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About the Impact Institute 2019-03-11T16:34:14+00:00

Vision

One of the greatest opportunities of the 21st century is the realization of the impact economy: an economy where everyday work, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology lead to a better world. To achieve this, a global system shift is needed in which we keep the valuable components of the old market system while embracing new economic models. A requirement for making this shift to the impact economy is a common language for impact and integrating this language into every aspect of our economy.

Mission

Our mission at the Impact Institute is to empower organizations and individuals to realize the impact economy by creating a common language for impact and providing the tools to use it. We develop open-source standards for impact measurement and valuation and provide organizations with the tools, training, and services to implement them.

History

The Impact Institute is a social enterprise and a spin-off of True Price. True Price, founded in 2012, developed methods and tools to measure and monetize impact. In 2018, True Price decided to continue as a non-profit focused on maintaining a standard and community to realize true pricing, a system where consumers can see and voluntarily pay the true price of their products. All services, as well as the development of new methods and technologies, have been spun off to the Impact Institute.

Working with the Impact Institute

The Impact Institute is known for its expertise in impact measurement, accounting, and valuation.

We have

  • Developed the first method worldwide to measure social and environmental costs in value chains, as well as to calculate an Integrated Profit & Loss Account.
  • Founded the cross-domain Principles for Impact measurement and valuation across the six capitals (Financial, Natural, Social, Human, Intellectual, and Manufactured) and developed the integrated Profit & Loss Account Protocol
  • Contributed to global standards and open source method.
  • Become a worldwide leader in impact measurement and valuation

Examples of our work include:

  • Undertaking a fully transparent evaluation of your impact focused on building your capacity.
  • Developing standards in an inclusive manner through public consultation, which are reviewed by an academic council and a stakeholder council.
  • Working with advanced data science techniques such as multi-level regression, Monte Carlo simulation, and machine learning.

OUR TEAM

Adrian de Groot Ruiz

Adrian de Groot Ruiz is Executive Director of the Impact Institute. Adrian is also the co-founder and director of True Price. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at Radboud University. Adrian is member of Worldconnectors and alumnus of the Global Shapers Amsterdam. He has co-founded the SDG Charter Foundation, a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote the SDGs in the Netherlands. He has set up a variety of organizations focusing on sustainable development, both nationally as well as internationally. His PhD focused on behavioral game theory and was obtained at the University of Amsterdam cum laude. He has published several articles in renowned academic economic journals and is a frequent public speaker.

Michel Scholte

Michel Scholte is director and co-founder of the Impact Institute. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to a more equitable economy, in balance with nature and without extreme forms of poverty and suppression. Michel is also the co-founder and executive director of True Price. Before, he has set up a variety of social enterprises focusing on societal challenges and development. He holds a variety of advisory board positions and is alumnus of the Shapers Network of the World Economic Forum and member of Worldconnectors. He holds a MSc degree in Sociology from the VU University Amsterdam, with a specialization on research methods, politics and living wages. Michel is a frequently asked public speaker and opinionist in the field of impact measurment and valuation. He has a passion for sports, arts and photography.

Jennifer Kuiper

Jennifer is Head of Impact Accounting & Control.  She is a Registeraccountant and CMA. She is passionate about accounting, reporting, control and education. Previously, she has led the finance academy for Vopak, Philips and AkzoNobel and was a consultant for finance, reporting and control for among others Telfort, NN and ABN AMRO. She started her career at EY.
She teaches Design and Functioning of Internal Control Systems at Nyenrode Business School, School of Accountancy and Controlling.

Reinier de Adelhart Toorop

Reinier is Head of Research. Previously he was Research Associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

Florian Reuter

Florian is Senior Manager. He was previously a manager at Deloitte Risk Advisory and holds a MSc in Mathematics.

Anne Barendregt

Anne is Operations Manager. She most recently worked as Operations Manager at Vitens Evides International, an international social enterprise. She holds an MSc in Civil Engineering.

Pietro Galgani

Pietro works as R&D Manager. He is a sustainability researcher with a background in industrial ecology, life cycle assessment and international development.

Thomas Hermans

Thomas is Public Entrepreneurship Lead. Previously he worked as a political advisor to the deputy mayor of Amsterdam and as Digital Team Lead at Air France/KLM. He holds a MSc in Political Economy.

Maxine Hassing

Maxine is Team Leader Business Development and is passionate about building sustainable business cases. She holds a MSc in International Business and was previously employed at Royal Dutch Shell.

Roland van Keeken

Roland works as a Senior Associate and was previously a Consultant at Deloitte Financial Risk Management.

Sven Renon

Sven is a Senior Associate with a passion for data visualization. Previously he worked as a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance.

Andrea Rusman

Andrea is a Senior Associate. She obtained a MSc in Econometrics, specializing in game theory, from the University of Amsterdam.

Luuc Overvoorde

Luuc is an Associate. Previously he worked as a consultant at &samhoud, a management consultancy firm. He holds a MSc in Behavioural Economics and Game Theory from the University of Amsterdam.

Toby Smith

Toby is an Associate. Previously he worked as a Consultant Civil and Structural design Engineer and an Application Support Engineer at a specialist software company related to the financial trading sector.

Martina Vilhar

Martina is Office Manager and has a versatile role. From managing agendas, administration, finances to working on operations, translation, HR, social media and communication tasks, she is ensuring a smooth flow of company’s processes.

Floor van den Elzen

Floor is a Fellow. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Development, specializing in Environmental Governance and a BA in History.

Maurits Appeldoorn

Maurits  is a Fellow. He holds a MSc International Relations and Political Philosophy, specializing in democratic theory. He previously worked at a subsidy consultant and for ING Bank.

Lewis Zwart

Lewis is a Fellow. She holds a MSc and BSc in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam.

Emmanouela Varoucha

Emmanouela is a Fellow. She obtained an MSc in Environment and Resource Management from VU Amsterdam and a BA in International and European studies.

Megan Roux

Megan is a Trainee. She recently obtained a MSc in Economics, specializing in Behavioral Economics and Game Theory from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to that she received a BA in Economics at Rhodes University in South Africa.

Valerius Vandru Hartanto

Valerius is a Trainee. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Natural resources from Wageningen University and Research. Prior to that he received a BSc in Chemical Engineering.

Rosan Harmens

Rosan is a Trainee. She holds a MSc and Bsc in Industrial Design Engineering from the University of Twente. She graduated on the subject of combined social and environmental life cycle assessments.

Averill Daly

Averill is a Project Support Officer. She received her MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and formerly obtained her MA in International Relations and Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).

Anne Mesguich

Anne is an Analyst Intern. She is currently obtaining her MSc in Finance & Investments (Advanced) from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Before that, she obtained a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University.

Diana Borniotto

Diana is an Analyst Intern. She obtained an MSc in Environmental and Food Economics and holds a BSc in Geography specialising in sustainable agricultural value chains and rural development. 

Leon Ingelse

Leon is an Analyst and Software Engineer Intern. He holds a BSc in Mathematics with a minor in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam.