As the CEO and co-founder of Datamaran, Marjella provides the vision for the business, gives strategic direction to the team and leads business development efforts. She is a technical expert with in-depth knowledge of ESG reporting standards and non-financial disclosure. Marjella is one of three co-founders driving Datamaran’s success, and is a charismatic leader for the whole team.
Marjella created Datamaran as she believes that big data in ESG provides a major business opportunity.
Prior to this, Marjella was the head of the New York office of GRI (the Global Reporting Initiative) – the most widely used standard for measuring and managing Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) risks. She joined the GRI headquarters in Amsterdam in 2007 where she successfully set up the services department. She became the youngest female Director for the GRI at age 30.
Marjella holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen and has a large and impressive international network in the field of reporting and transparency, or the field of ESG. Marjella has worked with governments, regulators, international organisations, businesses, civil society, labour, the accountancy profession and the media.
Fun Fact: Marjella never forgets a name or a face.