Our founder and Chief Exploration Officer is Ellen Sprenger, a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. She is a curious, energetic and impatient optimist, a feminist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Before starting Spring Strategies in 2004 she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator®. She has published about the future of women's rights, organizational transformation and funding trends globally and does her most creative work listening to Baroque music. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada and lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C.
What keeps you going day in and day out?
I have tons of energy but there are three things I cannot do without: a strong espresso in the morning, exercise and great sleeps.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Something that hasn't happened yet.
What is the most disorienting experience you have ever had?
When I was 15 years old my mother passed away after six years of battling cancer. My world was shattered and I still miss her today. But I can seen now how much that pain taught me as well as the many gifts she offered.