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.

Marloes Leeflang MSc

Coordinator

As the coordinator of Future for Nature I am responsible for internal and external communication, organising the events, coordinating our volunteers an [...]

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As the coordinator of Future for Nature I am responsible for internal and external communication, organising the events, coordinating our volunteers and team members. I manage daily office tasks to make sure the foundation runs as smooth as possible.

My passion for nature (conservation) was sparked by watching the beautiful documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, and fueled by travelling to wonderfully wild places around the world, such as the Galapagos islands and Borneo. Unfortunately these types of natural places and the species within them are often under threat and in need of our help. Luckily that is exactly what the amazing Future For Nature Family does!

Through volunteering for the Future For Nature Academy I was first introduced to the Future For Nature Foundation. Hearing the inspiring stories from the FFN winners (and nominees) and after attending the 2018 FFN Award event I was hooked. I became more motivated to find my own place within nature conservation and am honoured to now be part of the Future For Nature team.

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!