The success of the Amazon Investor Coalition is based on our commitment to not “reinvent the wheel”, but rather to connect and advance the deep expertise of allies, supporters, advisors, and our team.
GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Arnd Alexander Borges Rose is a German/Brazilian innovator in the field of sustainable and economic development, international cooperation and marketing. Alexander studied communications, business administration and knowledge management (sustainable development/PES) in Brazil. Over the past 25 years, Alexander has served in diverse executive positions at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), at The Nature Conservancy (TNC Brazil, responsible for the campaign Plant-a-Billion), at the Economics and Global Affairs Department of the German Embassy in Brazil, and at the telecom giant Huawei where he was responsible for government relations, sustainability and CSR projects as well as corporate education programs. Alexander has work experience across South America, Central America and Germany. Starting in 2017, he pioneered work on market access at GIZ (the German Corporation for International Cooperation) in Brazil with a specific focus on the bioeconomy, sustainable forest management, and private sector partnership.
Alexandre (Alex) Alves is an specialist in Cross-Sector Partnerships and Collective Action Platforms. For the last two decades he has been in the forefront of developing partnerships with academia, private sector companies, civil society organizations, NGOs and governments. Currently, he is the Private Sector Engagement Specialist at USAID/Brazil. Before joining USAID, Mr. Alves worked as economic assistant for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. Prior to that, he was Assistant Dean in College of Business at Lewis University in Romeoville-Illinois. For the last 13 years, he is been involved on discussions and the design of creative solutions for the sustainable development of the Amazon and the conservation of its biodiversity. He has worked on the structuring and implementation of two innovative collective action platforms – Mais Unidos Group (www.maisunidos.org) and the Partnership Platform for the Amazon (www.ppa.org.br). Mr. Alves earned a contract major BA degree from Bethany College in Business Administration and Political Science and MBA from Lewis University. Alex is a writer of romance fiction and short stories.
Amanda Joy Ravenhill is co-founder of Regenerosity, a philanthropic collaborative dedicated to accelerating the regenerative economy for people, planet and shared prosperity. Amanda is also the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, a non-profit dedicated to catalyzing transformative solutions to complex global problems through design thinking education. She previously held the role of Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. Amanda also serves as advisor to the Center for Carbon Removal and is a member of the steering committee for the Nexus Global Climate Change Working Group. Other positions she has held include lecturer at Presidio Graduate School, teaching the Principles of Sustainable Management course; co-founder of The Hero Hatchery, a climate activist fellowship program; Business Partnership Coordinator at 350.org; and Americorp Sustainable Communities and Education Fellow. Ravenhill is driven by her experience living and working internationally as well as her enthusiasm to integrate art and science. She lectures and speaks publicly on such wide-ranging topics as biochar, regenerative design, carbon drawdown strategies, mindfulness, and systems thinking. She is deeply inspired by the life of Buckminster Fuller and his goal to “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage to anyone”. Specialties: climate change, sustainable business, biochar, graphic recording, biomimcry, impact investing, financing for SMEs in emerging markets, community organizing, GIS, meeting facilitation, design thinking, full-cost accounting, ecological economics, microfranchising, base of the pyramid, micro-gasification, cookstoves, and systems thinking.
Amanda Paulson joined the staff of the Bobolink Foundation, a private foundation focused on conservation and biodiversity, in the spring of 2020, and has been focusing on work in the Amazon and grasslands conservation, among other projects. She also serves as a trustee of Bobolink. Before that, Amanda spent 20 years as a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor, including six years as their Midwest Bureau Chief. In that time she reported on a wide range of issues: education, immigration, natural disasters, politics and elections, and the environment. For the last four years, she was the Monitor’s chief environmental writer, covering climate change, environmental policy, biodiversity, and science. She also serves on the boards of Rare, Thorne Nature Experience, and the Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Amanda graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in comparative literature and environmental studies, and lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two children. She spends as much time as possible outside, hiking, skiing, biking and camping, and also loves travel, photography, and reading.
Ana Carolina Avzaradel Szklo served as the Sustainability Manager of humanize Institute, a Brazilian philanthropy focused on contributing to sustainable development and fostering income generation. She was responsible for the sustainability and impact business portfolios. Previously, she worked as the Technical Development Director of the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) and as liaison to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of environmentally minded corporate CEOs that convenes over 200 companies. Ana Carolina has 16 years of experience working on themes of sustainability across 10 countries and in diverse contexts ranging from climate negotiations within the UNFCCC and IPCC to project development and advocacy. She maintains a wide network of collaborators including leaders from the business, government, NGO, and academic sectors. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Energy Planning, is an economist and for the UNFCCC she serves as a member of the Roster of Experts as an energy expert and Lead Reviewer of national greenhouse gas inventories.
Amrita Vatsal is a Managing Director for EFM, a real asset investment manager that invests in natural climate solutions across the Americas. Amrita is a member of EFM’s management team. In this role, she shapes the company’s growth and impact investment strategies managing new product development, fund structuring and investor recruitment. Additionally, as a member of the investment committee, she contributes to property sourcing, transaction structuring, conservation finance, and carbon project development. Prior to EFM, Amrita was an Assistant Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Singapore for 5 years and she subsequently cultivated a passion for financing the growth of environmental business while working for Piper Jaffray’s clean-tech banking group. Her love for forests began during a stint in Indonesia where she helped develop a carbon project on 200,000 hectares of pristine tropical peat forest. Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an MS in Natural Resources.
