As the Arctic summer sea ice rapidly declines, the planet is at a tipping point. Fonger Ypma, a cleantech entrepreneur who founded Arctic Reflections, will share his innovative approach to preserving Arctic ice to mitigate the impacts of global warming and climate change.
Fonger Ypma is a cleantech entrepreneur, who recently founded Arctic Reflections, with the moonshot mission to restore Arctic Sea Ice to counter global warming. After obtaining a PhD in Mathematical Physics from Oxford University, Fonger worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company for several years. From there, he moved to Eneco, a Dutch sustainable energy company, to be part of a newly formed unit on Innovation & Corporate Venturing. At Eneco, he led the innovation team, and founded a cross-company programme on data science and AI. As an experienced leader in the energy transition, he co-founded a start-up aimed at data center waste heat reuse, and was CEO of a housing market data analytics scale-up. Initially starting his Arctic ice initiative as a side project with the Technical University of Delft, he is now full time dedicated to this endeavour.
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