Meet our core team

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With a background that spans writing, speaking and consulting, Acacia has become a pivotal figure in delivering insights that assist a diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 CEOs to boutique agencies. Her expertise is rooted in a profound understanding of Asian consumers, which she leverages to guide clients in launching insight-driven innovations.

Over the past seven years, her journey has taken her across more than 20 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. During this time, she has delivered over 100 keynotes and workshops.

In her current role as Asia Lead for TrendWatching, Acacia oversees all APAC trend content from her base in Singapore.

Acacia Leroy

Acacia Leroy
Asia Lead

With a background that spans writing, speaking and consulting, Acacia has become a pivotal figure in delivering insights that assist a diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 CEOs to boutique agencies. Her expertise is rooted in a profound understanding of Asian consumers, which she leverages to guide clients in launching insight-driven innovations.

Over the past seven years, her journey has taken her across more than 20 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. During this time, she has delivered over 100 keynotes and workshops.

In her current role as Asia Lead for TrendWatching, Acacia oversees all APAC trend content from her base in Singapore.

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Caitlin grew up in London, with Australian roots. She studied at Central Saint Martins and took part in various exhibitions and artist residencies. As a Trend Analyst, Caitlin brings her passion for textiles, research and innovation to the team. With an open mind and a big smile, she is always eager to discover music from around the globe — Brazil and Uganda being her current favourites.

Caitlin Hughan

Caitlin Hughan
Trend Analyst

Caitlin grew up in London, with Australian roots. She studied at Central Saint Martins and took part in various exhibitions and artist residencies. As a Trend Analyst, Caitlin brings her passion for textiles, research and innovation to the team. With an open mind and a big smile, she is always eager to discover music from around the globe — Brazil and Uganda being her current favourites.

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Erick is one of our Senior Trend Analysts who works across the intersection of trend intelligence, business opportunities and strategic direction. A Dutch-Belgian hybrid, Erick combines his academic background in innovation research and concept development with his love of getting into the nitty gritty of the new and the next; helping our clients unlock their purpose-potential.

Erick Smet

Erick Smet
Content Director
Erick is one of our Senior Trend Analysts who works across the intersection of trend intelligence, business opportunities and strategic direction. A Dutch-Belgian hybrid, Erick combines his academic background in innovation research and concept development with his love of getting into the nitty gritty of the new and the next; helping our clients unlock their purpose-potential.
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Our Trend Analyst Franzi scours the globe for purpose-driven business opportunities. The German-Hungarian is an educated Industrial Business Manager first and a Fashion Business & Development BA graduate second. She combines right and left-brain thinking to inspire our clients to take meaningful action for people and the planet.

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Franziska Füsting

Trend Analyst

Our Trend Analyst Franzi scours the globe for purpose-driven business opportunities. The German-Hungarian is an educated Industrial Business Manager first and a Fashion Business & Development BA graduate second. She combines right and left-brain thinking to inspire our clients to take meaningful action for people and the planet.
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Gaby is our Head of Finance, handling all finances and admin behind the scenes. A true Amsterdammer, born and raised, she’s been in finance management in the arts sector for more than 10 years. Gaby is passionate and committed to contributing to raising diversity and equity in our society, and raising awareness of locally and sustainably sourced food.

Gaby Pian

Gaby Pian
Head of Finance

Gaby is our Head of Finance, handling all finances and admin behind the scenes. A true Amsterdammer, born and raised, she’s been in finance management in the arts sector for more than 10 years. Gaby is passionate and committed to contributing to raising diversity and equity in our society, and raising awareness of locally and sustainably sourced food.

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Born in Brazil and based in Barcelona, Giulia coordinates our Training & Methodology team, while also heading up our Events team. She has an M.Sc. in Strategic Design focusing on social innovation and believes that trends are a powerful tool for designing better futures. In her free time, you can find her chasing the sun with Gringo, her Norwegian dog with a Latin soul.

Giulia Bolzan

Giulia Bolzan

Coordinator of Training & Methodology

Born in Brazil and based in Barcelona, Giulia coordinates our Training & Methodology team, while also heading up our Events team. She has an M.Sc. in Strategic Design focusing on social innovation and believes that trends are a powerful tool for designing better futures. In her free time, you can find her chasing the sun with Gringo, her Norwegian dog with a Latin soul.

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James is our Head of Business Development, based in Amsterdam. Originally from Australia, James brings with him a wealth of experience from creative agencies, start-ups and commercial marketing environments. With an MSc in Communication Science, he has also taught at a Bachelor's level and currently serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. James is passionate about creating impactful purpose-driven business development strategies.

James Trusler

James Trusler
Head of Comms and Marketing

James is our Head of Business Development, based in Amsterdam. Originally from Australia, James brings with him a wealth of experience from creative agencies, start-ups and commercial marketing environments. With an MSc in Communication Science, he has also taught at a Bachelor's level and currently serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. James is passionate about creating impactful purpose-driven business development strategies.

