About Ubuntu Magazine

Want to stay up-to-date about global conservation efforts? We at Ubuntu Magazine provide you with truthful and comprehensive stories from the frontlines of nature conservation. Our mission is to inspire you to take action yourself. We do this by sharing personal stories from conservationists and researchers, but also from people like you! Ubuntu Magazine gives you a look behind the scenes, but also provides you with in-depth information on what’s happening. All bundled together in one magazine!

About Ubuntu Magazine

Mission

Ubuntu Magazine raises awareness on nature conservation issues and projects. We stand for a better understanding of what’s happening on the frontlines of conservation globally. We do this by sharing fair, transparent and easily accessible stories that are published in an online magazine. With the urgency to save nature, there is also an urgency to bridge the gap between conservation efforts and the public. Providing knowledge in the shape of inspiring stories will bridge this gap. We believe that the personal stories from conservationists will give people a deeper understanding of nature, which will inspire them to take action themselves.

Vision

Knowledge is the foundation of all action. We strive for a globally spread magazine that can be read by anyone. Therefore, we have two rules: we publish it online and it can be read for free. The magazine is a high quality, quarterly publication including diverse topics and different types of content. This diversity inspires all ages and people from all backgrounds. We believe that everyone can be a conservationist. Ubuntu Magazine will give you the information and inspiration to get there.

Vision

Knowledge is the foundation of all action. We strive for a globally spread magazine that can be read by anyone. Therefore, we have two rules: we publish it online and it can be read for free. The magazine is a high quality, quarterly publication including diverse topics and different types of content. This diversity inspires all ages and people from all backgrounds. We believe that everyone can be a conservationist. Ubuntu Magazine will give you the information and inspiration to get there.

Future

In the coming years, we aim for a bigger organization, so that more stories can be shared. As a result, Ubuntu Magazine can be published more often, which creates an almost live display of what’s happening on the frontline.

“I am because we are”

The faces behind Ubuntu Magazine

Founder

Manon Verijdt

Director

Hey there! My name is Manon, Director of Ubuntu Magazine. I love humpback whales, I traveled through Europe by train and lost my heart in Canada. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: eat locally while traveling! This is the most sustainable option when it comes to food.

The team

Suzanne Lek

Graphic designer

Hi! I’m one of Ubuntu Magazine’s graphic designers. I fell in love with Bali’s nature, seeing lions makes me speechless, and I will never again go surfing without taking any classes (I learned the hard way…). My-million-sustainable-dollar tip: explore a city by foot! You get the chance to take in so much more.

Arina Londen

Graphic designer

From another graphic designer: welcome! I simply can’t choose just 1 favorite animal. Elephants, turtles, or cats: I love all wildlife! My all-time favorite travel destination is Australia because of the memorable encounters I experienced there. My-million-sustainable-dollar tip: make friends with the locals! Slicing vegetables has never been the same again since slicing a zucchini with a machete with help from the locals.

Marijn Jansen

Webdesigner & creator

Hi you! Besides being a huge wildlife enthusiast, I am Ubuntu Magazine’s web designer & creator. Madagascar is my favorite travel destination because 70% of its flora and fauna are endemic. And I can assure you: it is mind-blowing! My million-sustainable-dollar tip: offset your flights’ emissions. A small extra price you pay for lifelong travel memories.

Tobias van Krieken

SEO manager

Hi! Nice to meet you here at Ubuntu’s website! My name is Tobias and I’m Ubuntu’s SEO Manager. Some small facts about me are 1. I have seen 43 countries so far, so I will never be able to choose a favourite place and 2. If you can’t find me, I’m probably somewhere in the forest or up in the mountains. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: try to eat veggy! I’ve been doing it since 2008 and it has opened up a whole new world of flavors for me.

Laura Meyers

Copywriter

Good to have you here! My name is Laura and I am one of Ubuntu Magazine’s copywriters. Do you remember Babar the Elephant? Up until today, that is still my favorite animal (though I love all wildlife in general)! My million-sustainable-dollar tip: I advocate for thorough research before booking just any wildlife tour.

Bruno F. Fiorillo

Copywriter

Hey there! I’m Bruno and besides being a herpetologist, I’m one of Ubuntu Magazine’s copywriters. My love for snakes started in Brazil, but my most favorite country is Australia. Especially their herps are amazing. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: only take memories from the places you visit and leave everything else exactly the way you found it.

Emma Ritzen

Illustrator

Hey you sustainable traveler! I am Ubuntu Magazine’s illustrator. I love Africa, and I can never see too many rhinos and hippos (yes, I love seeing wildlife). Especially Botswana stole my heart. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: travel at a slow pace! It helps you travel more sustainably, and trust me: your finances will appreciate it as well.

Amy van Loon

Journalist

Hello! I’m the journalist and here to boost Ubuntu Magazine’s sales. My greatest trip has been a train ride from Europe to China. Especially my time in Mongolia was truly inspiring because of their friendliness and nomadic lifestyle! My million-sustainable-dollar tip: stay longer with local communities to experience a deeper connection.

Judith v/d Steen

PR Manager

Hey there, another warm welcome from the public relations manager. Want to see me smile? Ask me questions about my time volunteering in Zambia & Malawi, and building a school together with the local community. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: Go off the beaten track and discover places where no other tourists are.

Mira de Winter

Social media manager

Hi all, my name is Mira de Winter and I’m the Social Media Manager. Asking me about my favorite animal or country is unthinkable. I think every animal and country are unique in their own way. However, Laos is special to me as it made me more grateful for the small things in life. My million-sustainable-dollar tip is easy: avoid using single-use plastics.

Former contributors

Carmen Castricum

Copywriter

Hola, I am another copywriter from Ubuntu Magazine! With a lost heart in Cuba, my trip along the Galápagos Islands has been unlike any other experience. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: Go on TripAdvisor and read the lowest-rated reviews. These reviews give you a realistic idea of how sustainable the wildlife project is.

Chiara Holzer

Social media manager

Hi, I’m so excited to have you here! I am Ubuntu’s Social Media Manager. You know that song “I feel like a fish in the sea…”, that’s me! I can spend hours floating in our beautiful underwater world. My million-sustainable-dollar tip: bring your own water bottle. Most accommodations offer a refill station. Just imagine the plastic waste reduction you support!