As of January 1st, 2022, Marianne Thieme will be the director of the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. She succeeds Karen Soeters, who has held the position since 2007.
Marianne Thieme was one of the founders of the Party for the Animals in 2002 and was party leader and political leader of the party from 2006 to 2019. Earlier, she was director at Wakker Dier, a foundation that campaigns for the abolition of industrial animal farming.
During her political career, Marianne Thieme was closely involved in the work of the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation (NGPF), she starred in several documentaries for the scientific bureau. In 2007 she made Meat the Truth, the first Dutch climate film, with the collaboration Georgina Verbaan, Wim T. Schippers and others, followed by an international version in 2008 with Pamela Anderson, James Cromwell, Bill Maher and Emily Deschanel.
In 2010 she made the international documentary Sea The Truth with Dos Winkel and others and in 2012 she made the documentary The Pacer in the Marathon with Joost de Haas, about 10 years Party for the Animals. In 2015 she made the documentary series One Single Planet with Robert van Tellingen, in which she discusses the major problems concerning water, biodiversity, food security and zoonoses with leading experts worldwide, in which Dr. Olga Jonas of the World Bank was already deeply concerned about the approaching pandemic.
In 2019, again with Robert van Tellingen, she made the documentary #Powerplant, in which she investigates the relationship between meat consumption and climate change with Oxford researchers Kate Raworth, Marco Springmann and Joseph Poore and talks with Will Steffen (Australian National University), Jan Zalasiewicz (University of Leicester) and Moby about the need for a protein transition and an economy in which the limits of the earth in terms of raw materials and environmental space can no longer be exceeded.
The board of the NGPF is very pleased with Marianne Thieme’s willingness to assume the leadership of the scientific bureau as a follow-up to her political activities.