A scientific advisor to Methane Action, Dr. Maarten van Herpen holds a PhD in Physics and a Master’s Degree in Business Innovation. Throughout his career, he has combined his technical and business background and has extensive experience in public-private collaboration. As the former founder of Philips Africa Innovation Hub, Maarten served as the unit’s director for five years, working with a team of corporate social “intrapreneurs” on inclusive health innovation, and explored 35 innovations of which 5 transitioned-to-scale. In 2018, he founded Acacia Impact Innovation to continue his career as an innovation consultant and social entrepreneur to help social impact innovators and funders be more successful, especially in the field of inclusive and humanitarian innovation and in the field of innovation to address climate challenges (with a focus on the Arctic and on methane reduction).
Maarten is known for his many innovative ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset that resulted in a large number of patents (>100 granted patents) and new business models. He served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation, and is an alumnus of the Global Young Academy of Science (200 young scholars who combine excellence in research with a demonstrated passion for delivering positive social impact).