October 28–31, 2019, Mexico

October 28–31, 2019, Mexico

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Listen to prominent leaders

JULIA CARABIAS

JULIA CARABIAS

Environmentalist

Julia Carabias Lillo is a teacher in Biology and Sciences, graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM. Her research work has been focused on the regeneration of rainforests, environmental restoration, management of natural resources, ecology and production systems, heritage accounts, global change, poverty and the environment and environmental policy. Among some of the distinctions she has received, Heroes of Conservation Prize, by The Nature Conservancy, in 2006; and the Belisario Domínguez Medal awarded by the Mexican State in 2017.

EDUARDO BOHÓRQUEZ

EDUARDO BOHÓRQUEZ

Political scientist

Eduardo Bohórquez is the Executive Director of International Transparency in Mexico (Transparencia Mexicana). He designed the 3de3 initiative and was the link of civil society with the Congress for the construction of the National Anticorruption System. He has been recognized with the global awards of the Open Government Partnership and Smart Cities. Currently, he promotes the Open Contracting model and the use of Blockchain and Criptoactives in the financing of the policy.

ALFONSO AGUIRRE

Conservationist

Conservationist

Alfonso has an interdisciplinary background: he is an oceanologist (UABC) and a Doctor of Social Sciences with a specialty in Regional Studies and Sustainable Development by the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He made a specialty in Aquaculture at the University of Kagoshima, Japan and studied Communication and Culture at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has worked for 44 years on conservation, restoration, environmental advocacy, management and sustainable development of coasts, seas and islands, including international collaboration projects. Pioneer of sustainable aquaculture of bivalve molluscs; MIDORI 2016 Prize awarded by the UN CBD and the AEON Foundation of Japan; 2014 Prize for Love to the Planet for Scientific Research for Environmental Conservation, Volkswagen Think Blue Program; Recognition of the History Society of Antigua California 2016; and Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Pacific Seabird Group 2016. He is a Director of GECI and FONNOR.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Listen to prominent leaders

JULIA CARABIAS

JULIA CARABIAS

Environmentalist

Julia Carabias Lillo is a teacher in Biology and Sciences, graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM. Her research work has been focused on the regeneration of rainforests, environmental restoration, management of natural resources, ecology and production systems, heritage accounts, global change, poverty and the environment and environmental policy. Among some of the distinctions she has received, Heroes of Conservation Prize, by The Nature Conservancy, in 2006; and the Belisario Domínguez Medal awarded by the Mexican State in 2017.

EDUARDO BOHÓRQUEZ

EDUARDO BOHÓRQUEZ

Political scientist

Eduardo Bohórquez is the Executive Director of International Transparency in Mexico (Transparencia Mexicana). He designed the 3de3 initiative and was the link of civil society with the Congress for the construction of the National Anticorruption System. He has been recognized with the global awards of the Open Government Partnership and Smart Cities. Currently, he promotes the Open Contracting model and the use of Blockchain and Criptoactives in the financing of the policy.

ALFONSO AGUIRRE

Conservationist

Conservationist

Alfonso has an interdisciplinary background: he is an oceanologist (UABC) and a Doctor of Social Sciences with a specialty in Regional Studies and Sustainable Development by the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He made a specialty in Aquaculture at the University of Kagoshima, Japan and studied Communication and Culture at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has worked for 44 years on conservation, restoration, environmental advocacy, management and sustainable development of coasts, seas and islands, including international collaboration projects. Pioneer of sustainable aquaculture of bivalve molluscs; MIDORI 2016 Prize awarded by the UN CBD and the AEON Foundation of Japan; 2014 Prize for Love to the Planet for Scientific Research for Environmental Conservation, Volkswagen Think Blue Program; Recognition of the History Society of Antigua California 2016; and Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Pacific Seabird Group 2016. He is a Director of GECI and FONNOR.

PANEL 1: REGENERATIVE ECONOMY

The concept of regenerative economy and how it applies to projects focused on productive landscapes. Examples will be presented to illustrate the concept and the experiences of funds on this subject, which could represent the future of conservation in the region.

John Fullerton

John Fullerton

Panelist

President, Capital Institute

John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute. He is the author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy,” and a recognized thought leader and public speaker on the future of Capitalism. He is also an active impact investor through his Level 3 Capital Advisors. Previously, he was a managing director of JPMorgan where he managed multiple capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and then ran the venture investment activity of LabMorgan as Chief Investment Officer through the merger with Chase Manhattan Bank in 2001. John served as JPMorgan’s representative on the Long Term Capital Management Oversight Committee in 1997–98. He is a co-founder and director of the holistic ranch management company Grasslands, LLC, a director of New Day Farms, Inc., and the Savory Institute, and an advisor to the UNEP Finance Inquiry and to Richard Branson’s Business Leader’s initiative (“B Team”). In spring 2014, John was humbled to receive a nomination to the Club of Rome; he is now a full member. John is the creator of the “Future of Finance” blog at CapitalInstitute.org, which is also syndicated with The Guardian, Huffington Post, CSRWire, the EcoWatch blog, and the New York Society of Security Analysts’ Finance Professionals’ Post. He has appeared on Frontline and  has been interviewed by the New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, WOR radio, Real News Network, INET, Think Progress, The Laura Flanders Show on GRITtv, Thom Hartmann, and The Free Forum Show with Terrence NcNally. John has an MBA in Finance from the Stern School at New York University, and a BA in economics from the University of Michigan.

Laura Ortíz Montemayor

Laura Ortíz Montemayor

Moderator

Founder, SVX México

Laura is a founding social entrepreneur of SVX Mexico and promoter of impact investment, transformative finance and regenerative capitalism in Mexico. During the last years her work has focused on directing socio-economic and environmental justice through education and impact investment consulting. She is a board member of Sistema B in Mexico and of We Love Impact (Disruptivo.TV + Socialab), as well as an adviser for The Impact publications, a part of the Global Impact Investment work force, a member of AMEXCAP, Nexus, and a founding member of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico and the Blockchain Association Mexico.

Adriana Abardía

Adriana Abardía

Panelist

Specialist in Environmental Policy and Green Development, IUCN

From Oaxaca, political scientist and economist, Adriana has worked since 2006 on issues related to social investment in second-tier civil organizations, local governments, national governments and private companies in Mexico, Argentina and Central America. Based in Oaxaca since 2011, she led the strengthening of the public investment system in the State Secretariat of Finance and for six years coordinated a team of specialists in private advisory to international climate finance organizations.

Adriana participated in the development of REDD + in the national level in Mexico in the areas of financing mechanisms and benefit sharing. She is co author of the book Regional Development: reflections for the management of territories published by the Tinker Foundation and founder of two socio-environmentally based enterprises. In 2019 Adriana joined the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as a Specialist in environmental policy and green development. She is currently coordinating an intervention in Oaxaca to strengthen the capacities of local government and the mobilization of funds for the productive restoration of degraded lands.

