Future For Nature Office Members

Onnika van Oosterbosch MSc

Coordinator

I’m Onnika van Oosterbosch and together with Ike Span I am the coordinator of Future For Nature. It was one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s books that sparked my [...]

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I’m Onnika van Oosterbosch and together with Ike Span I am the coordinator of Future For Nature. 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.

ir. Ike Span

Coordinator

I’m Ike Span, and I’m a biologist with the drive to empower people by education and to inform them about nature, conservation and environmental issues [...]

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I’m Ike Span, and I’m a biologist with the drive to empower people by education and to inform them about nature, conservation and environmental issues so we can make our world a better place together, step by step.

I worked as a volunteer on the FFN Kidsweek publications. In 2015 and 2016, we wrote several articles about the Future For Nature winners for this weekly newspaper for children. I’m sure that their stories have inspired many young readers – the next generation conservationists.
The year of 2018, I have taken on the role as coordinator and I’m mainly involved with the organisation of the year’s activities around the Award Event.

Kayleigh Verleun

Intern

My name is Kayleigh Verleun and I am an international business and languages student. For my internship I wanted to find a company where I could make a [...]

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My name is Kayleigh Verleun and I am an international business and languages student. For my internship I wanted to find a company where I could make a difference. Moreover, I am very passionate about the environment and wildlife. Future For Nature is all that combined!

Since I was a little girl I have been passionate about nature and wildlife and I would like to help in every way that is possible.

I believe it is very important to acknowledge the great things that are being done for wildlife conservation. The award does not only give a lot of opportunities for the winners, but also makes people aware of what is being done at this moment. The award and award winners might inspire and motivate others to do something with wildlife conservation!

I am very excited to be part of Future For Nature. Furthermore, to do my part in making the world a better place.

Mara Kortekaas

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