Wiet de Bruijn (51), residing in Huizen (The Netherlands), is an entrepreneurial investor with, amongst others, active interests in wildlife conservation and agriculture. Wiet developed a love for nature through experiencing its beauty and splendour first hand while fishing and hunting as a young man with his father.
At the age of 21, Wiet soon realised that he had an acute understanding of business and started to initiate and develop various businesses. In the last 15 years Wiet has acted as an active shareholder and/or board member in a number of for-profit companies and for a number of years he invests time and money in non-profit initiatives as well.
In 2010 Wiet got involved in the Marakele Contractual National Park conservation initiative in South-Africa. This Park, which covers an area of more than 65.000 hectares, is located in the breath-taking Waterberg-area, situated in the northern part of the Limpopo province. This project has many similarities to Rewilding Europe, considering the challenges both initiatives face. The Marakele Park management seeks long-term sustainable financial income to reinvest in the park by developing tourism and breeding indigenous animals.
Simultaneously Wiet also plays a key role in a large agricultural farm in Ukraine. Through this project he is able to combine business and teaching people the philosophy with regards to mutual respect between man and nature.
All this led him to the Rewilding Europe initiative, where he will support Rewilding Europe with his experience and network in the Dutch business community to develop the initiative.
As the chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wiet expects to be a powerful asset to the Rewilding Europe project, not only as an entrepreneur/businessman, but also with his love for conservation.
Pierre-André Mourgue d'Algue (52), residing in Geneva, is a banker with a long history in the world of conservation. He grew up with a love for nature and graduated with a BS in marine science, drawn by the sea and its wildlife. Realizing he was no scientist, he followed this with an MBA and started a successful investment banking career in New York, Paris and London over a 20 year span before joining Mourgue d'Algue & Cie, Private Bankers, in 2005 as a partner in Geneva.
Over this period, Pierre-André spent considerable time in Kenya where he drafted the business plan for a conservancy, invested in a safari business, trained as a safari guide and built, designed and managed a safari camp, Galdessa Camp, in Tsavo East National Park. In 1992, Pierre-André joined the Board of Trustees of the Tusk Trust, Africa's most successful conservation charity, a seat he still holds today. In addition to various other non-executive or supervisory directorships, he also sits on the investment boards or advises the endowments of several foundations, conservation groups and conservancies in- and outside Switzerland.
Pierre-André is a firm believer in the concept of conservation economics and the benefits it brings to wildlife, communities and the environment. He is convinced this holistic approach to conservation can be developed successfully in Europe, alleviating the various social and human/wildlife conflict pressures and improving the quality of the experience for the growing wildlife viewing industry.
In the Supervisory Board, Pierre-André plays an important role as financial expert, apart from using all his other fields of expertise to the benefit of Rewilding Europe.
Henrique Miguel Pereira (40), residing in Lisbon, is a Ciência 2007 Researcher at the Centre for Environmental Biology at the University of Lisbon where he leads the Theoretical Ecology and Biodiversity Change Group.
He was one of the lead authors of the Scenarios Report for the Biodiversity Outlook 3 and is the coordinator of the Terrestrial Species Working Group of the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations.
Prof. Pereira received his PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 he coordinated the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Director of Peneda-Gerês National Park in Northern Portugal. He has published over fifty scientific papers and reports on biodiversity issues. His research interests revolve around global biodiversity change, including monitoring schemes for biodiversity, spatially explicit and species-area models for biodiversity scenarios, and empirical studies of the consequences of rewilding abandoned farmland for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Henrique has a special interest in Rewilding Europe because it provides a great opportunity to link his scientific work with support of practical rewilding work in the different regions in Europe. In the Supervisory Board, his scientific and rewilding expertise will be very helpful in further strengthening the strategic directions and approaches of our initiative, as well as providing support from a scientific angle.