Flora Moir

Flora Moir

Panelist

Coordinator of the Private Lands Conservation Program, FMCN

Flora has over ten years’ experience in research and nature conservation in the United States and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology, evolution and behavior from the State University of New York at Binghamton, focusing on coastal marine ecosystems. She has worked as an educator, researcher and program manager with the community environmental organizations the River Project, Coastal Marine Resource Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, as well as with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Flora spent time in the advertising and design world at the Art Directors Club as director of education and outreach, where she helped to connect New York City public high school students with careers in visual communications. She is now based in Mexico City where she leads the Private Lands Conservation Program for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature. She also runs Rancho El Uno in Janos, Chihuahua – a 45,000-acre private ranch dedicated to the restoration and stewardship of Chihuahuan desert grasslands and the conservation of the only pure-bred herd of American bison in Mexico.

Karla Barclay

Karla Barclay

Panelist

Portfolio Coordinator for Rural Development, French Development Agency – México

Since 2014, Karla has served as the coordinator of the portfolio of rural development, biodiversity and gender projects in the Regional Office of the French Development Agency for Mexico, Cuba and Central America. She previously directed the International Cooperation office of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP). She also held positions in public administration in Mexico in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Forestry Commission and the Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. She completed her MA in Environmental Economics at the Pantheon University-Sorbonne and her university studies with a degree in International Relations at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City. She has specialized in conservation economics and biodiversity financing. She has worked as a professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as a columnist for the newspaper “El Universal” and has participated in the writing of several articles on public policy for conservation and territorial management.

John Fullerton

John Fullerton

Panelist

President, Capital Institute

John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute. He is the author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy,” and a recognized thought leader and public speaker on the future of Capitalism. He is also an active impact investor through his Level 3 Capital Advisors. Previously, he was a managing director of JPMorgan where he managed multiple capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and then ran the venture investment activity of LabMorgan as Chief Investment Officer through the merger with Chase Manhattan Bank in 2001. John served as JPMorgan’s representative on the Long Term Capital Management Oversight Committee in 1997–98. He is a co-founder and director of the holistic ranch management company Grasslands, LLC, a director of New Day Farms, Inc., and the Savory Institute, and an advisor to the UNEP Finance Inquiry and to Richard Branson’s Business Leader’s initiative (“B Team”). In spring 2014, John was humbled to receive a nomination to the Club of Rome; he is now a full member. John is the creator of the “Future of Finance” blog at CapitalInstitute.org, which is also syndicated with The Guardian, Huffington Post, CSRWire, the EcoWatch blog, and the New York Society of Security Analysts’ Finance Professionals’ Post. He has appeared on Frontline and  has been interviewed by the New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, WOR radio, Real News Network, INET, Think Progress, The Laura Flanders Show on GRITtv, Thom Hartmann, and The Free Forum Show with Terrence NcNally. John has an MBA in Finance from the Stern School at New York University, and a BA in economics from the University of Michigan.

Laura Ortíz Montemayor

Laura Ortíz Montemayor

Moderator

Founder, SVX México

Laura is a founding social entrepreneur of SVX Mexico and promoter of impact investment, transformative finance and regenerative capitalism in Mexico. During the last years her work has focused on directing socio-economic and environmental justice through education and impact investment consulting. She is a board member of Sistema B in Mexico and of We Love Impact (Disruptivo.TV + Socialab), as well as an adviser for The Impact publications, a part of the Global Impact Investment work force, a member of AMEXCAP, Nexus, and a founding member of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico and the Blockchain Association Mexico.

Adriana Abardía

Adriana Abardía

Panelist

Specialist in Environmental Policy and Green Development, IUCN

From Oaxaca, political scientist and economist, Adriana has worked since 2006 on issues related to social investment in second-tier civil organizations, local governments, national governments and private companies in Mexico, Argentina and Central America. Based in Oaxaca since 2011, she led the strengthening of the public investment system in the State Secretariat of Finance and for six years coordinated a team of specialists in private advisory to international climate finance organizations.

Adriana participated in the development of REDD + in the national level in Mexico in the areas of financing mechanisms and benefit sharing. She is co author of the book Regional Development: reflections for the management of territories published by the Tinker Foundation and founder of two socio-environmentally based enterprises. In 2019 Adriana joined the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as a Specialist in environmental policy and green development. She is currently coordinating an intervention in Oaxaca to strengthen the capacities of local government and the mobilization of funds for the productive restoration of degraded lands.

Flora Moir

Flora Moir

Panelist

Coordinator of the Private Lands Conservation Program, FMCN

Flora has over ten years’ experience in research and nature conservation in the United States and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology, evolution and behavior from the State University of New York at Binghamton, focusing on coastal marine ecosystems. She has worked as an educator, researcher and program manager with the community environmental organizations the River Project, Coastal Marine Resource Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, as well as with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Flora spent time in the advertising and design world at the Art Directors Club as director of education and outreach, where she helped to connect New York City public high school students with careers in visual communications. She is now based in Mexico City where she leads the Private Lands Conservation Program for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature. She also runs Rancho El Uno in Janos, Chihuahua – a 45,000-acre private ranch dedicated to the restoration and stewardship of Chihuahuan desert grasslands and the conservation of the only pure-bred herd of American bison in Mexico.

Karla Barclay

Karla Barclay

Panelist

Portfolio Coordinator for Rural Development, French Development Agency – México

Since 2014, Karla has served as the coordinator of the portfolio of rural development, biodiversity and gender projects in the Regional Office of the French Development Agency for Mexico, Cuba and Central America. She previously directed the International Cooperation office of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP). She also held positions in public administration in Mexico in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Forestry Commission and the Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. She completed her MA in Environmental Economics at the Pantheon University-Sorbonne and her university studies with a degree in International Relations at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City. She has specialized in conservation economics and biodiversity financing. She has worked as a professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as a columnist for the newspaper “El Universal” and has participated in the writing of several articles on public policy for conservation and territorial management.

PANEL 2: CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY

The future of conservation projects adopting innovative technology and how funds can support this transformation.

Renée González

Renée González

Panelist

Conservation Director, FMCN

Renée González Montagut obtained her B.S. degree in 1990 from Occidental College with a major in Biology (Cum laude) and a full scholarship. After conducting research in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela, she focused on rainforest regeneration in cattle pastures in Mexico for her doctoral dissertation. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University, where she taught five courses. In 1997 she started working for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) as the Director of the Fund for Protected Areas (FANP). In 1998 the FANP started channeling the income generated by a US$16.5 million endowment from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the World Bank. By 2019 the endowment for protected areas in FMCN has grown to US$106 million with a second contribution from GEF, as well as donations from 20 additional donors. A total of 50 federal protected areas receive support from FMCN. In January 2004 Renée became the Conservation Director of the FMCN. She is presently responsible for the operation of the Protected Areas, Forest, Watersheds and the Marine and Coastal Conservation Programs, as well as inter-program initiatives. Under her leadership, in 2013 the FMCN signed a US$39.5 million grant from the GEF for the conservation of coastal watershed, which is the largest GEF investment in Mexico. In 2018 Renée worked with the National Commission for Protected Areas to secure the first donation of the German Government to Mexico for 14 protected areas in 2018. In 2019 she led the accreditation of FMCN by the Green Climate Fund. Renée is part of the Governing Board of the Institute of Ecology, a founding member of Women in Nature Network, represented the conservation organizations at the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development in Veracruz and FMCN at the Veracruz Environmental Fund. She participated in the Board of Pronatura. She led the creation of three regional private environmental funds and helped in the design of two public state funds. Renée is fluent in four languages.

