European Innovator of the Year

European Innovator of the Year nominees:

Storro’s founders have met at the University of Twente. Based on their technical expertise and the increasing number of cyber incidents in the news, a vision emerged to build software that’s secure and private by design, to give users complete control over their information.In 2011, the team was voted one of the 50 most promising university startups worldwide and the prize was collected at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York. Next, the team moved from a small attic to the top floor of the radar tower at the military secured site of Thales in Hengelo. As the team growed and the application become more mature, our eye for innovation and quality did not go unnoticed by companies and institutions from the Netherlands and abroad

Yvan Bourgnon is a swiss navigator. He is the founder and CEO of The Sea Cleaners. Yvan Bourgnon first sailed around the world when he was eight with his parents during three years. Later, during the many races he participated to in the world, he was shocked by the amount of plastic waste polluting the seas. Being fully aware of this global catastrophe for our planet he created the association The Sea Cleaners in September 2016 to fight ocean plastic pollution. To face this new challenge, he surrounded myself with experts and professionals in this field. The main purpose of the Sea Cleaners is to fight agaisnt ocean pollution with an innovative project the Manta, a 70 meters cleaning boat.

Richard White is Vice-President for Procurement & Sustainability at AB InBev Europe, the world’s largest brewer. Richard joined AB InBev in 2001 having previously worked in Sales & Account Management roles with PepsiCo & Bass Brewers in the UK. After leading the On-Premise Trade Marketing team in France, Richard moved into AB InBev’s Global Procurement function in 2006 & spent the next 10 years leading a variety of strategic sourcing initiatives in Marketing & Commercial spend categories such as Media & Advertising, before being appointed to his current role in October 2016. Richard is a UK citizen, holds an honours degree in Business Studies & French from the University of Plymouth, U.K, and currently resides in Brussels.