Who we are


CasFotoCas de Stoppelaar, chairman
MSc Biology (Leiden University), Founder of Summit Trekking (1974), co-founder of Summit Hotel (1978), chairman of both Nepalese companies until 2012. Editor/Staff writer of NRC Handelsblad (1976-2000). Founder/chief editor of Himalaya magazine (1984-2008). Consul General of Nepal to The Netherlands (1996 to date). He has published three books that are situated in Nepal. Also see: http://www.casdestoppelaar.nl/http://www.olifantenpolo.nl/, www.nepal.nl


Lex Raat, secretary
PhD Biology (Leiden University). Research staff Naturalis (1975-1978). Fish biologist at the Organisation for the Improvement of Inland Fisheries (1978-2000). Specialised in fisheries management, reintroduction of salmon, welfare of fish. Director of the same (2000-2005). Historian of 18th and 19th century nature study (2005 to date).


Foto EgbertEgbert  van der Pol, treasurer
MSc Biology (Leiden University). Consultant for Environment, and Town and Country Planning (1975-1999), for a.o. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank (IBRD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Managing partner Provast, real estate developer (2000-2010). Informal investor (2011 to date): Co-investor in Biocomp Pvt. Ltd. and in Intredid Cancer Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. (both in Nepal).


Eelco Dijk, member
Legal expert. Shareholder Summit Hotel (Nepal, until 2012), Co-investor in Biocomp Pvt. Ltd. and in Intredid Cancer Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. (both in Nepal). Active climber in the Nepalese Himalaya during the 1970s and 1980s. Previously working as Notary at Loyens & Loeff, currently as board member, mainly in the health care sector.


IMG_3882pLaura Bertola, member
PhD Biology, Leiden. “I’m interested in how the rapidly developing field of genetics can contribute to the field of conservation biology. During my PhD I applied various techniques to gain insight into the distribution of genetic diversity in the lion. These data provide a rational basis for prioritising populations for conservation efforts, but also give insight into evolutionary drivers which may have contributed to the current genetic make-up. Phylogeographic data can contribute to defining management strategies, both for in situ conservation and for breeding of captive stocks. Currently, I’m working on a new research line on metagenomics, with potential applications ranging from water quality monitoring to diet analysis.”

Scientific Advisory Panel


Herbert PrinsHerbert Prins
Biology PhD (Groningen and Cambridge Universities).Professor Resource Ecology at Wageningen University (1991 to date). Honorary professor at the University of KwaZulku-Natal (Durban, South Africa) (2013 to date), Foundation Fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), twice visiting professor: at CSIRO in Australia and Pietermaritzburg (South Africa). Fulbright Scholar en visiting professor at Princeton University (USA) (2012-2013). Specialised in: Ecology of savannas and alpine ecology. Participated in dozens of nature conservation projects in Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia. Supervised more than 80 PhD students. A.o. Officer in the Order of the Golden Ark en recipient of the Aldo Leopold Award. Also see: Herbert Prins .

Pasfoto Hans de Iongh 2Hans de Iongh
Associate professor at Leiden University since 1990; guest professor at Antwerp University since 2009. Member of the African Lion Working Group, member of the IUCN Cat specialist group, the Sirenia specialist group and the Canine specialist group and of the Steering Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Former Chair of the Netherlands Committee for IUCN (1990-2000), Co-Chair 2000-2003, Regional Councillor for West Europe (2008-2012). Member of the Netherlands CITES Commission, Chair of the Van Tienhoven Foundation and member of an Advisory Group to the Dutch Ministry. Active in the development of an action plan for lions in W and C Africa and involved in the harmonization of regional Red Lists. Initiated several National Conservation Strategies for threatened species and Red Listing in Europe.

Dibesh picDibesh Karmacharya
Degree in conservation biology from Wayne State College (US). Worked in the US for Caliper Lifesciences (New Jersey) as a research scientist (transgenic animal models). Promoted Genomics and Proteomics technology platforms for GE Healthcare Lifesciences in the US and Canada. Co-founder and chairman of the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), a wildlife genetics and clinical epidemiology research centre.  Co-founder of Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd, a molecular diagnostics based Biotechnology Company, and Intrepid Cancer Diagnostics.  Leader of several innovative researches in Nepal, including building Nepal’s first genetic database of wild Bengal tigers through Nepal Tiger Genome Project (NTGP); heads several other conservation genetics projects. Principal Investigator of PREDICT Nepal, an emerging pandemic threat project.  Published several papers on conservation genetics, HIV/AIDS, molecular diagnosis and wildlife and human infectious diseases.

Partner organisations

The Himalayan Tiger Foundation closely collaborates with:
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Centre of Environmental Studies (CML), The Netherlands.
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), The Netherlands.
Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands.
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Nepal
National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal
World Wildlife Fund (WNF), The Netherlands
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Nepal
Centre for Molecular Dynamics (CMDN), Nepal.
Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal.
Tiger Tops, Nepal.