 

Carlos Galindo

Carlos Galindo

Moderator

General Director of Science Communication at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Currently, Carlos Galindo is the General Director of Science Communication at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) in Mexico. He has a degree in Biology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico and a Master of Science and PhD in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of the book “Mexicanos por naturaleza,” published by the editorial Paralelo 2. He has worked as a researcher and with different civil society organizations. Today he is dedicated to the dissemination of science. 

Samantha Hyde

Samantha Hyde

Panelist

Senior Program Manager, National Geographic Society

Samantha Hyde is the Senior Program Manager of the Geographic Visualization Lab at National Geographic Society. She manages the Lab’s programs applying machine learning and scientific modeling to remotely sensed imagery and signals, in situ networks, and citizen explorer contributed datasets. The Geo Viz Lab creates and visualizes global datasets to further the Society’s mission of achieving a planet in balance through data-driven conservation. 

Samantha’s career has focused on the intersection of science and policy related to environmental challenges such as climate change and conservation. She was the Lead Director at Madison River Group LLC until 2018 where she led scientific assessment programs of climate change ranging from international to state level scales. She also served as the Executive Secretariat for the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability (CENRS) and overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2012-2015. She holds an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in International Relations from James Madison University.

Manuel Llano

Manuel Llano

Panelist

Founder, CartoCrítica


Manuel studied communication and masters in social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in México City. He has a degree in Strategies for the Conservation of Biodiversity by the Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and a second degree in Geographic Information Systems by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). He has worked on various projects and initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity and defense of the territory in Mexico, Central America and South Asia, promoting transparency and access to georeferenced public information for an integrated management of the territory. He is founder and researcher of “CartoCrítica, Investigación, mapas y datos para la sociedad civil”.
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Andrew Dudley

Andrew Dudley

Panelist

Founder & CEO, Earth PBC

Andrew Dudley, also known as Jungle Bird, is an environmental activist and Founder and CEO of Earth PBC, a public benefit corporation specializing in the development of technology to help build positive value around forest and marine based ecosystems, whilst protecting them from illegal and unsustainable exploitation.

As Jungle Bird he’s worked as a light-hearted environmental activist who through several high-profile televised stunts has brought the challenge of global deforestation to the attention of the public, through media as diverse as the Washington Post to the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Renée González

Renée González

Panelist

Conservation Director, FMCN

Renée González Montagut obtained her B.S. degree in 1990 from Occidental College with a major in Biology (Cum laude) and a full scholarship. After conducting research in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela, she focused on rainforest regeneration in cattle pastures in Mexico for her doctoral dissertation. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University, where she taught five courses. In 1997 she started working for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) as the Director of the Fund for Protected Areas (FANP). In 1998 the FANP started channeling the income generated by a US$16.5 million endowment from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the World Bank. By 2019 the endowment for protected areas in FMCN has grown to US$106 million with a second contribution from GEF, as well as donations from 20 additional donors. A total of 50 federal protected areas receive support from FMCN. In January 2004 Renée became the Conservation Director of the FMCN. She is presently responsible for the operation of the Protected Areas, Forest, Watersheds and the Marine and Coastal Conservation Programs, as well as inter-program initiatives. Under her leadership, in 2013 the FMCN signed a US$39.5 million grant from the GEF for the conservation of coastal watershed, which is the largest GEF investment in Mexico. In 2018 Renée worked with the National Commission for Protected Areas to secure the first donation of the German Government to Mexico for 14 protected areas in 2018. In 2019 she led the accreditation of FMCN by the Green Climate Fund. Renée is part of the Governing Board of the Institute of Ecology, a founding member of Women in Nature Network, represented the conservation organizations at the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development in Veracruz and FMCN at the Veracruz Environmental Fund. She participated in the Board of Pronatura. She led the creation of three regional private environmental funds and helped in the design of two public state funds. Renée is fluent in four languages.

 

Carlos Galindo

Carlos Galindo

Moderator

General Director of Science Communication at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Currently, Carlos Galindo is the General Director of Science Communication at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) in Mexico. He has a degree in Biology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico and a Master of Science and PhD in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of the book “Mexicanos por naturaleza,” published by the editorial Paralelo 2. He has worked as a researcher and with different civil society organizations. Today he is dedicated to the dissemination of science. 

Samantha Hyde

Samantha Hyde

Panelist

Senior Program Manager, National Geographic Society

Samantha Hyde is the Senior Program Manager of the Geographic Visualization Lab at National Geographic Society. She manages the Lab’s programs applying machine learning and scientific modeling to remotely sensed imagery and signals, in situ networks, and citizen explorer contributed datasets. The Geo Viz Lab creates and visualizes global datasets to further the Society’s mission of achieving a planet in balance through data-driven conservation. 

Samantha’s career has focused on the intersection of science and policy related to environmental challenges such as climate change and conservation. She was the Lead Director at Madison River Group LLC until 2018 where she led scientific assessment programs of climate change ranging from international to state level scales. She also served as the Executive Secretariat for the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability (CENRS) and overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2012-2015. She holds an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in International Relations from James Madison University.

Manuel Llano

Manuel Llano

Panelist

Founder, CartoCrítica


Manuel studied communication and masters in social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in México City. He has a degree in Strategies for the Conservation of Biodiversity by the Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and a second degree in Geographic Information Systems by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). He has worked on various projects and initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity and defense of the territory in Mexico, Central America and South Asia, promoting transparency and access to georeferenced public information for an integrated management of the territory. He is founder and researcher of “CartoCrítica, Investigación, mapas y datos para la sociedad civil”.
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Andrew Dudley

Andrew Dudley

Panelist

Founder & CEO, Earth PBC

Andrew Dudley, also known as Jungle Bird, is an environmental activist and Founder and CEO of Earth PBC, a public benefit corporation specializing in the development of technology to help build positive value around forest and marine based ecosystems, whilst protecting them from illegal and unsustainable exploitation.

As Jungle Bird he’s worked as a light-hearted environmental activist who through several high-profile televised stunts has brought the challenge of global deforestation to the attention of the public, through media as diverse as the Washington Post to the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

PANEL 3: RISK MANAGEMENT

Este panel abordará cómo la gestión de riesgos pasó a componer los procesos centrales de un Fondo Ambiental y las perspectivas de futuro para distintas herramientas relacionadas a los riesgos en el financiamiento de la conservación.

Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig

Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig

Moderator

General Director, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

In 1993, Lorenzo led the binational, multi-sectorial initiative to design Mexico’s first independent, national environmental fund (EF): The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN). Lorenzo brought the subject of conservation finance to the table with governments, environmental organizations and citizens alike.  Thanks to his leadership, one can speak of conservation in Mexico “before and after” FMCN. He sits on the boards of more than eight important national and international conservation organizations leveraging his influence on the field.