Austin Thompson works on supply chain operations for Starlink, a satellite constellation operated by SpaceX, providing Internet access coverage to dozens of countries. He also manages donor relations for a Starlink social impact initiative to help people and organizations use the ground breaking technology. Austin is a trusted advisor and mentor to several high-impact nonprofits and start-up ventures spanning technology, healthcare, and social/environmental causes. Previously, Austin supported efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with healthcare providers and led training and support for groups such as Southern Vision Alliance. He supported the launch and implementation of the Technology and Media Innovation Initiative at the Four Freedoms Fund, capturing novel practices on the role of digital technologies to scale immigrant and refugee advocacy. Austin was recognized as one of the “top 40 under 40” in Washington Life magazine for his leadership as Executive Director of the Youth Engagement Fund where he raised and moved millions of dollars to empower marginalized youth and emerging leaders. Austin graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington D.C. and earned his MBA from Duke University at the Fuqua School of Business.
Caroline Kronley is the president of the Tinker Foundation, which funds civil society organizations in Latin America in the areas of governance, education, and natural resource management. Previously, she worked as the Managing Director for Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading development of new programmatic initiatives. Earlier in her career, she was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners as well as Booz & Company where she served a broad range of clients on strategy and organizational performance. Caroline worked for a number of years in Mexico, where she oversaw strategic planning activities for a microfinance institution. In this role, she designed and led marketing, partnership, training, and program evaluation initiatives. Caroline graduated from Haverford College with a degree in History and a concentration in Latin American studies and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Carolina Munis has a background in International Relations and is the Brazil Program Officer at Oak Foundation, where she develops grant-making and capacity building strategies to fight systemic violence. She is an experienced facilitator of educational processes for activists and a former member of Escola de Ativismo (School of Activism), a collective with the mission to strengthen the capacities of urban and rural social movements across Brazil. Her work is deeply guided by popular education, regenerative governance, and phenomenology. Carolina coordinated multiple experimental initiatives of flexible funding and movement-building for activist communities, including those focused on climate change and climate justice, diversity in electoral politics, and labor dignity for sex workers. She is enthusiastic about all forms of collective organizing and has, for the past seven years, researched and implemented self-management practices in civil society organizations, activist groups, and communities. She is a former co-editor of Revista Tuíra, a magazine focused on contemporary activism, and a partner of Beautiful Trouble, a platform to strengthen creative, nonviolent activism across the globe.
Craig Cogut has spent a career building successful investment businesses. Mr. Cogut founded Pegasus, a private equity fund, in 1995 and serves as its Chairman and CEO. Through Mr. Cogut’s leadership, Pegasus has focused on sectors influenced by global resource scarcity and the need to combat climate change, as well as on the growth in demands globally for human health and wellness, leading to Pegasus becoming the first U.S. private equity fund manager to be accredited by the Green Climate Fund. In 1990 Mr. Cogut co-founded and was one of the original partners at Apollo Advisors L.P., a position he held for six years preceding the creation of Pegasus. Mr. Cogut is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of HealthE, Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of PanTheryx. In addition, Mr. Cogut has been an active philanthropist in the fields of improving education, building civil society and championing environmental and health issues. Mr. Cogut currently serves as Chairman of the finance advisory board of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet, a non-profit focused on leveraging private finance for public good in order to achieve sustainable development goals. Mr. Cogut is an alumnus of Brown University and Harvard Law School.
Daniel R. Katz is the Vice President of Environment Program at the Overbrook Foundation, a grantmaker focused on human rights and the environment. He directs environmental philanthropy in areas ranging from biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption to movement building and innovation. He is the Board Chair and former president of the Rainforest Alliance, an organization he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24. He is currently spearheading initiatives to build a stronger, more inclusive, and more equitable environmental movement in the United States. A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Mr. Katz has served as a consultant, adviser, and board member for numerous organizations including People for the American Way, Grist.org, the Gibson Guitar Foundation, and the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editor of two volumes: Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song (Workman) and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader (Crown). Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities around the country on the topics of the social entrepreneurism, rainforest conservation, sustainability, and leadership. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, where he also taught on sustainability and business. He is an ICF accredited executive coach and received his training at the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA. Mr. Katz studied Chinese linguistics in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.
Daniel Sabará is the CEO of Beraca SA, a leading supplier of natural and organic-certified ingredients sourced sustainably from Amazon biodiversity. A forward thinking leader with extensive management experience, Daniel develops business models that serve fast changing markets and demands. He serves as a key presenter on sustainable development at leading ethical-sourcing roundtables and events. Through his work on new market strategies, Daniel adds value to international brands, preserves biodiversity, and increases income for local communities. By helping employees and customers develop meaningful connections to a brand’s core beliefs, Daniel helps to increase engagement, awareness, and retention. He also manages “Green Chemistry” efforts that innovate cosmetic products and enable traceable supply chains. By integrating work on nature and technology, Daniel helped to launch the first multifunctional insect repellant offering 24 hrs of hydration and 6 hrs of repellency. In 2015, Daniel co-founded the Beraca Institute to help bring new income to local Amazon communities and to teach corporations how to consistently source sustainable produce from them.
