Leading Global Nonprofit Rainforest Partnership Appoints Sumit Jamuar as Board Chairman


RP Team

January 11, 2024

Circular photograph of Sumit Jamuar, Rainforest Partnership Board Chair, surrounded by announcement text with large tree and forest background on left fading into black on the right side of the image

AUSTIN, Texas - January 11, 2024  — Rainforest Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting tropical rainforests, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sumit Jamuar as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Previously serving as Vice Chair, Mr. Jamuar brings extensive business expertise and a wealth of global insights to the role. Rainforest Partnership is best known as the founder of World Rainforest Day and works extensively with local and indigenous communities to protect the standing forests in the Andean-Amazon.  

"Visiting our forests and witnessing our meaningful work firsthand was a profound experience. It's a privilege to continue supporting the impactful efforts of the Rainforest Partnership team. Together, we're dedicated to protecting more standing forests, empowering local communities, and raising global awareness about our mission," said Mr. Jamuar of his appointment.

CEO and Founder, Niyanta Spelman, remarked,

"Sumit's dedication and vision for conservation, combined with his global business expertise, make him the ideal leader of our Board of Directors, guiding the organization into the future."

Mr. Jamuar has previously served as co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Global Gene Corp. In the banking industry, he served as CEO of SBICAP(UK) Ltd, the European capital markets subsidiary of State Bank of India, and as managing director in Lloyds Bank in London. He started his career as a consultant in McKinsey & Company, India. He has also served as vice chair of the Gates Foundation and United Nations' ITU focus group on financial inclusion, and is currently a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He serves as visiting faculty at City, University of London in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA from INSEAD.

About Rainforest Partnership
Rainforest Partnership is an impact-driven international US-headquartered organization that uses the power of collaboration to protect tropical rainforests in some of the most critical places on Earth for biodiversity and climate. Working directly with indigenous and local communities, organizations and governments at all levels, Rainforest Partnership builds trust-based partnerships and ground-up solutions that support sustainable livelihoods and enable durable forest protection. Rainforest Partnership is a US 501 (c)(3) international nonprofit organization.  For more information, visit https://www.RainforestPartnership.org


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