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Elsemieke de Boer

Manager, Film and Media
Kigali, Rwanda

Elsemieke joined MASS in February 2020. She currently works on the development of stories related to the construction of the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund while at the same time supporting the project’s impact tracking research. 

She is interested in how communication tools like photography and film can be used to raise awareness around pressing global issues, such as those related to the environment and women. She believes visuals to be a very powerful communication tool that at the same time can connect and empower people throughout the process. 

Elsemieke holds a Master of Science in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability with a focus on traditional ecological knowledge and visual anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies specializing in Latin America and urban planning. She took part in the Short Documentary Film course by the Danish School of Media and Journalism, World Press Photo and NOOR Images for which she produced a short film on the physical and emotional damage left behind by Hurricane Maria in Dominica in 2017. Prior to joining MASS, Elsemieke worked in communications with the United Nations Environment Programme and as a production assistant for Redfitz, a Brooklyn-based cinematic documentary and narrative film production company.

This year, Elsemieke participated in the Jackson Wild 2021 Summit. Jackson Wild is a catalyst for accelerating and elevating impactful storytelling at the nexus of nature, science and conservation. The annual summit is an extraordinary annual convening where collaboration and innovation thrive and new ideas are launched.