Bas van AbelFounder of Fairphone
Bas van Abel is an entrepreneur, designer and technician with more than 20 years of experience with social innovation. He has a passion for changing the economic system through a design approach. He believes that companies play an essential role in the transition that is needed to achieve a more sustainable economic system. As a designer, Bas delves into the invisible world behind our production systems, brings the problems to the surface and uses his companies as a means to show that things can be done differently.
Bas is the founder of the most sustainable and ethical smartphone in the world, Fairphone and co-founder of circular startup De Clique.
He advises companies in their sustainability transition, co-authored the book “Open Design Now” and is an Ashoka fellow, a network of the world's most prominent social entrepreneurs. His work has been featured in various media, including VPRO Tegenlicht (the honest company), CNN, The New York Times and Der Spiegel.
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