About DOB Ecology

DOB Ecology is a Dutch non-profit organization. The foundation was initiated by a Dutch entrepreneurial family, whose philanthropy enables the foundation to support the selected partners and programmes.

At DOB Ecology, we are driven by the believe that strong and healthy ecosystems are vital ingredients for life, well-being and sustainable development. Our mission is to support local partners and communities that work to protect and restore threatened ecosystems. In doing so, our primary focus is on wetlands and forests. In addition, we actively support the further development of cutting-edge science and research related to biodiversity, ecosystems, restoration and climate change. (See ‘portfolio’ for more details).

We work with a small team at our headquarters in Veessen, The Netherlands. It is our network of partner organisations that delivers the results on the ground – often in the ecological frontlines.

Please meet our staff and Board members below.

Please note: while we recognize there are many amazing organizations and initiatives out there, we do not work with open calls. Because our team is small, we cannot consider unsolicited proposals calls.

Our Staff

Birgitte Laarakker

Senior Programme Officer

Marianne Hilders

Senior Programme Officer

Merel van Brink

Office Manager

Jeanette Bertels

Company Secretary

Coen Boevé


Richard Holland


Our board

Louise Vet


Johan van de Gronden


Paul Verheul