Mare Straetmans

Van Oord

Director Ocean Health

Mare Straetmans has been activite in the sectors of maritime, oceans and ports for more than a decade and focuses on making impact with entrepreneurship, innovation and venturing. He is currently responsible for setting up Ocean Health for Van Oord, which includes restoration of ocean ecosystems with coral, mangroves, sea grass and more. On top of that Mare is building new ventures and funds with a focus on climate and energy impact (Platform Zero & Green Swan Partners). In the past he has been responsible for the digitalisation of Van Oord, setting up innovation at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, setting up a ventures fund and as Founder and Managing Director of PortXL (building the first global maritime startup in Port of Rotterdam, Singapore and Antwerp). All this can be summarised in: building new things for maritime!