 In 1999, with EFs in Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and Panama, Lorenzo helped launch RedLAC. Lorenzo helped create other EFs in Mexico and Latin America, including the Mesoamerican Reef Fund, founded with EFs in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

 Lorenzo has done more than strengthen and stabilize the flow of financial resources to conservation work. He has launched platforms to foster a culture of conservation and capacitate individuals, communities and organizations to be effective agents of change. He is currently working on innovative financial mechanisms with the government and private sectors.

Claudia Herrera

Claudia Herrera

Panelist

Executive Secretary, CEPREDENAC

Executive Secretary of the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), since January, 2019.

Central American born in Honduras, Bachelor in Business Administration, has 20 years of experience in addressing Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management. At the regional level, she was part of the team responsible for the harmonization of the Central American Policy for Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management with the Central American Integration System (SICA), approved at the SICA Summit of Presidents and Heads of State in 2017. She led the process for updating the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Plan 2019-2023.

Previously, she served in relevant positions with the International Cooperation, including as Regional Advisor in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); as a representative of European Organizations, coordinating Regional Projects of the General Management of Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and has led national spaces such as the Humanitarian Network in Honduras and the National Forum of Act Alliance.

María José González

María José González

Panelist

Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)

María José González has been the executive director of MAR Fund since 2005. MAR Fund is a regional environmental fund established to support conservation and sustainable use of resources in the Mesoamerican Reef ecoregion, shared by Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

María José is a biologist from the Del Valle University of Guatemala with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management. She was an advisor to the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP) where she worked on several wildlife regulation processes, such as the design of the hunting law, system and calendar and the first Red Lists for vertebrates in Guatemala.  After CONAP, she worked as Executive Director of the Fundación Interamericana de Investigación Tropical (FIIT). During both her time at CONAP and FIIT, she was also a research fellow for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) specifically for the Vertebrate Ecology Project in Tikal National Park. From 1996 to February of 2004, María José was the Executive Director of the Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala (FCG).  She also participated in the design and establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC), was a member of the RedLAC Executive Committee for four years and is currently serving again. 

Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig

Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig

Moderator

General Director, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

In 1993, Lorenzo led the binational, multi-sectorial initiative to design Mexico’s first independent, national environmental fund (EF): The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN). Lorenzo brought the subject of conservation finance to the table with governments, environmental organizations and citizens alike.  Thanks to his leadership, one can speak of conservation in Mexico “before and after” FMCN. He sits on the boards of more than eight important national and international conservation organizations leveraging his influence on the field.

 In 1999, with EFs in Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and Panama, Lorenzo helped launch RedLAC. Lorenzo helped create other EFs in Mexico and Latin America, including the Mesoamerican Reef Fund, founded with EFs in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

 Lorenzo has done more than strengthen and stabilize the flow of financial resources to conservation work. He has launched platforms to foster a culture of conservation and capacitate individuals, communities and organizations to be effective agents of change. He is currently working on innovative financial mechanisms with the government and private sectors.

Claudia Herrera

Claudia Herrera

Panelist

Executive Secretary, CEPREDENAC

Executive Secretary of the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), since January, 2019.

Central American born in Honduras, Bachelor in Business Administration, has 20 years of experience in addressing Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management. At the regional level, she was part of the team responsible for the harmonization of the Central American Policy for Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management with the Central American Integration System (SICA), approved at the SICA Summit of Presidents and Heads of State in 2017. She led the process for updating the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Plan 2019-2023.

Previously, she served in relevant positions with the International Cooperation, including as Regional Advisor in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); as a representative of European Organizations, coordinating Regional Projects of the General Management of Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and has led national spaces such as the Humanitarian Network in Honduras and the National Forum of Act Alliance.

María José González

María José González

Panelist

Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund)

María José González has been the executive director of MAR Fund since 2005. MAR Fund is a regional environmental fund established to support conservation and sustainable use of resources in the Mesoamerican Reef ecoregion, shared by Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

María José is a biologist from the Del Valle University of Guatemala with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management. She was an advisor to the National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP) where she worked on several wildlife regulation processes, such as the design of the hunting law, system and calendar and the first Red Lists for vertebrates in Guatemala.  After CONAP, she worked as Executive Director of the Fundación Interamericana de Investigación Tropical (FIIT). During both her time at CONAP and FIIT, she was also a research fellow for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) specifically for the Vertebrate Ecology Project in Tikal National Park. From 1996 to February of 2004, María José was the Executive Director of the Fundación para la Conservación de los Recursos Naturales y Ambiente en Guatemala (FCG).  She also participated in the design and establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC), was a member of the RedLAC Executive Committee for four years and is currently serving again. 

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Este panel abordará cómo la gestión de riesgos pasó a componer los procesos centrales de un Fondo Ambiental y las perspectivas de futuro para distintas herramientas relacionadas a los riesgos en el financiamiento de la conservación.

Pedro Leitão

Pedro Leitão

Moderator

Ex–president, RedLAC 2008-2011

Pedro is the founder and director of Trama Consultoria e Projetos, which works in the design and development of projects, strategies and innovation in the areas of environmental and corporate sustainability, biodiversity conservation and territorial planning. He was the Executive Director of the Arapyaú Institute (2011-2013) and of the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund – Funbio (1996-2009); he worked at CNPq, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, serving as scientific policy analyst, advisory to the Presidency and research institute director (MAST); and worked at the Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration (IBAM), advising local governments in Brazil and Latin America. He was a postgraduate professor at COPPE/UFRJ in Science & Technology Policy and Management and at EBAPE/FGV in Urban and Regional Planning Policy. He holds a degree in Public Administration from EBAPE/FGV; holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Rhode Island/USA; and a PhD in Production Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. He has been a Board member of several civil society organisations in Brazil, including Funbio, SOS Mata Atlântica, Instituto LIFE, Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade (IDS) and RAPS. Pedro was a founder of RedLAC – the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds – and chaired the network from 2008 to 2011.

Alberto Saavedra

Alberto Saavedra

Moderator

Partner, Santamarina + Steta

He is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has postgraduate studies in Commercial Law from the Pan American University.

He has worked at Santamarina y Steta, S.C. as a partner since January 1992.

His main area of ​​practice is General Corporate Law, focused mainly on Stock Market Operations and Real Estate. He has worked with various groups in the privatization processes in Mexico, representing in some cases private investors and in others the Federal Government. He has participated in multiple public placements, public purchase offers and structuring of strategic associations. He currently serves as Director and / or Secretary of various public and private companies in Mexico, including the Normativity and Ethics Committees of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B. from C.V. He is currently president of the Normative and Ethics Committee of Mexder, Mercado Mexicano de Derivados, S.A. of C.V., where he is a member of the Council. He has also served as a member of arbitration panels dealing with international conflicts in foreign investment matters.

He is President of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C., member of the ProBosque de Chapultepec Trust Committee and member of the Steering Committee of the French Alliance of Mexico, A.C.