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Jemma heads up our Client Success team. She firmly believes excellent communication is key to the success of any relationship. Born and raised in the UK, Jemma now lives in Rotterdam. She studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, focusing on the impact of change within urban spaces. In her spare time, she can be found on a beach, regardless of the weather.

Jemma Betterton

Jemma Betterton
Client Success Manager
Jemma heads up our Client Success team. She firmly believes excellent communication is key to the success of any relationship. Born and raised in the UK, Jemma now lives in Rotterdam. She studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, focusing on the impact of change within urban spaces. In her spare time, she can be found on a beach, regardless of the weather.
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Julia, our social media intern, is responsible for managing and creating social media content, as well as working on various marketing campaigns. Hailing from Russia and having grown up in Italy, she is currently completing her Bachelor's degree in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and plans to pursue a career in media, entertainment, communication, or marketing. Julia is passionate about art and design and enjoys spending her free time reading or thrift shopping.

Julia Artemenko

Julia Artemenko

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Julia, our social media intern, is responsible for managing and creating social media content, as well as working on various marketing campaigns. Hailing from Russia and having grown up in Italy, she is currently completing her Bachelor's degree in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and plans to pursue a career in media, entertainment, communication, or marketing. Julia is passionate about art and design and enjoys spending her free time reading or thrift shopping.

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Liesbeth curates and writes our Innovation of the Day publication. A Dutch-Canadian hybrid, Liesbeth has worked for start-ups and scale-ups, including Urbanbite and Springwise. More recently, she’s taken a hands-on interest in organic farming, studying organic agriculture and working as a vegetable grower on the side.

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Liesbeth den Toom
Senior Editor
Liesbeth curates and writes our Innovation of the Day publication. A Dutch-Canadian hybrid, Liesbeth has worked for start-ups and scale-ups, including Urbanbite and Springwise. More recently, she’s taken a hands-on interest in organic farming, studying organic agriculture and working as a vegetable grower on the side.
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Livia heads up our Training and Methodology team, as well as our LatAm activities. She is also one of our presenters and workshop facilitators, having worked with clients in Spain, Norway and Ecuador. She previously worked as a Trend Researcher and Innovation Consultant in Brazil (where she’s originally from).

Livia Fioretti

Livia Fioretti
Director of Insights
Livia heads up our Training and Methodology team, as well as our LatAm activities. She is also one of our presenters and workshop facilitators, having worked with clients in Spain, Norway and Ecuador. She previously worked as a Trend Researcher and Innovation Consultant in Brazil (where she’s originally from).
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Máté is our Junior Marketing Manager who is currently completing his Master’s degree in Management. Born in Hungary, he has gained international experience by living and studying in Australia, the UK, France, and the Netherlands. Máté is passionate about art, design, and fashion. He loves to be active in his free time: playing sports, exercising, and supporting Chelsea FC and Max Verstappen.

Máté Orbán

Máté Orbán

Junior Marketing Manager

Máté is our Junior Marketing Manager who is currently completing his Master’s degree in Management. Born in Hungary, he has gained international experience by living and studying in Australia, the UK, France, and the Netherlands. Máté is passionate about art, design, and fashion. He loves to be active in his free time: playing sports, exercising, and supporting Chelsea FC and Max Verstappen.
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Nikki is our Dutch Head of Design who has adopted London as her home base for the last 8 years. She joined TrendWatching after graduating in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and has been owning many of our content and products ever since, ensuring they look as engaging as possible with fresh visual funkiness!

Nikki Ritmeijer

Nikki Ritmeijer
Head of Design
Nikki is our Dutch Head of Design who has adopted London as her home base for the last 8 years. She joined TrendWatching after graduating in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and has been owning many of our content and products ever since, ensuring they look as engaging as possible with fresh visual funkiness!
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Phoebe was born and raised in the US and is currently based in Amsterdam, studying Business Innovation. Phoebe is committed and driven by her passion for contributing to a more purpose-driven economy by finding meaningful opportunities to build our product portfolio and Amplify service, our trend intelligence platform.

Phoebe Hoes

Phoebe Hoes
Junior Product Manager
Phoebe was born and raised in the US and is currently based in Amsterdam, studying Business Innovation. Phoebe is committed and driven by her passion for contributing to a more purpose-driven economy by finding meaningful opportunities to build our product portfolio and Amplify service, our trend intelligence platform.
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Raymond is one of our Senior Trend Analysts, bringing 20+ years of experience in researching and analyzing consumer and industry trends to the team. He is a frequent presenter and facilitator at in-house trend sessions and industry events and has been quoted in media including the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and the South China Morning Post. In his free time, Raymond is busy turning his garden into an urban oasis or exploring new places.

