Joep is the Europe Regional Director and the Netherlands Country Director, heading up IFAW’s earliest office outside the head office and leading a team of dedicated and experienced campaigners, operations and philanthropy staff. Joep joined the IFAW team in July 2018.
Working closely with the three other country directors in Europe –being EU office, France and Germany- we do influence our respective national Parliaments, Government agencies next to the European Commission ones and the business sector, Joep and his teams strives to strengthen and develop partnerships in order to deliver increased animal conservation, welfare and protection. In addition, with his specific background of over 25 years of international development in rural livelihoods and integrated small-holder livestock programs, Joep is supporting the Community Engagement programs and ensures close working across the IFAW network to enhance priority programmes and to make sure that outcomes are met.
Joep is well versed in livestock welfare and (alternative) livelihood development, wildlife and conservation, having previously worked in senior positions across a variety of leading animal charities in Europe. His two most relevant roles were at Heifer Netherlands and Vétèrinaires sans Frontières Belgium, where -as CEO- he strengthened the charity’s processes and systems to deliver strong growth of both income and impact.
In his free time, Joep does advice a small dutch NGO working in a wholistic livelihood project in the Maasai Mara region where the objective is to allow people, livestock and wildlife -productively and ecologically- live together. Joep also coordinates a family estate on the border of the Netherlands and Belgium, located in one of the bigger and cross-border national parks in the Netherlands called “De Kalmthoutse Heide”. This gives Joep first-hand information on how the landscape processes IFAW does accaompagny in the field work out in his own practice!
Joep has spoken frequently on a variety of animal related issues and topics, across all major TV, Radio and Press networks both nationally and internationally, as well as at events, seminars, etc... A first newspaper Interview for IFAW was published in: Le Monde: "Consumers even don't know they are buying illegal ivory"
Senior Advisor, Wageningen University & Research
CEO, Vétèrinaires Sans Frontières Belgium
Founder and CEO, Heifer Nederland
Deputy Country Director, Heifer Cameroon
Coordinator Cameroon Small Scale Dairy Development, Heifer Project International
Master of Science, Major: Tropical Animal Husbandry (Zoötechniek) and Minor: Natural Resource Management (Natuurbeheer), Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Apart from a diversity of internal courses and workshops, the following external courses of 1-2 week are taken:
- Training of Trainers training, Delta Management, Thuin, NL
- EU project proposal writing/reporting training sessions; BE
- Financial management for non financial managers, MDF, NL
- Project cycles, Management for Development Foundation (MDF), NL
- Fund Raising, Fund Raising School, Vienna, AU
- Agro-Ecology Initiative, Heifer International, USA