Summit

Amazonia Rising
A Global Summit on Investing in the Amazon

May 24-28, 2021

The Amazon rainforest is critical for global climate stability and its ecological integrity is at risk.

Investors, philanthropists, governments, celebrities, companies, NGOs, indigenous groups and allies convened online to advance forest-friendly economic development and the rule-of-law across the Amazon region of South America.

We worked in partnership with local communities to design systems of conservation finance that sustain people and forests.

Participation was by application and invitation only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Schedule

Times provided are in the Eastern Time zone – EDT (New York). Blue sessions are plenaries.





* = Speaker not yet confirmed

PLENARY 1:
10AM Eastern Time (US) Monday, May 24, 2021
Amazon Exports and the Green Wave: Traditional Markets and Environmental Investing Opportunities in Brazil
Speakers:
Sebastiao Salgado, Photographer
Sarah Ingersoll, Amazon Investor Coalition
Salo Coslovsky, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service, New York University
Ryan Black, CEO, Sambazon
Marina Campos, Founder and Executive Director, Conexsus
Daniel Contrucci, Co-founder and Director, Climate Ventures
Jonah Wittkamper, Amazon Investor Coalition | NEXUS | Global Governance Philanthropy Network

PLENARY 2:
5PM Eastern Time (US) Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Designing an Alternative Governance and Economic Model for the Amazon Region
Speakers:
Alejandro Argumedo, Director of Programs, Swift Foundation
Lynne Twist, Co-founder/Founder and President, Pachamama Alliance / Soul of Money Institute
Atossa Soltani, Director of Global Strategy, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative / Amazon Watch
Uyunkar Domingo Peas Nampichkai, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE)

PLENARY 3:
1PM Eastern Time (US) Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Natura & Native: How Regenerative Business Can Protect the Amazon and Empower Its People
Speakers:
Walter Link, CEO, NOW Partners
Marcela Monteiro de Barros
Leontino Balbo, Executive Vice-President, Native
Charles Eisenstein, Author
Mark Davis, Sustainable Operations Director, Natura

PLENARY 4:
3PM Eastern Time (US) Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Defending Indigenous Communities: During COVID-19 and the Future
Speakers:
Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of the Indigenous People of Brazil
Margarita Mora, Nia Tero
Celine Cousteau, Tribes on the Edge
Nonette Royo, The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility

PLENARY 5:
10AM Eastern Time (US) Thursday, May 27, 2021
Emergency Needs for Amazon Philanthorpy: COVID-19, Vaccines, Fires, Invasions
Speakers:
Francisco von Hildebrand, Gaia Amazonas
Daniela Castro, Founder and Executive Director, Impacta Advocacy
Juliana Machado Ferreira, Founder and Executive Director, Freeland Brazil
Sabine Hazan, Mothers of the Amazon
Cristina Burelli, International Liaison, SOSOrinoco
Marcelo Salazar, Brazil Program Coordinator/Adjunct Coordinator, Health in Harmony | Instituto Socioambiental

PLENARY 6:
12PM Eastern Time (US) Thursday, May 27, 2021
The South American-China Industrial Partnership
Speakers:
Margaret Myers, Director, Inter-American Dialog
Mauricio Santoro Rocha, Professor, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)
Kenneth Kwok, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Citizen Capital
Rose Niu, Chief Conservation Officer, Paulson Institute*
Tulio Carielo, Brazil-China Business Council*

PLENARY 7:
11AM Eastern Time (US) Friday, May 28, 2021
Intergovernmental Leadership and Collaboration
Speakers:
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Former Peruvian Minister of Environment
Colleen Scanlan Lyons, Project Director, Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force
Braulio Diaz, Pan-Amazon Cities Forum / ICLEI
Walter Vergara, Forests and Climate Specialist Initiative 20×20
Yves Lesenfants, IDB Lab
Adriana Lucia Santa Mendez, Colomibian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development*

