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The National Thinktank

My next learning adventure is to take part in the National Thinktank. This thinktank comprises 20 young professionals lead by McKinsey & Company and will focus on an urgent societal challenge for 5 months between August and December 2018. The goal is to create practical solutions providing real-world impact.

The focus on this years thinktank is the circular economy. If we continue to produce goods with the throw-away mindset, one earth won’t be enough to sustain this for the upcoming generations due to population growth and increased wealth. The Dutch government has the ambition to be fully circular by 2050. The first goal is already set for 2030. Reducing resource input by 50%. It won’t be easy to transform a linear economy into a circular one. New business and financemodels will be made, as well as different metrics that we score ourselves on. Refuse and Reduce has to triumph over take and waste! Implementing a circular economy won’t just be for the sake of it, a circular economy will allow future generations to thrive on a higher level than we do now!

The main question we explore: What does the circular city of the future look like and what does it take to realize it?

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Speaker at TEDxVeghel

On the 9th of June 2017, I gave my TEDx talk during TEDxVeghel. It was an awesome experience, to have an audience of 500+ people listening to you.

TED global is currently working on adding subtitles. Until that time you can download the spoken text in English here: TEDxVeghel Danny Wagemans English

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National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester

I have always been interested in the way the world works and how to figure out even more about the fundamentals of nature!

I obtained my B.Sc. in Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and my M.Sc. in Physics of Molecules and Materials (nanotechnology) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen with periods of studying abroad at the University of Munich, Hamburg and Manchester

Recently I graduated from the University of Manchester as a visiting student researcher at the National Graphene Institute in a group that focusses on two-dimensional materials for next-generation desalination and water purification membranes through graphene technology and other 2D materials. I worked in a team of researchers led by prof. Rahul Nair of the University of Manchester that have invented a graphene oxide membrane that can sieve salt from seawater, producing potable water.

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Alumni Singularity University

Singularity University (abbreviated SU) is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator.

SU focuses on scientific progress and “exponential” technologies. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil at the NASA Research Park in California, United States. After winning a $50.000 scholarship as part of winning the Global Impact Competition (GIC) from SingualrityU The Netherlands, I went to Singularity University in California and took part in The Global Solutions Program and Launchpad.

Read more about my time there here (In Dutch):

I also spoke about my time at Singularity University at the Singularity University summit in Amsterdam last year:

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I am an entrepreneur and strive to come up with innovative solutions that adress a societal problem and allow a more thriving community, together, as a whole. Watch the video to see what motivates me!

Examples of iniatives :


The Ultimate Bottle is designed for refugees who are fleeing war-torn regions looking for safety. Some are weeks, months or even years on the run before they reach their destination, where they feel secure and are safe from harm. During their journey, they have a shortage of essentials such as clean drinking water.

The Ultimate Bottle provides people of fresh drinking water as resource generated from their own liquid waste. People can urinate in the top part of the bottle. Subsequently, this urine is filtered to clean drinking water by the use of a small hand pump and state of the art membranes, which generates fresh water within a few minutes. Also survivors, backpackers and others could use the help of The Ultimate Bottle in difficult circumstances to ensure themselves of always having water at hand.


The Ultimate Bottle was invented when I was shocked to see the incalculable refugees coming into Munich where he was studying in late 2015, the feeling of ‘you have to do something’ resulted in The Ultimate Bottle!

cropped-cropped-MW_Profielfoto_Logo_Wit2The production of different kinds of meat has a different impact on the environment. Cow meat has the biggest impact, then pork, then poultry and the most sustainable alternative is a meat substitute. To make this transparent, categorized this difference into three aspects; water usage, CO2 emissions, and feed conversion. On the buttons, this is indicated with the number of hours showering, the number of kilometers driving by car and the amount of plant foods needed to produce one kilo of meat or meat substitute. With you know exactly what you will save by choosing a more sustainable alternative!


The production of plastic has a huge environmental impact. In order to produce plastic, a lot of oil and energy is conusmed, which results in a CO2 emission. By recycling plastic you can make sure that less virgin plastics have to be produced. This helps to reduce the oil and energy consumption, and hence the CO2 emission. At the same time you will contribute to a circular economy!

To make sure your actual impact is transparent RecycleWise has been founded. RecycleWise categorizes the impact into three aspects: energy usage, oil usage and CO2 emission. This data will be converted and indicated as the number of days you can charge your phone, the burning hours of a LED lamp, the amount of oil, and the humber of kilometers driving by car for each plastic bottle you recycle and as a result does not have to be made from scratch!