Bas van Abel

Bas van Abel


Bas is the founder, former CEO and currently board member of Fairphone, a social enterprise which creates a phone to uncover complex production systems and change how products are made. Fairphone has been widely recognised with awards such as the UN Momentum for Change Award 2015, the European Business Award for the Environment 2016, and is a certified B Corp.

Next to his work at Fairphone he’s the co-fouder of a social enterprise, De Clique (, which is a logistical service, physical hub and marketing platform that will help transform wasted resources from my hometown #Utrecht into new products again.

Prior to Fairphone, Bas worked as creative director at Waag Society, where he has established Amsterdam’s FabLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant. Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products.