Danielle Carreira is an environment, climate and sustainable finance specialist and brings nearly fifteen years’ experience developing and implementing multi-stakeholder initiatives that helps the global finance sector to understand and integrate environmental risks and opportunities into investment and lending processes. As Head of Finance Sector Engagement at the Tropical Forest Alliance, an initiative hosted by the World Economic Forum, she is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and coordination of a platform, that brings together public policy makers, financial institutions, global companies and commodity producers from key countries, towards an inclusive and collective action agenda to reduce deforestation and accelerate the transition towards more sustainable land use practices. Danielle is a member of the Expert Review Committee of the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Food and Agriculture Benchmark and supports the development of the Food and Agriculture Benchmark. Danielle has previously worked at the Principle for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, Trucost, FTSE Russel, Reuters and Bloomberg. She has co-authored the report “Natural Capital Risk Exposure of the Finance Sector in Brazil in 2015. Her most recent publication, The State of Finance for Nature, was published in May 2021. Danielle holds an MA in International Finance and a BSc in Economic Sciences.
Denis Minev is CEO of Bemol, a top retailer in northern Brazil. He is also a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, an NGO that promotes development and conservation in poor communities of the Brazilian Amazon. In 2012, he was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Between 2007 and 2009, Minev served as State Secretary for Planning and Economic Development of Amazonas and was previously an analyst at Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Diego Saez-Gil is Co-founder & CEO of Pachama, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence and satellite data to verify and monitor carbon sequestration by forests, in order to drive more funding to their conservation and restoration. Prior to Pachama, Diego co-founded Bluesmart (acquired by TravelPro) and WeHostels (acquired by StudentUniverse). Diego was awarded MIT 35 Under 35 and was selected High Impact Entrepreneur by Endeavor.
Ethan Steinberg is a startup growth expert, turned soil health geek, who is focused on turning ideas into reality. He has helped scale ventures domestically and internationally in industries such as the sharing economy, consumer packaged goods, and B Corp businesses. He is the CEO at Propagate Ventures, an agroforestry investments & project development platform focused on bridging the capital and operational needs for the integration of tree crops to farmland. At Propagate, Ethan leads business development, investor relations, marketing, and growth strategy. He holds a B.A. in Social Justice & Sustainability from Miami University, is a Board Member at the Association for Temperate Agroforestry, as well as an Advisory Board member at Purpose + Sport. He also manages Propagate.org, a curated news hub on the regenerative economy. Having been born on Earth day, he has been passionate about the environment for his entire life and enjoys living at the intersection of regeneration & technology.
Fang Yuan is a General Partner at AIX Ventures, working with some of the top minds in the AI space, focusing on preseed and seed AI & Robotics deals. Prior to AIX Ventures, Fang worked at Baidu Ventures for four years, also focusing on deeptech investments. Earlier in her career, she worked at two unicorn startups (Stripe & Zendesk) and was a global consultant (Brazil, Mexico, India, Nigeria, etc.) with Oliver Wyman Financial Services Consulting. Fang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Fernando Russo is Founder and GP of the Meraki Impact, an impact investing company managing the investments of a single family office toward a “100% Impact” portfolio focused on changing food systems and scaling regenerative agriculture. Fernando has over 15 years of experience in marketing and entrepreneurship, including 9 years running his own startup in Brazil from inception to exit. After selling his company in 2015, he joined the Executive MBA at INSEAD, starting his career as an impact investor in 2016 and founding Meraki. Today, Fernando also serves as a board member and business strategist for reNature, a company dedicated to mainstreaming regenerative agroforestry by designing and implementing model farms and schools.
Fiona Banister is a multidisciplinary catalyst for human rights, social good, climate resilience and sustainable development worldwide. Her goal is to create positive impact and innovate change. With a global team of scientists, farmers, technologists, social impact investors, youth and family offices, she curates decarbonization impact investing climate summits and an ongoing panel series: decarbonized.org. Aligned with an international network, her current focus is on cultivating core impact projects that help the environment and empower humans to invest and participate with the lens of the 17 UN SDG Goals. This includes collaboration on sustainable infrastructure for regenerative forest holdings (Arboreal), ocean technology, inclusive health technology, renewable energy, eco-green low-income housing, blockchain, fin-tech, IoT, organic food and micro-finance. Driving for an equal access to opportunities for the “inbanked”, she is involved in a disruptive fin-tech banking system using a smart biometric ID/wallet for peer-to-peer payment technology. Ethernom.com. Fiona and family are impact investing members of Toniic and NEXUS. She is an alliance builder for conservation and sustainable projects: Oceaneos.org, Soileos.com, Futuroforestal.com, Thegenerationforest.com, Amazonaid.org, Mcmef.org, Wildbirdtrust.com. Inspired by the vital human rights actions of the Indian environmental lawyer M.C.Mehta, advocates for environmental education programs to cultivate the next generations of climate leaders and stewards. As a trained Waldorf teacher, parent, biodynamic gardener, herbalist and yogi, her alchemy is in respecting biomimicry and learning lessons from nature. Fiona believes that if you can see a problem, then you can collaborate to create the impact solution and plant an organic seed for the next generation to grow.
