Bas van Abel

  • CEO Fairphone
    Bas van Abel

    Bas is CEO and founder of Fairphone.

    Before working at Fairphone, he was Creative Director at Waag and head of the Open Design Lab. 

    As an active member of the international maker and digital fabrication community, he was passionate about developing a wide variety of projects based on open design principles. He initiated such projects as the community fabrication laboratory Fablab in Amsterdam, the open-source restaurant Instructables Restaurant, and the world’s first fair mobile phone, Fairphone.

    With a background in interaction design and a personal interest in electronics, Bas has worked on many projects both as a designer and technical engineer. He is co-editor of the book Open Design Now, which seeks to transform design into an open and shared discipline that creates a diversity of innovative products through a collaborative and world-spanning process.


  • Waag
    Fairphone secured investments totaling € 6,5 million from pioneering impact investors who share and strongly believe in the values of the company.
  • Waag
    FairPhone is proud to announce its participation in the Solutions for Hope project. Working to fulfill a mission of respecting our precious minerals…
  • We make
    Open Design Lab
    On 4 May I gave a keynote at re:publica 2012 in Berlin (co-incidentally on the same time as Neelie Kroes) about Open Design and local (digital)…