Derek Westra – Chairman
Derek’s favourite childhood movie was of course The Lion King. And it still is! From the beginning of his life, it was already crystal clear that Derek’s love for animals was deeply embedded in his heart. That’s why Mark (other boardmember) and Derek, when they were ± 6 years old, said to each other that they would go see all the animals in the world. So immediately after Derek graduated for his masters degree in Economics, he took the plane to Africa together with Mark. And he didn’t get disappointed when he arrived in Africa! Sometimes you can look forward to something so much that reality can never live up to your expectations, but in any case this did not apply when he saw Africa and its beautiful wildlife for the first time. After this life changing trip, Derek couldn’t live with the idea that the Africanimal kingdom is slowly being destroyed. So he decided that the rest of the world should see the beauty he has seen. Because the more people would see it, the more likely it is that it will last forever and this is still the main goal of Africanimals Foundation.