IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE
UNTIL IT'S DONE

Nelson Mandela

© Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The Black Jaguar Foundation is planting trees in Brazil to restore the balance between nature and mankind. Planting trees improves the life of each of us and all future generations on our earth. We all have the power to change.

The Black Jaguar Foundation is planting trees in Brazil to restore the balance between nature and mankind. Planting trees improves the life of each of us and all future generations on our earth. We all have the power to change.

OUR MISSION

OUR AMBASSADORS

OUR TEAM

OUR MISSION

OUR AMBASSADORS

OUR TEAM

OUR OFFICES

NO RISK, NO LIFE

Q&A

OUR OFFICES

NO RISK, NO LIFE

Q&A

OUR MISSION

RESTORING THE AMAZON RAINFOREST AND CERRADO SAVANNA

OUR MISSION

RESTORING THE AMAZON RAINFOREST AND CERRADO SAVANNA

The Black Jaguar Foundation started in 2009, its initial goal making a unique documentary about the black jaguar in the wild – a dream of initiator Ben Valks. During his numerous expeditions it was not the black jaguar he encountered, but the drastically deforested Amazon. Inspired by the powerful documentary ‘HOME’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and its message that ‘we all have the power to change’, the BJF has expanded its mission. Ben has since devoted his life to restoring the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna through the BJF.

Instead of being the focus of the foundation, the black jaguar came to be its icon. It symbolizes the precarious future of the entire Amazon and Cerrado as well as the endangerment of our own species. Now, our sole focus is tree planting and the restoration of biodiversity. 

The Black Jaguar Foundation started in 2009, its initial goal making a unique documentary about the black jaguar in the wild – a dream of initiator Ben Valks. During his numerous expeditions it was not the black jaguar he encountered, but the drastically deforested Amazon. Inspired by the powerful documentary ‘HOME’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and its message that ‘we all have the power to change’, the BJF has expanded its mission. Ben has since devoted his life to restoring the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna through the BJF.

Instead of being the focus of the foundation, the black jaguar came to be its icon. It symbolizes the precarious future of the entire Amazon and Cerrado as well as the endangerment of our own species.

PEOPLE

OUR AMBASSADORS

Koen
Vanmechelen

Conceptual artist

H.R.H.
Princess Basma bint Ali

Global Environmentalist

Prof. Dr. Jan
van Hooff

Science Supervisor
at Burgers’ Zoo

Koen
Vanmechelen

Conceptual artist

H.R.H.
Princess Basma bint Ali

Global Environmentalist

Prof. Dr. Jan
van Hooff

Science Supervisor
at Burgers’ Zoo

Kees
Rijnhout

Owner of  Jaguar,
the fresh (fruit) company

Shannon
O’Leary Joy

President,
EarthSense Foundation 

Nalden

Co-owner of WeTransfer

Kees
Rijnhout

Owner of  Jaguar,
the fresh (fruit) company

Shannon O’Leary Joy

President, EarthSense Foundation

Nalden

Co-owner of WeTransfer

Tarcila
Ursini

Board member,
Sustainability, Strategy, Innovation,
People & Culture

Tarcila
Ursini

Board member,
Sustainability, Strategy, Innovation, People & Culture

MEET OUR CORE TEAM

Our dedicated core team is a mix of professionals, working fulltime to bring our dream of conservation into reality. The BJF core team works both in the field in the Corridor and/or at one of our offices.

Our dedicated core team is a mix of professionals, working fulltime to bring our dream of conservation into reality. The BJF core team works both in the field in the Corridor and/or at one of our offices.

