Net Impact Amsterdam Welcomes New Vice President

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AMSTERDAM, 22 July 2020 – We are delighted to inform you that Cathy Sorbara has been appointed to serve as Vice President of Net Impact Amsterdam effective immediately. Cathy brings a wealth of experience in sustainability, bringing both deep content knowledge and a strong mission to positively impact the lives of people. She previously served as Net Impact Amsterdam’s Head of Engagement.

Cathy is taking over from Kristina Stonjeková who has chosen to step down to focus on her professional development endeavours in the sustainable investment space. She was instrumental in making Net Impact Amsterdam what it is today, so we thank her tremendously for her contribution to building the organisation and wish her all the best. Kristina will remain in an advisory capacity as a member of the Founding Member Council.

Cathy worked for 10 years as a researcher in Canada and Germany, studying neurodegenerative diseases. When she moved to England in 2014, she decided to explore a different path, running a start-up company called Cheeky Scientist, a global professional network that helps PhDs see their value and find meaningful work outside of academia. Serving as Chief Operations Officer, Cathay was instrumental in growing the organisation’s membership over 10 fold in less than four years.

In 2018, she set sail for Antarctica with 80 other women scientists, as part of Homeward Bound projects, a leadership initiative that aims to heighten the influence and impact of women making decisions that shape our planet. From that point forward, Cathy has dedicated her time towards creating a healthier planet and sustainable future for all. Since moving to the Netherlands last year, she has volunteered with several non-profit and non-governmental organizations. She is a head coach at Project Fearless, which is a space for young girls in Amsterdam to get hands-on coaching, break stereotypes, find their voices and create an impact. Here, she developed a course to teach girls about climate change and help them feel empowered to make a difference. She also volunteers at Greenpeace International in the Executive Director’s Office.

Cathy holds a PhD in Medical Life Science and Technology from the Technische Universität München in Germany as well as a Master of Science from the University of Ottawa in Canada where she specialized in Neuroscience. Most recently, she holds a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Cathy step up as Vice President. Her passion for sustainability and expertise across a variety of fields makes her an excellent sparring partner for our members, and I’m certain that she will be instrumental in enabling the Net Impact Amsterdam community to achieve great things”

Andrea Palmer, Founder and President of Net Impact Amsterdam.

Cathy’s personal mission is to show that everyone’s unique talents are needed in order to transition toward a more sustainable, inclusive future. To solve the complex global issues that lie ahead, we need diverse voices at leadership tables. Sustainability is not just about science or policy, it’s about people coming together to achieve a greater impact. Feel welcome to connect with her on LinkedIn.

About Net Impact Amsterdam

Net Impact Amsterdam is the local professional chapter of the global sustainability platform, Net Impact. As a diverse professional organisation, Net Impact Amsterdam is comprised of members that seek to use their professional skills to drive positive environmental and social change, and to influence others to do the same. The volunteer-led chapter facilitates events and programmes that support members to use business as a force for environmental and social impact.

Net Impact Amsterdam – Professional Chapter