Reasons for Hope, an evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Reasons for Hope, an evening with Dr. Jane Goodall
12/01/2019 Vasiliki Boukouvala

Jane Goodall Institute Belgium is delighted to advise you that our founder, the legendary Jane Goodall, is returning to Belgium in March 2019 and is turning 85!

Through almost 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Goodall is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960. Today she travels around the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. As a conservationist, humanitarian and crusader for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion and a UN Messenger of Peace.

Dr. Goodall is also the founder of the Roots & Shoots, a global programme that guides young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.

To mark Dr. Goodall’s return to Belgium, her commemorative birthday and our partnership with Koen Timmers, a Belgian teacher, author, keynote speaker and founder of the Innovation Lab Schools Project, the Jane  Goodall  Institute Belgium warmly  invites  you  to  an  exclusive  gala  dinner and art auction. We are also most fortunate to once again have the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Esmeralda of Belgium who will be attending the event.

Thanks to our partner John Martin, the event will take place on

Saturday, 16th March 2019

at the beautiful Martin’s Chateau du Lac in Genval.

There will be cocktails at 19:00 followed by dinner at 20:00. The dress code is business casual.
(special room offer at Martins’s Chateau du Lac – discount code: JGI10319)

By purchasing one of the tables, each with eight or 10 settings, you have the opportunity to give selected customers, employees and business partners a unique evening that makes a difference for the natural world. For a slightly higher fee you can also purchase a seat at Dr. Goodall’s table providing you with an opportunity to personally connect with her.

Guests can look forward to a small standing aperitif with Dr. Goodall, followed by a vegetarian three-course dinner.  You will have the chance to listen to an inspiring talk by Dr. Goodall, learn about the Innovation Lab School project from Koen Timmers and ask your questions.  Later in the evening, you will be able to take part  in our  exclusive  art  auction.

Individual tickets are available at €250 and a table of eight at €2000. €600 will get you a seat at Dr. Goodall’s table. Additionally we can offer a few tables the opportunity to have a Jane Goodall Institute Board or Team member at a table as host. They will provide you with some insights and additional information on this amazing organization. To have a JGI representative at your table, we ask that you sponsor their seat.

All proceeds will go to the JGI community conservation project in Senegal and the Innovation Lab Schools Project.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information, we would love to hear from you.  Send an e-mail to

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

About Koen Timmers

Koen Timmers is a teacher, author, keynote speaker and founder of several global educational projects. Koen launched several global educational projects that created lots of impact: the Kakuma project and several SDG projects including Human Differences, the Climate Action and the Innovation project.  In 2018 Koen launched the Innovation SDG labs in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall.

About Princess Esmeralda of Belgium

HRH Princess Esmeralda of Belgium is a journalist, author and documentary maker, and the youngest daughter of the late king Leopold III. She is committed to defending women’s and indigenous people’s rights and an environmental activist. She has written several books, including “Terre, agissons pour la planete. Il n’est pas trop tard” (Earth, act now to save the planet. It’s not too late) as well as “Femmes prix Nobel del la Paix” (Female Nobel Peace Price winners).  She has produced three documentaries, including “Virunga”. She is also the president of both the King Léopold III Fund for Nature exploration and conservation and of Honour of Care Belgium as well as Chair of Friendship Belgium.

About the projects

In the Reserve Naturelle Communautaire de Dindefelo (twelve villages total in the reserve), in the south east of Senegal JGI has one of its flagship community conservation projects. JGI uses its holistic approach to conservation to improve the livelihood of the local community by helping them manage natural resources sustainably, promoting reforestation and plantation for food security as well as for habitat conservation and providing training in environmental education. Further, JGI also works to empower the next generation: Daddi & Fouddi (or Roots& Shoots in the local pulaar language) focuses on education and empowerment of local youth to lead sustainable lives with their surroundings. All these efforts not only improve the livelihood of these communities but also help the estimated 500 chimpanzees living in the reserve. A key success of the project lies in the integration of the volunteers that come to the project from abroad: volunteers actually live with families, they adopt their family names, have pulaar names, learn the local language and share with them. This has resulted in locals and foreigners living in a close nit community fully integrated and learning from each other.

The Innovation Lab School Project is the brainchild of Koen Timmers. It offers free quality education to local children and potentially change the lives of hundreds of thousands of students across the world. The lab schools aim to innovate education by equipping the labs with Internet connection, interactive whiteboards, dynamic chairs and educational resources that promote collaboration and learning by doing in so-called maker spaces. In addition to a local teacher, the students will be taught a global teacher community via Skype. With 1,000 teachers across more than 90 countries, Koen aims to launch several Innovation Lab Schools across African countries and by extension possibly in other continents.

Visuals: Katherine Maccelari