Jean-Michel Scheuren

Jean-Michel Scheuren

Clean water and sanitationGood jobsInnovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesClimate ActionLife on landPartnerships for the goals

Role

Co-founder of Novobiom

Quote

"I believe in the power of diversity, multidisciplinary and the positive energy of the young change makers."

Who are you?

I’m passionate about nature inspired sustainability and that harmony with the earth’s ecosystems is possible. Human activities, whilst maintaining a fair well-being, do not deplete the biosphere but become restorative. I’m a business engineer with an additional master in environmental science and management and have worked for various companies on sustainability related issues, gaining expertise in business development and marketing strategy. As a consultant, I share my expertise and interests in assisting start-ups, SME’s and large companies. I co-founded Novobiom, offering innovative bio-inspired and competitive solutions for the ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems. I’m also co-founder of Biomimicry-Be and co-initiator of Hackistan, bringing a community of changemakers together around a network of infrastructures. 

Why are you part of Generation T?

I am truly convinced by the collaborative and federative approaches to tackle the current and forthcoming societal challenges. I believe in the power of diversity, multidisciplinary and the positive energy of the young change makers. Through my passion, I could bring to Generation T the amazing insights and inspiration that nature / biomimicry can provide to the construction of a more sustainable society.  

A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:

With Novobiom we offers an innovative and competitive solution for the ecological treatment of complex soil pollutions. There are more than 3.5 million contaminated sites in Europe and 118.000 in Belgium, a major societal challenge and an economic concern for real estate investors, industries and public administrations. We apply a bio-inspired and nature-based solution (Micoremediation) as a disruptive and competitive soil remediation process. The technology relies on the capacities of some fungi to degrade highly recalcitrant pollutants, while stimulating the ecosystem’s natural restorative capacity. This technology relies on the industrial production of fungal biomass on organic waste substrates. We push for local industrial ecology networks, bringing a systemic change towards circular economy and relying on the supply and up-cycling of local resources.