Anton Willems

Anton Willems

Panelist

Executive Director, Profonanpe

Anton Willems is a graduate in Economy by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Master in Globalization and Economic Development by the Antwerp University (Belgium) and MBA by the Universidad del Pacífico. He has over 15 years of experience in Peruvian public entities such as the Ministry of Economy and Finances, the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation, the National Forestry and Wild Fauna Service, and more recently the Decentralization Secretary of the Ministries Council Presidency.

His experience also includes consultancies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UNESCO, and the Pacific Alliance Business Council, amongst others. He was appointed as Profonanpe’s Executive Director in May 2019.

Alba Carreras

Alba Carreras

Panelist

Director,  Nature Trust Alliance

Alba Carreras is the Director of Nature Trust Alliance (”NTA”), a unique collaboration between three of Europe’s leading conservation trust funds: the Caucasus Nature Fund, Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Blue Action Fund.

NTA provides a range of operational and financial support services (including but not limited to fund management, administration, stakeholder communication and reporting) in close collaboration with the 3 trust funds, so the funds can fully focus on their core missions of employing innovative and sustainable financing mechanisms for nature conservation.

Prior to joining NTA in 2017 Alba worked in the international banking and finance sector for nine years. She held various positions in Spain and the Netherlands where she gained experience in financial management, planning and control and risk assessment.

Yabanex Batista

Yabanex Batista

Panelist

CEO, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

Yabanex (Yaba) Batista is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. Throughout his career, he has focused on international financing institutions and sustainable financing for conservation and development, government relations and policy, and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). He has ample experience working on conservation, climate change and sustainable development in and with Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. Prior experience includes working for GITEC/GIZ (German Government Technical Cooperation Agency) in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy International Government Relations Department and Europe Office, the World Bank-GEF Unit, the United States Geological Survey, and IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in Brazil. He holds an MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University.

Zdenka Piskulich

Zdenka Piskulich

Panelist

Director, Forever Costa Rica Association

Zdenka Piskulich has been the Director of The Forever Costa Rica Association since its creation in 2010. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy for more than 13 years as Program Director for TNC Costa Rica and as TNCs Director of the Private Lands Conservation Initiative. As program director for TNC she developed the Osa Campaign, raising more than $25 million to support this biodiversity hotspot. She directed the Forever Costa Rica campaign raising more than $56 million for the Costa Rican Conservation Area System. Additionally, she was part of the negotiation of the First Debt Swap between the governments of Costa Rica and the United States. She is a lawyer and holds a Masters in International Development from American University in Washington DC.

Rosa Montañez

Rosa Montañez

Panelist

Executive Director, Fundación Natura

Rosa Montañez, Executive Director of Fundación Natura, has a career of 20 years, 7 of which are as an international level and 12 of which are as an Executive Director management level which includes Executive Director in civil society organizations. She was the founding Executive Director member of the Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) and she is the current President of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Funds Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC); Rosa Montañez has been a member of different national and international environmental networks such as the Council for the Conservation of Waterfowl of the Americas, which she chaired; the Global Working Group on Migratory Routes of the Convention on Migratory Species; the National Committee of Wetlands of Panama, the Interinstitutional Commission of the Hydrographic Basin of the Channel; also a representative of the sector in National Agreement, member of the Directive Committee of the Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE) and Green Climate Fund, among others. She was a leader of the Avina Foundation and an expert associated with the Regional Capacity Development Center of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Rosa Montañez has a degree in Law and Political Sciences, with a Masters in Environmental Management, and a specialization in the planning of protected areas and management of NGOs.

Natalia Arango

Natalia Arango

Panelist

Executive Director, Fondo Acción

Natalia is a Biologist with an emphasis in Zoology from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (1991) and has a Master’s Degree in Evolutionary Ecology from the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida, United States (1996). She has more than twenty-five years of experience in planning and managing biodiversity conservation in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. She has focused his work on the protection of threatened ecosystems, the provision of ecosystem services, the design of tools for the effective management of in situ conservation, the generation of capacities in grassroots communities and the equitable distribution of benefits derived from conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Natalia linked to the Action Fund in 2010 for the development of tools for emission reduction projects due to deforestation and degradation; Between 2014 and 2018 she was the Technical Director of the Fund. Since October 2018 she is the Executive Director. She has led the growth of climate change lines, compensation for loss of biodiversity, the consolidation of the payment strategy for environmental services, the structuring of financial sustainability mechanisms for conservation and the structuring and implementation of the sustainability strategy generational in the Action Fund.

Alberto Paniagua

Alberto Paniagua

Moderator

Ex–president, RedLAC, 2004-2007

Senior Economist with a Masters in Economic Development and Agricultural Development. He has substantial experience in the design and management of financial institutions oriented towards conservation and sustainable development. In 1997, he designed and coordinated the commissioning of the Microfinance Bank (Mibanco) in Peru, currently a leader in Latin America in its field of action. Between 1998 and 2018 he served as Executive Director of the Fund for the Promotion of Protected Areas of Peru, Profonanpe. During this period, the financial portfolio of this institution went from US $16.0 to US $210.0 million. Under his leadership, Profonanpe was the first institution in the Americas to be accredited as a national implementation entity by the Green Climate Fund (2015) and the first in Peru by the Adaptation Fund (2014). Between 2003 and 2007 he was President of RedLAC. In technical missions of different types, he has visited financial institutions in more than 40 countries of the world. He currently serves as an international consultant in environmental finance.

 

Gabriel Holschneider

Gabriel Holschneider

Panelist

Founder, Rainmaker Group

Gabriel Holschneider Osuna is a Mexican businessman and entrepreneur known to initiate highly-disruptive and profitable business models. In 2004 he founded Rainmaker Group as a consulting firm on risk allocation and management. He developed organically as an expert in risk finance and asset-protection structures, giving birth to the first movement for self-insurance mechanisms in Latin America. In the insurance industry Rainmaker is well-known for being the first Spanish-speaking company to adapt the “Four Pillar Model of Risk Management” which implements planning methodologies that generate significant economic and financial benefits to corporate groups. Today, Rainmaker Group has the internal capabilities to (i) Mitigate, (ii) Retain, (iii) Transfer and (iv) Capitalize risk. After fifteen years of consolidation, Rainmaker maintains operations in Miami, Mexico City, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, and Argentina, providing direct jobs to more than 70 professionals. Holschneider has a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he was appointed as the student representative to the Dean’s Academic Committee. He is alumni of continuous education programs in strategy and business at MIT and Harvard.

Juan Etinger

Juan Etinger

Panelist

Co-Head of Endowments and Foundations Group, JP Morgan


Juan Etinger is the General Director and Investment Specialist of J.P. Morgan Asset Management Endowments & Foundations Group, where he oversees business in Europe and Latin America. It is responsible for providing personalized advisory services and investment strategies that cover different assets to endowment funds and public and private foundations.