PLENARY 8:
Legacy and Leadership for Amazon Conservation and Reforestation

Speakers:
Carlos Nobre, Earth System Scientist, Amazon Third Way Initiative
James Tiburcio, National Director, Eden Projects
Marina Silva, former Brazilian Minister of the Environment
Lars Lovold, Special Advisor, Rainforest Foundation Norway
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Nicole Schwab, World Economic Forum / 1t.org

PLENARY 9:
2PM Eastern Time (US) Friday, May 28, 2021
Public and Philanthropic Finance to Foster, Derisk, and Catalyze Private Enterprise
Speakers:
Javier Freyre, Palladium Group
Pierre Rousseau, Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
David Albertani, Program Director, R20 Foundation
Adhiti Gupta, Associate Director of the Market Acceleration and Design team, Convergence
Vedis Vik, Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Melanie Nakagawa, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for Climate and Energy, White House
Nantar Inga, Indigenous Educator and Leader Hailing, Jaguar Socio Ecological Foundation

PLENARY 10:
5PM Eastern Time (US) Friday, May 28, 2021
Science Innovation, Biomimicry, Pharmaceuticals and Amazon Entrepreneurship
Speakers:
Andre Wongtschowski, Head of Operations, World Transforming Technologies – WTT
Sabine Hazan, CEO, ProgenaBiome
Joice Ferreira, Researcher, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)*
Steven King, Jaguar Health
Peter Houlihan, Vice-President, XPRIZE Rainforest
David Restrepo, Director of Research, University of the Andes
Brian Landry, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Salome Cardona, Project Manager, Ecoflora Cares

