Board Members

Drs. Alex van Hooff

Chair

I am the director of Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Burgers’ Zoo is a family business and I am very proud to say that the zoo has been [...]

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I am the director of Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Burgers’ Zoo is a family business and I am very proud to say that the zoo has been in my family for a 100 years now. My great-grandfather Johan Burgers officially opened the zoo on 30 March 1913. I now run the business with my wife, with support from my mother as management adviser.

As an organization we aspire to put our passion, wonderment and admiration for nature into the service of nature conservation and we support many conservation projects worldwide. It is also why we have been the main sponsor for Future For Nature for the past ten years. Every year we donate 150,000 euros to the Foundation to be used for active nature conservation work.

Drs. Willem Ferwerda

Secretary

Willem Ferwarda has a background in conservation and travel organisations and currently he is the CEO of Commonland, working on large-scale landscape r [...]

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Willem Ferwarda has a background in conservation and travel organisations and currently he is the CEO of Commonland, working on large-scale landscape restoration. Willem is the secretary of the Future For Nature Foundation.

Dr. Claudius van de Vijver

Treasurer

I am the treasurer of Future For Nature. I work as coordinator of the PhD Programme of the Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conserva [...]

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I am the treasurer of Future For Nature. I work as coordinator of the PhD Programme of the Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC) at Wageningen University. 
I grew up in Africa where I lost my heart to nature. During my PhD research into fire ecology in natural systems in Tanzania it became clear to me that the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment is a continuous effort which must not stop. It therefore needs support from the younger generations, who must carry the work forward in future. As the focus of Future For Nature is specifically on the advancement and support of young, emerging conservationists, I was more than willing to become part of Future For Nature.

Drs. Marlies van Wijhe

In my daily life I am the CEO and 4th generation of our family business Royal Van Wijhe Verf. We are the largest independent producer in The Netherland [...]

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In my daily life I am the CEO and 4th generation of our family business Royal Van Wijhe Verf. We are the largest independent producer in The Netherlands and more than 100 years old. Our main business is developing, producing and selling decorative paints. In Holland we are known by the brand Wijzonol and our international brand is Ralston.

From when I was very young, I watched all the documentaries on television about nature. From the beautiful seaworld filmed by Jaques Cousteau to the life of wild cats in Africa. Although I originally wanted to become a biologist, I decided to step into the family business after all. But my passion for nature is still there and when I got the chance to help via Future For Nature, I grabbed it immediately.

Drs. Ed Stibbe

I am co-founder of the Brand Preference Center. A research-based marketing consultancy. As a father of two young sons, I think it is very important tha [...]

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I am co-founder of the Brand Preference Center. A research-based marketing consultancy. As a father of two young sons, I think it is very important that they and their generation can get as much pleasure from nature in the future as I do now. That is why I enjoy working for Future For Nature so much. My tasks within the organization are mainly to do with strategy, communication and fundraising.

Rascha Nuijten MSc

Since I was little I have been fascinated by nature, in the backyard but also on television watching documentaries and from reading books. During my st [...]

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Since I was little I have been fascinated by nature, in the backyard but also on television watching documentaries and from reading books. During my study Biology and projects and internships abroad, I started to realize that in reality nature is very much under threat. And by our own actions! With this understanding, there grew a passion in me to try and do something about this.

Despite all the negative news around nature and biodiversity, which unfortunately is often the truth, I feel confident that positive and optimistic stories will help increase awareness and create a feeling of hope and empowerment that we can turn this around. With Future For Nature three of such inspiring stories are supported every year.