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African Parks Foundation (The Netherlands, Amsterdam)

 

    Mr Robert-Jan van Ogtrop | Chairman

    Robert-Jan van Ogtrop is currently a private investor in renewable energy and clean technology companies with a view to sustainability. He is also still a member of the Advisory Board and Industrial partner of CVC Capital Partners. Robert-Jan joined CVC after a successful career which included being Chairman/CEO of Bols Royal Distilleries and CEO of the Executive Board of Remy Cointreau-Bols. He has an MBA from the Graduate School of Management of the Netherlands and has studied at Harvard. He has worked to spread sound business principles, and the nurturing of local entrepreneurs, in East Africa through his Chairmanship of the Board of the TBL Mirror Fund. Robert-Jan has also been deeply involved in other ventures at the interface of conservation and good business ethics, such as the Foundation for Natural Leadership, the Wilderness Leadership School and the Wilderness Foundation.

    Mr Piet Klaver | Board member

    After finishing his Masters Degree B.A. and Finance at the University of Amsterdam (1971), Piet Klaver joined SHV Holdings N.V. in 1972. He held various positions in the company in The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Taiwan. He succeeded Paul van Vlissingen as CEO and is now Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SHV. Piet is also on the Supervisory Board of several other companies, amongst others ING Group. Piet is a sustainable farmer with a love for nature, especially birds. Paul asked him, before he died, to take over the chairmanship of African Park Foundation from him. Piet got greatly involved in the organization and was impressed by the possibilities, as Paul called them, to build "musea of nature". During his chairmanship Piet decided to africanize the organization by moving the head office to Johannesburg and stepped back as chairman. He is now a member of the board of the Dutch organization.

    Dr Frederik W.H. van Beuningen | Board member

    Frederik van Beuningen holds a degree in Economics from the University of Groningen. Dr van Beuningen has been the the Managing Director/Co-Owner of Teslin Capital Management BV since 1991 and the Managing Director of Investment Company Rhoon, Pendrecht en Cortgene BV since 2002. He's served on the Board of the African Parks Foundation since 17 December 2007.

    Laetitia Smits Van Oyen

    Laetitia Smits van Oyen was one of the first Dutch female entrepreneurs of the 80’s. In 1986, two years after her graduation at the Technical University in Delft she started a company in the ICT-Organization Consultancy and sold this company in 1990 to Getronics NV. She stayed involved in its management for another four years and moved to the Caribbean to set up inter alia a Maritime Museum and the Curacao Dolphin Academy. Her strength is to find the niche where she can add value. After finalizing a global executive MBA, she wants to make a difference by sharing her drive, energy and proven success and leave a ‘Planet We’ for the next generation based on sustainable businesses. Laetitia has an autonomous personality characterized by passion, guts, responsibility and a sincere interest in the environment.

    Dr René Hooft Graafland | Board member

    Rene Hooft Graafland is a Member of the Executive Board and the Chief Financial Officer of Heineken. Dr Hooft Graafland holds a degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and completed a post-doctorate in Chartered Accounting. He spent a few years in DRC for Heineken, a period he much enjoyed. He joined the Board of the African Parks Foundation in April 2010.