Hazel Barbour is an independent environmental consultant, focusing on air quality. Over the last three years she has worked on the development of strategies to reduce harmful emissions from gasoline and diesel powered engines. Before working as a consultant, she was employed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as Mobile Source Programs Manager. Prior to coming to Texas, she worked for Shell UK in London as Community Affairs Advisor where she was responsible for developing and managing partnership programs between Shell, British government agencies, and environmental and community action groups.
Hazel is a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs Master’s Degree Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate degree was conferred by the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies with a major in economics.
Hazel has been vice-president of the Board of the Susan G Komen for the Cure Austin Affiliate, a member of the Breast Cancer Services Collaborative Advisory Council, a board member of the Texas Urban Forestry Council, and a member of the marketing committee of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. On the conclusion of her work with Shell UK, she was honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the U.K. community.
Francisco Boza is the CEO of B&R Pacific Trading, a Lima based company that specializes in fair-trade and organic coffee. Francisco has over twenty years of experience in the coffee industry, focusing on quality, logistics and exporting.
An athlete, Francisco has participated in seven Olympic games, winning a silver medal in trap shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He has been on the Board of the Peruvian National Olympic Committee since 2003, and is currently serving as its Secretary General. Francisco is also on the board of GAIA Dreams, a nonprofit working towards protection of the Amazon Rainforest, and the founder of Fuente de Vida, a nonprofit that provides care and housing for children with cancer around Lima. In October 2011, Francisco was appointed President of the Peruvian National Sports Institute by the President of Peru.
Francisco received his MBA from Universidad del Pacifico in Peru, and studied industrial engineering in Germany.
Dr. Leah Barclay is an Australian interdisciplinary artist, creative producer, composer and researcher who specialises in electroacoustic music, sound art and acoustic ecology. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, India, South Africa, China and Korea. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has directed and curated interdisciplinary projects across the Asia-Pacific.
Leah has received critical acclaim for her immersive performances, installations and large-scale community projects that explore volatile environments ranging from the central Amazon Rainforest to the floor of the Australian ocean. Her work is multi-platform in nature and often involves long-term community engagement accompanied by the development of virtual platforms to explore the value of digital technology in environmental crisis. Her diverse creative practice has resulted in a dynamic freelance career where she works as an artist, consultant, educator and researcher with various organisations and institutions. These include designing immersive education programs for UNESCO, directing large-scale interdisciplinary research projects for major universities across Australia and the USA and facilitating partnerships between communities, NGOs and government to explore creative approaches to climate action.
Leah’s PhD involved site-specific projects across the globe and a feature length documentary exploring the value of creativity in environmental crisis. Her research has been published internationally and her creative work has been selected for major international festivals and conferences. She is currently an artist in residence at the Australian Rivers Institute investigating the creative possibilities of aquatic bioacoustics, the president of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and the founder and artistic director of Biosphere Soundscapes, a large-scale interdisciplinary project exploring the changing soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across the world.
In 2015 she is working on a variety of projects between Australia, Mexico and the USA, including the launch of Biosphere Soundscapes in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
Luis Felipe Duchicela serves as the Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples for the World Bank based in Washington, D.C. His primary job is to create a constructive dialogue with Indigenous Peoples worldwide to achieve deeper understanding and to work together toward sustainable development. He also assists the World Bank’s regional and country offices to better assess the situation of Indigenous Peoples and prepare plans and programs that take into account their ancestral knowledge, cultural identity and legal rights.
Luis Felipe is Ecuadorian, of Quechua descent from the Puruha People of the Chimborazo province in the central Andes of Ecuador and brings substantial experience from the private, government, and non-profit sectors throughout Latin America. He was the first National Secretary of Indigenous Affairs in Ecuador in 1994.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Luis Felipe served as the Executive Director of the Amazon Conservation Association based in Washington, D.C., leading this biodiversity conservation NGO with special focus on the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon regions.
During his professional career, he has worked on social and economic development projects, where he promoted sustainable agricultural production in the Chapare, Bolivia, and then directed cocoa production in the Ecuadorean Amazon. He served for six years as Regional Director for Rainforest Alliance, first in Central America and Mexico and later in Ecuador and the Andean Amazon Region, where he was in charge of promoting Best Management Practices and Sustainable Livelihoods in Agriculture, Forestry, and Tourism in fragile ecosystems of these countries.
Luis Felipe is an Architect and Regional Planner from the Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito and has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University, with emphasis in Finance, Corporate Strategies, and Quantitative Analysis.
Bob was one of Rainforest Partnership’s founding board members, serving on the Board for the first 3 years of RP’s life as the founding treasurer. He is a well-respected Texas attorney with a statewide reputation for ethics and professionalism. He currently maintains a part-time law practice in which he advises Texas judges on judicial ethics matters.
Bob has served on the Board of Board of Directors and been past President of the Travis Audubon Society, a Texas conservation organization devoted to habitat conservation. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservation Alliance, a statewide conservation organization that advocates primarily for East Texas forests and rivers. Bob is also President of the Board of the Malcolm C. Damuth Foundation, a private philanthropy interested in the conservation of wild lands.
Bob holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston, and a Masters of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas.