law" series at University of San Carlos, School of Law and Governance

  • "Attacks against Human Rights Lawyers in Zimbabwe" • 21 September 2021 • panel speaker at international conference organized by Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, and the IBA Human Rights Institute

Assortment of Books

Languages

English - native

Germany - native

Finnish - native

Dutch - good

Swedish - fair

French - fair

Spanish - beginner

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