Celebrating Soil! Celebrating Life! - Key note speakers and participants

On 26th and 27th June 0215, the Celebrating Soil! Celebrating Life! conference took place in Amsterdam, in the Royal Tropical Institute. Business-, political-, civil society- and spiritual leaders shared their vision, passion and commitment with regards to Soil Challenges, ‘Soilutions’ and how to become ‘Soilmates’. Below you find the main speakers. Click on portraits for more information!

Vandana Shiva

Scientist, author, eco-feminist, Alternative Nobel Prize winner

Doug Tompkins

Conservationist, founder of Esprit and The North Face

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Spiritual leader of the Sioux

Sharon Dijksma

Minister for Agriculture

Maria Helena Semedo

Deputy Director General FAO

Pema Gyamtsho

Former Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Opposition Leader, Bhutan

Ibrahim Abouleish

Founding President Sekem Egypt

Renate Künast

Chairwoman Green Party, Former Minister of Agriculture

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp

Earth Charter Commissioner

Rev. Thabo C. Makgoba

Archbishop RSA Anglican Church

Sarah Wiener

German chef, author, food activist

HRH Princess Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld

Foundation Lippe-Biesterfeld NatuurCollege

Piet van IJzendoorn

Biodynamic farmer at Zonnehoeve

Anna Blythe Lappé

Director Real Food Media Project, co-founder Small Planet Institute and Fund

Hans Herren

Alternative Nobel Prize winner, CEO Millennium Institute Washington

Andre Leu

President IFOAM Organic International

Thomas Rau


Götz Rehn

CEO Alnatura, Germany

Rainer Horn

Scientist, President of IUSS

Joszi Smeets

Director Youth Food Movement, Netherlands

Nikolai Fuchs

Director GLS Treuhand, Germany

John Liu

Commonland, Netherlands

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Shaman and Elder, Greenland

Alexander Müller

Director IASS, Germany

Miha Pogačnik

Concert violinist, Slovenian Cultural Ambassador