AMBASSADORS JIMMY NELSON FOUNDATION

JIMMY NELSON

JIMMY NELSON

Jimmy Nelson is an international renowned photographer of indigenous cultures around the globe and the initiator of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. He is the Foundation’s foremost ambassador and also an honorary board member of the organisation. “I hope my work is a catalyst for an appreciation of indigenous cultures“.
EDUARDO KOBRA

EDUARDO KOBRA

Eduardo Kobra (Brazil) is one of the most well-known and upcoming street artists in the world. He is famous for this massive colourful murals of human portraits around the world and for his latest series called “Las Ethias” (Ethics) in Porto Rio, Brazil. The idea of these murals is to show that all humans are connected and united.

“When I decided to create a project in Brazil about the preservation of the Indigenous culture, Jimmy Nelson’s photos inspired me – and keep inspiring me – to carry on. That’s why it’s a huge privilege for me to be chosen as an ambassador of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. My goal will be to raise awareness about the fantastic tribes that we still have on our planet.”

SOPHIE HILBRAND

SOPHIE HILBRAND

As a well-known Dutch actress and TV host, Sophie has seen and traveled a lot around the world. In her work, she has also touched upon issues around mental health and emotional well-being. “We can really learn from indigenous people and their way of life. For quite some time now, I have concerned myself with matters of depression, burn-outs and the western world. One feels the loss of certain values, that have disappeared in our own culture. This is why we have to keep looking at these people, to learn or re-discover (and feel intuitively) what is truly important.
CéLINE KUN

CéLINE KUN

Céline Kun has years of non-profit work experience (UNICEF, War Child, and MasterPeace). Coming from a Chilean-Mapuche-Pehuenche background herself, she wants to contribute to the well-being of indigenous communities around the world. “With this Foundation, we celebrate the spirit of indigenous peoples globally. As an Ambassador of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation, it is my way of giving back and provide support wherever I can.”
HENK BAKBOORD

HENK BAKBOORD

Henk Bakboord is a Dutch dance pioneer and facilitator of youth empowerment workshops. For Henk, dance brings people closer together. “If anything, dance and movement are intercultural: everywhere in the world people dance.” 

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QUIRINE PLEYTE

QUIRINE PLEYTE

Quirine Pleyte is the owner of Peak4 in Amsterdam and a specialist in creative problem solving, inspiring personal development, management and leadership.

EWOUT VAN JARWAARDE

EWOUT VAN JARWAARDE

Ewout is de Senior Vice President of Car Remarketing at LeasePLan Corporation N.V. and the treasurer of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation.
SOURAYA SARRAF

SOURAYA SARRAF

Souraya is on the Advisory Board of CREA (cultural organisation of the University of Amsterdam) and the secretary of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. “Cultural heritage in all its forms gives us better insights in understanding, valueing, caring and enjoying.  Through the foundation, we can help young talent, with an interest in indigenous people, to develop themselves.”
RENS DEN HOLLANDER

RENS DEN HOLLANDER

Ex-Googler Rens is the Founder of AdBirds, an online marketing agency that operates in more than 60 countries. Here, he works together with a global network of other ex-Googlers to provide online marketing services around the globe. “Through my international digital marketing experience I hope to help grow the Jimmy Nelson Foundation internationally.” 
SIMON RAEDTS

SIMON RAEDTS

Simon Raedts is a private investor and the president of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. “In times where cultural differences seem to be bigger than ever, we bridge the gap between cultural differences.”
ASHKAINE HORA ADEMA

ASHKAINE HORA ADEMA

Ashkaine Hora Adema is the founding board member of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and has been working together with Jimmy for over 20 years. “When you understand someone else, you realise how much alike we really are.”  Like the others on the board, Ashkaine’s work for the foundation is unrewarded.

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REINIER VRIEND

REINIER VRIEND

Reinier Vriend is a free-lance policy consultant for the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. He has a background in media scholarship and projects relating global issues.
TESSEL VAN DER PUTTE

TESSEL VAN DER PUTTE

Tessel van der Putte is Policy Director of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. She completed her studies in Global Challenges: World Politics and has done extensive research on indigenous cultural identity and connection to land.

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RECENT UPDATES

  • The Jimmy Nelson Foundation has been accredited the CBF seal of approval!   It has only been two years since the Jimmy Nelson Foundation was founded by the photographer Jimmy himself. Ever since, his team has been working hard on bringing the importance of indigenous cultural diversity to the a...

  • We are proud to introduce you to our newest Foundation ambassador, Brazilian street artists Eduardo Kobra!   Eduardo Kobra (born in Sao Paulo, Brazil) has committed himself to the Jimmy Nelson Foundation as an international ambassador. We are proud of him as a member to our organisation –...

  • Volunteer for one of our photography projects! As of this summer, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation will be creating photography projects around the world, that take place at the moment cultures are at their most celebrative: traditional cultural festivals. What is so unique about this new initiative, is ...

  • Volunteer for a Project abroad! Yes, you can apply now to volunteer for one of our projects. Read more here:   New year, new programme. The Jimmy Nelson Foundation will be creating documentation projects around the world, and for that, we need talented photographers, filmmakers and editors to a...


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