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Confirmed Speakers

Almir Surui

Chief Paiter Surui, Brazil

Almir Surui is the awarded and recognized, nationally and internationally, leader of the Surui Rondônia people of Brazil. He has won respect and admiration for his fight for the welfare of his people and the protection of September Seventh Indigenous Soil (Terra Indígena Sete de Setembro), based on the ideals of rational use of natural resource through a life plan commitment of 50 years. He has managed, with the support of the Surui community and key partnerships, to create a Surui forest carbon project in REDD + model, which will provide a decent living for the Surui people and support them in managing their territory in the long-run.

Bernardo Roca Rey

President, Apega-Peruvian Gastronomy Society

Bernardo Roca -Rey Miró Quesada is an entrepreneur, journalist, researcher and food critic, currently the president of the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (Apega) and Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries of the Republic of Peru. In addition, Mr. Roca -Rey directs the news portal Espacio360 and he is the Chairman of the Board of the company Roca Rey & Associates. Previously he worked as Deputy Director and Head of Publications and Multimedia in the newspaper El Comercio. He was also the president of the production company Content and Editorial Special Services at the stage that the magazine was launched and Canal N was designed and founded, in which he served as the first news director. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the Group como Trome (popular newspaper with more than 500,000 copies print run), Peru 21 (second daily opinion newspaper) and Gestión (daily newspaper on economy and finance).

Cark Hausmann

Global Policy Advisor, Bunge Limited

Carl Hausmann is Global Policy Advisor at Bunge Limited and has 35 years of experience in the agribusiness and food industry. In his current role, he advises Bunge Limited on global agriculture and trade issues and represents the company in multistakeholder groups and at high-level public gatherings. Mr. Hausmann serves as Vice Chair of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR). He retired from Bunge in 2012 as Managing Director, Global Government and Corporate Affairs. Previously, he served as CEO of Bunge Europe and CEO of Bunge North America. He began his career in the industry in 1978 at Continental Grain and has since worked in South America, Europe, Africa, and North America. Mr. Hausmann serves on the board of directors of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and is a past president of Fediol. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Boston College and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Carlos Gustavo Cano

Co-director, Bank of the Republic, Colombia

Carlos Gustavo Cano Sanz is an Economist from the Andes University in Bogotá, with postgraduate degree in Economics from Lancaster University (1972), in Government and International Economics from Harvard University (1981), and Senior Business Management in INALDE (1986). Formerly, he was Chief Financial and Exports Officer of the Espinal Textile Company (1974-1979); he worked as Manager of the Agroindustrial Complex of Tolima (1979-1982), Manager of the National Federation of Rice (1982-1990), and President of the Society of Agriculturalists in Colombia (1990-1991). He was an international consultant in strategic planning for the Inter-American Institute for Agriculture (IICA) in Costa Rica (1992-1993). In 1993 he founded the International Colombia Corporation, which he led from its founding until 1995, when he was appointed President of the Caja Agraria. He was a consultant for the IICA again in 1999 on Alternative Development and Competitiveness for the Andean region. He is the current Co -Chair of the Board of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia.

Carlos Muñoz Piña

Former Head, Environmental Economics and Public Policy Research Division, Instituto Nacional de Ecología de México

Carlos Muñoz Piña has a degree on Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, with graduate studies in Environmental Economics at University College London, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.  Over the last two decades Dr. Muñoz-Piña has worked as an environmental and resource economist for the Mexican Federal government, the World Bank, the London Environmental Economics Centre, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal and the Resources Renewal Institute in San Francisco. He has taught microeconomics and environmental economics courses at several universities in Mexico and California and has undertaken pro bono work with civil society organizations on environment and development topics. Between 2010 and 2011 he headed the Environmental Economics and Public Policy Research Division at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE). Since 2012 he has taken the position of distinguished visiting professor at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Cesar Augusto Garcia

Director of Science and technology, Colombian Cattlemen Federation (FEDEGAN)