Francis von Hildebrand is the Chief Executive Director of Gaia Amazonas Foundation, a Colombian NGO whose mission is to protect the Amazon, biocultural diversity, and socio-environmental resilience while actively partnering and collaborating with Indigenous Governments and communities. Francis is a professional in Development Studies and is an expert specialized in local development strategies, local governance, and inter-cultural environmental management with a strong emphasis on community-based research and participation. He has led Gaia Amazonas as its Director and CEO since 2012, and, previously worked for a decade in the organization as a researcher advancing development and conservation projects with indigenous communities in Colombia and in transfrontier projects. He currently leads an interdisciplinary team of more than 80 people, who work in the recognition and implementation of the Indigenous Territories and their government figures, all this, through the organization’s work areas: Indigenous Territories, Political Advocacy, Intercultural knowledge, Regional conservation strategies, Communications, and Geographic Information Systems.
Gregory Landua is co-founder and CEO of Regen Network. Regen Network is leading the way towards tracking and funding ecological regeneration using blockchain technology. Before founding Regen Network, Gregory co-founded and grew Terra Genesis International from a Regenerative Agriculture consultancy and design firm, into a leader in the Regenerative Agriculture and Economy movement, and successfully grew and exited a craft chocolate company focused on regenerative, bean to bar craft chocolate called Nova Chocolate. As an author, educator and thought leader, Gregory co-authored the pioneering book, Regenerative Enterprise in 2012, and the Levels of Regenerative Agriculture white paper in 2016, and recently the founding Regen Network white paper. Websites based on his work include: www.regenerativecacao.com, www.regenterprise.org, and www.regenerativeagriculturedefinition.com. Gregory studied, invested in and created a community around regenerative applications of Blockchain Technology in early 2017, leading to the founding of Regen Network. Now, as co-founder of Regen Network, Gregory is working to link economic value to ecological regeneration. Regen Network is a blockchain driven transparency and smart contracting platform designed to facilitate the verification of ecological state and coordinate multi-stakeholder groups to achieve ecological regeneration through smart-ecological contracts.
Gustavo Pinheiro manages the carbon portfolio for Instituto Clima e Sociedade (ICS), a Brazilian philanthropy that promotes prosperity, justice and low-carbon economies. Previously, Gustavo co-founded Bratus Natural Capital in 2015, investing in start-ups with a social and environmental impact. He was director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brasília, working on policies for the environment, infrastructure and agriculture. He has supported indigenous peoples and organizations from the Brazilian Amazon at the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). In addition, he managed ABN-AMRO Bank’s corporate digital channel operations until 2005. Gustavo was also a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Culture and the São Paulo transportation department. He has a degree in public administration from the São Paulo Business School – Fundação Getúlio Vargas and specialized in economic conservation tools in a joint program at the University of Brasília (UNB) with the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) and social change at the Harvard Kennedy School. As the coordinator of the low carbon economy portfolio, Gustavo supports the financing of projects that contribute to the acceleration of the decarbonization of the Brazilian economy.
Holt Thrasher has more than 35 years of experience in investment banking, information technology, and consulting. He currently is Founder and CEO of Synovia Capital, an investment platform focused on sustainable land and water use technology. He recently served as Group CEO of Permian Global, focused on climate change mitigation through the effective management of large areas of tropical forests. Prior to Permian Global, he founded and served as Managing Partner of Mooreland Partners, an information technology sector focused investment bank (acquired by Stifel Financial Corp in 2019). Holt previously was a Partner at Broadview Holdings, a global merger and acquisition advisory and investment firm. Holt has been an active conservationist and nature enthusiast for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, supporting the 640,000 square miles of national marine sanctuaries managed by NOAA and as a board member of Mongabay, the global environmental news organization. He also serves on the President’s Council of Ceres, a non-profit focused on investors and sustainability. Holt is Chairman Emeritus of the National Audubon Society. In 2001, he was a founding member and Chair of the Board of Audubon Connecticut. He joined Audubon’s National Board five years later and served as Chair from 2008 until 2014. Holt has a B.A. from Colby College and an M.B.A. from the International Institute of Management Development, Switzerland. He and his family live in Greenwich, CT.
Iago Hairon is the Climate Justice Program Officer of the Open Society Foundations – Latin America. Originally from Bahia, Brazil, he is a social scientist and climate activist. Iago began to work on climate issues at age 13 through the Scouting movement of Brazil. He served as a global youth ambassador for Plant-for-the-Planet and had success as an organizer and social entrepreneur. As a leader of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, he was trained by Al Gore and other environmental experts. He has diverse experiences from international conferences and inter-governmental climate negotiations including those of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and more. As a Young-Changemaker-for-Democracy awardee of Ashoka and a graduate of the Federal University of Recôncavo Bahia, Iago currently serves as a board member and/or advisor to various groups including Engajamundo (a youth-led climate organization), Plant-for-the-Planet, and others.
Kelly Michel catalyzes startups in emerging markets. She is CEO of Potencia Ventures, an impact investment fund focused on business models that improve the lives of lower income people. Kelly previously co-founded an impact business accelerator (Artemisia) and a venture capital firm (Vox Capital) in Brazil. With partners, she is currently building a portfolio of direct investments in education companies that tangibly improve learning outcomes for low-to-middle income students in Latin America.
