Chairman, Megafauna SpecialistHenri Kerkdijk-Otten has a lifetime of experience in understanding the megafauna of our prehistoric world. His interest and research today focuses on the reconstruction and rebirth of Europe's original mega-fauna such as the Aurochs, Wild Horse and Water Buffalo.
Fundraiser, ConsultantGuido Beauchez is an all-weathered, versatile marketeer and fundraiser with an extensive management and consulting background in both the profit as not-for-profit sector. Over the last 15 years he directed one start-up, two musea and a charity organisation.
Conservation EcologistArend de Haas is a conservation ecologist with over 15 years of experience with wildlife and habitat conservation, ecotourism and sustainable community projects in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Board MemberHans Lenstra (Utrecht University, Netherlands) has worked for 35 years on molecular evolution, eukaryotic gene structure, genome characterization and molecular diversity of livestock and wildlife.
Country Program Manager - SpainLuis Martínez is an Environmental Educator and teacher in diverse fields of Agroecology, with an emphasis on Biological Pest Control. Luis collaborates with and has founded several associations, such as the Riojan Association for Environmental Education and the local Seeds Network.
Country Program Manager - UkraineMisha Nesterenko is program manager of the Danube Delta program of the WWF. He has many years of experience with conservation in the Ukraine, knows all the stakeholders and has a keen eye for taking chances and turning them into possibilities and projects.
Country Program Manager - PolandEcologist Rene Krawczynski, a water buffalo expert from the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus.
Country Program Manager - RomaniaSchinteie Daniel was born in Anina in the Carpathian Mountains in Western Romania, one of the wildest places in Europe. He has a master’s degree in “Tourism Development and Improvement”. His dissertation project is about the capitalization of tourism potential in Romanian National Parks.
Country Program Manager - UKGuy Bennett studied Environmental Geography with an emphasis on Ecology at the University of York. His previous research includes collaboration with Natural England looking at peat restoration and its effects on Nightjar populations. Guy has also carried out research into European Brown Bears.
Country Program Manager - PortugalGonçalo Figueira studied Anthropology at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. He gives lectures in international congresses, have published scientific articles reporting the finding of new species for science and their ecology. He is also organising educational public field walks to observe glowing species and other natural wonders.
Frans Vera is a renowned ecologist and ornithologist and has been involved in the Oostvaardersplassen since 1979. He also emphasized the role of wild grazing animals and 'rewilding' the area, populating it with the kinds of animals that lived there many thousands of years ago.
David Burney is a Professor of Conservation Paleobiology at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kaua`i). His research has focused on paleoecological studies, causes of extinction, and preservation of endangered species.
As the founder and former chairman of KPMG Global Sustainability Services, George Molenkamp has been closely involved in work in the field of corporate responsibility for multinational corporations in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia in almost all the business sectors, and the Dutch and German government.
After studying zoology at Oxford, George Monbiot worked for the BBC’s natural history unit, making investigative environmental programs. He shows how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives, and lays out a new, positive environmental vision, in which nature is allowed to find its own way.
In all the years of working with animals throughout Europe and beyond, Renee Meissner has gathered an immense wealth of experience, knowledge and network concerning de-domestication and rewilding species. She currently works for her own consultancy called Herds and Homelands.
Michael Hofreiter' research activities focus on the effect environmental changes have on genetic diversity,adaptations and population dynamics in animals. He is especially interested in the use of ancient DNA sequences to directly observe changes in the genetic make-up of populations.
Josh Donlan is the Founder and Director of Advanced Conservation Strategies. He leads the organization by building interdisciplinary teams to tackle environmental challenges in novel ways. Advanced Conservation Strategies is focused on outcomes and incentives.
Ethnozoographer and graduated engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology with a Master in rural development. Former honorable functionary of WWF-Switzerland (chairing the regional WWF in Eastern Switzerland), he has been concerned with the issue of agrobiodiversity since the end of the 1970s.
Equine photographer Manuela Stefan travels worldwide to capture the spirit of the horse. Her love for travel and horses has brought her to spectacular locations in France, Romania, Canada and the U.S. Their beauty and majesty trigger her creativity to a great extent. She is on a mission to reveal their true nature and spirit to the rest of the world the best way she can.