Without the people involved with their dedication and their engagement, the Earthbeat Foundation and its projects could not flourish. Our wonderful team works hard every day to make sure our work keeps going and has a lasting positive impact!
Lilian von Trapp is founder and designer of the eponymous ethical fine jewelry brand. Prior to launching the line, the Berlin-based law graduate quickly realized she did not want to take part in the destruction and exploitation caused by gold and gemstone mining, instead pledging to make a difference. The brand is committed to a fully transparent production cycle and all jewelry is handcrafted in Germany from recycled gold and vintage diamonds. Lilian von Trapp establishes an international voice for sustainability and fair practices in jewelry. Two percent of the brand’s total revenue directly supports the earthbeat foundation’s projects.
Madeleine Sophie Daria Alizadeh is one of the best-known influencers in the German-speaking region. From 2010-2017 she was the author of the blog “dariadaria”, which was one of the most read online media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In Autumn 2017 she closed down her blog and started her podcast “A mindful mess”. Alizadeh’s works on the topic of “conscious lifestyle” where she focuses on sustainable fashion, social topics, equality and more self love. For her work she traveled for instance to the Amazon, to document the work of the caoutchouc workers. In Autumn 2017 she founded her own label ‘Éthical’, where Alizadeh sells sustainable fashion.
Julia she has always been seeking for the good, true and fair. Thus for her subject in her Magister thesis in philosophy she chose practical ethics and political philosophy. A natural communicator with a good portion of realistic idealism. When she came to discover the ‘dark side’ of gold – the fundamentally hazardous circumstances under which it is mined – she immediately saw it as her duty to create more awareness of it. She is deeply convinced that in order for people to keep enjoying gold, we must change the process of gold mining and make people aware that it is necessary to look at both sides of the golden coin.
EARTHBEAT FOUNDATION PARTNER
Stephen Turyahikayo is our on-site partner in Uganda. He has been supporting artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Uganda and over the last seven years he has gained a deep understanding and knowledge on safety, technical and organisational challenges faced by artisanal and small scale gold miners. He has worked for the World Bank, the German Federal Institute of Geosciences & Natural Resources, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and many other companies and NGOs as Consultant or Technical Advisor.
Bernard is a visiting lecturer for Investment Strategy at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and in the Swiss Education Group based in Montreux. After working in leading positions in investment banking, he founded his own portfolio management company in 1994. In 1996 Bernard Fierens moved to Switzerland and became the head of the portfolio management division at Banque Internationale in Luxembourg. He later became the manager of their Geneva branch. Since 2000 he has been working in a leading role for Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild in Lausanne.
In 2009, Kate founded Kama Sustainovation SA, which supports sustainable development in Africa. From 1996–2003, she was the CEO of Bucherer Deutschland and from 2004–2007 the general manager of H.Stern in the German market. Next to Kama, she is a consultant in art and lifestyle services and a member of the board of Kunstwerke -W Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Guya Merkle belongs to a new generation of businesswomen who stand for economic success in harmony with ethical principles. While she was studying management and communication, Guya Merkle acquired experience by working at the online donation platform betterplace.org. Here, she gained insights into many aspects of social engagement. Besides founding and working for the Earthbeat Foundation, she is dedicated to her jewelry brand VIERI where every collection is made of ethical gold. Thanks to this innovative concept, VIERI is a trailblazer of an ethical modern luxury business.
Marc-Oliver Drescher, a former tailor, goods porter and highly decorated promoter, analyses companies and their present sustainability strategies in order to avoid cases of greenwashing. His sustainable consulting activities explain how ecologically sensible strategies can also become economically profitable. He also presents marketing and advertising concepts which show that intelligent and ethical consumption is not a sacrifice.
Fabrice is a business innovator, consultant for Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organisations. He works with brands and business leaders such as Apple, Pernod Ricard, Google, L’Oreal, the United Nations and the WWF to improve their economic performance while being socially responsible and doing good. He is on the advisory board of several institutions, a business angel for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and guest speaker at gatherings around the world such as the United Nations RIO Earth Summit, Caux, and TED.