Keith Agoada is CEO of Producers Market, a market linkage technology platform dedicated to empowering its producer members around the globe with access to innovative digitization, aggregation, and marketing tools. Keith has worked in the supply side of the agricultural industry for the past decade. He is the founder of the commercial urban agriculture firm, Sky Vegetables, which pioneered the integration of greenhouse hydroponic agriculture in urban environments. After being acquired of majority ownership, Keith consulted in the founding and initial development of leading organic agriculture real estate developer, Simply Natural. Prior to his work with Producers Market Keith spent the last four years in international procurement development roles for UNFI, Global Organics, Veg Fresh Farms and other leading organic brands in the United States. Keith speaks four languages: English, Spanish, Producer, and Buyer. He maintains on-the-ground relationships with leading growers, packers and processors globally and works every day to transform the industry to return more profits back to farmers. Keith’s passion for supporting producers is the initial inspiration behind the Producers Market platform. He envisions disrupting the $4 trillion agriculture value chain industry by creating a world that is fully organic and empowers farmers with better payments and end-consumers with more transparency to the source of production.
Jack Tordoff is the Managing Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, a funding mechanism created in 2000 to support civil society organizations in biodiversity hotspots of emerging economies. As the managing director of the CEPF, Jack is responsible for ensuring efficient and strategic grant-making. In addition to supervising CEPF’s team of grant directors, he has direct responsibility for CEPF’s portfolio in the Indo-Burma Hotspot. Jack joined CEPF in 2009, as a grant director for the Asia-Pacific region, having previously spent 10 years with BirdLife International. He also worked as a consultant on several World Bank-supported initiatives. Jack graduated from Oxford University and completed postgraduate studies at Cambridge University.
Juliana Strobel is a Regional Manager for the Avina Foundation, a Latin American philanthropy that promotes sustainability through collaboration. She is responsible for climate resilience work in the Amazon region, building Brazilian social networks and implementing local-level sustainability programs. Juliana is an economist with over 10 years of experience working on social and environmental issues and 10 years in the private sector. She specializes in supporting group social dynamics and team collaboration processes among diverse stakeholders, including NGOs, companies and governments. Juliana has also worked for a German multinational company where she supported collective-action initiatives. Throughout her career, she has worked on strategic planning, team building, project management, and partnership coordination among diverse organizations. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and functional in German.
Lenny Martinez is an Impact Manager for Moringa Partnership. Previously, he worked as Head of Sustainability for 12Tree (2018-2021) and as Project Manager for Forest Finance (2014-2018). Over the past eight years, Martinez has worked on several forestry and agricultural projects in Central and South America. He led the 12Tree sustainability department and worked with the sales team to market cocoa beans to European and US chocolate makers. At Forest Finance, he was responsible for a cocoa farm in San Martin (Peru) and a small pilot almond farm in the South of France. In 2021, he joined Moringa Partnership to invest in factories that process organic and fair trade products such as cashew, mango/pineapple, palm oil, in the countries where the raw materials are produced. Moringa Partnership is financed by the Edmond de Rothschild Bank and other development finance institutions. Martinez graduated from Sciences Po in 2013, completing an MSc in international cooperation and economic development, with a specialization in agricultural and food policies in Southern countries. He also holds an MA in European Policies, Public Affairs, with a specialization in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Martinez has professional experience in both the public and private sectors and in several European countries. He worked for the European think tank Eating City, in France and Italy, the NGO Action Against Hunger in Spain, the German Environmental Foundation in Germany, and local Deputies in France. Martinez loves to learn about and work in agroecology and sustainable cocoa farming. In particular, he is interested in the sourcing of fair-trade and organic products, land governance/access to land tenure, support to family farming and agricultural practices aimed at regenerating soils, and diversifying agricultural crops – in the same plot of land.
Leonardo Letelier is the founder and CEO of SITAWI Finance for Good (www.sitawi.net), a nonprofit organization that develops financial solutions for the social sector in Brazil by pioneering social loans and donor advised funds. It is currently developing a product to support nonprofit mergers. Leonardo founded SITAWI in order to reduce economic inequities in Brazil by increasing the capital available to for- and non-profit social enterprises, and also by improving their capacity to manage their own financial resources. SITAWI develops financial solutions for the social sector by aiming to multiply the capital available to Brazilian social organizations and by supporting their expansion and improving projects. SITAWI currently provides two types of products: social enterprise loans at below-market rates packaged with strategic advice, and social funds management, a donor-advised fund service for philanthropists and large corporations. Since 2007, SITAWI has impacted the lives of nearly 20,000 people by supporting organizations that are focused on income generation, healthcare, education and other sectors. Leonardo was born in Chile and lived most of his life in Brazil. He has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of São Paulo and received his masters of business administration from Harvard Business School.
Luis Fernando Laranja is co-founder and managing partner of Kaeté Investimentos, a Brazilian private equity fund focused on the Amazon rainforest. Laranja has 25 years of experience in business development and consulting for food and pharmaceutical industries. Within the Brazil program of the Climate Finance Lab, he developed the Socio-Climate Benefits Fund. The instrument provides investment and technical assistance to restore degraded lands in smallholder farms with agroforestry systems and, at the same time, developing and facilitating sales of their products. The concept is currently being used by the anchor company Caaporã. Laranja holds a postdoc degree from the University of Kentucky, a master in agronomy from the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ/USP), a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechny at the University of São Paulo, and a graduate degree in Agribusiness Management from University of Lavras.
