Jan-Willem specialises in marine and coastal conservation ecology and has a wealth of experience developing and implementing marine baseline assessment and ecological monitoring projects with a variety of partners across South-East Asia, the Caribbean and the Arabian Peninsula. His experience leading remote projects in often challenging environments and with limited support means that he has learnt to take a hands-on, can-do approach to ensuring the job gets done.
Through his previous experience working within the NGO realm and subsequent posting with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, Jan-Willem has gained a solid understanding of the challenges in conserving biodiversity at both the local and global scale.
He is passionate about working closely with decision makers to find pragmatic solutions to these challenges, providing expert guidance and capacity building across multiple sectors. Jan-Willem has synthesised and disseminated a wide range of environmental impact, policy guidance and management reports and presented these to various audiences including policy makers, practitioners and the private sector.
Although originally from the Netherlands, Jan-Willem was raised in diplomatic circles across several nations and ethnic backdrops. This experience has given him the tact and awareness to facilitate successful partnerships across geographical and cultural borders.