Het team

Ons team is wereldwijd actief, specifiek in Thailand, Zuid-Afrika, België en Nederland. Meer informatie: support@bteh.org.

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Antoinette van de Water (zij/haar) – Oprichter en directeur

The only way to make a difference is through hope. Optimism is essential if we are to find a way to halt the mass species extinction already on its way. We must cherish compassion and inclusiveness to safeguard this planet on which we all depend. 

Khwankhao “Kimmim” Sinhaseni – Country director Thailand



Jeroen Bol, bestuurslid

Nature has always been my biggest passion. The elephant is an amazing animal and a keystone species in their ecosystems. We need to protect elephants and find solutions for reducing human-elephant conflict.

Saskia Cornelissen, penningmeester

Suzan Doornwaard, bestuurslid
Berrie Jurg, voorzitter

Liesbeth Sluiter, bestuurslid

‘What is your favourite animal?’ asks my niece. ‘Elephant of course!’ I say, although I love the rest of nature just as much. Nature motivates my work as a journalist and photographer, and I feel fortunate to be part of Bring The Elephant Home’s venture to make the world a better place.

Team Thailand

Ave Owen (they/them) – Program Manager Thailand

I can’t imagine a world without elephants. Through working with empowered community partners to implement sustainable solutions to human-elephant conflict, Bring The Elephant Home, and its ever-growing team, represent a brighter future for the world’s elephants. 

Thanasit “Oh” Phibunwattanakon – Regional Field Supervisor

Elephants are a unique species – they’re intelligent, powerful and can solve problems. They brought job opportunities, tourism and income to my community, and we cooperate and work together all because of elephants.

Phakakrong “Tia” Yodying- Tom Yum Project Team

Wilawon “Mint” Phromsaat – Tom Yum Project Team

Chanchira “Toui” Phukhang – Tom Yum Project Team

Roengrom “Rom” Amsamarng- Tom Yum Project Team

Natsuda “Mo” Sutiboriban: Research Coordinator

Tyler Nuckols – PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder

Chariya “Yok” Hongriw – Events officer

Akaraphum “Phum” Pisanwanich – Social Impact Manager

Brooke Friswold – Elephant Researcher – PhD research with the Bangkok-based University KMUTT and BTEH

I hope to increase the coexistence and connection between humans and elephants (and all wildlife) through understanding and facilitating conservation action. My PhD research seeks to inform and increase human and elephant relations, elephant welfare and populations through analyzing elephant behavioral responses following BTEH interventions, among other objectives. “The greatest threat to our future is apathy” Jane Goodall. 

Alisa Hengtai, Conservation Program Coordinator

“Once I spent time in lush forests and became fascinated with wildlife, I started to wonder how great it would be if we could preserve these for future generations. To experience this beauty, realize the importance of nature, and learn how connected we all are.”

Samon “Som” Sangthong – Tom Yum Project Coordinator

I grew up in Ruam Thai village, where we see elephants every day. Even though they damage crops I still view them as friends and feel lucky to live nearby them and teach visitors about them.

Chidapha “Bee” Oiumao – Activity Coordinator
Khamarat Chorchuvong, Product Development Specialist 

Emily Dean

Internationaal team

Leo and Toni van de Water

As Antoinette’s parents, we have been involved with BTEH since the start. Like Antoinette, we have fallen in love with elephants. Such beautiful, majestic and intelligent animals, that are so important for our natural world. We are happy to volunteer for BTEH when ever we can!

Gordon Wasch

After volunteering for elephants in Thailand and rhinos in South Africa I was determined to do whatever I could to save them from going extinct.
Working for BTEH is just one of the things I do to help this majestic creature and I’m proud to be part of this amazing team!

Mikayla Vanhoutan

Animals and nature have always been a large part of my life, so volunteering in South Africa with Bring The Elephant Home only deepened my desire to continue studying wildlife biology and focus my career on elephant conservation. I love being able to stay involved with human-elephant coexistence efforts as a volunteer here at BTEH!

Janneke Troost

Ever since I saw a wild elephant in Nepal, these majestic animals entered my heart. By becoming active in their conservation (although from a distance), I hope to contribute to making sure that this is not the only place they will be present in the future. “We’ve got to build a better future… And we need to start right now…” (Song for the Climate – Do it now)

Marieke Boogaard

I have always had a big passion for animals, which led me to study animal management. The work of Bring The Elephant Home inspired me and made me want to get involved as a volunteer. I love being able to contribute to human-elephant coexistence as a volunteer for BTEH!

Vera Praet

I have always had a passion for wildlife and nature in general, which inspired me to study biology and get involved in nature conservation. A seminar by Antoinette of Bring the Elephant Home inspired me so much I decided to write my thesis about human-elephant-conflicts, go to South Africa for a couple of months, and stay involved as a volunteer.

Mara van Maarschalkerweerd
Eva Negerman

“I have a big passion and love for all that is Africa and its wonderful wildlife and nature. The work that BTEH does contributes on so many levels and I am proud and happy to help in any way I can.”

Jazz Kok

For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about nature. For humanity’s own sake and so many other reasons, I believe we need to conserve nature and all of its beautiful creatures such as the elephant. In my work I focus on the recovery of tropical forests, and by supporting BTEH I am very happy to be able to make a contribution to elephant welfare in my free time.

Emily Belonje

I begun my journey with BTEH since I was a international student in Thailand and now, I hope to continue supporting them in The Netherlands. My passion for animal conservation and sustainable livelihoods has driven me to further learn and research about it in my studies, and is reflected in the values and conservation efforts of BTEH.

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