The Team

Our Advisory Board in Jordan

Our high profile Advisory Board Jordan was established in 2018 and provides:

  • Strategic advice
  • Network building
  • Creating governmental support
  • Local embedding of the project.

A full overview of the board and its members can be found here

Our Operational Team in the Netherlands

Dana Ibrahim: Architect

Dana is our lead architect. Her deeply rooted fascination for sustainable building and city development brought her to GreenfieldCities. Dana is responsible for the development of the design for the campus, together with local and international experts, universities and partners. She supervises students of Jordanian universities as part of the design process. Additionally, Dana develops high-quality graphical products based on her graphic design skills. Dana is a real cosmopolitan team-player with a determined and distinctive vision.

Eef van den Berg Eef van den Berg: Fundraiser & Junior Research Officer

Eef has a background in Human Geography, Planning and Environment and is now pursuing an MSc in Development and Rural Innovation. She is interested in equality and empowerment issues and tries to approach these topics from a practical perspective. Within GreenfieldCities her responsibilities are mostly focused on research tasks, with a particular focus on Dutch residents with a non-Western background … Read more

Jessica Beaumont: Junior Research Officer

Jessica is from England and is currently studying for her MSc in Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her role at GreenfieldCities involves conducting research relating to the feasibility of establishing a hotel on the GreenfieldCities campus in Mafraq. Her interest in tourism revolves around the idea that responsible tourism practices can be utilized for positive change within host societies. GreenfieldCities as well as the city of Mafraq might benefit from the establishment of a small yet dynamic tourism sector.

Lily Alkhalil Lily Alkhalil: Office Manager and Research Officer

Lily came from Syria and she has an economic master degree from Damascus University. She has nearly ten years of work experience in financial matters, planning and contracts. She has excellent reading and writing skills in official Arabic. Within GreenfieldCities, her responsibility is mostly focused on research and translation from English to Arabic especially for official documents. She is also responsible for managing the Dutch team. Read more …

Mohamad Hassoun: IT Manager

Mohamad Hassoun from Syria holds a degree in Information Technology and a number of training certificates in the same field. Mohamad has 3 years of experience as administrator of IT infrastructure, programmer and designer of web sites. He is a brilliant and tenacious trouble shooter and there are very few problems he cannot solve. He worked for many charity and private organizations inside Syria and neighbouring countries.

Nahom Tefamichael Nahom Tesfamichael: Financial and Administrative Specialist

Nahom came to the Netherlands from Eritrea and is a key specialist in our financial management team. Nahom grabs opportunities and always has smile on his face.

Ruut Brandsma: IT Business Developer

Ruut is our IT Business Developer. He is responsible for getting funding for our ICT activities.
Ruut has a background in Physics, machine learning and software development. Beside his work for GreenfieldCities, he works as a managing consultant in renewable energy. He has a Masters in Physics and has designed and developed advanced models in various programming languages. Ruut is an excellent communicator and has delivered multiple workshops to users of software. He has designed, maintained and completed data mining of large databases. He has excellent knowledge of opportunities and limitations of such databases and he knows how they could be set up. Read more …

Salim Nouri: Junior Regional Partnership Manager

Salim came to the Netherlands from Syria and is one of our partnership managers for our sponsors and supporters from the Arab speaking world. Salim is a mastermind when it comes to planning, organizing and deal making and he is one of our key linking pins towards Arabic counterparts.

Wasim Othman: Junior Marketing Manager Arabic Speaking World

Wasim came to the Netherlands from Syria and is one of our junior marketing managers for the Arabic language stakeholders. Wasim also has a keen interest in sports management and will help the GFC team developing a strong sports theme plan for our new cities as well.

Our Operational Team in Jordan

Alaa Al-Shorman: Research Officer

Alaa has a track-record of several publications and field research in Mafraq. She has a deep commitment to human rights and social justice, and gained knowledge and skills in leadership, politics and democracy through her involvement in youth leadership programs. Her idealism, energy and analytical mindset help her to execute her research role to make Mafraq a better place to live, learn and work.

Haneen Al-Shdifat: Business Development Manager

Haneen has broad private sector and business development experience in the MENA region. She has a strong background in IT and has had career in companies like HP. Haneen was raised in Mafraq itself and knows the challenges of Mafraq youth and females by heart. Her strong connection with Mafraq makes her, as a career woman from Mafraq itself, a role model for youth from Mafraq.

Hedzer Roodenburg Vermaat Hedzer Roodenburg Vermaat: Country Director Jordan

Hedzer is our Country Director in Jordan and manages the work for GreenfieldCities on the ground. Backed by a strong socio-technical background, field experience in refugee camps (research and work), project development and management experience in Jordan, Hedzer knows how to manoeuvre in the Jordanian context to make things happen. Read more …

Our Operational Team​ in Sweden

anna-wedin Anna Wedin: Communicator and GFC Nordic Developer

Responsible for connecting GreenfieldCities to Scandinavian stakeholders, and gaining international support.

Anna is a PhD student doing research on the social and ethical implications of adaption to rising sea levels. She thinks sustainable planning and just planning extremely interesting and that is what drew her to GreenfieldCities.

Viktor Dohlen Viktor Dohlen: Communicator and GFC Nordic Developer

Responsible for connecting Greenfield Cities to Scandinavian stakeholders, and gaining international support.

Viktor has a background in Engineering Physics. Besides GFC he is currently doing research on a solar dryer to reduce food waste in development countries, and is a solar enthusiast in general.

Our Board

joris-benninga Joris Benninga: Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for, Strategy, Finance, Organisation development, Human resources, Recruitment, Private funding, Partner management

Joris has over 20 years of international experience in sustainable energy and is a visionary and successful team builder. Read more …

arie-vanbeek_small Arie van Beek: Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer

Responsible for Public funding, Political commitment, Sustainability, Education, Marketing, IT

Arie’s key capability is to commit and empower public and private organisations to make step changes towards a sustainable future. Read more …

 

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