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.
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
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.
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
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)
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)
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A Venezuelan that made Belgium her home 15 years ago, Tanya is married and fully dedicated, as a volunteer, to JGI and her family of three delightful young boys, two cats and a dog.
Tanya has been an active member of JGI since 2015 both at local Belgian level as well as Global. She is President of JGI Be, a JGIG Board member since December 2016 and co-chair ‘s the Global Roots & Shoots Committee since May 2018.
Favourite quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi.
A Dutch citizen living in Brussels for the past 15 years, Anouska is a trained Tropical Forester working for a large conservation organisation. She is married with three beautiful kids and a very cute dog.
Favourite quote: “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” from the song Beautiful Boy by John Lennon.
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
A South African / Belgian living in Belgium for the past 19 years, Liesl has been an active JGI Be Board member since February 2018. She is an experienced communications professional supporting organisations with their communications and change management needs. She is married with two much loved dogs which she calls her ‘furry’ children.
Favourite quote: “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams (creator of the Dilbert comic strip)
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