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Anne Alexandre, Managing Director

Biologist at heart, Anne Alexandre finished her Master in Natural Resources Management in 2010. She was always keen on traveling and performed extensive internships in the Bolivian rainforest, studying the growth response of tree species in reaction to logging practices and in the Senegalese mangrove forests, evaluating the key success factors for mangrove rehabilitation projects of Wetlands International. She started working as project manager of an NGO developing a business model for sustainable charcoal production and agroforestry in the Sahel region in Mali. She also spent one year piloting the project and laying the foundations of further project execution on site. Keen as she was on traveling and transferring her love for nature to others, she also worked as a tour guide for the Nature Travel Company SNP. Anne moved to Brazil to work as an environmental consultant in Rio de Janeiro for three years. She worked with a variety of different type of companies and NGOs; from small nature organisations to oil companies and engineering firms.

In May 2016 Anne was appointed Managing Director of the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF). She believes in the power of small grant funds to make an impact in nature conservation worldwide.

“Prince Bernhard created this Nature Fund with the goal to support the smaller grassroots organisations worldwide in their efforts to conserve and protect endangered species. The protection of endangered species doesn’t just keep one species from going extinct, it goes beyond that as protecting a species contributes to the preservation of biodiversity and often implies the restoration of a certain balance to an ecosystem. I am a big advocate of a bottom-up approach; I believe that the best people to solve a problem are the people experiencing it, and with the right tools, encouragements and financial resources, beautiful initiatives can be born. There is a very important and interesting role for the small grant makers such as the PBNF to connect people and projects, facilitate exchange and stimulate innovation. This is a challenge that I’m taking on for the time to come.”