Board

Amelie Dalle

Amélie Dalle
Having studied, worked and lived in different corners of the country and abroad, Amélie is a dynamic Belgian polyglot. She specialises in communications and business development, and currently works in the pharma sector where she also closely cooperates with patient organisations. Prior to joining JGI Belgium, Amélie was involved in many other volunteering activities, with a particular focus on (youth) empowerment.

Favourite quote: “Change is never easy, but always possible” (Barack Obama).

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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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 co-president of the board member and advises 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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Lara Piret

Lara Piret
Lara is a French speaking Belgian and lives in Flanders with her bilingual family. She is involved in several professional missions in the field of sustainability and agriculture (Change Facilitator at The Shift and seasonal worker at CSA Grondsmaak). Lara also likes to get involved in causes that are close to her heart, such as the vision of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Quote: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Mathilde Vandormael
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

Photo credits: Nicolas Van Achter