Partial List of Speakers

Adalberto Val, Senior Researcher, Brazilian Institute for Research of the Amazon
Adhiti Gupta , Associate Director, Market Acceleration and Design Funding, Convergence Blended Finance
Adriana Ramos, Political Advisor, Instituto Socioambiental
Alan Batista , Investment Manager, Mirova Natural Capital
Alejandro Argumedo, Director of Programs and Andes Amazon Lead, Swift Foundation
Alessandra Simiema, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Brasil Mata Viva
Alex Lucitante, Leader, A’i Kofan People
Alexander Borges Rose, Technical Advisor for Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption, GIZ
Alexander Goldberg, General Partner, Adastral
Alexandre Alves, Private Sector Engagement Specialist, USAID
Alexis Bunten, Co-Director, Indigineity
Aline Froes, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Vai Na Web
Amalia Souza, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, CASA Fund
Amanda Ravenhill, Storyteller and Inspiration Maven, Regenerosity
Amy Coughenour, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cadasta Foundation
Ana Carolina Szklo, Sustainability Manager, Humanize Institute
Andre Guimaraes, Executive Director, IPAM
Andre Lima, Advisor, Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade
Andre Piao, Co-Founder and Brazil Financial Advisor, Amazonia Impact Ventures
Andre Wongtschowski, Head of Operations, World Transforming Technologies – WTT
Andrea Azevedo, Program Director, Fundo JBS pela Amazonia
Andreas Eke, Managing Director, Futuro Forestal
Angela Jorns, Senior Manager Good Governance and Responsible Mining, Levin Sources
Antonio Jorge Ramalho, Professor, University of Brasilia
Anya Prusa, Senior Associate, Wilson Center Brazil Institute
Art Krebs, CEO, Krebs Ventures
Astrid Puentes, Co-Director, AIDA – Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense
Atossa Soltani, Director of Global Strategy, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative)
Ben de Loenen, Founder, ICEERS
Benki Piyãko, Leader, Ashaninka People
Bill Pazos, Co-Founder, AirCarbon Exchange
Blake McKinlay, Program Officer, Zoma Lab
Blanca Racionero-Gomez, Project Manager and Researcher, Levin Sources
Bobby Fishkin, CEO and President, Reframeit Inc.
Brandon Welch, Director of Radical Capital, Perennial Fund
Braulio Diaz, Pan-Amazon Cities Forum / ICLEI
Brenda Brito, Associate Researcher, IPAM
Brian McPeek, Zoma Lab
Brian Parker, Senior Attorney, Amazon Frontlines
Brian Rohan, Head of Climate and Forests, Client Earth
Brigadier General Godfrey Bess, Guayana Defense Force*
Bruno Kato, Co-Managing Partner, Amazonia B
Bryan Landry, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Carla James, Deputy Director, Guayana Tourism Authority
Carlos Nobre, Earth System Scientist, Amazon Third Way Initiative
Carolina da Costa, Partner, Maua Capital
Cassia Moraes, Founder and CEO, Youth Climate Leaders
Cassie Hoffman, Global Development and Innovation Lead, Conservation X Labs
Celine Cousteau, Director and Writer, Tribes on the Edge
Cesar De Mendes, De Mendes Chocolates
Charles Eisenstein, Author
Chet Tchozewski, Founder, Global Greengrants Fund
Chris Anderson, Principal, Yirri Global
Chris Jordan, Latin America Director, Re:wild
Chris Lindstrom, Co-Founder, CYCLEffect Regenerative Ventures
Claudio Sampaio, Hughes Brasil
Colleen Scanlan Lyons, Project Director, Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force – GCFTF
Cristina Burelli, Advisor & International Liaison, SOS Orinoco
Daniel Contrucci, Executive Director, Climate Ventures
Daniel Doulton, CEO, Sceye
Daniel Nepstad, President and Founder, Earth Innovation Institute
Daniel Sabara, CEO, Beraca
Daniela Castro, Founder and Executive Director, Impacta Advisory
Daniela Lerario, Co-Lead, Climate Champions
Daniela Mariuzzo, Brazil Executive Directo, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
David Albertani, Program Director, R20 Foundation
David Bain, Technology Integrity Council
David Cleary, Director, Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy
David Restrepo, Professor, University of the Andes
David Rothschild, Senior Partnership Lead, Nia Tero
Debbie Levin, CEO, EMA
Denis Minev, CEO, BEMOL
Derek Gallo, CEO, Awi Superfoods
Diego Saez-Gil, Co-Founder and CEO, Pachama
Douglas Eger, Intrinsic Value Exchange
