Fossielvrij NL – Raad van Toezicht
De Raad van Toezicht adviseert het Fossielvrij NL team, houdt toezicht op de werkzaamheden en houdt de doelen en missie van de organisatie in de gaten.
Vatan Hüzeir, voorzitter
“I joined Fossielvrij NL in 2013 and am thrilled to now give back to the movement.”
Before becoming a climate activist over a decade ago, Vatan engaged with issues such as self-determination, anti-racism, human rights and the environment. He has coordinated and organised campaigns with various organisations, publishes and speaks about climate change. Vatan, a sociologist, is a PhD-candidate at the Erasmus University. He researches systemic critiques amongst international grass-roots climate activist groups. He lives in Rotterdam, enjoys music, poetry and yoga.
Layla Sawyer, secretaris
Layla is based in Brussels, working on integrating more renewable energy into the electricity system by influencing EU policy. She believes that we need to make our energy system more flexible, by shifting our electricity consumption to moments when there is a lot of renewable energy available. This will speed up the energy transition and make our current infrastructure as efficient as possible. Previously, she worked on various projects at Urgenda, Cordaid, Giro555. She is especially proud of co-organising the Climate Miles, a 600km+ march from Utrecht to Paris before COP21, supporting the Urgenda lawsuit, and helping set up the Grootouders voor het Klimaat.
Joost Hartog, penningmeester
Joost has a 40 years long history as an activist and campaigner in NGOs, as well as grass-roots organisations. Starting in the new social movements of the late seventies, he worked on the anti-apartheid struggle, for anti-racist organisations, but also for nature conservation and environmental causes. Joost lives and works in Amsterdam with partner and four grown-up children, and is an enthusiastic cyclist and climber.
zohra is a feminist activist with local, national and international experience organising with anti-racist, anti-capitalist, queer and environmental justice groups, organisations and movements. She supports individuals and groups working in the non-profit sector to thrive as they contend with complex transformation. zohra also sits on the Supervisory Board of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Previously she worked as Executive Director at Mama Cash in Amsterdam, focusing on mobilising resources for and channeling them to feminist groups and movements around the world. This work included a major programme focusing on environmental justice.
Olivia has started her activist life while in primary school as an ethical vegetarian and organising letter-writing campaigns petition for the release of political prisoners. She grew up in the North of Germany, and later worked and lived in South Africa, UK, and Switzerland before settling in the Netherlands. She has been very fortunate to be able to work full-time on issues so close to her heart and campaigning for human rights, environmental protection and climate change for over two decades. Olivia joined 350.org in 2015 and works now as acting Managing Director. Today she lives with her partner and dog in Empe, enjoys gardening and going for long hikes.
“As the current and future generations face the biggest challenges yet caused by climate change, I am honoured to join Fossielvrij NL in the fight for a better future and climate justice through corporate accountability.”
The burning desire to fight injustice worldwide has led Sumeyra to study Law. As a Kurdish Indigenous woman, she has witnessed her fair share of generational injustice. However, being born and raised in the Netherlands, she has privileges that most Indigenous People do not have. Using those privileges and as a legal expert, Sumeyra works on climate litigation with Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth NL) and campaigns for a climate-related Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice. She has a strong background in human rights and climate change and developed expertise in corporate accountability, specifically in the fossil fuel industry, just transition, net zero commitments, the banking sector, and human rights violations related to the fossil fuel industry.