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.

Fleur Damen

Academy Coordinator

Future For Nature and its growing pool of Award winners continue to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Years of story-telling and success-sh [...]

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Future For Nature and its growing pool of Award winners continue to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Years of story-telling and success-sharing have led to a united network of passionate students and young graduates: The Future For Nature Academy. As the coordinator of the Academy, I am responsible for the communication within the network and to the FFN Office. I am the general point of contact for the Academy members, and I help the network run smoothly by organizing meetings, helping members set up events and maintaining the optimistic conservation spirit!

When I was very young, my grandfather would take me to the forest to point out various plants and animals. Even in a tiny patch of grass there were so many species to discover! As I grew older and started travelling, I realized just how many different species roam this planet, all of them part of their own intricate and delicate circle of life. Protecting them all is necessary for a healthy and resilient Earth. The Award winners and their diverse subjects are a constant reminder for me that every species and every human can make a difference!