Loes Biljeveld is a Dutch entrepreneur and the Founder of LONO, a cleantech startup addressing rural poverty in Côte d’Ivoire. LONO uses biotechnology to convert organic waste into electricity and fertiliser. LONO utilises its technology for waste management and sanitation as well as renewables and clean energy. LONO’s first product line is KubeKo, a compact box that uses anaerobic digestion to break down organic waste into biogas and fertiliser.
Loes is a Board Member at Foundation Vision AfriKa Europe, which supports youth to rise above the effects of prevalent socio-economic problems such as poverty, substance abuse, and poor education through motivation and personal development. Prior to her work with LONO, Loes worked as a Policy Officer in European Integration at The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a Policy Officer at The Netherlands’ Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Loes holds a BSc in Sociology and an MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam.