Who is Who

Our speakers


Wouter van Hoven

After thirty years as a distinguished academic and researcher in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria, Prof Wouter van Hoven retired in 2012.

He is an accomplished scholar in the areas of wildlife management and the African landscape. He is also the founder and first elected president of the Kissama Foundation in Angola that implemented the Noah’s Ark Project that airlifted a wide variety of wildlife to the Kissama National Park in Angola that was devastated by war and poachers.

In addition to authoring over 100 scientific publications, reports, and chapters, Prof van Hoven has served as a consultant in many community and extension projects in Africa, Europe, the UAE and the United States. He is currently Professor Extraordinaire at North West University and also involved with Ecolife and ElephantRescue.net programs.

Andrea Gröne

Prof. Dr. A. Gröne, director of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre, Professor of the Department of Pathobiology University Utrecht.

The purpose of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre is to enhance knowledge and expertise in wildlife health in the Netherlands. This will serve to provide scientifically based information for political and practical decisions concerning public health, wild and domestic animal health, and nature conservation issues.

Historically a number of institutes in the Netherlands have worked on different aspects of wildlife health. However, a central point for questions or concerns related to wildlife health, research and monitoring activities was non-existent. In addition, not all areas of wildlife health were addressed. This led to the intitiation of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) in April 2002, under the auspices of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, the Institute of Virology of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs.

Franck Meijboom

Franck L.B. Meijboom studied theology and ethics at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Aberdeen (UK). He is a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht and the Ethics Institute Utrecht University. He is also head of the Centre for Sustainable Animal Stewardship (CenSAS).

As a researcher and project manager he is involved in Dutch and European research on the topics of:

  • Ethics of animal welfare
  • Moral status of animals
  • Ethical topics of livestock farming and aquacultuur
  • Ethics around innovation and the use of animals in research
  • Prevention and combat of animal based diseases and zoonosis
  • Ethics in regard of genomics in sustainable livestock farming
  • Ethics of biotechnology and use of genetics in new food products.

Sonja Ciccaglione

Sonja Ciccaglione, DVM, MNRM, has twelve years experience as a veterinary professional in the areas of wild animal welfare and rehabilitation. Primarily engaged in spearheading a number of abroad conservation projects for optimal results, she has been responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of integrated wildlife
health surveillance, protection and management initiatives.

Whilst working in Italy, she discovered a Pigeon-to-Buzzard strain of Avipoxvirus, and contained that by the development and implementation of an effective disease control programme, and further preventive
medicine procedures for the Wildlife Rescue Center involved.

Sonja will give us a practical insight what a Wildlife Veterinarian, working in Europe, has to deal with.

Luuk Boerema

Lecturer Nature Conservation legislation. Senior legal consultant

Partner in Boerema & van den Brink B.V.

Legal consultant specialized on European legislation on nature protection. As legal consultant involved in many different issues concerning the Natura 2000 network,.

Specialized on Dutch legislation on wildlife and nature protection.

Publicist on jurisprudence  in  the journal Jurisprudentie Milieurecht and Flora-and fauna. Also co-autor of  a book  (in dutch) on legal issues concerning conservation and land use.

Pim Lollinga

Owner of rehabilitation Centre  Faunavisie Wildcare. Being a specialist in animal care Pim has an impressive knowledge of anatomy and more uncommon and strict protected species.

Faunavisie Wildcare pays a lot of attention for the veterinary caretaking of the rescued animals. Pim’s dream is to start a wildlife hospital and learning center.


Bob van den Brink

Projectleader Vets in the Wild to the  Nederlands

Consultant Wildlife-Management & Conservation

CEO and founder Wildlife Europe Group/Partner in Boerema & van den Brink B.V.

Contact: info@WildlifeEurope.eu

Evelien van der Meer

Assistance organization Symposium

Student Veterinary Medicine