WHO WE ARE

We’re surfers, lovers, engineers, thinkers, activists, designers and developers. We change the world little by little, wave by wave, day by day. We’re working towards a world without new plastic production. Collectively, we upcycle plastic waste into new, beautiful and durable products.

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Meet the Merijaans

We’re always looking for like-minded people to strengthen our team and create a cleaner environment. Appreciation and respect are major elements of our company culture, because we believe that a happy team is the key to success.

Gianna

Gianna

CEO
René

René

Engineering
Lena

Lena

Marketing
Hedda

Hedda

Social Media
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Paul

Project Engineer
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Mona

Success Manager

Isabella, Chief Creative Designer

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I am Isabella. Dancing Warrior and co-founder of Merijaan. I am responsible for everything design related. My studies in furniture design and my time as a businesswoman are a big help there.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I love creating things. Whether it's making music, baking a cake or developing a surfboard that revolutionises the surfing world. I also like to go for walks.

    Why are you with Merijaan? 

    From records to crown caps, I've always loved reusing raw materials. And I find it scary how plastic waste is slowly taking over nature. I want to change that and make people rethink the way they’re using plastic.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    We work on many different projects and we have a great team. That's what I enjoy the most: fighting together for a plastic-free world.

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Co-founder

Gianna

Co-founder

Gianna, Chief Executive Officer

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I am Gianna, co-founder and CEO of Merijaan. I make sure Merijaan keeps on riding the wave of success - strategic and money wise. And I make sure all the things that no one else does get done 😉

    Tell us about yourself!

    I love sports in nature. Vaulting, arco yoga, kitesurfing, everything! I studied industrial engineering and worked at Bombardier and Capgemini among others. In 2016, I presented the first idea for Merijaan in a social venture competition at the UN in New York.

    Why are you at Merijaan?

    During a semester abroad in India, I saw so much poverty and plastic waste that I really wanted to do something about it. After many failed attempts, we found a solution with Merijaan that addresses both problems.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    Standing in the workshop, melting plastic while listening to loud techno with Isa! And our team is simply the best. I'm always impressed and inspired by the great work everyone does. There are a thousand little things I enjoy about working at Merijaan.

René, Engineering

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan?

    I'm René and I run Merijaan's technical department. Product development, feasibility, conception - that’s all on my plate.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I've been boarding since I was little - in the snow, on the water, everywhere. That's where I feel free. I recently started mountain biking again - pure adrenaline! I used to work in technical design in the automotive industry.

    Why are you at Merijaan? 

    Plastic is not waste, but an important resource. Industry and politics do nothing about littering because it seems unprofitable. That's exactly where we come in with Merijaan - and prove that change is possible.

    What do you enjoy about working with Merijaan?

    The wonderful team and developing products that are not only trimmed for profit, but also for meaning... The social aspect of what we do is incredibly important to me!

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Lena, Marketing

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I help Merijaan find a clear brand identity and stay true to it. That means strategy, implementation and communication.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I moved to Portugal six years ago because I wanted to focus my life on surfing and training here. At the same time, I can pursue my career.

    Why are you with Merijaan? 

    Is there anything positive about the current situation? So let's change it.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    That everyone on the team is a doer. If you want to change the world, you have to think carefully about how you can change it for the better - and then not just talk about it, but actually do it. And that's exactly what Merijaan does.

Hedda, Social Media

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I'm Hedda and I take care of Merijaan Surf's social media presence.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I love being in the ocean. Every wave appears only once, you live completely in the moment. I love sharing these moments with friends while surfing or capturing them with my camera.

    Why are you with Merijaan?

    The first time I went to the sea, I was shocked by all the plastic waste. A few years ago I saw how the Indonesian islands are drowning in plastic. I actually got sick from the water quality. That's when I realised I wanted to do something about it.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    I love to learn and grow with my tasks. I get to work on many creative things and can apply a lot of what I have learned in theory.

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Paul, Project Engineer

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I am Paul and I look out for our plastic babies. From birth to production, I talk to the stakeholders and ensure that Merijaan quality standards are met.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I am a philanthropic daydreamer, an adventurous backpack traveller, a wannabe sports all-rounder. I always pursue my goal to generate a positive contribution to people and the environment through my actions.

    Why are you with Merijaan? 

    A functioning circular economy is an important way out of this environmental pollution madness that we have been experiencing worldwide in recent decades. It's about time that we think products through to the end when it comes to product design - that means that I should always keep in mind what happens to the product when I no longer need it. Merijaan is leading this path.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    Besides the great vision we follow, I love the team spirit we carry into our dance session among Merijaans - everyone is expected to pursue their personal goals here. And if that's not enough, every hour we meet interested pedestrians, fundraising heroes, partners, colleagues and friends who praise us, who thank us and who literally celebrate us! What an honor it is to be a Merijaan.

Mona, Success Manager

  • Who are you and what do you do at Merijaan? 

    I am Mona and I take care of what is acutely needed at the moment. I process email requests and support the practical implementation in our workshop. In addition, I have made it my mission to give Merijaan a reach, especially among the younger generation.

    Tell us about yourself!

    I am always looking for change and new experiences. I love action and interaction with people. It's important to me that I see meaning behind what I do.

    Why are you with Merijaan?

    It often gives me a headache how many problems there are in the world and the associated feeling of never being able to eliminate them all. Especially how our planet is ruined by the ruthlessness of humans makes me sad. Merijaan is contributing to a more sustainable world and I want to be part of that.

    What do you enjoy about working at Merijaan?

    For me, it was amazing to be integrated into the team right away. The interaction with each other is great and I love the feeling of doing something meaningful.

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