Ben
Valks

Initiator

Joël
Boele

Community Outreach Coordinator

Eric
Schoorl

Campaign Coordinator

Tarcisio

van Aldere

Partnerships Coordinator Europe

Ben
Valks

Initiator

Joël
Boele

Community Outreach Coordinator

Eric
Schoorl

Campaign Coordinator

Daisy
Longden

Communications Coordinator

Julia
Silveira

Communications Coordinator

Carol
Sacramento

Development Coordinator

Eduardo Carlos
Oliveira

Field Coordinator

Dimitrio
Schievenin

Project Coordinator

Kaléo
Pereira

Restoration Analyst

Carol
Sacramento

Development Coordinator

Eduardo Carlos
Oliveira

Field Coordinator

Dimitrio
Schievenin

Project Coordinator

Kaléo
Pereira

Restoration Analyst

Piet-Hein
Goossens

Finance

André
Lopes

Human Resources Coordinator

Ana Paula Mendes 

Communications Coordinator

Piet-Hein
Goossens

Finance Consultant

André
Lopes

Human Resources Coordinator

Clarissa
Sciarra

Geoprocessing Analyst

Clarissa
Sciarra

Geoprocessing Analyst

Rafael Pedro
Cassio Marques

Human Resources and Administration Analyst

Norivania
Diniz

Seedling Production Analyst

Ingrid
Almeida

Validation Analyst

Marcelle
Grumberg

Articulation Coordinator

Fernando de Castro
Alves Victal

Forest Operations Coordinator

Laís D’isep
dos Santos

Seeds Production Analyst

Andreza Maria
Vidal do Nascimento

Articulation Analyst

Matheus Monteiro
dos Santos

Work Safety Engineer

Fabiane
Monpean

Procurement Analyst

Eduardo
Rimoli

Finance Manager

Valdilei
Resente Belém

Field Supervisor

Taiwan
Alves da Silva

Field Supervisor

Marcos
Antonio

Field Supervisor

Erivelto
Carvalho

Field Supervisor

Mayk
Santos Guimarães

Field Supervisor

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Our advisory board consists of 7 highly experienced individuals, providing a wealth of knowledge from the worlds of Finance, Law, Sustainability, Environmental Research, Strategy & Agribusiness.

Camila
Lefèvre

Partner
Vieira Rezende Advogados

Fernando A.
Simões Filho

Managing Partner
Bemtevi Investimento Social

Fernando
Bedaque

Partner
Denmark, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque Advocacia

Sheilla Pereira
Albuquerque

COO South & Southeast
Agrogalaxy

Camila
Lefèvre

Partner, Vieira Rezende Advogados

Fernando A.
Simões Filho

Managing Partner, Bemtevi Investimento Social

Fernando
Bedaque

Partner
Denmark, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque Advocacia

Sheilla Pereira
Albuquerque

COO South & Southeast
Agrogalaxy

Marcello
Brito

President
ABAG (Brazilian Agribusiness Association)

Ingo
Isernhagen

PHD Researcher
Embrapa

Rebecca
Raposo

Founding Partner
RR Strategy

Marcello
Brito

President
ABAG (Brazilian Agribusiness Association)

Ingo
Isernhagen

PHD Researcher
Embrapa

Rebecca
Raposo

Founding Partner
RR Strategy

OUR TECHNICAL ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION COMMITTEE

Our Technical Committee is composed of four qualified specialists from different areas, and two of BJF’s forest engineers. They are currently giving their input and advice on our plans to drastically scale up our field operations during the planting seasons for the next 5 years.

Ingo
Isernhagen

Researcher
EMBRAPA

Sâmia
Nunes

Researcher
Instituto Tecnológico Vale

Maxmiller
Ferreira

Specialist in Direct Seeding Technique
Caminhos da Semente

Júlia
Mangueira

Sustainable Agriculture | The Nature Conservancy

Carlos Eduardo
Oliveira

Field Coordinator
Black Jaguar Foundation

Dimitrio
Schievenin

Project Coordinator
Black Jaguar Foundation

Our team of professional volunteers

Meet our amazing and ever-growing team of successful professionals from all over the world. They contribute their time, talent and services free of charge or work at charitable rates to help us plant trees.

Meet our amazing and ever growing team of successful professionals from all over the world. They contribute their time, talent and services free of charge or work at charitable rates.

Alex Vermeule – Alexey Neischenko – Ana Paula Aquino – Angel Garcia-Rojo – Anouk Kuiper – Anton Theunissen – Ashley Aslett – Babette Zwager – Bart Greve – Bart Jenezon – Berry Philippa – Bianco Nijhoff – Brenda Smeenge – Camila Tubino Bandeira – Cees Berkhout – Cherie McDonald – Chris Tap – Claire King – Constantijn de Longh – Daisy Longden – Daniel Hillel-Tuch – Daniel Oscar Hunter – David Velt – Davy van der Elsken – Derek Gallo – Dietmar Dahmen – Dwight Groot – Eelco Wisman – Ellen Windemuth – Elvire Jaspers – Emmelie Zipson – Eric Steuten – Esther Lapère – Eveline Dietz – Farhad Massoudi – Fatima Del Carmen Lopez – Fernando Bedaque – Flavia da Cruz Carneiro – Flávia Frazão – Floris de Clerque – Floris Wouterson – Fred Porro – Geert Sonnemans – Gerard Nieveen – Gijs van Kampen – Gina van Dijk – Hans Idema – Hans Knoop – Hans Lutz – Hans Simons – Heidi Little – Herman Witkam – Ingeborg van Bruggen – Ingrid Valks – Irene Andrea – Isabelle Delannoy – Jacqueline Goffart – Jack Myasushkin – Jan Coppelmans – Jan Willem Lokerman – Jeanette aan de Stegge – Jeroen Otter – Jessica Benedictus – Joao S. de Queiroz – João Bosco Paulo Carneiro – John Kappel – Jolanda Treffers – Joris Vos – Junior Afraino Machabo – Juliano Lissano – Kurt Kelly – Leonie Roos – Maaike Gonzàlez – Maaike Veen – Marieke van der Heijden – Mario Dos Santos Cabreira – Martijn van Rooij – Martin Nijdam – Matthijs van Schendelen – Menfis Alves – Merel van Beeren – Michael Hekking – Michelle Bade – Michelle Johnson – Leonie Roos – Natascha Wouterson – Natasja de Winter – Nicole Bekhuis – Nuño Negroes – Paco Valks – Pascale Fuchs – Patrick Wachner – Paul Feenstra – Peter Vosters – Peter Baas – Philip Jan Meijer – Philippe van den Weghe – Randy McNamara – Raymond Badoux – Remco de Boer – Rob Burkhard – Roberta Carminati – Roelof ten Broeke – Ronald Kip – Ru van Meeteren – Sjoerd van Schaaijk – Sonja de Vries – Suzanne Bergman – Tanya Lyabik – Tatjana Medvedev – Thaís Sabino – Thijs Gerritsen – Thomas Roos – Ton van der Meer – Tulio Dornas – Virginia Hamilton – Vladyslav Kadlubytskyy – Willem van Riet – Yann Arthus-Bertrand – Yoska van der Harten

THE BLACK JAGUAR FOUNDATION BOARDS

Ingomar Klaui
BJF Netherlands

Change manager,
Operational management

Jerry Griep
BJF Netherlands

MD of Benelux & North America
Cono Cheesemakers

Bart Jaspers
BJF Netherlands

Social entrepreneur

Ingomar Klaui
BJF Netherlands

Change manager,
Operational management

Jerry Griep
BJF Netherlands

MD of Benelux & North America
Cono Cheesemakers

Bart Jaspers
BJF Netherlands

Social entrepreneur

Ben Valks
BJF Brazil

Initiator

Flavia da Cruz Carneiro
BJF Brazil

Legal Consultant
Pro Result

Camila Lefèvre
BJF Brazil

Legal Director
Vieira Rezende Advogados

Ben Valks
BJF

Initiator

Flavia da Cruz Carneiro
BJF Brazil

Legal Consultant

Pro Result

Janaina Noronha Rocha
BJF Brazil

Sr. Legal Manager
Laureate International Universities

Hans Hagen
BJF Germany – Rep office

Geschäftsführer
Motovers
GmbH

Bastian Laucke
BJF Germany – Rep office

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Joe Hechler
BJF Germany – Rep office

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Hans Hagen
BJF Germany

Firmenberater
Motovers

Bastian Laucke
BJF Germany

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Joe Hechler
BJF Germany

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

A SELECTION OF OUR OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS

 
 
 
 
 

OUR OFFICES

OUR OFFICES

AMSTERDAM

 

BJF HEADQUARTERS

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

Stichting Black Jaguar Foundation
H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 123
1096 AM – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

 

SÃO PAULO

 

BJF BRAZIL

info@black-jaguar.org
+55 (11) 99248-4000‬

Instituto Black Jaguar  
Rua Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 187, Cj. 11
01403-001 – São Paulo – SP
Brazil

SANTANA

DO ARAGUAIA

BJF BRAZIL

info@black-jaguar.org
+55(94) 98436-1389

Instituto Black Jaguar  
Rua Pedro Miranda, 75, Qd 4, Lt 14
Santana do Araguaia

PA – 68560-000
Brazil 

MUNICH

 

BJF GERMANY

hagen@motovers.de
+49 151 23067393

c/o Drehmoment Film GmbH
Adi-Maislinger Str. 7

81373 – Munich
Germany

 

AMSTERDAM

BJF HEADQUARTERS

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

Stichting Black Jaguar Foundation
H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 123
1096 AM – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

 

SÃO PAULO

BJF BRAZIL

info@black-jaguar.org
+55 (11) 99248-4000‬

Instituto Black Jaguar  
Rua Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 187, Cj. 11
01403-001 – São Paulo – SP
Brazil

 

MUNICH

BJF GERMANY

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

c/o Drehmoment Film GmbH
Adi-Maislinger Str. 7

81373 – Munich
Germany