Team

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a team of members based in federal and regional research institutes:

 


Management team

 

Dr Aline VAN DER WERF
Manager
Office in BELSPO
aline.vanderwerf(a)belspo.be
02.238.36.71

Molecular biologist. Manager of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and Programme Manager at the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Aline is responsible for launching, implementing and following-up biodiversity, climate and ecosystem related research initiatives.

 
 

Divija JATAVALLABHULA (DJ)
Platform Coordinator
Office in RBINS
d.jata(a)biodiversity.be
02.627.44.94

DJ is responsible for the coordination of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. She is the primary contact for the IUCN Belgian National Focal Point as well as on the IUCN Interregional Committee for North Central Asia (ICENCA) and part of the IPBES Europe North Central Asia (ECA) network. Other duties include horizon scanning for opportunities for the Platform for science policy biodiversity needs. Her main expertise is focusing on nature conservation, science-based policy support, science communication and outreach. She has a particular interest in developing science policy content in the field of biodiversity and climate change

 


Communication team

 

Leendert PLAETINCK
Communications Officer
Office in RBINS
l.plaetinck(a)biodiversity.be

02.627.43.35

Lennie is a biologist with digital and communication skills. He holds a MA in Human Ecology, a BA in Geography and continues learning in the field of multimedia. He is passionate for nature conservation, climate change and of course Biodiversity, which he loves to share with you. Lennie is our content creator and oversees the internal and external communication of the Platform.

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Ashley Norman
Communications Officer
Office in RBINS
n.norman(a)biodiversity.be

Ashley serves as a Science Communications Officer for the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. She holds an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and a BA in Physical and Biological Anthropology. She was formerly an investigator of environmental and human rights cases. Ashley is skilled in research, communications, writing, and data analysis. She is interested in wildlife rehabilitation, primatology, ecosystem preservation, and animal rights.