Pedro Leitão

Pedro Leitão

Moderator

Ex–president, RedLAC 2008-2011

Pedro is the founder and director of Trama Consultoria e Projetos, which works in the design and development of projects, strategies and innovation in the areas of environmental and corporate sustainability, biodiversity conservation and territorial planning. He was the Executive Director of the Arapyaú Institute (2011-2013) and of the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund – Funbio (1996-2009); he worked at CNPq, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, serving as scientific policy analyst, advisory to the Presidency and research institute director (MAST); and worked at the Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration (IBAM), advising local governments in Brazil and Latin America. He was a postgraduate professor at COPPE/UFRJ in Science & Technology Policy and Management and at EBAPE/FGV in Urban and Regional Planning Policy. He holds a degree in Public Administration from EBAPE/FGV; holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Rhode Island/USA; and a PhD in Production Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. He has been a Board member of several civil society organisations in Brazil, including Funbio, SOS Mata Atlântica, Instituto LIFE, Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade (IDS) and RAPS. Pedro was a founder of RedLAC – the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds – and chaired the network from 2008 to 2011.

Alberto Saavedra

Alberto Saavedra

Moderator

Partner, Santamarina + Steta

He is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has postgraduate studies in Commercial Law from the Pan American University.

He has worked at Santamarina y Steta, S.C. as a partner since January 1992.

His main area of ​​practice is General Corporate Law, focused mainly on Stock Market Operations and Real Estate. He has worked with various groups in the privatization processes in Mexico, representing in some cases private investors and in others the Federal Government. He has participated in multiple public placements, public purchase offers and structuring of strategic associations. He currently serves as Director and / or Secretary of various public and private companies in Mexico, including the Normativity and Ethics Committees of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B. from C.V. He is currently president of the Normative and Ethics Committee of Mexder, Mercado Mexicano de Derivados, S.A. of C.V., where he is a member of the Council. He has also served as a member of arbitration panels dealing with international conflicts in foreign investment matters.

He is President of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C., member of the ProBosque de Chapultepec Trust Committee and member of the Steering Committee of the French Alliance of Mexico, A.C.

Anton Willems

Anton Willems

Panelist

Executive Director, Profonanpe

Anton Willems is a graduate in Economy by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Master in Globalization and Economic Development by the Antwerp University (Belgium) and MBA by the Universidad del Pacífico. He has over 15 years of experience in Peruvian public entities such as the Ministry of Economy and Finances, the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation, the National Forestry and Wild Fauna Service, and more recently the Decentralization Secretary of the Ministries Council Presidency.

His experience also includes consultancies with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UNESCO, and the Pacific Alliance Business Council, amongst others. He was appointed as Profonanpe’s Executive Director in May 2019.

Alba Carreras

Alba Carreras

Panelist

Director,  Nature Trust Alliance

Alba Carreras is the Director of Nature Trust Alliance (”NTA”), a unique collaboration between three of Europe’s leading conservation trust funds: the Caucasus Nature Fund, Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Blue Action Fund.

NTA provides a range of operational and financial support services (including but not limited to fund management, administration, stakeholder communication and reporting) in close collaboration with the 3 trust funds, so the funds can fully focus on their core missions of employing innovative and sustainable financing mechanisms for nature conservation.

Prior to joining NTA in 2017 Alba worked in the international banking and finance sector for nine years. She held various positions in Spain and the Netherlands where she gained experience in financial management, planning and control and risk assessment.

Yabanex Batista

Yabanex Batista

Panelist

CEO, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

Yabanex (Yaba) Batista is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. Throughout his career, he has focused on international financing institutions and sustainable financing for conservation and development, government relations and policy, and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). He has ample experience working on conservation, climate change and sustainable development in and with Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. Prior experience includes working for GITEC/GIZ (German Government Technical Cooperation Agency) in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy International Government Relations Department and Europe Office, the World Bank-GEF Unit, the United States Geological Survey, and IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in Brazil. He holds an MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University.

Zdenka Piskulich

Zdenka Piskulich

Panelist

Director, Forever Costa Rica Association

Zdenka Piskulich has been the Director of The Forever Costa Rica Association since its creation in 2010. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy for more than 13 years as Program Director for TNC Costa Rica and as TNCs Director of the Private Lands Conservation Initiative. As program director for TNC she developed the Osa Campaign, raising more than $25 million to support this biodiversity hotspot. She directed the Forever Costa Rica campaign raising more than $56 million for the Costa Rican Conservation Area System. Additionally, she was part of the negotiation of the First Debt Swap between the governments of Costa Rica and the United States. She is a lawyer and holds a Masters in International Development from American University in Washington DC.

Rosa Montañez

Rosa Montañez

Panelist

Executive Director, Fundación Natura

Rosa Montañez, Executive Director of Fundación Natura, has a career of 20 years, 7 of which are as an international level and 12 of which are as an Executive Director management level which includes Executive Director in civil society organizations. She was the founding Executive Director member of the Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) and she is the current President of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Funds Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC); Rosa Montañez has been a member of different national and international environmental networks such as the Council for the Conservation of Waterfowl of the Americas, which she chaired; the Global Working Group on Migratory Routes of the Convention on Migratory Species; the National Committee of Wetlands of Panama, the Interinstitutional Commission of the Hydrographic Basin of the Channel; also a representative of the sector in National Agreement, member of the Directive Committee of the Community of Practice for Direct Access Entities (CPDAE) and Green Climate Fund, among others. She was a leader of the Avina Foundation and an expert associated with the Regional Capacity Development Center of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Rosa Montañez has a degree in Law and Political Sciences, with a Masters in Environmental Management, and a specialization in the planning of protected areas and management of NGOs.

Natalia Arango

Natalia Arango

Panelist

Executive Director, Fondo Acción

Natalia is a Biologist with an emphasis in Zoology from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (1991) and has a Master’s Degree in Evolutionary Ecology from the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida, United States (1996). She has more than twenty-five years of experience in planning and managing biodiversity conservation in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. She has focused his work on the protection of threatened ecosystems, the provision of ecosystem services, the design of tools for the effective management of in situ conservation, the generation of capacities in grassroots communities and the equitable distribution of benefits derived from conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Natalia linked to the Action Fund in 2010 for the development of tools for emission reduction projects due to deforestation and degradation; Between 2014 and 2018 she was the Technical Director of the Fund. Since October 2018 she is the Executive Director. She has led the growth of climate change lines, compensation for loss of biodiversity, the consolidation of the payment strategy for environmental services, the structuring of financial sustainability mechanisms for conservation and the structuring and implementation of the sustainability strategy generational in the Action Fund.

Alberto Paniagua

Alberto Paniagua

Moderator

Ex–president, RedLAC, 2004-2007

Senior Economist with a Masters in Economic Development and Agricultural Development. He has substantial experience in the design and management of financial institutions oriented towards conservation and sustainable development. In 1997, he designed and coordinated the commissioning of the Microfinance Bank (Mibanco) in Peru, currently a leader in Latin America in its field of action. Between 1998 and 2018 he served as Executive Director of the Fund for the Promotion of Protected Areas of Peru, Profonanpe. During this period, the financial portfolio of this institution went from US $16.0 to US $210.0 million. Under his leadership, Profonanpe was the first institution in the Americas to be accredited as a national implementation entity by the Green Climate Fund (2015) and the first in Peru by the Adaptation Fund (2014). Between 2003 and 2007 he was President of RedLAC. In technical missions of different types, he has visited financial institutions in more than 40 countries of the world. He currently serves as an international consultant in environmental finance.

