Maarten Fonteijn

Venture Builder & Mobility Program Lead (THRUST)

Developing groundbreaking circular & zero-emission ventures in mobility

“If the issue affects more than 100 million people, and there is a willingness to solve and pay, we see an opportunity.” — It was this line in the job description for a venture builder that prompted Maarten to apply to Enviu four years ago. He loves getting big things done while leading teams toward ambitious goals that have the potential to change broken systems. As the Program Lead of Mobility Living Lab (THRUST), Maarten helps the shipping and mobility sector transition to zero-emission.

Maarten has an education background in History & Conflict Studies and International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam), as well as (MA) International Conflict Studies from King’s College London. He started his career at the European Commission in Brussels. With over 10 years of experience, he has held renewable energy, strategic and commercial roles at a large corporate, as well as in the management team of a start-up in East Africa. 

Born in UAE, he has lived and worked in Spain, the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, and Tanzania. When he joined Enviu, he brought his international experience in venture building and clean tech ‘back home,’ where he is working in his hometown of Rotterdam on innovations on water, and soon on land.

Maarten is an adventure fanatic who has played field hockey at the top leagues in Spain, the Netherlands, and Kenya. He crossed the African continent from Cape Town to Kilimanjaro by bike, before summiting Kilimanjaro (also by bike). Moreover, he inspires youngsters to bike with the youth bike academy he founded in North Tanzania.