Board

Angelo Caserta

Angelo Caserta

Passionate about environment and the fundamental role that Civil Society organisations play in protecting our planet Earth, Angelo has been investing his entire career in helping NGOs of all sizes thrive and achieve their mission, from Fair Trade, through Development Cooperation, till Nature Conservation.
Favourite quote: “Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better”. Albert Einstein.

Helene de Rengerve
Hélène de Rengervé
A French citizen living in Brussels since 2007, Helene is a fundraising and programme management consultant who has been working with International Human Rights NGOs all around the world for the past 18 years. Helene adheres to Jane Goodall’s vision of building a balanced ecosystem where people, animals and the environment are respected and supported.
Favourite quote : “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” Saint Augustine.
Why did Hélène join JGI Belgium?
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Gabrielle De Vliegher
Gabrielle De Vliegher
Born and bred in Belgium, Gabrielle is a lawyer in mergers & acquisitions and a teaching assistant in corporate law at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Although having lived in many different places (most recently Sydney, Australia), she now lives in Brussels with her husband and puppy.
Favourite quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien.
Why did Gabrielle join JGI Belgium?
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Hege Hellstrom

Hege Hellstrom
Co-President of the Board – president@janegoodall.be
Hege is a Norwegian who moved to Belgium 28 years ago. She is board member and special advisor on projects and strategy.
What do you do? I have been working in the pharmaceutical /biotech industry for 30 years.
What can you bring to JGI Be? I have during all my career collaborated with patient organizations (NGOs) and helped them to be both more professional in their approach (when needed). I like to work with people and can coordinate teams to successfully achieve a common goal.
What attracted you to JGI Be? I believe JGI Belgium is an organization who has the right attitude and values to improve the environment, the lives of animals and people.

Paul Maassen
Paul Maassen
Co-President of the Board – president@janegoodall.be
A Dutch citizen who moved to Belgium in 2009 for love and a job with the World Wildlife Fund, Paul is happily living here with his wife and child working for the Open Government Partnership.
Favourite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela.
Why did Paul join JGI Belgium?
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Els Martens

Els Martens
Els has a strong relation with Africa, as she was born and raised in Africa and went back after her Ecology studies to undertake projects with the Kenya Wildlife Service. She worked at the Flemish government as coordinator for European and international nature and biodiversity processes. Through her wealth of experience, she is a strong advocate for succeeding nature conservation through the involvement of local communities and land owners and by educating the youth. An admirer of Dr Jane Goodall for her continous commitment to nature conservation, Els appreciates the approach of JGI Be of combining forest planting projects in Belgium with reforestation actions in Africa. She is honoured and excited to join the multicisciplinary team to keep supporting the understanding and commitment that is needed to preserve nature!
Personal quote: “Nature is our life insurance: if you protect nature, nature will take care for you”.

Jonathan Murray

Jonathan Murray
Scottish by birth, Jonathan became a Belgian national in 2018. He is married, with now two grown up children and has lived in Brussels for 20 years. Jonathan has always pushed himself to work and live by the values instilled in him from a young age including harnessing human and animal well-being, peace and democracy, social justice, nature conservancy and promoting a compassionate and humane world. Favourite quote: “To thine own self be true” (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet).
Why did Jonathan join JGI Belgium?
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Kurt Peleman
Kurt Peleman
A Belgian citizen living together with his wife, two teenage daughters and Max, the dog. After 10 years with Doctors Without Borders, Kurt entered the world of social innovation and venture philanthropy. He currently combines leading a Belgian philanthropic initiative with being the European Representative of AVPN, the leading Asian philanthropic network. Favourite quote: “if you are lucky enough to find a way of life that you love, you have to find the courage to live it” (John Irving).
Why did Kurt join JGI Belgium?
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Guillaume Verger
Guillaume Verger
A French citizen working in Brussels for an environmental commodity trader specialized in emissions trading, Guillaume is fascinated by wildlife and deeply touched by the environmental challenges of today.
Favourite quote: “If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it’s a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.” Elon Musk.
Why did Guillaume join JGI Belgium?
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Linde Wolters

Linde Wolters
Dutch-born, Brussels raised and life-schooled in a few other countries, Linde lives in Brussels with her partner. Linde was happy to discover the field of social innovation, investing & enterprises six years ago and now combines work for an organisation supporting environmental and social enterprises in developing countries with volunteering for local organisations.

Favourite quote: “The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder…” ― Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World
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