Born in Belgium as the youngest of seven, Jacob Bossaer is no stranger to communal living and the importance of resources. After spending his youth volunteering in Costa Rica and mastering in Chemical Engineering at Ghent University, Jacob embarked on a journey to understand and innovate sustainable water solutions. His journey led him to the South Pole, where he served as a Water Expedition Engineer at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station, and to roles within the chemical industry.
In 2017, he co-founded BOSAQ, a company committed to providing sustainable water solutions across the globe. Jacob also co-founded ‘Water Heroes’, a non-profit organisation supplying free drinking water installations to those in need, as well as ‘Water Experts’, a consulting company dedicated to water engineering.
Jacob’s commitment to water sustainability is also evident in BOSAQ’s successful drinking water projects in South Africa, Rwanda, Suriname, and Ukraine. They also focus on reducing the water footprint of Tomorrowland, one of the world’s largest dance festivals, under a seven-year contract.
Jacob has been recognised for his significant contributions to sustainability with the royal title of Laureate of Labour, and he has been featured in the Belgian ’40 under 40′. An accomplished writer and inspiring speaker, Jacob has presented his insights on numerous platforms, including the World Expo in Dubai.
A firm believer in the value of water, Jacob stresses that “No water, no festival: no water, no business; No water, no life”. Through his work, he seeks to increase awareness about the value of water and the risks associated with taking it for granted.