Douglas Morton, Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA)
Dov Rosenman, Head of Country, Earthworm Foundation Brazil
Ellen Acioli, Avina Foundation
Elizabeth Freele, ESG strategist, Sympact Advisory
Enrique Ortiz, Senior Program Director, Andes Amazon Fund
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
Eric Peek, &Green Fund
Eron Bloomgarden, Partner, Climate Finance Partners
Estela Renner, Co-Founder, Maria Farinha Filmes
Ethan Steinberg, CEO and Co-Founder, Propagate Ventures
Eva Teekens, Chief Investment Officer & Investment Manager, Meraki Impact
Fabio Sakamoto, Cou Founder and COO, Rizoma Agro
Fabiola Zerbini, Regional Director for Latin America, Tropical Forest Alliance
Federico Ast, Founder and CEO, Kleros
Felipe Amaral, Incubation Program Manager, Latin American Leadership Academy
Felipe Tuxa, APIB
Felipe Villela, Founder & Chief Commercial Officer, ReNature
Fernanda Camargo, Partner, Wright Capital
Fernanda Macedo, Communication and Advocacy Coordinator, Coalizao BR
Fernanda Stefani, Commercial Director, 100% Amazonia
Fernando Russo, Founder and GP, Meraki Impact
Fiona Banister, Climate Impact Strategist/Educator, Decarbonized
Flavio Penna, Entrepreneur, ASF Brazil
Francisca Arara, Arara People
Francisco Igliori Gonsales, Executive Director, Instituto Bacuri
Frank Tobe, Member of the Family Board, DOB Equity
Gabriel Azevedo, Division Chief of the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, IDB invest
Gabriel Minas, Napo Wildlife Center
Gabriel Todt de Azevedo,
Division Chief, Social, Environmental, and Governance Division, IDB
Geertje Otten, Consultant, Profound
Giles Hayward, Co-Founder and CVO, Woven Science
Giovana Figueiredo, Regional Acessor for Institutional Projects, Pan-Amazon Cities Forum / ICLEI
Glaucia Barros, Program Director, Avina Foundation
Gregory Berry, Whole Wealth Advisor, Conscious Capital Wealth Management
Gregory Landua, CEO and Co-Founder, Regen Network
Gustavo Macedo, Professor, University of Sao Paulo
Gustavo Pinheiro, Climate and Society Institute
Gustavo Polato Martinelli, Industrial Director, A1 / BASE
Helen Bellfield, Policy Director, Global Canopy
Henri Sant-Cassia, Co-Founding Partner, Conscious Fund
Holt Thrasher, Founder and Managing Director, Synovia Capital
Hussein Kalout, Professor, Harvard University
Ilona Szabo, Co-founder and President, Igarape Institute
Iuri Rapoport, Partner, BTG Pactual
James Deutsch, Strategic Leader in Global Conservation, Rainforest Trust
James Tiburcio, National Director, Eden Projects
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
Jascivan Carvalho, CEO, Ecuador Sustainable Travel
Jason Gray, Chief, Cap-and-Trade Program, California Air Resources Board
Jason Kampf, Vice President and Director of Research, Covant
Javier Freyre, Senior Payroll Accountant, Palladium Group
Jeff Horowitz, Founder, ADP
Jens Hammer, Cocoa Sustainability Lead, Mondelez
Jeremy van Loon, Editor-in-Chief, Global Landscapes Forum
Joao Campos Silva, General Director, Jurua Institute
John Beavers, Executive Director, Amazon Conservation Association
John Quigley, Co-Founder, Artists for Amazonia
Joice Ferreira, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa
Jon Bruno, Executive Director, International Ecotourism Society
Jorge Souza, CEO, Mar & Terra Indústria & Comercio de Pescados Ltda
Joseph Mays, Program Director of the Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative of the Americas, Chacruna Institute
Julia Jackson, Founder, Grounded
Juliana Machado Ferreira, Founder and Executive Director, Freeland Brazil
Juliana Strobel, Regional Manager, Avina Foundation
Justin Winters, Co-Founder & Executive Director, One Earth
Keith Agoada, Co-Founder, Producers Market
Kelly Michel, Founder and CEO, Potencia Ventures
Kenneth Kwok, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Citizen Capital
Kevin Starr, CEO, Mulago Foundation
Lars Lovold, Director, Rainforest Foundation Norway
Laurent Micol, Finance & Governance Director, PECSA
Leisa Souza, Head of Latin America, Climate Bonds Initiative
Lenny Martinez, Head of Sustainability, Moringa Fund
Leonardo Letelier, Founder and CEO, SITAWI – Finance for Good
Luciano Gurgel, Investment Director, Yunus Social Business
Luis Fernando Laranja, Co-Founder, Kaete Investimentos
Luisa Rios, Regional Coordinator, SPDA
Lynne Twist, Co-Founder, Pachamama Alliance
