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Conservationist & Animal Rights Activist

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Willie Smits is a trained forester, a microbiologist, conservationist, animal rights activist, wilderness engineer and social entrepreneur.

Smits began his career as a forester in Borneo. From 1985 Smits worked on the Wanariset Tropical Forest Research Station near Balikpapan in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan. In the early 1990s, he was a team leader of the Tropenbos Kalimantan Project Indonesia, an international partnership between the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Tropenbos Foundation.

In 1991, Smits founded The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. The Foundation is an Indonesian non-profit NGO dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Bornean orangutan and its habitat.

Smits has worked for the survival of this threatened species of ape, during which time his work has also broadened out into the related areas of sustainable farming, reforestation and remote monitoring of forests. He travels widely, raising awareness of the issues surrounding deforestation in Borneo and the plight of the orangutan, also showing how it has been possible on a relatively small scale to reverse the great damage that is being done to the orangutan and its environment. He became a senior advisor to the Ministry of Forests in Indonesia.

Smits also founded a nature reserve called Samboja Lestari in 2001 and co-founded the Masarang Foundation, which raises money and awareness to restore habitat forests around the world and to empower local people.

Smits received the first non-Indonesian Satya Lencana Pembangunan Award (1998). He has the equivalent of a knighthood from the Netherlands for his conservation work. As well, was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship and became a featured TED speaker, both in 2009.

In 2012, Smits published his book Thinkers of the Jungle - The Orangutan Report: Pictures, Facts, Background.

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Willie Smits

Conservationist & Animal Rights Activist

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Willie Smits Biography

Willie Smits is a trained forester, a microbiologist, conservationist, animal rights activist, wilderness engineer and social entrepreneur.

Smits began his career as a forester in Borneo. From 1985 Smits worked on the Wanariset Tropical Forest Research Station near Balikpapan in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan. In the early 1990s, he was a team leader of the Tropenbos Kalimantan Project Indonesia, an international partnership between the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Tropenbos Foundation.

In 1991, Smits founded The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. The Foundation is an Indonesian non-profit NGO dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Bornean orangutan and its habitat.

Smits has worked for the survival of this threatened species of ape, during which time his work has also broadened out into the related areas of sustainable farming, reforestation and remote monitoring of forests. He travels widely, raising awareness of the issues surrounding deforestation in Borneo and the plight of the orangutan, also showing how it has been possible on a relatively small scale to reverse the great damage that is being done to the orangutan and its environment. He became a senior advisor to the Ministry of Forests in Indonesia.

Smits also founded a nature reserve called Samboja Lestari in 2001 and co-founded the Masarang Foundation, which raises money and awareness to restore habitat forests around the world and to empower local people.

Smits received the first non-Indonesian Satya Lencana Pembangunan Award (1998). He has the equivalent of a knighthood from the Netherlands for his conservation work. As well, was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship and became a featured TED speaker, both in 2009.

In 2012, Smits published his book Thinkers of the Jungle - The Orangutan Report: Pictures, Facts, Background.

Willie Smits Videos

  • How to restore a rainforest - Willie Smits
    By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving...
  • Willie Smits Presentation: PeoplePlanetProfit part 3 of 3 - Youtube
  • Willie Smits Presentation: PeoplePlanetProfit part2 of 3 - Youtube

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  • How to book Willie Smits?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Willie Smits for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Willie Smits, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Willie Smits or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Willie Smits?

    Booking fees for Willie Smits, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Willie Smits, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Willie Smits?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Willie Smits for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Willie Smits for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Willie Smits or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Willie Smits or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Willie Smits Speaker Videos

  • How to restore a rainforest - Willie Smits
    By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a thrilling...
    Willie Smits Presentation: PeoplePlanetProfit part 3 of 3 - Youtube
  • Willie Smits Presentation: PeoplePlanetProfit part2 of 3 - Youtube
    Willie Smits Presentation: PeoplePlanetProfit part 1 of 3 - YouTube

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