JGI Belgium is run by volunteers ! We have quite a few different nationalities, ages, languages and backgrounds in our team.
Ingrid is a chemist and science teacher from Brussels. She’d love her days to have 48 hours, in order to fulfil all her passions and interests: music, primatology, sports and meditation. Oh, and of course travelling! Volunteering for the JGI since 2012, she took over the direction and presidency of JGI Belgium since October 2013. She’s pleased to be a member of the JGI-family, as she’s deeply convinced that education of kids and adults and awareness rising are the means by which we can make this planet a better world.
Hilde has found her passion – she’s crazy about monkeys. Unfortunately there aren’t any living in Belgium and that’s why, on a regular basis, she tries to find some in South-Africa. Being a adoptive mother for orphaned baby monkeys is what she likes the most… In February 2011, she joined the JGI team after she had been doing some research on Dr Jane Goodall. She first joined the translation team and shortly after, she became treasurer and member of the GA and Board.
Chris is a Belgian biologist passionate about evolution, physics, American cartoons, and manga. He’s currently working in an NGO active in the environmental and educational sector. He is a volunteer for the JGI Belgium since 2012, and in charge of carrying out educational Roots&Shoots projects as well as writing and translating articles.
A chemical engineer originally from Venezuela and with an MBA from the US, she worked in several corporate jobs before taking on the best job in the world fulltime: taking care of her three small boys. After the boys strated to grow, as they often do, she looked for a new career, a more meaningful one. So in the spring 2015 she joined the JGI team as a volunteer Coordinator of Roots and Shoots Belgium hoping to help shape our youth to become respectful, empathic and aware of our impact in our planet and our society. She loves reading, sports, animals, travelling and food.
Adela is a Czech environmentalist, focused on harmonising the coexistence of all animals, nature, and humans, their mutual interconnection and it´s consequences. She is also interested into helping issues related to landscape management and habitat loss. She is a volunteer for JGI Belgium since July 2015, because she simply felt that JGI is the best place for her to stay and work.
Alfred is an Ecologist and Biologist in wildlife conservation. He worked for six years community conservation on grauer’s gorilla protection in the East of the DRC. From 2007 to 2012 he was Coordinator of the Usala Gorillas Reserve around the Maïko national park supported by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund international, he also volunteered for the Kumu Foundation supported by the Conservation International/CARPE-USAID program in central Africa on preserving forest against climate change. He joined JGI-Belgium as volunteer in 2015 in order to share his field work experience, to improve his knowledge and to contribute to the JGI. He wishes to make a difference to save our earth. He recently obtained his master degree in tropical wildlife management at the Liège University in Belgium.
Dries is medievalist historian with a Master Degree in European Studies. As a volunteer for JGI since 2014, he is coordinating the Working Group for Translation and the Working Group of Dutch Speaking Members. His passion for nature and the environment was born from an interest in whales and the African fauna and flora. Dries’ hobbies include reading about medieval history, writing, sports and traveling.
Born in what we could almost call a farm, I’ve lived, since my early childhood, among animals. As you can see, nothing has changed!
Koen is an ethicist from education and working as a software trainer. As the passion for (animal) ethics remains, he has to live a double life! At Ghent University he did a Ph.D in philosophy on the moral status of great apes, which he is now turning into a book. He also gives guest lectures in animal ethics. He has been working with Jane to improve the lives of chimpanzees in captivity and is a co-founder of JGI Belgium. Today, he’s a member of the JGI Belgium board and an occasional backup volunteer.
Web-designer and Dutch-English translator for JGI with a passion for computers, social sciences, and dancing.
Heather has been in love with primates as long as she can remember. She followed all three Louis Leakey ladies throughout her childhood. She loved the tales from them all and the wonderful stories of how the great apes were so like us. The day she met Jane Goodall for the first time though was a life altering event. That is when it became real: she was not just a child reading wonderful stories, but had found a real group that she could take part in. That is when she decided to join the Jane Goodall Institute as a volunteer and help the Apes and the people they represent. This is her hope.
Amaury est un passionné de dessin. Ce talent, qu’il tient d’une pratique assidue, l’a amené à réaliser de nombreuses illustrations pour différentes campagnes du Jane Goodall Institute Belgium.
Ronald is a Flemish chemist and web designer. He performs several IT-tasks for JGIB.
On the picture he is working at sanctuary De Zonnegloed.
After intending to be a Miss Marple of her own and help Hercule Poirot to investigate, Diane is now working in the HR field. She has been an animal and nature lover her entire life and has taken courses on the subject and especially on ornithology. She admires Stephan Jay Gould and David Attenborough as well as Jane Goodall, of course!
Lise is a South African, having left her beloved country and career in financial law in 2009 to follow her husband and broaden horizons in Europe. Her passions in life are animals and nature and for this reason she joined the JGI Belgium team as a volunteer in 2015. She loves being part of this dynamic team and assists where possible, but her main focus is the JGI merchandise and stalls. Lise loves: animals, Nelson Mandela and being South African, intelligent thinking, intelligent speaking, reading a good book, people who make her smile, being warm, travelling, anything new and challenging. She doesn’t like injustice, suffering, rudeness, laziness, people who disrespect the planet and all its living things and silence when having a voice.
Fascinated and passionate about animals and nature since an early age, Johanna is using her translator’s skills to help JGI in its important translation’s work. Always happy to share the mission of JGI with the public, she is also one of the familiar faces you might see during our public events.
The entire team : Arnaud, Caroline, Damien, Dries, Eef, Eva, Erin, Fabiana, Genevieve, Jade, Jan, Laura, Lise, Madeleine, Marie, Martine, Mark, Meg, Pia, Richard, Ronny, Safia, Sophie, Stephanie, Valentine.