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The Gary Fowler | Dr. Simon JD Schillebeeckx Interview

The Gary Fowler | Dr. Simon JD Schillebeeckx Interview

Join Gary Fowler as he interviews Handprint Co-founder Dr. Simon JD Schillebeeckx. Handprint is a Climate Tech venture on a mission to imbue every business transaction with positive impact.

Date: August 4, 2021 Time: 11:00 - 11:30 Zoom


Dr. Simon JD Schillebeeckx
Co-founder of Handprint 

Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx is an academic entrepreneur from Belgian origin, living and working in Singapore. The focus of his work is on the use of digital technologies to tackle sustainability challenges. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Handprint, a Climate Tech venture on a mission to imbue every business transaction with positive impact. He is also co-founder of The Global Mangrove Trust, a non-profit developing mangrove reforestation projects and designing a new approach to blue carbon certification. As an academic, he is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University, where he teaches sustainable operations and business model innovation.

Handprint is on a mission to integrate positive impact into every business transaction through its Impact as a Service model. On the one hand, we curate diverse impact projects within the regenerative economy, focusing on habitat preservation, mangrove reforestation, coral reef reconstruction and ocean plastic cleanups but fast expanding towards social impact as well. On the other hand, we create plug-and-play digital solutions that empower our B2B and B2C customers to integrate positive impact into their transactions, customer touch points, and employee KPIs. Our suite of solutions forms a modular regenerative toolbox from which companies can pick and choose components that align with their values and their value proposition.


Gary Fowler
CEO, President, and Co-founder of GSD Venture Studios
Award-winning Senior level executive with 30+ years of success in global strategic innovation leadership, sales, marketing, operational, and investment management. CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning growth stage AI venture studio, GSD Venture Studios. Co-Founder of the award-winning AI startup as well as the investment firm, DY Investments. Gary was involved in the management team of ClickSoftware that was recently sold for $1.35 billion dollars to SalesForce. Gary raised several rounds of funding to position as a leading AI employee engagement company. Gary is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship (including entrepreneurial education), lean startup methods, innovation management, and technology development. Consultant to numerous international companies and startups. Extensive experience with fundraising and a successful IPO (CKSW). Executive-level positions in top-tier companies: ClickSoftware, Mirantis, Siemens, HP, etc. Founder of Fowler International, Tecra,, Findo, GSD Venture Studios, GVA LaunchGurus (Co-Founder), Fowler Development, Broadiant, DY Investments, Zemplee (Co-Founder), and more.  Gary was recently named “One of the 10 Most Inspiring Global AI Executives in 2020”.
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