Our team

Lise Grobbelaar
Lise Grobbelaar
Director – lise@janegoodall.be
Lise was born in South Africa and is a lawyer by training. Her passions in life are animals and nature and for this reason she joined the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium team in 2015. Since January 2018 she is the Executive Director. Lise loves: animals, Madiba, intelligent and broad minded thinking, reading a good book, people who make her smile, being warm, travelling, anything new and challenging. She doesn’t like injustice, suffering, rudeness, selfishness, laziness, people who disrespect the planet and all it’s living things and being silent when having a voice.
Ronald Eelbode
Webmaster – ict@janegoodall.be
Ronald is a Flemish chemist and webmaster/webdeveloper. Since 2015 he has been maintaining and developing websites and occasionally translating for JGI Belgium. He likes the combination of science and spirituality in Jane’s book Reason for Hope.
Stephanie Peeters
Stephanie Peeters
Team leader membership and adoptions – membership@janegoodall.be
Stefanie first got acquainted with JGI Belgium at their annual tree planting event: Forest in One Day. Shortly after, she became one of the membership coordinators and since January 2018 she is the Team Leader for Memberships & Adoptions. Stefanie highly values respect, honesty and open-mindedness. She also loves nature, spirituality, old traditions, history, reading, listening to music, travelling and learning new things.
Kathleen Leemans
Kathleen Leemans
Dutch membership coordinator – membership.nl@janegoodall.be
Kathleen joined JGI Belgium being inspired by the stories of dr. Jane Goodall, yet she stayed for finding a heap of similar motivation and ideas in the other members of the team. She practices her feel for nature by identifying and being aware of all kinds of creatures that pass her by. She is intrigued by moths’ beauty and diversity, while big apes teach her on our own place in nature. Currently, she is finishing her biology degree. She likes sustainability and being creative.
Célia Kitenge
Célia Kitenge
French membership coordinator – membership.fr@janegoodall.be
Célia is a Belgian with Congolese background who left the Congo when she was 5 years old. She has just completed a Master’s degree in International Communication. Her passions include Jesus, the protection of humans, nature and animals worldwide. She has extensively travelled through Western Europe and India. She loves playing tennis, dancing salsa, going to theatre, playing chess, creative writing, reading books and visiting animal sanctuaries. She loves being part of the JGI team because they value nature, people and animals.
Africa Barrios Trullos
Africa Barrios Trullos
English membership coordinator – membership.en@janegoodall.be
Africa was born in Spain and came to Brussels to study a Master in Conservation and Ecology. She has grown up watching David Attenborough ’s documentaries and amazed by the trajectory of Diane Fossey. Her passions are travel, nature, discovering different cultures, and the need to make a positive difference for our planet. Looking for an opportunity to be part of the positive change, Africa joined our team in September 2017 and is now an integral part of the membership team. She likes equality, animal rights, honesty and wants to fight against injustice. Her dream is to work for animal rights and conservation.
Diane De Houck
Diane De Houck
Social media manager
Diane has been a volunteer at JGI Belgium since 2012. She has been managing communication and the Institute’s social networks since 2015. Diane holds a master’s degree in French as a foreign language in the educational and corporate fields, communication and IT. She is interested in several topics such as ecology, paleontology, educational technologies, literature and Chinese language and culture.
She decided to join the team after reading a book by Jane Goodall and especially the quote « Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. ». Diane particularly admires the work of Stephen Jay Gould, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall naturally.
Sophie De Spiegeleir
Sophie De Spiegeleirnewsletter@janegoodall.be
Sophie is a born and bred Belgian. After completing two Masters in Social & Cultural Anthropology and in Victimology & Criminal Justice, she is now working on a PhD project on cybervictimisation. Although her passion lies in human beings and the understanding of their social interactions, animals and particularly Big Apes have fascinated Sophie since childhood (you should see her collection of cuddly animals!). Travelling the world, meeting new people, tasting different food is also her favourite pastime.  More importantly, Sophie’s biggest dream is to make this world a better place, which is one of the reasons she joined the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium in December 2017.  She is now responsible for the JGI Belgium Newsletters.
Sören Decraene
Sören Decraene
Søren is a veterinarian from Belgium with a lifelong passion for nature and wildlife. Having read some of Jane Goodall’s books he decided in 2017 to join the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium as a volunteer, doing some photography and helping out when and where he can. He loves the positive energy and mindset from the organisation and the other volunteers and the effect Jane has on people. His passion in life is the outdoors: trailrunning, mountaineering, skiing and hiking in the woods spotting and photographing wildlife. In addition to that he likes reading a good book on nature or adventure or just sitting outside (preferably in the mountains) letting his mind wander off or listening to beautifull music. He owns a cattledog named Bindi who joins him on his adventures. He dislikes people that don’t respect each other and nature, for example by throwing rubbish on trails or mistreating animals or wildlife. He is inspired by Ueli Steck (Alpinist and adventurer who died in 2017), David Attenborough (BBC-documentary-maker), and of course Jane Goodall!
Ivan Dunsmore
Ivan Dunsmore
Ivan’s interest for photography started when he was travelling in India many years ago and broke his mother’s camera by accidentally dropping it on a stone floor. Instead of buying her a new camera he bought a new one for himself and did not stop taking pictures for the rest of the trip. After finishing his studies in Social Sciences in 2017 he discovered JGI where he is happily giving his contribution to spreading respect for all living creatures.
Madeleine Merche
Madeleine Merche
Born in Congo, she loves nature and admires those who are working at protecting it and defending animals and their rights. She has a strong dislike for people mistreating animals especially those who kill them for their skins and the ivory trade. She loves reading and she is interested in arts.
Alfred Eliba
Alfred Eliba
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 obtained a master degree in tropical wildlife management at the Liège University.