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Raymond Kollau

Senior Trend Analyst

Raymond is one of our Senior Trend Analysts, bringing 20+ years of experience in researching and analyzing consumer and industry trends to the team. He is a frequent presenter and facilitator at in-house trend sessions and industry events and has been quoted in media including the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and the South China Morning Post. In his free time, Raymond is busy turning his garden into an urban oasis or exploring new places.
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Reinier founded TrendWatching in Amsterdam in 2002. He is convinced that the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy is one of the biggest, most meaningful business opportunities ever.

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Reinier Evers
Founder
Reinier founded TrendWatching in Amsterdam in 2002. He is convinced that the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy is one of the biggest, most meaningful business opportunities ever.
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Riz is our Head of Product who now oversees our Platform and digital strategy. After growing up as a true global citizen, from Sri Lanka to Singapore to the Netherlands, he keeps expanding his all-round business acumen, channelling it towards empowering the purpose-driven economy in every possible way. When he's not trying to better the world in some way, you might catch a glimpse of him in some high-altitude mountain or catching a surf in Sri Lanka.

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Riz Razak
Head of Product
Riz is our Head of Product who now oversees our Platform and digital strategy. After growing up as a true global citizen, from Sri Lanka to Singapore to the Netherlands, he keeps expanding his all-round business acumen, channelling it towards empowering the purpose-driven economy in every possible way. When he's not trying to better the world in some way, you might catch a glimpse of him in some high-altitude mountain or catching a surf in Sri Lanka.
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Having covered LGBTQ+ issues, travel and lifestyle trends as a writer and editor at The Telegraph and SUITCASE Magazine, Robbie joined TrendWatching after becoming curious about how businesses can build a better tomorrow – one in which profit and purpose harmoniously coexist. When he’s not exploring innovations from his home office in London, Robbie enjoys scoping out the city’s less-obvious running routes.

Robbie Hodges

Robbie Hodges
Trend Analyst

Having covered LGBTQ+ issues, travel and lifestyle trends as a writer and editor at The Telegraph and SUITCASE Magazine, Robbie joined TrendWatching after becoming curious about how businesses can build a better tomorrow – one in which profit and purpose harmoniously coexist. When he’s not exploring innovations from his home office in London, Robbie enjoys scoping out the city’s less-obvious running routes.

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Sanya is our Junior Designer based in Rotterdam. Originally from Austria, she moved countries to study Animation and Film at the WDKA - building on her previous design degree. She loves creating playful work that tells a story and experimenting with different techniques. In her free time, she likes to hunt for treasures at the thrift store.

Sanya Gurung

Sanya Gurung
Designer

Sanya is our Junior Designer based in Rotterdam. Originally from Austria, she moved countries to study Animation and Film at the WDKA - building on her previous design degree. She loves creating playful work that tells a story and experimenting with different techniques. In her free time, she likes to hunt for treasures at the thrift store.

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Originally from Brooklyn, Sarah has made her home in Amsterdam as our Business Development Manager. Drawing from her experience in tech sales recruitment and hospitality, Sarah channels her enthusiasm for forging connections, fostering business growth, and unleashing her creativity whilst doing so. When she’s not at work, you’ll often find Sarah soaking up the good vibes at live concerts or planning her next travel adventure.

Sarah Louison

Sarah Louison
Business Developer

Originally from Brooklyn, Sarah has made her home in Amsterdam as our Business Development Manager. Drawing from her experience in tech sales recruitment and hospitality, Sarah channels her enthusiasm for forging connections, fostering business growth, and unleashing her creativity whilst doing so. When she’s not at work, you’ll often find Sarah soaking up the good vibes at live concerts or planning her next travel adventure.

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Tom Poick, who recently joined our team as a  Business Innovation intern, is helping us to build out our Amplify Campus service - aimed at increasing student and educator interaction with Amplify, our trend intelligence  platform.
Born and raised in Germany and now residing in Amsterdam, he brings with him experience from a journey that includes roles at a vertical farming firm and Adidas.

Tom Poick

Tom Poick

Business Innovation Intern

Tom Poick, who recently joined our team as a  Business Innovation intern, is helping us to build out our Amplify Campus service - aimed at increasing student and educator interaction with Amplify, our trend intelligence  platform.
Born and raised in Germany and now residing in Amsterdam, he brings with him experience from a journey that includes roles at a vertical farming firm and Adidas.

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Victoria is our Head of Trends. An experienced presenter, Victoria has delivered empowering keynotes, internal strategy sessions and innovation workshops for brands across the globe, and is passionate about helping businesses to understand, validate and apply trends. 

Victoria Loomes

Victoria Loomes
Head of Trends
Victoria is our Head of Trends. An experienced presenter, Victoria has delivered empowering keynotes, internal strategy sessions and innovation workshops for brands across the globe, and is passionate about helping businesses to understand, validate and apply trends.