Ecosia is a social business run by a small group of dedicated people. We work together to create tools that empower everyone to easily do good by planting trees. We believe our trees have the power to make this world a better place for everyone in it.
Ecosia is a social business, meaning we measure our success by the positive impact we can have on people and the environment. Ecosia has been a certified B Corporation since 2014.
Ecosia puts the well-being of people before maximization of profits. We believe that diversity, justice and equal opportunity are the keys to solving the world's most pressing problems.
Ecosia is a tool that empowers everyone to make a difference in the world. Together, we can support the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the planet.
Our international team is based in Berlin, Germany. Click on any of these fine folks to learn more.
Alexis (Danger) Bainger, was hatched on an farm in country South Australia. Far from neighbours or entertainment as you know it, the need to improvise strengthened her creative superpower, and her desire for adventure. She has lived in 6 countries, speaks 4.5 languages and has proudly lived 12 of her 9 lives. Like all super-heros, Danger Bainger is on a quest to help save the world. Currently she is doing that at Ecosia, previously she started the littledudes.de charity project.
Christian is originally from Wittenberg in Germany. After finishing school, he studied Business Administration in Nuremberg. At university he was disappointed to see that most people saw profit making as the only valid objective for a business. Christian decided that he wanted to do something more meaningful with his energy, and so he decided to travel the world for a year. During his travels he learned about the importance of trees for survival of our planet, and he finally launched Ecosia in 2009.
Fátima González-Torres has the most typical Spanish name and does hold a passport of that nationality. Having lived around the globe since young years, though, at least 3 languages feel like her mother tongue which form a very personal Esperanto she can only practice with her siblings. Before coming to Ecosia she trained her storytelling skills in journalism and documentary film and is now training herself in Irish tin whistle. At Ecosia she gives a voice to the users from all over the world and looks deeper into the stories of the wonderful communities whom the tree-planting program is empowering to lead a better life.
Gregory McCue is a native Texan, but the only remaining clues of his roots are his love for barbeque sauce and the music of Willie Nelson. After spending much of his previous life playing music in various Austin bands, he ended up in Berlin where he met Christian and the Ecosia team. At Ecosia he writes code while hiding behind his vim text editor, keeps the Ecosia servers running lean and contributes what social skills he has left to helping the product and development teams. Outside of work he enjoys photography, long hikes, books and coffee.
Jacey Bingler is half English and half German, which does come as an advantage when dealing with international journalists but leaves her with a slightly unhealthy passion for Brit Pop, antiquated swear words and tea biscuits. She joined Ecosia after a few years in book and music publishing, translating, content management, and city marketing. At Ecosia, she not only reaches out to the press, but is also happy to convince organizations and companies of the many advantages of this wonderful tree planting search engine.
Mohamed was born and raised in Tunisia, but decided to move to Berlin right after his graduation, looking for a way to leverage his programming skillz to do good. In fact, that's how he came across Ecosia.
When I joined Ecosia it immediately felt right. I love to empower teams to build products that are useful, and I was always passionate about the environment and how to heal the relationship between economy and nature. Now it feels like I'm on a great adventure algonside an awesome and inspiring crew exploring these questions. At the same time, we are trying new ways of working together, being more whole as humans while we do so, which can be frightening and exhilarating at the same time. When I take a break from all of this, I love to go running or hiking.
Piotr first caught the bug for entrepreneurship as a young chap trading collectible phonecards back in junior high. After several (uninspiring) stints in academia, international development, management consulting, and banking, he bummed around for a few years in Europe before going back to the roots. All this, combined with the fact that he shook hands with Al Gore at COP14 in Poznan, made him feel uniquely qualified to join the Ecosia tribe. Outside of work, he tends to geek out about minimalism, hiking, and quantum physics.
After failing to decode the enigma that is her homestate of Texas, Shannon relocated to Berlin, where she has spent the past decade. She joined Ecosia as a founding team member in 2010, lending her skills in journalism and communications to the early days of the project. Shannon has since shifted into User Experience (UX), a natural extension of her tenacious obsession with the question 'why?'. When she isn't working or running late, she's probably writing, making music or still trying to grok Texas.
Born in Germany's eco-capital Freiburg, Tim early on enjoyed protest marches against nearby nuclear plant Fessenheim and the new B31-Ost. Both unsuccessfully. He's certainly more successful as a tech entrepreneur, with Ecosia.org a very dear project to him at the intersection of technology and ecology. Other than that, he drives his wife and two kids nuts by being an avid 'Mülltrenner'.
Want to help change the world? Let's team up. Apply to help us build great products and services that can make the world a more sustainable place. We can't wait to hear from you.
Christian founded Ecosia.org after a trip around the world helped him understand the problems of deforestation.
Ecosia won several awards for its clever concept and speedy growth in Europe and beyond.
Ecosia was the first German company to become a B Corporation thanks to its social business model.
Upon funding its one-millionth tree, Ecosia announced its mission to plant 1 billlion trees by 2020.
At Ecosia we believe in transparency. That's why we publish our donation receipts and business reports on a monthly basis, so you always have access to our numbers.
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