Jessica Amendolara
Jessica Amendolara
Jessica works as a legal policy advisor for the Flemish Government. She has been a volunteer for JGI Belgium since September 2017. In 2014 she volunteered at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. She describes herself as a long life learner since she’s constantly taking courses, especially in biodiversity matters. Besides that she loves salsa dancing. Jessica is a busy bee but also enjoys lazy moments on the couch, watching a good series, together with her husband and two cats Nora and Winnie.
Katleen de Buyser
Katleen De Buyser
Katleen saw her first daylight in Bruges. And as a great ape and animal lover herself she loves to spend hours in nature as a passionate photographer. The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium is like a natural extension to this innate nature-love.
It’s so nice to fire up awareness and to help address lots of possibilities of what we can do to conserve and contribute to our wildlife and our-all habitat: Earth.
Let’s keep this flame of care and support towards other human and non-human beings, inextinguishable!
Eniko Deak
Eniko Deak
Eni was born in Hungary. After her experience as a volunteer in an animal sanctuary in South Africa, she decided to join the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium team in 2017. She loves all animals and also cares about the environment therefore JGI was a perfect match. She is a sport junkie, aspiring triathlete and future yoga teacher. If she is not training or helping the cause, she likes to read a book, experiment with delicious vegan recipes, go to really loud music festivals and of course, travel the world.
Tania Parys
Tania Parys
Tania is a passionate and freedom loving person. Her daughters, Emma and Margot, have absolute priority. She loves travelling and loves going to less popular places where other people wouldn’t go. She has a constant hunger to learn and likes to challenge her creativity. She doesn’t like mainstream and is always considering other options. She likes to teach and to connect. She teaches biology at school and also teaches kids how to swim, gives aqua-gym lessons for pregnant women and woman who have had hart problems. These are her two big passions. If she disagrees, she will tell you and she still has to learn to be more of a diplomat. She loves people who inspire her…as Jane does.
Sandy Paquay
Sandy Paquay
Sandy is a passionate morality teacher. There’s nothing she loves more then to empower young individuals to stand up against injustice and inequality. She got involved in JGI in 2014 being inspired by all the Roots and Shoots projects of her school. She became a JGI volunteer after a wonderful Music for Chimps experience in 2017. Good to know: Sandy doesn’t eat meat feeling too connected to animals who can’t speak up for themselves; she likes being around inspiring people and that’s also why she loves to travel. She believes, just like Jane, that we can all make a difference and have an impact. “ Be the change you want to see in the world” is her motto.
Margaux De Pauw
Margaux De Pauw
Margaux is an archaeologist, but without Louis Leakey around to sent her to a rainforest, she got sidetracked and ended up in the art world. She got her love for nature from her parents, who made sure to put Jane Goodall’s “In the Shadow of Man” on her bedside table. A chance encounter with Jane in a gallery rekindled the flame, and she joined the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium as soon as possible. Hobbies include drawing extinct animals, eating broccoli soup, and playing the harmonica really badly (or so say her dogs).
Christos Maniatis
Christos Maniatis
Christos was born in Athens but grew up in in the heart of Africa, in Burundi.
Robotics engineer by training, his passion for animals and nature is immeasurable.
As he grew up hearing stories from Jane, she became a real inspiration to him.
Beside his love for nature, he loves sport, wildlife photography and hate injustice.
He joined the Jane Goodall Institute in 2017 as a volunteer. If one sentence should describe him it would be: ‘I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.’ by Kwame Nkrumah.
Louise Delhaye
Louise Delhaye
Louise was born in Saudi Arabia where she spent her first years of life before moving to Vienna and, a few years later, to Congo. She then arrived in Belgium, her mind full of memories and pictures of other cultures and countries. But amongst them, there were also images of plastic bags spread all over astonishing landscape, of people living in misery and of animals being mistreated. More than ever determined to make a difference, she is now doing a master in marine and lacustrine science and management. That’s when she fell on a title of the National Geographic “Be like Jane” that she decided to join the JGI.
Nektaria Moskofidis
Nektaria Moskofidis
Nektaria has Greek roots and works as a legal advisor specialising in environmental and animal welfare law. She is a passionate runner and reads books by the dozen. From when she was a little girl she had a passion for helping the environment and animals. She believes that animals are not objects for us to use and that there is no excuse for animal abuse. She wants to be a spokesperson for the environment and animals who don’t have a voice of their own. She believes that our prime purpose in life is to help others and to make a contribution in this world, or to put it in the words of Ghandi: be the change you want to see in the world.
Laureline Maurer
Laureline Maurer
Laureline is studying editing in a cinema school in Brussel. Fascinated by animals behaviour, especially monkeys behaviour, and determined to take action in the protection of the environment, she decides to help the Jane Goodall Institute by making pictures and short films about some actions of the JGI volunteers.
Jens Warrie
Jens Warrie
Jens got to know Jane during high school when he wrote a project about chimpanzee behaviour and became a fan ever since. He is currently employed as “MOS-begeleider”, a sustainability coach for all the schools in Brussels. He loves to combine aiding the cause of his idol and his personal expertise in environmental education in the Roots & Shoots-project and JGI Belgium in general.
Vasiliki Boukouvala
Vasiliki Boukouvala
Vasiliki is a marketer and she worked in universities and educational institutions, both in Greece and in Belgium. She wanted to participate more actively in any kind of effort to protect our natural environment and this is how she joined the Jane Goodall Institute. In her free time she is dancing, biking or reading literature. She loves traveling, inspirational quotes, happy faces and popcorn. She dreams of a world without war, injustice and laziness.

Photo credits (except Alfred, Sandy and Louise): Ivan Dunsmore/JGIB