I have lived in the following countries: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine and, last but not least, I am familiar with the customs in the USA. Today I live between tree worlds – the United States, UK and Bulgaria
When I was in my early 20s, I laid the foundation for my job as a commodity and foreign exchange trader at what was then a subsidiary of ABN AMRO BANK – MeesPierson Ltd. London. I still follow this passion to this day and actively trade with my own money on the raw material markets.
I have never traded in wood and I will never see this valuable living resource as a commodity!
Tony and I not only share the THOUGHT of sustainability in that we both want to give something back, but much more, the vision that we should give the children and adolescents of this world a place where they, like us at the time, can experience nature and learn about it. This fact, and the fact that we not only create a place of joy and experience, but also give something back to our earth makes me hope that we can contribute towards putting it back on the right path. CO2 reduction led me to set up this foundation, with Harald as managing director and the driving force.
Another topic for me is the question, what do my companies actually do with the money they earn? Where should these profits go? I myself can only eat 3 times a day, drive a car, live in an apartment and maybe treat myself to a bottle or two of wine. Despite the many successes in my life, it is more important than ever to me today not to put my personal enrichment in the foreground but to do something with the money and create something that helps us all.
That’s why I like to talk to Tony about how to benefit everyone, whether as a private individual, entrepreneur or executive, and so we chose to work on this project together. The ultimate aim is to create a forest on every continent / region in the world with the appropriate fauna that fits the area, so that everyone can experience how beautiful it is in NATURE. Personally, I am very fond of memories of my time as a child romping in the forest in every season.
A project was created in Europe, for the world of today as well as tomorrow.