"The future will be whatever we make it, and we'll make it together."

Vision for the future,
to act upon today 

Ralien Bekkers is a passionate advocate for climate action and sustainable development. Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, she is currently based in Washington DC, United States, working for a global partnership that assists countries in implementing and accelerating climate action and sustainable development efforts on the ground. Previously, after a successful  crowd funding  effort, she completed a Master's Degree in Environmental Management at Yale University in early 2017. At Yale, she developed and ran the program on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Implementation. In 2015, Ralien supported the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General for the delivery of the Post-2015 Development Agenda (the SDGs) at the headquarters in New York City, and worked on intergenerational equity for the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, building upon several years of UNFCCC advocacy work. From 2012 until 2014 she served as the Official Dutch Youth Representative on Sustainable Development to the United Nations. Ralien also graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Bachelor of Science in Future Planet Studies. In 2015, she was named the #50 most influential person in sustainability in The Netherlands.