Civil Engineer of Southern Illinois University, with a Master in Structures and emphasis in Management Systems and Structures. With high expertise in policy formulation and design and implementation of projects for the agricultural and livestock sector one of his main tasks is to coordinate policies and projects with the public authorities. Since 2005, he works in the Colombian Cattlemen Federation - FEDEGAN and since 2012 as the Sub-manager of Science and Technology. He is in charge of programs design and implementation such as: Colombia Mainstreaming Sustainable Cattle Ranching Project: A Climate Smart Agriculture Example, National funding program for the livestock sector, National Cattle Feeding Program, National Technical Assistance program for small farmers, and the National program for the improvement of human resources.

Connie Campbell

Amazon Conservation Coordinator, USAID

Connie Campbell is USAID's South America Regional Environment Team Leader and the overall coordinator of ICAA, the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon--a regional biodiversity program in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.  As an anthropologist and with over 20 years of Amazon experience, Connie’s expertise lies in the nexus of conservation, socioeconomic issues, indigenous peoples and gender. Connie has been with USAID since 2004. She worked for many years in the Brazilian Amazon state of Acre with Chico Mendes and the emerging extractive reserves. Connie has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Florida and undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish from Virginia Tech.

Dande Tavares

CEO, Company for Development of Environmental Services of Acre

Alberto Tavares is an economist with expertise in the management of governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with environmental issues and sustainable development. In the past 15 years he has worked in the management and implementation of environmental conservation projects, leadership development, the multi-institutional governance, development of forest sector in community and corporate foundations and climate change and payment for environmental services in the Amazon. He worked for 10 years in WWF Brazil where he coordinated the office in Acre. Since 2013 he directs the Company for the Development of Environmental Services of Acre.

Daniel Nepstad

Senior Scientist & Executive Director, Earth Innovation Institute

Daniel Nepstad, PhD (Yale), is Senior Scientist & Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute. Previously, he was the founding President of IPAM (the Amazon Environmental Research Institute), Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, and Chief Program Officer for the Moore Foundation’s Environment program. His research and policy analysis focus on tropical forest responses to climate change and land use, low carbon rural development, and the linkage between REDD and agricultural commodity markets. He is a member of the REDD Offset Working group (ROW) that is helping to link California’s AB32 (cap-and-trade) with the REDD programs of Acre and Chiapas states; was a founding Board member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS); co-founder of Alianca da Terra; and serves as a Board member of Forest Trends.  He is a member of the World Bank’s Forest Program External Advisory Group and a lead author of the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, Working Group 2). He has published more than 140 scientific articles and book chapters, and three books.

Fabiola Muñoz

Director General of the Forestry and Wildlife Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

Lawyer of the Catholic University of Peru and Extrajudicial Conciliatory, candidate for a Master’s in Social Policy - Mention in Gender, Population and Development. Diploma in Intercultural Education. She has participated in the International Seminar on Protected Area Management - Colorado University, Rethinking Forest Regulations - Megaflorestais, Montana, Course for Decision Makers - Tropical Floresta Institute, Brazil and the Course for Decision Makers OET – Madre de Dios. Graduated from The Graduate School of Political Management - The George Washington University and the International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State, "Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development" where she shared experiences with people from over 20 countries. Since October 1, 2013 she has been the Director General of the Forestry and Wildlife Directorate and first Executive Director (e) of SERFOR, fulfilling the task of building a new corporate culture and implementing this new institution with world class standards. She was Deputy Director of Peru Forest Sector Initiative, the United States Cooperation Program of Forest Service in Peru. She has been General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Advisor of the Office of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Fernando Momiy

President of the Board, National Sanitation Service Superintendence of Peru (SUNASS)

Chairman of the Board of SUNASS since April 2012. He is a lawyer at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School at San Ignacio of Loyola University. He has completed a Master of Regulation and Infrastructure Management at the Pacific University, having passed the course Determining Rates in Infrastructure Areas of San Andres University - Department of Economy in Argentina and School of Management Development Program of Piura University. He was a Regulation Manager of the Supervisory Regulation on Investment in Infrastructure Public Transport (OSITRAN) and Director of Regulation, Promotion and Airport Development in the General Direction of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Also, he has served as Technical Secretary of CEPRI Citizen Participation, Special Committee COPRI - Commission for the Promotion of Private Investment (now ProInversión).

