Annick de Witt

Annick de Witt

Founding director

Annick de Witt (Ph.D.) is a researcher, teacher, facilitator, and the founding director of Worldview Journeys. She sees herself as an educational designer working on the "education of the future".

Annick has a broad background in the field of sustainability transformation, and is affiliated with both Utrecht and Wageningen University. Her research into worldviews resulted in many academic publications as well as a new worldview-measurement, the Worldview Test.

Annick has written about these topics both scientifically and popularly. She is also a passionate speaker and skilled facilitator, with a background in contemplative practices, the Art of Hosting, and the Work that Reconnects.

Topher Hunt

Topher Hunt

Developer

Topher Hunt is a full-stack web developer who specializes in Ruby on Rails, Elixir, relational databases, and writing highly readable code.

Most of his work focuses on projects relating to education, psychology, human development, and organizational change. In the past he has worked for, amongst others, Lectica and Holacracy One. His passion is developing technology in service of a better world.

Topher contributes to Worldview Journeys as main developer and is thus the creative brain behind the platform and all its technological possibilities.

Emilia de la Sienra

Emilia de la Sienra

Educator Mexico & Australia

Emilia de la Sienra (Ph.D) is a biologist, with a Master in environmental management and a Ph.D in sustainable futures. She also did professional studies in law and environmental education. Her area of specialty is sustainability education, with a focus on worldviews and transformative learning.

Emilia brings more than 20 years of work experience in the government, academic, and consulting sectors, both in Mexico and abroad.

For Worldview Journeys, Emilia is integrating the Worldview Test into environmental education efforts in Mexico and Australia.

Noeske Kaesler

Noeske Kaesler

Designer

Noeske Kaesler is a (currently graduating) student ‘Art and Economics’ at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Higher Arts Education) in Utrecht.

As a designer, Noeske is passionate about projects aiming to contribute to social and ecological issues. During her bachelor she has therefore focussed on design work that contributes to our sustainability challenges, including an internship at Circl, the circulair initiative of ABN AMRO bank. One of her strengths is translating complex information into a compact, creative, structural design.

For Worldview Journeys, Noeske is designing our educational travel journals as well as doing research into the needs of its users, notably students and teachers.

Karin Rebel

Karin Rebel

Academic partner

Karin Rebel (Ph.D) is an associate professor and education director at Utrecht University, with a focus on the science & education of climate change.

Karin creatively combines her research on global change and natural ecosystems with innovative sustainability education - including transformative, interdisciplinary, and inter-university education, as well as digital education and gaming.

Karin has been instrumental to the development of the Educational Worldview Journey and continues to be involved with our research into its impacts and transformative potential.

Brian Dermody

Brian Dermody

Academic partner

Brian Dermody (Ph.D) is an interdisciplinary assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, at Utrecht University. The red line through his research is a conviction that complexity or ‘systems thinking’ is key to addressing many of the challenges facing our society.

As a teacher, Brian cultivates ‘systems literacy’, helping students to develop a complex, holistic understanding of the world around them, so they can become effective change-makers.

Brian has been involved in the design of the Educational Worldview Journey, and is now engaged with developing and researching the Deep Dive Into Your Worldview.

Johanna Höffken

Johanna Höffken

Academic partner

Johanna Höffken (Ph.D) is an assistant Professor in the School of Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Johanna works on issues of social justice, just energy transitions, responsible innovation, and engagement and empowerment.

Next to her research, Johanna loves working with students. In 2019 she was recognized as "Best BSc teacher of TU/e". In 2020 her innovative teaching engagements were celebrated nationally (in the Netherlands) when she received the “Lecturer of the Year” price.

For Worldview Journeys, Johanna is involved with the development and research of the Deep Dive Into Your Worldview program.

Reineke van Tol

Reineke van Tol

Academic partner

Reineke van Tol is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Forest and Nature Policy Group at Wageningen University and Research. She studies and teaches on the relational being of humans in the world and the implications of that for nature conservation and care-full co-existence on the planet.

She currently works on a doctoral dissertation around relational, transformative learning practices in ‘wild’ learning spaces, situated in a liquid modern world facing climate change and biodiversity loss.

For Worldview Journeys, Reineke is involved with the development and research of the Deep Dive Into Your Worldview program.

Froukje Jansen

Froukje Jansen

Board member

Froukje Jansen is a presenter, journalist, debate leader, and program maker with a distinct social profile. She started her career as a professional gymnast and dancer.

Recently, she was seen as a reporter on the TV program RTL Live, where she interviewed a diversity of charities. Over the years, she‘s made several TV programs around social and environmental themes. She’s also involved with a diversity of foundations and initiatives that aim to contribute to a better planet.

As Board member, Froukje brings a media-savvy approach and a creative spirit.

Maarten Robben

Maarten Robben

Board member

Maarten Robben is a lead ‘serious game’ designer and partner at Frisse Blikken (Fresh Forces).

He is specialized in designing and facilitating live games and simulations for systemic change, within and between organisations. He has worked across the world with his ‘game-changing games’.

As board member, Maarten contributes to the Worldview Journeys’ overall strategy, bringing great energy and extensive experience in organizational change and development, as well as in gaming for systemic change.

Tim Manschot

Tim Manschot

Board member

Tim Manschot is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and social innovation industry.

Tim has been involved with a wide range of social and sustainability initiatives and enterprises, including Cool Endeavour, Heroes & Friends, Forest Forces Foundation, and Starters4Communities.

Tim contributes to Worldview Journeys as board member, sharing his high ideals and sharp business insight, entrepreneurial ideas and extensive experience with social start-ups.