Meet The Team

A diverse collection of passionate individuals that want to contribute to a better future for all of us.

Kyra Hoevenaars

Kyra Hoevenaars is the co-founder of Fins and Leaves and is responsible for project development, administration, and evaluation. She studied biology at Wageningen University and has eight years of work experience in the Philippines carrying out projects on nature conservation, development, and education. Since then she has been involved in development projects in Myanmar and Kenya. Currently she is engaged as an aquaculture consultant for the AquaBioTech Group in Malta.

Jonah van Beijnen

Jonah van Beijnen is the co-founder of Fins and Leaves. He studied nature conservation in the Netherlands and sustainable aquaculture in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience from living and working in the Philippines for more than ten years while working on sustainable development through mariculture and conservation. Jonah is responsible for the overall management, leading and planning our project activities, directing fund-raising activities and obtaining support from the local community, private foundations, and other sources.
Based in Spain, Jonah also provides worldwide consultancy services in the aquaculture and fisheries sector through his company VB Consultancy.

Jenny Rose Bagain

Jenny Bagain has a Bachelor in Education (English and Mathematics) at Full Bright College, Puerto Princesa, the Philippines. She is a licensed teacher and is currently finishing her Master in Education. Next to her job as a teacher, she supports the management of the Fins and Leaves as an advisor for the education projects. She also supervises students and trainees.

Natasha Poposka – de Bats

Natasha grew up in various countries in Africa; Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. With this background Natasha developed an intense interest in the combination of nature conservation and international development issues, therefore choosing to study International Development at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, with a minor in Nature and Society. She is specialized in coastal zone management and environmental education and has been involved in a number of projects for WWF, Wetlands International and the Dutch Institute for Environmental Education, mostly developing educational projects and publications.