The first team on Negin Project


For the Negin project, a Dutch team of Delft University of Technology arrived in Iran and travelled to Firoozabad county on the first of November. In this area, the Negin project will be realized. We will give a brief overview of who they are, what they already did and what will be done in the coming future.

Below are the members of the team who are currently in Iran conducting a field study on the Negin project. Firstly, we will let them tell something about themselves and their reasons for cooperating in the project.

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    Luc Haagh

    Head of external relations
    Aerospace Engineering

    Hi! My name is Luc Haagh and I’m an Aerospace Engineering student at the Delft University of Technology. First of all, the Iranian people are very friendly and open. This makes me really honoured to participate in this project. The Negin safari park really attracted me as I’m very interested in nature and people. This is combined perfectly in this project. That’s why I’m very enthusiastic about the coming months in Iran!

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    Grytsje de Boer

    Head of Research
    International Studies

    Hi there! My name is Grytsje de Boer. I am a student of the bachelor International studies at Leiden University. In the upcoming three months, I will conduct research on the Negin Project in the Fars province, Iran. The project offers the combination of protecting the Iranian nature and introducing entrepreneurial stimulation to the local community in Firuzabad. Due to my studies and extracurricular activities, this interests me greatly. I am looking forward to contribute to this and to learn more about Iran and its Qashqai culture!

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    Mees Dekkers

    Head of Design
    Technology, Policy & Management

    Hello my name is Mees Dekkers and I am a student of Technology, Policy and Management, section Energy and Industry at the Delft University of Technology. It is a great honour to me that I am able to support the environment in Iran by nature protection and education. I am glad I can do this by an entrepreneurial way. My ability to analyze social-technical problems can be very helpful because of its similarity with the Negin Project. The Iranian culture is very impressive and I look forward to explore it even more the coming three months!

Next to this team of researchers currently working in Iran, two students stayed behind in Delft to work on the design of the safari center. Priyadarshini Nanda and Naftany van Zwaaij are both master students in Building Technology. They will design the safari park in a sustainable way.

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    Priyadarshini Nanda

    Building Technology
    Sustainable Design
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    Naftany van Zwaaij

    Building Technology
    Sustainable Design

In the months prior to their arrival, the team has been working on few papers. In this research, they looked at the feasibility of the project, they made a basic business model for the safari park and they made a plan for the field study. From the first of November onwards, they are conducting the research according this plan in Iran.

They started with getting to know the beautiful Iranian culture and nature to get a better view on the project. Now, after a few weeks they are used to the Iranian way and are getting able to communicate with locals. In the coming weeks, the team will continue its research on the great possibilities in the region to set up a safari park. This safari park will help to the ultimate goal of NGO Simba: Nature protection and nature education in the broadest sense of the word.