Lynne Twist, author, speaker, and consultant, has dedicated her life’s work to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, her on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times in which we live. She and her husband, Bill, are the co-founders of The Pachamama Alliance, working in the Ecuadorian Amazon with indigenous people to preserve the world’s tropical rainforests. A former longtime executive of The Hunger Project, she continues to be an advocate and spokesperson for ending world hunger and empowering women in cultures throughout the world. She is the founder and president of The Soul of Money Institute and author of the award-winning book, The Soul of Money.
Marc Palahí is a leading expert on forests and global change, with a new vision of the transformational role forests can play in fighting climate change and developing a circular bioeconomy. He has been Director of the European Forest Institute since 2015, driving its development as a pan-European science-policy platform, and working to connect knowledge to action at the interface of science, policy and business. Marc has a PhD in forestry and economics and his work, which has featured in Nature and other high-level scientific journals, focuses on the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy that prospers in harmony with nature. Marc leads the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales under his Sustainable Markets Initiative.
Marcelo Salazar is the executive coordinator of Health In Harmony in Brazil, an advisor for Forest Economy and member of the Council of Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Brazilian NGO focused on integrated solutions to social and environmental problems. Health in Harmony-Brazil, endeavours to strengthen indigenous and riverine communities in the Amazon Rainforest, reducing deforestation by improving the integrated healthcare solutions for these communities. Marcelo is a Brazilian industrial engineer (UFSCar) and author of book chapters, studies, and papers published in leading academic journals and newspapers. Marcelo has worked with traditional Amazon communities for over 20 years to support their sustainable development and protect their rights.
Marcia Soares manages partnerships for Fundo Vale, an investment and development fund created to generate positive social and environmental impact with a focus on the Amazon. The fund was created in 2010 by Vale S.A., a multinational Brazilian mining and logistics company. Previously, Marcia served as a freelance journalist for Senac Environmental Education Magazine and managed communications for Funbio, the Brazillian Fund for Biodiversity. Marcia is an environmental specialist and holds a master’s degree in Communicaton and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an undergraduate degree from the Federal Fluminense University.
Marina Campos is passionate about forests and their peoples. She has worked more than 25 years in protected areas, indigenous territories, and conservation finance initiatives in Latin American tropical forests, especially the Amazon. Currently with the Sall Family Foundation, she previously served as the founder and the Executive Director of Conexsus – US, which works on using blended finance instruments to boost the ecosystem of community-led enterprises with social and environmental impacts in Brazil. Before joining Conexsus, she has worked for almost a decade in the philanthropic sector with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rainforest Foundation-US on issues related to protected areas, indigenous peoples, and conservation finance. Moreover, she has worked as a policy maker, professor, and scientist while living in the Amazon for 11 years. She is a believer that efforts to support the conservation of the Amazon must incorporate community-led enterprises as the basis of a more inclusive forest economy. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biology from University of São Paulo and a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a joint degree with The New York Botanical Garden.
Marion Adeney is the Amazon Director at Conservation X Labs. Previously, she s erved as a Program Officer for the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. As part of the foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative, she focused on conservation and monitoring of protected areas and indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as application of science and geospatial analysis to conservation. Marion is a conservation ecologist with a broad interdisciplinary background, committed to working at the intersection of environmental conservation, science and development, with a focus on the Amazon region. As a member of the foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative, Marion focuses on conservation and monitoring of protected areas and indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as application of science and geospatial analysis to conservation. Prior to joining the foundation, Marion was a science & technology fellow at the American Association for Advancement of Sciences and an environmental science adviser at the US Agency for International Development in Lima, Peru, and previously, in Washington DC. In Lima, Marion focused on better integrating science and the scientific community into programs and strategies for USAID’s Amazon conservation work in Peru, Brazil and Amazon-wide. She played an integral role in bringing spatial analysis to bear on the strategic design of USAID’s new regional and bilateral Amazon programs. In DC, Marion was part of the small initial staff building the programs of USAID’s GeoCenter and Office of Science and Technology, which would become the USAID Global Development Lab. Marion has a Ph.D. in conservation ecology from Duke University and a Master’s of Arts in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from Columbia University. Her research has focused on interactions of spatial disturbance patterns with ecosystem dynamics and human interventions in tropical forests and on Amazonian white sand ecosystems. Her B.A. is in American studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Matt Foster is the Director of Wildlands Priorities for re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation), an NGO and philanthropy dedicated to conserving the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. Matt provides strategic guidance to the Wildlands focal area in the protection of priority sites for saving threatened species and combating climate change. Matt works with re:wild team members and partners to increase the portfolio of site conservation investments through identifying Key Biodiversity Areas and other sites of high conservation priority that merit additional attention, and then developing projects to conserve these sites. Additionally, Matt serves as one of the re:wild representatives to the Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership committee and is a member of the KBA Technical Working Group.
Megan MacDowell is Executive Director of the Andes Amazon Fund, where she has worked to designate over 26 million acres of new protected areas since the Fund was established in 2014. Overall, Megan has spent 18 years focused on protecting Latin America’s rainforests. Prior to joining the Andes Amazon Fund, she served for seven years as Director of the Amazon Conservation Association, where she developed and implemented biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood projects in Peru and Bolivia. She has also developed communications strategies for projects in Conservation International’s field programs and conducted research for The Nature Conservancy’s Brazil program. Megan holds a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in biology and environmental studies from Swarthmore College.
