Head of Programme Operations
Education: MSc Botany (Vegetation Ecology), University of Antwerp, Belgium; Postgra-duate course in Environmental Impact Assessment, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.
Ben joined ECNC in 1994 and has built up extensive experience in providing expertise and support in relation to biodiversity in general and assessments, indicators, monitoring, reporting, ecosystem services and ecosystem and species management in particular, as well as relevant international policy initiatives. He is accustomed to liaising with governmental, non-governmental and research organizations in the field of biodiversity at international, EU, national, regional and local levels, with a focus on Europe. He has led projects for various clients, such as EU institutions, national and regional governments.
Ben is a certified facilitator and experienced in stakeholder involvement and participatory processes. He is member of the ALTER-Net Management Board, ECNC Editor for the Journal for Nature Conservation, and Research Associate of the European Forest Institute. Ben is (co)author of over 60 publications.
Before joining ECNC, Ben worked as research assistant at the Universities of Leuven and Antwerp, Belgium.
‘Biodiversity influences a large part of my life. Not only professionally but also in my free hours biodiversity inspires me in the way I garden, where I walk or cycle, where I spend my holidays with my family, what I convey to my children, what I draw, etc.’