Francisco Dumler

General Secretary, National Water Authority

Bachelor of Business Administration, Master's Degree in Anthropology and MA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Diploma in International Negotiations from the University of Business and Social Sciences of Buenos Aires and Social Management INDES-BID. Doctoral Studies at St. Andrews University-leadership. Former General Manager of COPEME. He was General Manager and Executive Director, Member of the Board of Mivienda Foncodes Fund. He was Manager of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies, Group of Analysis for Development GRADE and the Comptroller General of the Republic. Former adviser to senior executives of the Ministry of Agriculture (2009). He is President of Global Water Partnership South America and Peru. Currently, Secretary General of the National Water Authority and teacher of CENTRUM Católica.

François Münger

Head of Global Water Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

François Münger is a senior expert in water, sanitation and environmental issues. Currently Mr. Münger is Head of the Section Global Program Water Initiatives at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), based in Bern, Switzerland. He represents SDC in various international networks as for example in the Water and Sanitation Program or the Global Water Partnership. Previously he has worked as a scientific researcher for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne in charge of an international project of energy storage in aquifers, as chief engineer in a large project of dams and deep boreholes in Africa and as a senior water specialist for the World Bank at HQ and in West Africa. Mr. Münger has also worked for NGO’s and for SDC in various countries (Africa and Latin and Central America).

Gustavo Suarez de Freitas 

Director, National Program for the Conservation of Forests of Peru

Gustavo Suarez de Freitas C. is a Forestry Engineer, and the Executive Coordinator of the National Forest Conservation Program of the Ministry of Environment of Peru. He has been Executive Director of the ProNaturaleza Foundation, General Forestry and Wildlife Director, and General Director of Protected Natural Areas. In addition, he was Vice President of the World Commission on Protected Areas of UICN. He received the Parker Award - Gentry (2001), awarded by the Field Museum of Chicago for his contribution to the development of protected areas in Peru. He has had a leading role in the reform of public policies, regulations and institutions on the management of protected areas, forests, and wildlife.

Hugo Wiener

President, Agrobanco

Hugo Wiener is an Economist from National University of San Marcos. He is currently the president of Agrobanco. In the last 25 years he has mainly focused on development issues related to agriculture, rural life, natural resources and the environment. He has participated in the formulation of important public and private investment resources from multilateral sources such as IBRD, IDB, IFAD and FAO, government agencies such as Commission of the European Union, AECI, SDC, GTZ, and private agencies such as ICCO, Oxfam, INTERMON, Lutheran World Relief and others. He has done consulting in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador and Argentina. From October 2000 until October 2010 he served as Chairman of the Rural Savings and Credit Los Andes S.A. with headquarters in the city of Puno.

Jason Morrison

Technical Director, UN CEO Water Mandate

Since 1993, Jason Morrison has been with the Pacific Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan sustainability policy research center based in Oakland, California.  He directs the Institute’s Corporate Sustainability Program, where he is currently studying the policy implications of private sector sustainability initiatives, with a focus on freshwater-related business risks and on sustainable water management in the business community. Under a 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact, Mr. Morrison serves as the Technical Director for the CEO Water Mandate, supporting the initiative with applied research, event organization, and other services.