Naiana Miranda is an impact investor, social entrepreneur and leadership development consultant who was born in a small Brazilian Amazon town. She is a strong advocate for inclusion, investing in diverse founders and educating them on conscious capital. Coming from a family of serial entrepreneurs who did not have this exposure she knows the importance of it. Her family’s business journey began with humble beginnings in Brazil to having a US based global language services company specializing in healthcare. Naiana has previously facilitated leadership training programs for Fortune 500 executives at corporations such as Facebook, Maersk, and LinkedIn. She leverages this experience to help AIC bring people together through a journey of understanding themselves, their offerings as potential leaders, and how they can correspondingly help the Amazon.
Natalie Unterstell is a Brazilian climate policy, risks, and finance expert on a mission to shape public policies for low carbon, resilient, and sustainable development. She has experience working on climate policy at the international, national, and subnational levels, with a particular focus on protecting the Amazon rainforest and its Indigenous inhabitants. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Brazil, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and expert accreditation in Climate Adaptation Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany. In addition to serving as a board member, advisor, or consultant to many international climate-focused efforts and organizations, she is the founder of multiple think tanks and policy advocacy groups focused on climate policy and gender equity in Brazilian politics. Before her time at Harvard she served as Head of Sustainable Development Programs for the Brazilian Presidency, Head of Climate Change and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, and as a negotiator for the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Nicole Schwab is Director of Nature-Based Solutions and 1t.org (the trillion trees platform) at the World Economic Forum. With a scientific and public policy background, she started her career working on health policy in the Andes for the Government of Bolivia and the World Bank, before returning to Europe to become Founding Director of the Forum of Young Global Leaders – which she currently chairs. In 2009, she co-founded EDGE Certified Foundation, a business certification standard for gender equality in the workplace, which today works with over 250 multinational companies across 40 countries. She then served as a consultant and strategic advisor to non-profit organizations at the intersection of environment and gender, including National Geographic Society’s Campaign for Nature. Her writing includes an award-winning novel, The Heart of the Labyrinth.
Nonette Royo is the Executive Dirctor of the Tenure Facility, an international funding mechanism established to advance recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ tenure rights. The Facility provides money and advice at the speed and scale required to secure tenure and sustainably manage millions of hectares at risk today. Nonette is a lawyer, activist, and author. In the last three decades, Nonette has pioneered various civil society initiatives in public interest law and environmental justice, influencing development assistance and philanthropy – grounding it, weaving and bridging paths with local groups, Indigenous Peoples, their supporters and leaders in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is a legal practitioner, a learner, a co-traveler, walking her path from Mindanao Southern Philippines, to Indonesia, Melanesia, and Scandinavia.
Paulo Bellotti is the Founder and Executive Director of MOV Investimentos. He has been working since 2004 with investments in renewable energy, property rights and housing, education, circular economy, forests, agriculture and biodiversity. Paulo holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Poli-USP, and Master’s degrees in Mathematics from Poli-USP and in Innovation Management and Public Policy from MIT.
Peter Fernandez is CEO of The Amazon Reforestation Fund, which is building the world’s largest carbon removal and biodiversity enhancement project through large-scale reforestation of the Amazon rainforest. He was previously CEO of Brazil’s first technology unicorn, the ridehailing company 99, and before that he was an executive at Google. He is an avid kitesurfer.
Richard Lackey is the Chairman & CEO of the World Food Bank, which he founded in 2015 as a sustainable solution to hunger and food security issues across the globe. Richard is a career entrepreneur with 30 years of leadership experience in the trading and securities industry, having founded and led companies that were sold to Goldman Sachs and eTrade, serving as the managing director for five successful private funds, and authoring three books on technical analysis and market analysis.
Ruben Lubowski is the Chief Carbon and Environmental Markets Strategist at Lombard Odier Investment Managers. Previously, he served as the Chief Natural Resource Economist of the Environmental Defense Fund, a leading environmental advocacy non-profit working to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Ruben specializes in natural resource economics and climate policy. At EDF, he oversaw internal analytical efforts and worked with external researchers and policy practitioners to design and implement carbon markets and other strategies to address global climate change. Ruben is widely recognized for his expertise in analyzing and modeling land-use changes and policy approaches for reducing emissions through forestry, agriculture, and bioenergy activities. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and developed analyses for decision-makers around the world. Ruben has presented in academic and policy settings and published in books, government reports, and professional journals.
Ruth Andrade is the Head of Environment for Lush, a UK based global cosmetics retailer with over 900 stores globally. Ruth has more than 10 years of experience in environmental project management and development in the business sector and two decades experience in education. Ruth also has experience in collaborative governance and collaborative methodologies. Her focus is in building and energizing networks to create a bridge between industrial growth and a new culture that can sustain complex life on the planet. Currently, Ruth weaves this experience into developing giving and regenerative impact strategies at Lush, while catalyzing partnerships and widening the impact of Lush’s pioneering initiatives.
