The idea to establish Amsterdam Made was created by a small group of local makers. Soon after the first steps were made there was a lot of interest in the project, which quickly garnered more than forty members. The initiative turned out to be a good fit for Amsterdam Council's search for a business that would create and uphold a quality mark for products created or made in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam. Foundation Amsterdam Made is the only approved certifier of the quality mark, which was established to stimulate craftmanship and the local economy.

Bas Beekman, Founder
Bas is the man behind the concept of Amsterdam Made and is mainly involved as an advisor. He is currently program director at StartupAmsterdam and has a lot of experience in diverse fields – such as research, architecture and government – as a project manager.

Marit Timmerman, Managing Director
Marit is both responsible for content and organising the execution of activities. She is also a Business Development/Revenue Management consultant and has a history as an entrepreneur, which gives her the experience and know-how to establish and optimalize a business.

Wouter Buijze, Community Manager
Wouter’s main interest is sustainability, especially from a commercial point of view. With a lot of experience as an advisor in construction and infrastructure, he currently focusses on innovative revenue models, preferably those that have a connection with sustainability. Besides maintaining good relationships with the makers he organises events with sustainable themes, such as the sustainable raw material and energy event.

Lucas Gijsberts, Community Manager
Lucas’s main task is supporting and promoting the common goals and actions of members and thus creating optimal cooperation within the community. As former asset manager within the field of commercial realty he has plenty of experience switching between concerned parties to reach the best result for everyone involved.

Liselore Zoeteweij, Communications Manager
Liselore is primarily involved with the online and offline communication of Amsterdam Made and with supporting its makers. One of her favourite past-times is developing various concepts and ideas and sharing random facts. At the weekend she spends most of her time physically bashing women on the roller derby ring or making friends within Amsterdam’s cultural circuit.

Alexandra Harding, Communications Manager
Alexandra’s main tasks are establishing makers’ personal pages, maintaining social media accounts and organising events for and by makers. She is also our resident photographer and is therefore responsible for much of the visual content on the website.