Team

Anouska Plasmeijer

Anouska Plasmeijer
Executive Director and volunteer focal point – anouska@janegoodall.be
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.

Lola Stenuit
Lola Stenuit
Advocacy – advocacy@janegoodall.be
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.
Claudia Semeria
Claudia Semeria
Animal Welfare – animalwelfare@janegoodall.be
Claudia is passionate about botany and amazed by the beauty of nature. Her fascination with the great apes began when her grandmother told her the story of how a chimpanzee appeared in her garden after escaping from a nearby circus. As the coordinator of Animal Welfare, she is also very passionate about global conservation initiatives and a driven volunteer. Just like the other volunteers at JGI, she wants to be part of the effort to protect endangered wildlife and chimpanzees.
Paul Bertrac
Paul Bertrac
Communication – communication@janegoodall.be
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.
Steven Van Den Panhuyzen
Steven Van Den Panhuyzen
Events – events@janegoodall.be
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.
Silvia Rodriguez
Membership – membership@janegoodall.be

Sophie De Spiegeleir
Sophie De Spiegeleir
Newsletter – newsletter@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.
Tania Parys
Tania Parys
Roots & Shoots co-coordinator – rootsandshoots@janegoodall.be
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.

Jens Warrie
Jens Warrie
Roots & Shoots co-coordinator – rootsandshoots@janegoodall.be
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.
Ronald Eelbode
Webmaster and Translations – ict@janegoodall.be
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.