Ryan Black co-founded Sambazon in 2000, built its initial infrastructure in Brazil and the U.S., and continues to drive the strategic development of the company as CEO. Today, Ryan leads a new generation of social entrepreneurs who successfully use business to create positive economic change. A global leader in Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, prosperity) business practices, he travels globally, educating and mentoring ecological, community-minded next generation entrepreneurs. Ryan played professional football in both the NFL and European Football Leagues and graduated with a BA in Finance from University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sarela Herrada is the co-founder of SIMPLi, an ethically-sourced ingredients company with a larger mission of fixing the biggest issues facing our global supply chain today (climate change, food fraud, and farmer inequity). Sarela has contracted over $150M+ in purchasing spend and developed relationships with more than 200 suppliers. She has established herself as a leader in educating the public about regenerative agriculture and global supply chain challenges like food fraud and harmful farming practices. She has worked directly with protected indigenous peoples and growing communities on the ground to create long-term relationships that benefit both customers and farmers by setting up SIMPLi’s vertical supply chains in 6 countries and over 1000 small holder farmers. Born and raised in Peru, Sarela’s family owned and operated a chicken coop in the outskirts of Lima, where she experienced at a young age the hard work and unfairness in the farming industry. In 2006, her move to the United States sparked her passion to transform our global supply chain for the better, leading her to eventually co-create SIMPLi with her partner Matt Cohen.
Tammy Newmark is the CEO of the EcoEnterprises Fund, an investment manager that, since 1998, has successfully deployed capital to 30 companies across Latin America, generating fair and sustainable livelihoods for local communities and preserving nature. A leader in impact investing, Newmark has over thirty years of experience in the field. She launched EcoEnterprises Partners II, LP in 2012 under EcoEnterprises Capital Management, LLC in which she is a partner. She served as President of Fondo EcoEmpresas, S.A., EcoEnterprises Fund’s first fund under management, for The Nature Conservancy from 1998 to 2010. Newmark directed Technoserve, Inc.’s environmental business advisory services in Latin America and Africa. Prior to that, she was a founding officer of Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, the first venture fund that specialized in renewable energy, clean technology, and green investments in emerging markets. She established investment groups: Yayasan Bina Usaha Lingkungan and Preferred Energy Investments in Indonesia and the Philippines, respectively. She has also worked for the International Finance Corporation and JPMorgan Chase. Newmark is co-author of Portfolio for the Planet: Lessons from 10 years of impact investing, (Earthscan/Routledge Press, 2011). Newmark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Edward “Teddy” Teece serves as a consultant for Ferrazi Greenlight. He excelled as a collegiate rower prior to co-founding startups in his two countries of origin (New Zealand and the U.S.). Teddy adopted peak performance tools and sustainable lifestyle habits in his early years to avoid a burnout. He has lived and experienced the difference between a life of being constantly “on” vs. one in which recovery practices are necessary for wellbeing. After studying, experiencing, and consulting on “flow states” and the psychology of team cohesion, at Yale and in the crew boat, Teddy served as an advisor to the C4 SEAL Foundation. For the past five years, Teddy has worked as a leadership coach for standout individuals, startup founders, venture capitalists, high net-worth families, and executive teams. He partners with key allies for the long-term, aligning interests through co-investment of time, energy, and resources. When suitable, he works to embed high-performance strategies and best practices into the fabric of his clients’ lives and work. Teddy stewards a 40-acre wild sanctuary near Boulder, CO with his partner, where they occasionally host groups for “transformational experiences.” He loves getting into the mountains on skis, on two wheels, and on foot, turning wind-power into speed (via sailing, kiteboarding, paragliding, etc), and staying sharp and vital through hot/cold exposure and endurance training.
From leading a start-up through acquisition to serving on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company, Tyler uses his diverse experience to help organizations get results in unexpected, challenging environments. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant so that he could start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes clean energy drinks with guayusa. A rare Amazonian leaf, guayusa is grown in sustainable forest gardens and improves livelihoods for thousands of indigenous farming families in Ecuador. With the help of investors like Channing Tatum and Leonardo DiCaprio, Runa has become a thriving, multimillion-dollar company and was acquired by VitaCoco in June of 2018. Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” and winner of both the Big Apple Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Specialty Food Association’s Citizen Leader of the Year Award. CBS This Morning, ABC Nightline, National Geographic and Richard Branson’s book “Screw Business As Usual” have all featured Tyler for his unique and powerful approach to building businesses and creating social good. In his book “Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business & Life,” Tyler demonstrates how we can dig deeper to bring greater meaning and purpose to our personal and professional pursuits. In 2018 Tyler joined Terrafertil, a leading Latin American natural foods company, and facilitated multiple M&A transactions including the sale of the company to Nestle in 2019. Tyler now advises, invests in and supports other start-ups and socially responsible businesses, and also serves on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and as the Chairman of the Aliados Foundation. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Walter Link is Co-Founder and CEO of NOW Partners, a global partnership of 100 business leaders, senior advisors and diverse experts united to accelerate the economic evolution of multinationals, large family companies and systems institutions. Walter is also the former co-owner of a Euro-Asian industrial group. He co-founded and led some of the first sustainable business networks in Europe and the Americas, and serves as an advisor and coach to senior leaders in business and other sectors. Walter is passionately committed to co-creating a regenerative economy within a regenerative civilization.
Walter Vergara is a forests and climate specialist focused on the Global Restoration Initiative in Latin America. He leads Initiative 20×20, a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020. Prior to joining WRI, Walter was the Chief of the Climate Change Division at the Inter American Development Bank in DC and prior to that he was the leader of the Climate Global Expert Group (GET) at the World Bank. He retired from both institutions. Walter has written extensively on climate issues in the region, including 14 books and many articles in peer-reviewed journals. Walter has a M. Sc. Degree from Cornell University and a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.