Javier Ocampo

Regional President, San Martin

Javier Ruiz Ocampo is Regional President of San Martin. Born in the city of Moyobamba, capital of the department of San Martin and was a high school teacher for 25 years and was recognized repeatedly with Diplomas and Awards. He was leader of Cultural, Social and Sports Organizations; Popular, Trade and Trade Union Organizations. In 1982, he was Chief of Civil Society to the General Assembly of the Departmental Development Corporation of San Martin - CORDESAM (what is now the Regional Government). He was president of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of MOYOBAMBA in 1979 and also from 2001 to 2003. He was regional vice president of San Martin for two periods, 2007 - 2010 and 2010 - 2013.

Jorge Caillaux

President, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law

Dr. Caillaux began research in the field of environmental law in Peru (1977-1978) when his thesis on Peruvian Environmental Law was the first ever to be presented in this field in Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and also probably Peru.  He is the co-founder of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA) (1986) - a leading NGO working in policy and environmental law in Peru and South America. As head of the Ad Hoc National Committee in Peru, he participated actively in drafting the 1990 Code of the Environment and Natural Resources and its subsequent rules of application.  He also taught Environmental Law in PUCP (1992-1994). He practices private law as Legal Director of Corporación Drokasa - a Peruvian group of corporations working in agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

Jorge Gastelumendi

Senior Policy Advisor of International Climate Policy, The Nature Conservacy

A lawyer and native of Lima, Peru, Jorge is the Senior Advisor for International Climate Policy at The Nature Conservancy and leads their Global Climate Finance team, based in the US, and represents the Conservancy’s mission at United Nations meetings. Before joining the Conservancy in 2008, Jorge was carbon fund manager at The World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit in Washington, DC. In Peru, he headed the Environmental Law Department at Grau Law Firm. He holds a J.D. from Peru's Catholic University, an MSc. in Energy and the Environment from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University.

Juan Chang 

Coordinator, Climate Change and Sustainability, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 

Juan Chang joined the IDB in 2011 as a consultant to support on carbon sinks and land use changes. He is currently the thematic coordinator of the carbon sinks component of the Division of Climate Change and Sustainability. Previously, Juan worked for five years as auditor of forestry projects for climate change mitigation for the clean development mechanism (CDM) and for voluntary market standards. This experience led him to audit projects in over 15 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, allowing him to have a comprehensive view of the reality of the forest sector and the problems with tackling climate change in different situations globally. From the beginning of his career he has worked in the design and management of protected areas in conservation of biodiversity and environmental education in Peru. Juan is a forestry engineer graduate in Lima, Peru and has postgraduate studies in biodiversity management in Germany and specializations in remote sensing for forest management in Japan; as well as landscape management and ecosystem approach in Costa Rica. He is also accredited auditor to the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change and a REDD expert for Verified Carbon Standard.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal

Minister of Environment, Peru

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is a lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Perú).  Expert on environmental and natural resources public policy and legislation, with more than 20 years of experience.  Member of the Board of Directors of many national institutions Office of Environmental Assessment and Control (OEFA, in Spanish), National Fund for Natural Protected Areas by the State (PROFONANPE), Forest Development Fund (FONDEBOSQUE).  Wide experience in fund-raising activities with official bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies and private foundations. Trainer for private and public sector decision-makers and university professor of environmental and natural resources management and renowned lecturer. Renowned media leader on environmental matters. Minister of Environment – MINAM Lima, Peru / December 2011 – To date.

Marina Silva

Former Minister of Environment, brazil

Marina Silva was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1996 for protecting millions of hectares in the Brazilian Amazon. She went on to become a National Senator, the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, and a 2010 Presidential candidate obtaining nearly 20 percent of the vote. During the Olympic Games in London, Marina Silva represented the global environmental movement carrying the banner at the opening ceremonies alongside UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. She launched Instituto Marina Silva, a nonprofit sustainable development education and advocacy center.

