Team

Marie Noelle Keijzer, MBA and Msc Environmental Science
Co-founder, vice-president of the board and CEO.

Marie Noëlle provides strategic guidance to the organization. As a multilingual social entrepreneur with a background of 22 years senior corporate leadership in Supply Chain, CSR and business transformation, she offers expertise in business development, strategy, marketing, communication, advocacy and public speaking. She holds a Masters degree (Msc), in Environmental Science from the ULB, Belgium  a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IADE, Spain and is a member of Al Gore's Climate reality Corps.

  

Katrien Delaet, Master in Applied Biosciences & Engineering and Agricultural Economics.
Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Katrien is developing and managing the entire portfolio of the WeForest landscape restoration activities; the foresters working in our planting sites are also reporting to her. Katrien brings 8 years of experience in CSR, agro-forestry, soft-commodities, and supply chain management. She holds  a masters  in Agricultural Economics  from the university of Ghent, Belgium  and a Master in Applied Biosciences & Engineering – (Land & Forest Management ) from the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. 

 

Victoria Gutierrez, PhD primate behavioural ecology
Chief Science Officer (CSO).

Victoria currently oversees the NGO’s research programme, advises and assists on the technical aspects of the forest restoration projects. She has a strong background in ecology and social sciences. Previously she was a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London. She holds a PhD in primate behavioural ecology from the University Complutense of Madrid.

 

Eva Vogt, MProf.Leadership for Sustainable Development.
Head of marketing and communications.

Eva brings 8 years experience in working in CSR and Sustainability-related initiatives. She holds a BSc  in Anthropology, Archaeology and International Development; MProf. in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

 

Anna Roesinger, M.A. in Political Science and Public Law 
Director German Region and project manager.

Anna has a dual role: develop Partnerships in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Asia and manage specific planting projects. Before joining WeForest, Anna worked for 6 years in Europe and Asia to develop agroforestry and carbon projects. She is a carbon specialist and trained in forest management. She holds an M.A. in Political Science and Public Law from the university of Heidelberg, Germany.

 

Jeannette van Bodegraven, Master's Business / Managerial Economics.
Benelux Director of Partnerships.

Development and management of partnerships with corporates, foundations and governments. Jeannette brings 25 years of experience in B2B, B2C and NGO communication in Europe, South-America and Africa. She holds a master's degree, Business/Managerial Economics from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

 

Pascaline Haedrich, Master's in Commercial Sc. 
Sales Support Manager.

Pascaline provides partners with advice, content and material for a powerful communication around the impact of ‘their’ trees. Prior to joining WeForest she worked for 10 years experience in multinational environments and 5 years with sustainability topics and developed her own social enterprise. She graduated in Business, Marketing & Applied Foreign languages in France and in Commercial Sciences in Belgium.

 

Aklilu Negussie Mekuria, PhD, MSc, BSc.
Project manager Ethiopia.

Aklilu will be managing the various planting projects that WeForest is currently developing in Ethiopia. With a PhD in Bioscience engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium), an MSc degree in Tropical Land Resources Management and a BSc degree in Dryland Agriculture & Natural Resources Management from Mekelle University (Ethiopia), Aklilu is highly qualified to cover all aspects of the complex development for the WeForest  holistic and qualitative landscape restoration projects in Ethiopia. Prior to joining WeForest, Aklilu conducted research in Africa and Europe for 12 years, in forest ecology, management science, ecosystem safety, invasive plant, agronomy, plant propagation, bioenergy-biofuel, forest entomology, and non-timber forest products and worked for two years as a Consultant at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Dan Sokell, M.A
Director Partnerships UK. 

Dan’s background is in consulting and he has expertise in sustainability topics including natural capital, climate change, water and resource scarcity, deforestation & forest-risk commodities, mandatory reporting, corporate disclosure, sustainable supply chains, sustainable agriculture, soft commodities, sustainable stock exchanges.
He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK.

 

Margot Brughmans, Bachelors in Accounting
Manager Administration. 

Margot manages the day to day finances and HR. She has over 20 years as Administration, Accounting and HR Manager in a multinational company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Belgium.

 

 

Philip Greffin, Master’s degree in General Management.
Director Business Development France.

Philip holds a masters degree in General Management (ESSEC, France).14 years of business experience as a Managing Director for an international company.

Bill Liao
Co-founder and Chairman of the board.

Social networking pioneer, author, speaker, and serial entrepreneur. Dedicated to a world that works for all living things.

  

 

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Nina Neelsen
Problem Solver in any transformational scenario, Nina is an Entrepreneur;
Visionary; Idea Generator and Implementer.

 

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