 

Gabriel Holschneider

Gabriel Holschneider

Panelist

Founder, Rainmaker Group

Gabriel Holschneider Osuna is a Mexican businessman and entrepreneur known to initiate highly-disruptive and profitable business models. In 2004 he founded Rainmaker Group as a consulting firm on risk allocation and management. He developed organically as an expert in risk finance and asset-protection structures, giving birth to the first movement for self-insurance mechanisms in Latin America. In the insurance industry Rainmaker is well-known for being the first Spanish-speaking company to adapt the “Four Pillar Model of Risk Management” which implements planning methodologies that generate significant economic and financial benefits to corporate groups. Today, Rainmaker Group has the internal capabilities to (i) Mitigate, (ii) Retain, (iii) Transfer and (iv) Capitalize risk. After fifteen years of consolidation, Rainmaker maintains operations in Miami, Mexico City, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, and Argentina, providing direct jobs to more than 70 professionals. Holschneider has a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he was appointed as the student representative to the Dean’s Academic Committee. He is alumni of continuous education programs in strategy and business at MIT and Harvard.

Juan Etinger

Juan Etinger

Panelist

Co-Head of Endowments and Foundations Group, JP Morgan


Juan Etinger is the General Director and Investment Specialist of J.P. Morgan Asset Management Endowments & Foundations Group, where he oversees business in Europe and Latin America. It is responsible for providing personalized advisory services and investment strategies that cover different assets to endowment funds and public and private foundations.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Este panel abordará cómo la gestión de riesgos pasó a componer los procesos centrales de un Fondo Ambiental y las perspectivas de futuro para distintas herramientas relacionadas a los riesgos en el financiamiento de la conservación.

Liz Carlile

Liz Carlile

Panelist

Director of Communications, IIED

Liz Carlile is a strategic marketing communications specialist working at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a policy research think tank in London. Liz is responsible for a central communications team working on communications and engagement for research and influencing policy. Working across IIED’s 4 research groups—climate change, sustainable markets, urban settlements and natural resource management—Liz supports projects to develop strategic marketing campaigns designed to deliver project goals. Liz’s background and qualifications in Strategic Marketing Communications has supported a long career in the voluntary and development sector working for a range of organizations: research, media, NGOs and SMEs. Liz’s focus in IIED has been to build up the communications team and to integrate a communications strategy to support the work of the Institute. IIED is rooted in partnership, participation and collaboration and their communications strategies are designed to achieve impact using research communication skills and getting evidence into use. Through continuous learning and creativity with strong principles around good strategic communications and branding, Liz’s experience in IIED and elsewhere includes working with big multi-partnership research-to-policy projects that span several countries and different types of partners as well as supporting smaller, less well-resourced initiatives striving to make an impact. Liz is also a facilitator, coach and accredited mediator.

James Money-Kyrle

James Money-Kyrle

Facilitator

Consultant

After an early career in broadcast television producing global nature and travel programmes, James Money-Kyrle has over 20 year’s leadership of foundations and trusts working to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes. He is a qualified chartered management accountant and was the Finance Director (CFO) at St John’s Foundation, where he led the governance, financial and investment management of this USD 150 million endowment. James has written and lectured widely in the UK on endowment asset management, governance and Board diversity.

James has worked with EF Boards, managers and staff to provide fiduciary and investment training, to prepare committees Terms of Reference, investment policies and guidelines and to support Boards with the selection and review of investment managers for Environmental Funds in Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Mozambique. James was the consultant engaged by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to deliver the pre-assembly training workshop at the RedLAC 2017 Assembly in Dominican Republic.

James is also a consultant with The Good Economy, a mission driven social impact and advisory practice, working with Boards to improve their governance, raise social investment and to make a lasting impact from their people, assets and investments (see: thegoodeconomy.co.uk).

Kathy Mikitin

Kathy Mikitin

Facilitator

Consultant

Kathy Mikitin was the principle author of the Issues and Options paper that launched the concept of Environmental Funds as institutions created to support financial sustainability for biodiversity conservation. She is also co-author of the Practice Standards for Conservation Trust Funds that were issued in 2014. Following a 30-Year career in the World Bank that allowed her to design development projects in the education, transportation, power and environmental sectors as well as support the institution by working with its Board and in the Internal Auditing Department, Kathy was able to resume what she is most passionate about: promoting and supporting Environmental Funds.

Over the past 10 years, Kathy has worked with more than twenty EFs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. She has assisted Boards of both very mature and nascent Environmental Funds to improve their governing documents, organize for efficiency and effectiveness, adopt governance norms and best practices to operate efficiently and in compliance with laws and internal regulations. This was done through transfer of knowledge sessions, board self-assessments, institutional evaluations, cross-cutting studies and work with donors and national design committees to arrive at legally sound and nationally appropriate governance structures and frameworks. Kathy has also worked with Environmental Fund chief executives and mid-level managers to put in place the management tools required to be effective executors of Board strategic and operating decisions.

Esteban Alfaro

Esteban Alfaro

Panelist

Communications Coordinator, Forever Costa Rica Association

Esteban Alfaro has been Communications Coordinator at the Forever Costa Rica Association since 2016. He has a University degree in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from Universidad de Costa Rica and more than 10 years of experience in non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Some topics he has focused on are press management, spokesperson skills, corporate identity, social networks, and event management. In addition, through his position as Communications Coordinator he has led multiple bioliteracy campaigns through social networks to promote biodiversity conservation in Costa Rica.

Jorge A. Oviedo

Jorge A. Oviedo

Panelist

Executive Director, Fondo de Inversión Ambiental de El Salvador

Engineer Jorge Alberto Oviedo Machuca has a vast experience in the executive management of important agricultural and environmental institutions, standing out in the superior administration of programs and projects of research institutions, cooperation, private enterprise, and government. In his managerial experience, he has been responsible for more than US $ 48 million in the management and management of institutional trusts adjusting them to compliance with strategic and operational plans.

Engineer Oviedo has also completed his professional experience as a professor in the environmental management masters of the School of Biology at the University of El Salvador and of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management -MAGMA- from the UCA.

Xaquín Veira

Xaquín Veira

Panelist

Visual Journalist, National Geographic

Xaquín G.V. is a Galician visual journalist, instructor, and consultant. He is an expert in data visualization, visual explanations, and interactive storytelling. He has served as senior editor for interactives at National Geographic and graphics editor at the New York Times. He led the Interactive Graphics desk at El Mundo, and headed a cross-disciplinary desk of graphics, interactive, multimedia, and picture editors at the Guardian. He has collaborated with Google, the Washington Post, the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Environment Programme. He was on the National Geographic team that received the Peter Sullivan Award for Best in Show in 2013 and was part of the Washington Post team that won the Equality and Women’s Promotion Best Graphic Online Award in 2018 at the Malofiej Awards—the most important awards for information graphics. He was also part of the New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2013 with “The iEconomy.” Additionally, he has been honored by the Society for News Design Awards, Online News Association, National Press Photographers Association, Information is Beautiful Awards, and Webbys. His most recent obsessions are emotional connections in data visualization, automation of data-driven visual narratives, new formats on mobile devices—and molecular gastronomy. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in computer engineering at the Universitat de Girona, Spain.

