Summit

2021 Amazonia Rising:
A Global Summit on Investing in the Amazon

On May 24-28, 2021, over 600 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.

Over 5 days, with 200 speakers in 45 sessions, 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 were in the Eastern Time zone – EDT (New York). Blue sessions were plenaries.






Amazon Exports and the Green Wave: Traditional Markets and Environmental Investing Opportunities in Brazil

Sebastiao Salgado, PhotographerSarah Ingersoll, Amazon Investor Coaliti
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


Designing an Alternative Governance and Economic Model for the Amazon Region

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)


Natura & Native: How Regenerative Business Can Protect the Amazon and Empower Its People

Walter Link, CEO, NOW Partners
Marcela Monteiro de Barros
Leontino Balbo, Executive Vice-President, Native
Charles Eisenstein, Author
Mark Davis, Sustainable Operations Director, Natura


Defending Indigenous Communities: During COVID-19 and the Future

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


Emergency Needs for Amazon Philanthropy: COVID-19, Vaccines, Fires, Invasions

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


The South American-China Industrial Partnership

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*


Intergovernmental Leadership and Collaboration

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*


Legacy and Leadership for Amazon Conservation and Reforestation

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


Public and Philanthropic Finance to Foster, Derisk, and Catalyze Private Enterprise

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


Science Innovation, Biomimicry, Pharmaceuticals and Amazon Entrepreneurship

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