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Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

The Foundation

The legal set up of Rewilding Europe is a foundation under Dutch Law, established 28 June 2011. The foundation has also created a limited company (Rewilding Europe Ltd), which is fully owned by the foundation.

Rewilding Europe launch event in Brussels, 18 November 2010.

Rewilding Europe launch event in Brussels, 18 November 2010.
Ezequiel Scagnetti / Rewilding Europe

The management responsibility of the foundation and limited company is with an executive board of two directors: Frans Schepers (Managing Director), and Ilko Bosman (Finance and Operations Director).

The daily business is taken care of by a senior management team, consisting of the executive board, plus Wouter Helmer (Rewilding Director), Neil Birnie (Enterprise Director),  Staffan Widstrand (Marketing & Communication Director) and Deli Saavedra (Regional Manager).

Rewilding Europe has established a supervisory board in September 2012, which has the overall responsibility for the initiative. Currently, the supervisory board has three members: Wiet de Bruijn (chairman, Netherlands), Pierre-Andre Mourgue d’Algue (Switzerland) and Henrique Pereira (Portugal).

Apart from these formal structures, Rewilding Europe currently has three special advisors: Princess Laurentien van Oranje, Claude Martin and Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente.

The central team of Rewilding Europe consists of a senior management team (including the executive board and the Regional Manager) and operational staff, working on different issues. These are all passionate and experienced professionals with different expertise and backgrounds, working from different European countries. Conservation, communication and business development are key competencies both at the programme and the project level. The central team is organized in four main components:

  • General management: Frans Schepers, Ilko Bosman and Violeta Giurgi
  • Rewilding: Wouter Helmer, Deli Saavedra, Magnus Sylvén, Yvonne Kemp and Joep van de Vlasakker
  • Enterprise development: Niel Birnie, Giles Davies, Matthew McLuckie and Barbara Mayer
  • Marketing & communication: Staffan Widstrand, Iva Tontcheva and Kristjan Jung

However the main capacity of Rewilding Europe is in the projects. All projects have a dedicated project leader and technical and communications staff in place. All the biographies of the central team members, project leaders and Special Advisors are presented on the website.