Future For Nature Office Members

The Future For Nature Office is responsible for organising the application process, providing administrative support to the Selection Committees, organising the FFN events, carrying out public relations and communication activities, fundraising and supporting the FFN Family and learning network.

Dr. Rascha Nuijten

Director

I’m the director of the Future For Nature Foundation. As such, I am responsible for developing our mission and goals, and monitoring our complian [...]

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I’m the director of the Future For Nature Foundation. As such, I am responsible for developing our mission and goals, and monitoring our compliance and progress towards them. To this end, I am working on a daily basis to improve our relationships with partners, and to look for opportunities to further support our winners. All in close cooperation with the FFN Board and FFN Office.

From an early age I have been fascinated by nature, and never missed an opportunity to learn more about it. While studying biology and during several projects abroad, I also started to realize that nature is very much under pressure. And often by our own actions! With this understanding, there grew a passion in me to try and do something about it.

I am a strong believer in conservation optimism, and am confident that positive and optimistic stories will help increase awareness and create a feeling of hope and empowerment that we can turn this around. The growing Future For Nature Family has many of these stories, and together we can lead by example.

The Future For Nature winners dedicate themselves to safeguard species and ecosystems by mobilizing communities, governments and the public at large. They inspire me to give my best every day, for them and for nature.

Onnika van Oosterbosch MSc

Coordinator

I’m Onnika van Oosterbosch and I am the coordinator of Future For Nature. I am responsible for managing communication internally and externally, for or [...]

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I’m Onnika van Oosterbosch and I am the coordinator of Future For Nature. I am responsible for managing communication internally and externally, for organising the events, coordinating our volunteers and team members, and for coordinating day to day team tasks.

It was one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s books that sparked my fascination for animal behaviour and inspired me to focus on nature conservation and improving animal welfare. I studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University & Research, and have worked and volunteered for a variety of nature and animal oriented organisations.

Every year that I attended the FFN Awards I had tears in my eyes and felt inspired to do more. As soon as the Future For Nature Academy started forming in 2016, I joined this young movement. I had the honour of organising the first Future For Nature Academy Day with almost all 30 FFN laureates in Wageningen in 2017. Since 2018 I work at the Future For Nature Office. I believe that much of conservation involves education and inspiration, which is exactly what FFN shares.

Mara Kortekaas MSc

Intern

My name is Mara Kortekaas and I currently study Communication and Multimedia Design at the LOI. Before I started at the LOI, I finished both the Bachel [...]

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My name is Mara Kortekaas and I currently study Communication and Multimedia Design at the LOI. Before I started at the LOI, I finished both the Bachelor and Master of Animal Sciences at the Wageningen UR. From a young age onwards, I have always been passionate about animals and knew I wanted to pursue a career involving animals.

During my studies in Wageningen, I gained knowledge about a wide variety of animals including wildlife and learned about the importance of conserving our nature. In addition, I had the opportunity to travel to South-Africa multiple times. During my time in South-Africa, whilst enjoying the sightings of elephants, rhino’s and other beautiful animals, but also witnessing the horrors of poaching, I once again experienced the importance of conservation.

By joining Future for Nature as an intern, I can actively participate to conserving the wildlife and nature I love. During my research for Future For Nature, I will be exploring new media opportunities for the stories of the FFN winners. By doing so, I hope more people will become familiar with FFN as an organisation, the winners and the great conservation work they do

Monica Vidal MSc

Intern

My name is Monica Vidal and I am a Communications Intern at Future For Nature. I am passionate about nature conservation and enjoy creating written con [...]

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My name is Monica Vidal and I am a Communications Intern at Future For Nature. I am passionate about nature conservation and enjoy creating written content for anyone who cares to read along.

I have been interested in the behaviour of animals since I can remember, but nature conservation is also about how humans behave. This realisation led me to seek ways to effectively communicate the value of protecting nature and change human behaviour for the better.

Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, I discovered the fantastic and inspiring work of the Future For Nature Foundation and its Award Winners while studying in the Netherlands. I studied Behavioural Ecology and Minored in Business Management at Utrecht University, where I have also been an active member of the Future For Nature Academy since 2018.

After my studies, I wanted to experience conservation work in all its aspects, from the struggles of protecting nature where it stands, to the challenges of gathering support from behind a desk. I then decided to volunteer and intern with several conservation initiatives, from ex situ conservation in Portugal, to in situ conservation in South Africa and finally, to this amazing NGO in the Netherlands. So, here I am! Ready to make a difference!