Iris de Winter has always been interested in nature. After her Master’s Degree in Biology (Wageningen University, the Netherlands), she finished her doctoral research on the consequences of anthropogenic habitat changes for the health of lemurs and published multiple scientific articles on this subject.
Meanwhile, Iris was chair of the student staff council of the university and incubation manager, supporting start-up companies who were working on sustainable solutions.
She currently coordinates the course Wildlife Conservation at Utrecht University, is primate-expert and research coordinator in a conservation project on blue-eyed black lemurs for Apenheul, has been organising student conservation excursions in southern Africa over the last nine years, and is a hiking guide in mountainous areas throughout Europe.
A tour leader of (conservation) tours for several travel agencies, Iris completed an intensive tour guide training program in which safety during travel, orientation, Basic Life Support and respect for culture and the environment were central.
Iris de Winter
Rewilding Europe - Major Donor Relations