Martha Isabel Corzo Ruiz

Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, better known as 'Pati' is Director of the Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda I.A.P. - Mexico's most ecologically diverse protected area and described as a "green jewel" in the heart of the country. Ten years after Ms. Ruiz Corzo, her husband, and local residents established the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group, they successfully lobbied the Mexican Government to grant the area Biosphere Reserve status in 1997. It remains the only case in Mexico of a protected area resulting from a grassroots initiative. The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve aims to diversify the region's economy by harnessing the benefits of ecosystem services, and training community members in conservation-based skills, to alleviate poverty and build social entrepreneurship. In 2013, Ms. Ruiz Corzo received the Champion of the Earth award the 'Inspiration and Action' category.

Michael Jenkins

President, Forest Trends

Michael Jenkins is the founding President of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael's responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. Michael has travelled extensively and speaks several languages. He holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University.

Miguel Saravia

Executive Director, CONDESAN

Miguel Saravia has extensive experience in managing projects, international programs and organizations. He is currently in charge of the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN). Since 2012 he has been a member of the Board of the International Mountain Society (IMS, Switzerland) and the Seminario Permanente de Investigación Agraria (SEPIA). Previously, he taught Information Technology at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Proyecto Regional Paramo Andino, and a member of the Information Architecture Institute (IAI). Mr. Saravia graduated on librarianship and information science from PUCP and completed his postgraduate studies on management of NGOs in Open University, UK.

Patricia León

Director, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Peru

She began her conservation career in 1991 in Peru, as Head of Institutional Development and Resources at the Peruvian Foundation for Nature Conservation (nowadays ProNaturaleza). At the time, she pioneered in committing the private sector to support the environment through marketing and joint-investments in ecotourism. In 1995, she was Head of Self-sufficiency for the Latin American and Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy, where she helped 18 different NGOs increase their financial sustainability and improve their management practices. Later on, she created the Division of Compatible Economic Development, where she supported field projects from Yucatán to the Pantanal, integrating Management and Conservation planning. As of 2001, Patricia lived in the middle of the ocean at the beautiful island of Palau. There she engaged in the development of environmental policies and the strengthening of Conservation Leadership within many island nations of the Pacific and Asia. In 2011 she became the Representative for WWF Peru.

Rosalia Arteaga

President, Fundación Fidal

Rosalía Arteaga is a Doctor in Jurisprudence, with training in Journalism and Master's degree in Anthropology. She worked as the General Secretary, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (2004 – 2007), and is Former President and Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador (1997). She was Minister of Education, Culture and Sports (1994), and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of CATIE – Agronomic Tropical Center of Investigation and Education, and President of the Latin American Foundation for Integration and Development. She has published several books, and has received numerous awards including the Decoration Rio Branco, “Grado de Gran Cruz”, and the Green Award of the Americas.

Tundi Agardy

Director of Marine Ecosystem Services Program, Forest Trends

Tundi Agardy is a renowned marine conservationist, with extensive field and policy experience in African, Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and North American regions. She currently directs the Marine Ecosystem Services (MARES) Program at Forest Trends, specializing in coastal planning, marine protected areas, and innovative financing for conservation. Formerly Senior Director at Conservation International and Senior Scientist for WWF, she also led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has advised UNEP, UNDP, the CBD, World Bank and others on sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.  Her Ph.D. and M.M.A. are from URI; her postdoc from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

William Boyd

Senior Advisor & Project lead, Governors Climate and Forest Task Force

William Boyd joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Before joining the Colorado Law faculty, he worked in various public and private sector capacities. He currently serves as senior advisor and project lead for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF),, a unique subnational collaboration between 22 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the United States that is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use.  

Yolanda Kakabadse

President, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Yolanda Kakabadse - Ecuador - served as Minister of Environment of Ecuador between 1998 and 2000. Served as NGO Liaison Officer for the United Nations Conference for Environment and Development (the Rio Earth Summit) in 1992.  Former President of the World Conservation Union - IUCN (1996 - 2004). Served as Executive Director of Fundacion Natura in Quito, 1979 1990. In 1993 she founded Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano, and served as Executive President until 2007 and is now its Senior Adviser. Chaired the Scientific and Technology Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP / GEF), 2005 - 2008. She is currently the president of WWF International since January 2010