Manan Patel, Chief Technology Officer, Aevex
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Former Peruvian Minister of Environment
Marcella Monteiro de Barros Coelho, Head of Social Impact, XP
Marcelo Brito, President, Brazilian Agribusiness Association
Marcelo Cwerner, Portfolio Manager, NEsST
Marcelo Salazar, Brazil Program Coordinator, Instituto Socioambiental / Health in Harmony
Marcelo Stabile, Manager, CONSERV
Marcia Soares, Environmental Analyst, Fundo Vale
Marcio Sztutman, Latin America Director, Partnership for Forests)
Marcos Pedote, Executive Director, Tre Investimentos
Margaret Myers, Asia and Latin America Program Director, Inter-American Dialog
Margarita Mora, Managing Director, Partnerships, Nia Tero
Maria Vargas, Fundo Natura Bolivia
Mariano Cenamo, Founder and Senior Researcher, Idesam
Marina Campos, Founder and Executive Director, Conexsus
Marina Silva, Former Brazilian Minister of Environment
Marion Adeney, Program Officer, Moore Foundation
Maritta Koch-Weser, Rainforest Business School
Mark Davis, Sustainable Operations Director, Natura
Mark Moroge, Senior Director, Rainforest Alliance
Mark Plotkin, President, Amazon Conservation Team
Marli Santos, Director of Environmental Management Instruments, Government of Tocantins, Brazil
Matt Hansen, Professor, UMD
Matthew Watherston, Author, Temple of the way of Light
Mauricio Santoro Rocha, Professor, Rio de Janeiro State University – UERJ
Mauro Lucio Costa, Fazenda Marupiara
Meg Symington, Managing Director, Amazon, WWF
Megan MacDowell, Executive Director, Andes Amazon Fund
Melanie Nakagawa, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for Climate and Energy, White House
Michele Zador, Grant Director, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Miriam Volat, Co-Director, RiverStyx Foundation
Monique Galvao, Vice-President, RARE
Nadine Cavusoglu (Emerging Markets Investors Alliance)
Nancy Zamierowski (Wild Forests and Fauna)
Nantar Inga (Jaguar Socio Ecologica Foundation)
Natalia Arango Velez (Fondo Accion)
Nick Honegger (Grassroots Carbon)
Nick Ovenden (Yakum)
Nick von Christierson (Woven Science)
Nicole Schwab (World Economic Forum / 1t.org)
Nidia Bustillos (Pawanka Fund)
Nigel Purvis (Climate Advisers)
Nonette Royo (The Tenure Facility)
Olivia Schotz (HCV Network)
Paula Costa (Pretaterra)
Paula Fabiani (IDIS)
Paulo and Cesar Barriga (Pebani)
Peter Harris (TBNAR)
Peter Houlihan (XPRIZE Rainforest)
Pierre Rousseau (BNP Paribas)
Rafael Guimaraes (Hughes Brasil)
Raveena Bansal (FILE Foundation)
Rebecca Tavares (Brazil Foundation)
Renata Piazzon (Arapyau Foundation)
Richard Lackey (World Food Bank)
Rob Waterworth (Mullion Group)
Rod Bettini (Milken Institute)
Ruben Hernandez (Dev Labs VC)
Ruben Lubowski (EMERGENT)
Ruth Nogueron (WRI Forest Legality Initiative)
Ryan Black (Sambazon)
Sabine Hazan (ProgenaBiome / Mothers of the Amazon)
Salo Coslovsky (New York University)
Salome Cardona (Ecoflora Cares)
Sarah Dupont (Amazon Aid Foundation)
Sebastiao Salgado (Photographer)
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova (Alianza de Impacto Latino)
Simon Fjell (neXtelco)
Simon Forsyth (Pegasus Capital)
Simon Hall (National Wildlife Federation)
Stephen Rumsey (Permian Global)
Steven King (Jaguar Health)
Susan Keane (planetGOLD)
Suzanne Pelletier (Rainforest Foundation US)
Tammy Newmark (EcoEnterprise Fund)
Tashka Yawanawa (Yawanawa People)
Tasso Azevedo (MapBiomas)
Tatiana Alves (Climate Policy Initiative)
Tatiana Botelho (Climate and Land Use Alliance)
Taynaah Reis (Moeda)
Thiago Beraldo (BIOTUR)
Todd Khozein (Second Muse)
Tom Duncan (Earthbanc)
Tom Shannon (Former US Ambassador to Brazil)
Tony Lent (Capital for Climate)
Topher White (Rainforest Connection)
Trevor Jones (Lynx Global Intelligence)
Tucker Garrison (Imlak’esh)
Tulio Carielo (Brazil-China Business Council)*
Tyler Gage (Aliados Foundation)
Uyunkar Domingo Peas Nampichkai (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon -CONFENIAE)
Valter Ziantoni (PRETATERRA)
Vasco van Roosmalen (Utu Fund)
Vedis Vik (Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative)
Virgilio Viana (Sustainable Amazon Foundation)
Walter Link (NOW Partners)
Walter Vergara (Initiative 20×20)
Wilson Brumer (Instituto Brasileiro de Mineracao)
Yitagesu Tekle (Circular Bioeconomy Alliance / European Forest Institute)
Yves Lesenfants (IDB Lab / Leticia Platform)