The Regeneration Academy consists of a diverse group of enthusiastic and driven professionals. Our team integrates people from local and international backgrounds with a shared ambition and passion; enabling the regeneration of our landscapes, economies and communities by educating the practitioners of the future working in farming and sustainable food production.
Sanne has an interdisciplinary background in Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Sustainable Business. Sanne has previously worked at Commonland, Wide Open Agriculture and as a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked with farmers, agribusiness, governments and NGO's in the Netherlands, Asia and Australia.. At the Regeneration Academy Sanne develops local and international educational programs and partnerships.
Belen is a local expert on the production of aromatics in semi-arid environments. She won the award for best environmental sciences project in Andalusia in 2015. She is an experienced and certified teacher on topics related to environment and local entrepreneurship. Being born in the territory and acting as a representative of AlVelAl she has a strong local network with research institutes, universities, schools regenerative farmers in the southern part of Spain.
Yanniek holds a master degree in Environmental Sciences and has worked with farmers throughout Southern Spain for over 2 years as part of Commonlandand AlVelAl. She also worked for AIESEC, an international youth leadership program that creates opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges around the world. At the Regeneration Academy Yanniek is our liaison with Spanish universities and businesses and one of our experienced trainers.
Alfonso Chico de Guzman
Alfonso is an experienced regenerative farmer and one of the primary partners of the Regeneration Academy. He has been the manager at La Junquera farm (33km2) for 5 years and is vice -president of AlVeLal. Through Commonland he is connected to Spanish and international research institutes on agro-ecological farming. Alfonso is closely involved in all of our programs and research projects. All research regarding La Junquera is directly related to a current need on the farm.
With an interdisciplinary background in Biology, Human Geography and Industrial Ecology Bertus has over 10 years experience in CR and sustainable business. He is an experienced consultant, entrepreneur, university lecturer and partner at TheRockGroup. Bertus has a global network, with working experience in a range of countries. At the Regeneration Academy, Bertus is focussing on developing a program for entrepreneurs and young professionals.