A few years ago Corien Botman's life as a journalist and writer of young adult novels took a sudden and irreversible turn. Thanks to the legacy of her late father Jan, a successful Hema franchiser, she is now able to help restore life on earth. Not hindered by relevant knowledge of business, finance, or economics, but led by her creative writer's mind, wonderful advisors, and an inspirational network, Corien has found her way.
Corien teamed up with Commonland, launching a €2.5 million donor-advised fund to catalyze regenerative agriculture in Europe and Africa. By doing so, this philanthropic money has a measured impact on the holistic, large-scale restoration of landscapes, which is business-driven. Her personal investments in nature, regenerative agriculture, sustainable forestry, and ecotourism are aligned with the grant funding.