Helio Hara

Helio Hara

Panelist

Head of communication and marketing, FUNBIO

Helio Hara is head of communication and marketing at FUNBIO, The Brazilian Biodiversity Fund. He believes stories, images and technology are powerful tools to strenghten messagens and boost conservation. Before joining FUNBIO, he has worked with communication agencies, the Brazilian press and WWF. His interest in photography and art also led him to projects in the photography/publishing industry. In his work, he mingles different fields, experiences and references to target and include new audiences.

Liz Carlile

Liz Carlile

Panelist

Director of Communications, IIED

Liz Carlile is a strategic marketing communications specialist working at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a policy research think tank in London. Liz is responsible for a central communications team working on communications and engagement for research and influencing policy. Working across IIED’s 4 research groups—climate change, sustainable markets, urban settlements and natural resource management—Liz supports projects to develop strategic marketing campaigns designed to deliver project goals. Liz’s background and qualifications in Strategic Marketing Communications has supported a long career in the voluntary and development sector working for a range of organizations: research, media, NGOs and SMEs. Liz’s focus in IIED has been to build up the communications team and to integrate a communications strategy to support the work of the Institute. IIED is rooted in partnership, participation and collaboration and their communications strategies are designed to achieve impact using research communication skills and getting evidence into use. Through continuous learning and creativity with strong principles around good strategic communications and branding, Liz’s experience in IIED and elsewhere includes working with big multi-partnership research-to-policy projects that span several countries and different types of partners as well as supporting smaller, less well-resourced initiatives striving to make an impact. Liz is also a facilitator, coach and accredited mediator.

James Money-Kyrle

James Money-Kyrle

Facilitator

Consultant

After an early career in broadcast television producing global nature and travel programmes, James Money-Kyrle has over 20 year’s leadership of foundations and trusts working to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes. He is a qualified chartered management accountant and was the Finance Director (CFO) at St John’s Foundation, where he led the governance, financial and investment management of this USD 150 million endowment. James has written and lectured widely in the UK on endowment asset management, governance and Board diversity.

James has worked with EF Boards, managers and staff to provide fiduciary and investment training, to prepare committees Terms of Reference, investment policies and guidelines and to support Boards with the selection and review of investment managers for Environmental Funds in Guinea Bissau, Malawi, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Mozambique. James was the consultant engaged by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to deliver the pre-assembly training workshop at the RedLAC 2017 Assembly in Dominican Republic.

James is also a consultant with The Good Economy, a mission driven social impact and advisory practice, working with Boards to improve their governance, raise social investment and to make a lasting impact from their people, assets and investments (see: thegoodeconomy.co.uk).

Kathy Mikitin

Kathy Mikitin

Facilitator

Consultant

Kathy Mikitin was the principle author of the Issues and Options paper that launched the concept of Environmental Funds as institutions created to support financial sustainability for biodiversity conservation. She is also co-author of the Practice Standards for Conservation Trust Funds that were issued in 2014. Following a 30-Year career in the World Bank that allowed her to design development projects in the education, transportation, power and environmental sectors as well as support the institution by working with its Board and in the Internal Auditing Department, Kathy was able to resume what she is most passionate about: promoting and supporting Environmental Funds.

Over the past 10 years, Kathy has worked with more than twenty EFs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. She has assisted Boards of both very mature and nascent Environmental Funds to improve their governing documents, organize for efficiency and effectiveness, adopt governance norms and best practices to operate efficiently and in compliance with laws and internal regulations. This was done through transfer of knowledge sessions, board self-assessments, institutional evaluations, cross-cutting studies and work with donors and national design committees to arrive at legally sound and nationally appropriate governance structures and frameworks. Kathy has also worked with Environmental Fund chief executives and mid-level managers to put in place the management tools required to be effective executors of Board strategic and operating decisions.

Esteban Alfaro

Esteban Alfaro

Panelist

Communications Coordinator, Forever Costa Rica Association

Esteban Alfaro has been Communications Coordinator at the Forever Costa Rica Association since 2016. He has a University degree in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from Universidad de Costa Rica and more than 10 years of experience in non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Some topics he has focused on are press management, spokesperson skills, corporate identity, social networks, and event management. In addition, through his position as Communications Coordinator he has led multiple bioliteracy campaigns through social networks to promote biodiversity conservation in Costa Rica.

Jorge A. Oviedo

Jorge A. Oviedo

Panelist

Executive Director, Fondo de Inversión Ambiental de El Salvador

Engineer Jorge Alberto Oviedo Machuca has a vast experience in the executive management of important agricultural and environmental institutions, standing out in the superior administration of programs and projects of research institutions, cooperation, private enterprise, and government. In his managerial experience, he has been responsible for more than US $ 48 million in the management and management of institutional trusts adjusting them to compliance with strategic and operational plans.

Engineer Oviedo has also completed his professional experience as a professor in the environmental management masters of the School of Biology at the University of El Salvador and of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management -MAGMA- from the UCA.

Xaquín Veira

Xaquín Veira

Panelist

Visual Journalist, National Geographic

Xaquín G.V. is a Galician visual journalist, instructor, and consultant. He is an expert in data visualization, visual explanations, and interactive storytelling. He has served as senior editor for interactives at National Geographic and graphics editor at the New York Times. He led the Interactive Graphics desk at El Mundo, and headed a cross-disciplinary desk of graphics, interactive, multimedia, and picture editors at the Guardian. He has collaborated with Google, the Washington Post, the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Environment Programme. He was on the National Geographic team that received the Peter Sullivan Award for Best in Show in 2013 and was part of the Washington Post team that won the Equality and Women’s Promotion Best Graphic Online Award in 2018 at the Malofiej Awards—the most important awards for information graphics. He was also part of the New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2013 with “The iEconomy.” Additionally, he has been honored by the Society for News Design Awards, Online News Association, National Press Photographers Association, Information is Beautiful Awards, and Webbys. His most recent obsessions are emotional connections in data visualization, automation of data-driven visual narratives, new formats on mobile devices—and molecular gastronomy. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in computer engineering at the Universitat de Girona, Spain.

Helio Hara

Helio Hara

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Head of communication and marketing, FUNBIO

Helio Hara is head of communication and marketing at FUNBIO, The Brazilian Biodiversity Fund. He believes stories, images and technology are powerful tools to strenghten messagens and boost conservation. Before joining FUNBIO, he has worked with communication agencies, the Brazilian press and WWF. His interest in photography and art also led him to projects in the photography/publishing industry. In his work, he mingles different fields, experiences and references to target and include new audiences.

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