Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Willie Smits's work was prepared when Willie Smits was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Dr. Willie Smits is a rainforest inventor who has revolutionized reforestation techniques and policies worldwide and is also the world’s most prominent protector of orangutans and their natural habitat. As founder of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and the Masarang Foundation, he has consistently worked to address the root causes of deforestation by addressing the relationship between the animal world, our planet, and humankind.
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