Harry Starren is the former CEO of de Baak VNO-NCW, the premier leadership development institute in the Netherlands. During his 15-year tenure, the company acquired venues in The Hague, Driebergen and Antwerp while also establishing partnerships with renowned international partners. It was during this period that de Baak established its reputation as being a platform for innovation. He is a recognized expert on leadership and entrepreneurship and widely acclaimed as both a lecturer and facilitator.  

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Aimée Leslie is WWF-Peru marine programme director & global cetacean and marine turtle leader. 
Before this she worked for many years at WWF International in Gland, Switzerland. She oversees WWF’s conservation efforts for cetaceans and turtles, by leading a team that is spread out through the world, working from the field to the policy level to address the main threats to these endangered species. She is also passionate about environmental education and the arts.

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Ellen van den Honert has a degree in Policial Science from the University of Amsterdam. She has 10 years of experience with working in various companies in Europe and California. An enthusiastic entrepreneur, she recently introduced and established an early childhood music program in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a parallel career as a singer, songwriter and performing artist (Ellen Honert), successfully releasing two albums in the US and Europe.
Since 2015, she is the initiator and motor behind Wild About Music Foundation. 

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Prize Winner University of Amsterdam Alumnus Prijs 2018

The making of our documentary won an encouragement prize at the University of Amsterdam. The prize is meant for alumni who make a valuable contribution to society and are capable of inspiring others. 



Geert van Dam, president of University of Amsterdam's executive board, hands the 3rd prize over to Ellen van den Honert.

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Having been the basis of all our sophisticated society, doesn’t wilderness itself have a right to live on?


~ Mardie Murie