Executive Director and volunteer focal point – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anouska Plasmeijer is a Dutch national and has been living in Belgium for the past 15 years. She is the new Executive Director for JGI Belgium as from 01 January 2020. She holds a degree in tropical forestry and worked for a big nature conservation corporation. She lives in Brussels, is married and the proud mother of three beautiful children and has an adorable rescue dog.
A long-time admirer of founder Jane Goodall she was pleased to learn about the many activities we do in Belgium, specifically on reforestation. Anouska is keen to get more involved in local activities and joining forces with other likeminded people to improve the environment and the lives of people and animals.
Her favourite quote: “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” from the song Beautiful Boy by John Lennon.
Advocacy campaigns – email@example.com
Lola is lawyer working in Brussels. She spent time studying law in Tokyo, but was otherwise born and bred in Brussels. She joined JGI Belgium in 2020 as a volunteer, after becoming inspired by Jane’s speech at the Annual Jane Goodall Gala. She has since become the coordinator of the JGI Belgium Advocacy team.
Animal Welfare – firstname.lastname@example.org
Romina is from Bulgaria, but lives in Brussels since 2018 where she is a European affairs professional. While international relations, politics, economics and social issues are the topics she is dealing with on a daily basis, she is a passionate admirer of our planet Earth and is fascinated by the amazing wildlife of our world. Dr Jane Goodall is one of the amazing people that inspires her and that is why she joined JGI Belgium in 2020. Romina is an active member of the Communications team, as well as the coordinator of the Animal welfare/fundraising team.
Communication – email@example.com
Paul is a Marketing & Communications professional currently working in a EU-affiliated organisation in Brussels. While he is of French origin, his studies and work experiences have taken him across four continents. He has a strong passion for traveling & volunteering and after working with Le Secours Populaire Français and the WWF, he is very happy to be coordinating the Communications team today at Jane Goodall Institute Belgium.
Events – firstname.lastname@example.org
From an early age, Steven was amazed by nature. Studying biology seemed to be a logical choice. A mind blowing lecture of Jane in 2017 inspired him to join the institute. From there, an amazing journey started. He started off in the Roots & Shoots group and is now the Events coordinator.
Newsletter – email@example.com
Kathelijne is a science writer and translator from Flanders and lives in Spain. She studied Geology and Soil Science and has been passionate about natural history, the planet and wildlife since her childhood.
Kathelijne did field work in Tanzania and Cameroon and then left Africa, only to realise that Africa had not left her. She remembers the first time she heard of Jane. Sometime in the 90s she saw Jane on tv, sitting in a little boat on Lake Tanganyika on her way to Gombe, looking away from the increasingly deforested hillslopes fringing the lake. Inspired by Jane’s work Kathelijne joined JGI to translate, edit and write. She is also responsible for the newsletters.Her favourite quote is “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”, by astronomer Carl Sagan.
Roots & Shoots coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 heart 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.
Webmaster and Translations – email@example.com
Ronald is a Flemish chemist and webmaster/webdeveloper. Since 2015 he has been maintaining and developing websites. He also coordinates translations.
Photo credits: some by Ivan Dunsmore/JGIB. Anouska by Nicola Van Achter.