Meet the team

Frank Huisingh

Founder / coordinator

Frank has recently taken a year of unpaid leave from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to start and work on Fossil Free Football. He works on it full time: organising campaigns, involving more and more people, coordinating the team and speaking to the media about the need to make football fossil fuel free. He supports Ajax.

Vitas Carosella


Vitas is a young professional with a master’s degree in International Relations. He is American, but has spent many years living all across Spain. He is committed to environmental causes and the restructuring of football in a sustainable manner. He fell in love with football watching Zinedine Zidane and is a Real Madrid fan.

Ali Hines


Ali has over ten years experience in campaigning, investigations and advocacy, working on environmental and human rights issues. She has held senior policy and campaigns roles within the non-profit sector, most recently at Global Witness working on land and land and environmental defenders, and now works as a freelance consultant based in Edinburgh and London. She believes in the power of football for structural and progressive change. Supporting Leicester City has given her the belief that the unachieveable is, in fact, achievable.

Robert Maij


Robert is currently a second-year student studying International Sports Management. He works on different research projects for Fossil Free Football. He supports Sparta Rotterdam.

Teije ten Den


Teije is a former professional football player (Dutch first and second division and Segunda B in Spain). He is concerned about climate change and worried about the role football is playing. Teije studied history. in which he focused on social movements and sport. He is currently working as a researcher and is supporting Real Madrid.

Mels Ubels


Mels is currently having a gap year, and is going to study history next year. He helps Fossil Free Football by researching greener options of transport within the world of football. He is a big FC Utrecht-supporter.

Bas Bijlsma

Board president

Bas has worked for a more sustainable world in different roles: as an activist, diplomat and political advisor. He saw how the climate crisis has a huge impact on the most vulnerable people around the world. He is keen to make sure football is no longer used to promote big polluters.

Nori Spauwen

Board Member

Nori is an activist-turned-diplomat-turned-activist-again. She deeply cares about climate change, equal rights for women and queer people, and fighting racism. The highlight of Nori's years as a diplomat in Paris, was being able to attend every game of the Women's World Cup, where the absolute love of her life - the Oranje Leeuwinnen - álmost won. Still trying to get over that lost final, she decided to join the board of Fossil Free Football to make sure our beloved game does not wreck the earth. On the side, Nori is a coach and trainer for activists, and writes a book about healthy activism.

Tessel Middag

Star Player

Tessel currently plays professional football for Rangers FC in Scotland. Previously, she played for ADO Den Haag, AFC Ajax, Manchester City, West Ham United and Fiorentina. She also played 44 matches for the Dutch national team and was active at the 2015 World Cup. She's also an historian, with a focus on the history of women's football. Tessel is a member of the player's union in both Scotland and the Netherlands. She is very concerned about the climate crisis and convinced that football can play a major role in social change.

Daniel Lissoni


Daniel works as a Communications Officer for an environmental NGO in Brussels. In his free time he helps FFF by developing communication materials. He supports AS Roma.

Diederick van der Linden


Diederick is a young professional. He believes it's time to stop listening to money in our most beloved game. Unfortunately, it has become a platform for sponsors who add nothing to society and have a negative effect on people. If the football world can set an example, the rest of society will (hopefully) follow suit.

Eshara Kohli


Eshara currently works for a humanitarian aid organization as a fundraising communications officer. She helps Fossil Free Football with communication and fundraising work as she wants to help fight the climate crisis. Eshara supports FC Utrecht.

David Belgers


David is currently working as a sustainability consultant in the Netherlands. He's a passionate Ajax fan and very concerned about the climate crisis. He believes in the power of football in society and his goal is to change the football world towards becoming more social and sustainable.

Eric van de Giessen

Board treasurer

Eric always loved to play football. Now he manages a youth football team in Utrecht. He enjoys witnessing how football strengthens players' creativity, perseverance and cooperation skills. Each player has her or his own added value on the pitch. This translates to the global climate crisis: we all need to do our part - and cooperate effectively - to tackle this huge problem together.

Roy Blokvoort

Board Member

During working hours, Roy is mainly preoccupied with the remnants of the Second World War. Outside of office hours, he is a football junkie, who has watched more football than he ever played (unless you count games on Football Manager). He did play football, non-professional in every sense of the word, in the youth teams of Focus '07 & the 6th team of King's College Football Club. He supports FC Twente & Tottenham Hotspur, and supports the Fossil Free Football-cause as secretary of the board.