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ABOUT DIEKE GEERLING

Founder and Director of the Osotua Foundation


The daughter of a wildlife ecologist, raised in the savannas of West Africa and, since 2002, safari specialist, Dieke Geerling, the founder and director of the Osotua Foundation, has great knowledge of Africa, safari tourism and nature. She subsequently studied Organizational Sciences at VU University Amsterdam and lived for two months among the Maasai of the Loita Plains for her graduation project. It was then that her love for the Maasai deepened. During this stay, she got to know various Maasai, including Hellen Nkuraiya, and with them she developed the plan for the Olosinko Concept.


Dieke looks for and coordinates the knowledge, expertise and tools of specialists and brings them together to achieve a synergetic effect while always keeping the interests of the different stakeholders in mind. She believes in giving an independent voice to livestock and wildlife/biodiversity. Dieke places much emphasis on the transformation of old indigenous knowledge and methods, while mixing them with new scientific ones, creating a fusion of Maasai culture and modern technology. She has a sharp, fast and creative way of finding holistic solutions to balance the interests of the various stakeholders.




BOARD MEMBERS


All board members voluntarily donate their time, expertise and network to the Osotua Foundation.

Adrianne Jonquière -Breure

Chair


Adrianne is passionate about circular economy, improving organizations and changing buildings. Critical yet cooperative, she loves working in India and Africa! 


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Deborah Duttenhofer Wachsmuth 

Treasurer


Deborah was born in Suriname and has lived and studied in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands. She holds Master's degrees in both Business and in Culture, Organization and Management, combining business administration and cultural identity in her work.

Dorien van Doorn

Secretary


Dorien is independent and has a knack for improving complicated logistical processes in industrial settings. She has a passion for horses and setting up businesses - and an insaitable curiosity about other cultures! She sees the world as if everything is new. 


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Joep van Mierlo

Advisor


Joep's professional interests can be summed up in two words: "Africa" and "cows". He supports our organization with his extensive knowlege of Pastoralists and their livestock.


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Postal Address: Westwagenstraat 72, 4201 HJ, Gorinchem, Netherlands

Phone: (+31) 6 1445 1891

Email: info@osotuafoundation.com

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