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.”
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.“
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 and it brings people together.”
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 Board.
“I hope my work is a catalyst for an appreciation of indigenous cultures”.
GRETEL PAHMER SANCHEZ
Gretel Sánchez is the policy and communications officer of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. Coming from Venezuela and having lived abroad in different countries including Egypt, gave her the passion to speak louder for those who are not being heard and are misunderstood.
“By promoting cultural heritage we can help people understand, accept, and respect others, and in this way, we can build cultural bridges all over the world”
KIEKE VAN MAARSCHALKERWAART
Kieke van Maarschalkerwaart is the project manager of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. She has the heart of a true adventurer and story-teller. Having traveled the world as a tour guide, she was also the camerawomen joining Jimmy Nelson to his travels in Siberia.
“No journey is the same and it is always surprising to see what crosses your path. I like to be challenged to stay inventive and creative: whether this is an adventurous far away destination, or more relaxed, and close-by home.”
Souraya is the secretary of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation board, as well as on the advisory Board of CREA (cultural organisation of the University of Amsterdam).
“Cultural heritage in all its forms gives us better insights in understanding, valuing, caring and enjoying. Through the foundation, we can help young talent, with an interest in indigenous people, to develop themselves.”
RENS DEN HOLLANDER
Ex-Googler Rens is a board member of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and Founder of AdBirds (an online marketing agency that operates world-wide). 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.”
Céline Kun is our partnership & fundraising advisor, having had 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.”
Francine is a member of the board. Having worked as the project and fundraise manager at Dance4Life for the last four years, she has a lot of experience in creating projects, making connections and putting her (commercial) creativity into action.
ASHKAINE HORA ADEMA
Ashkaine Hora Adema is the founding Board member of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and has been working together with Jimmy Nelson as his wife and partner 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.
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 board.
TESSEL VAN DER PUTTE
Tessel van der Putte is Advisor Abroad of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. She completed her studies in Global Challenges in World Politics and has done extensive research on indigenous cultural identity and connection to land.
At the moment she is perusing her MA in international law at the UN University in Costa Rica.
“I strongly believe in the value of indigenous knowledge in our world today: it can show us not only how to re-connect to where we come from, but – more importantly – it could show us a more sustainable path to where we are going.”