Amsterdam Data Collective launches sustainability practice

18 January 2022 1 min. read

Dutch data science consultancy Amsterdam Data Collective has launched a new practice dedicated to sustainability and climate change topics.

The new arm becomes the firm’s fifth practice, alongside four industry vertical-focused practises: Financial Services, Healthcare, Public Sector and Retail. For company founder and CEO Rik van der Woerdt, the move not only demonstrates the firm’s commitment to further expansion, it also represents “a dream come true”.

Van der Woerdt and his co-members at Amsterdam Data Collective are convinced that data can serve as a crucial contributor and even accelerator for solving one of the globe’s largest challenges – the energy transition. “Leveraging the power of data analytics, organisations across sectors can improve their decarbonisation efforts.”

Julia van Huizen, Amsterdam Data Collective

Recruited to lead the new practice is Julia van Huizen, who brings extensive experience in the field (and more broadly in ESG) to the consulting firm, all of which she gained in financial services. Having kickstarted her career at De Nederlandsche Bank, she then worked for Bank of England and most recently for ING, where she was Vice President Sustainable Finance for the EMEA region.

“During the past six years of my career, my focus has been on the intersection of climate, sustainability and finance. I look forward to provides end-to-end data science consultancy and solutions to help clients enhance their carbon footprint, and turn their teams into data-driven organisations.”

During her different roles, Van Huizen has first-hand seen the shift data as an asset has made from being “an alternative asset” into “a fundamental asset that informs decision making,” she said. “Data, artificial intelligence and other data science techniques are critical enablers for attaining client goals, both on the risk and opportunity side.”