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.

Iris de Wit

Intern

“My name is Iris de Wit. Since I was a little girl I wanted to work in a zoo because of my love of animals. But when I grew older I discovered an [...]

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“My name is Iris de Wit. Since I was a little girl I wanted to work in a zoo because of my love of animals. But when I grew older I discovered another passion: writing. Because of this passion I decided to study Communication – International Event, Music and Entertainment studies at Fontys in Tilburg. Currently I’m doing my graduation research at Future For Nature.

The power of good communication is fascinating: it can do wonders if you do it right. I think it is important to let the world know what wildlife conservation is and how the heroes, who won the Future For Nature Awards, commit to it every day.

I feel privileged that I’m able to contribute by doing my internship at Future For Nature. The organisation stimulates young conservationists to make the world a better and more beautiful place.”

Lotte Uijtendaal

Intern

I’m Lotte Uijtendaal and I study Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. I have a passion for everything related to nature. From a you [...]

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I’m Lotte Uijtendaal and I study Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. I have a passion for everything related to nature. From a young age, I have known that nature is something precious that is worth protecting. During my studies I had the opportunity to work with Tjalle Boorsma, a Future For Nature Award Nominee 2019, and did fieldwork in Bolivia to help protect the critically endangered Blue-throated macaw. It was amazing to see the passion people have to protect these incredibly beautiful animals. Furthermore, I have always admired the work Future For Nature does and got to know Future For Nature through the fun but very interesting activities organised by the Future for Nature Academy.

I admire the work that Future For Nature does in supporting young conservationists that make a difference in protecting plant and animal species. With my internship I aim to contribute to this amazing cause and I’m very happy that I can help!