we are optimists and see the opportunity in every difficulty 

“Failure is not an option”, as we have said from the start. For that reason, we work with the ESE-methodology

To avoid failure, we work on the basis of Extended Systems Engineering (‘ESE’). This methodology is based on 'doing it right the first time'. In short, it means that first the goals must be clearly defined. Next, all steps must be outlined to achieve these goals, with all potential risks being identified and mitigated. Once you can mitigate a risk, it is no longer a risk.

ESE assumes a highly functional way of thinking. It does not think directly in terms of objects (solutions), but in terms of the functions that can form the solution. Next, the possible solutions are assessed by means of a trade-off matrix. That’s ESE in a nutshell. Our colleague Martin van Zanten can tell you (much) more.

As Circular Industries, we have brought together a team of experts in their fields. By working on the right solutions, we can achieve our goals.

Niels Wagemaker (co-founder)

Marketing & PR

Worked at Greenpeace’s Head Office from 1996-1999. Within the Office Management department responsible for technical support and green procurement of supplies. Entrepreneured in the IT sector since the late 1990s till 2010. After that responsible for setting up and managing large national and international investment funds. From 2013 active as a sustainable entrepreneur, first from a consultancy role and now as a driver of a new generation of Raw Materials factories. Business Developer with broad expertise. Learning a lot about project finance, a new area of expertise.

Martin van Zanten (co-founder)


Former Technical Officer (Technical Squadron Commander in the rank of Major) at the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Hereafter employed as Quality and Program Manager at Fokker Aircraft. 

After spending decades in aviation, started as Managing Director at Bureau Veritas Netherlands - responsible for testing, inspecting and certifying company assets, products, infrastructure and business processes. Guided after this position, as a self-employed consultant, large and complex infrastructure projects. Specialist, trainer and author in the Systems Engineering (SE) method, to which he has added ‘Extended’ (ESE), in the context of demonstrability and traceability. First time right is the goal.

Jan Reitsma


Former Integration / Program Manager at Fokker Aircraft and Fokker Space & Systems. After that gained experience as Technical Director at LOFAR Foundation, a sensor network for astronomical applications. The last employment, as a Project Manager, is at ISIS - a company dedicated to the design, manufacture and operation of small space satellites. Always worked within technically highly innovative and complex environments. Involved in the plans of Circular Industries for many years now, whereby the technical implementation of the proven technologies and the interfaces between these technologies are under his responsibilities.

Philip-Jan Reeb

Compliance & HR

  • 22 years of experience in several financial roles at AEGON and Nationale-Nederlanden;
  • Founder and 10 years of experience as Managing Director of the Floreijn Group; (now part of Söderberg & Partners)
  • Dedicated driver of all the work that remains in the financial and legal field.

Roelof Platenkamp

Advisor to the Management Team

  • Previously Global Vice President Strategy, Economics & Planning at Shell.
  • Previously Global Vice President Petroleum Engineering & Development at Shell.
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Tulip Oil B.V., a company focused on exploration and production of oil and gas fields.

Jan Gerrits


  • Previously Senior Consultant at DNV GL, inspecting and qualifying welders’ qualifications, metal constructions and material certificates, amongst others;
  • Experience in consulting in the manufacturing industry, with a specialization in metal products as owner of Saffir and as member of High-Tech Alliance Cooperation, which provides suitable specialists to new innovative projects.

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