Adrian Forsyth, PhD
Dr. Adrian Forsyth is the Executive Director and Founder of Andes Amazon Fund. His field work and conservation efforts have taken place in the most remote regions of the New World and Old World tropics for the past 45 years. Adrian co-founded the Andes Amazon Initiative, the Amazon Conservation Association, and Osa Conservation. He has served as Vice President of blue moon fund, Director of Biodiversity at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Vice President of Conservation International. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution and the Royal Ontario Museum and has been a faculty member at Arizona State University in the Department of Zoology. Adrian is the author of nine acclaimed natural history books and has developed five biological field stations in the Amazon and in Central America. Adrian currently serves as President of the Board of the Amazon Conservation Association and is Board Chairman of Osa Conservation. He received his PhD in Tropical Ecology from Harvard University under E.O. Wilson, a renowned biologist.
Enrique Ortiz was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He has been trained as a tropical ecologist, conducting research on species and ecological systems in coastal/marine areas, deserts, highlands and tropical forests. Enrique co-founded the Andes Amazon Initiative and the Amazon Conservation Association. Apart from his background in biology, Enrique is perhaps better known for his leadership throughout Peru and Latin America in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. For over a decade, he has been committed to funding agencies that support conservation in the Andes-Amazon region. Enrique worked for the Tropical Americas Program at the blue moon fund, serving as Senior Program Officer and Program Director. There, he worked alongside Bruce Babbitt and Adrian Forsyth to support domestic and international Amazon conservation groups. He currently serves as a board member of the Amazon Conservation Association and President of the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA), a leading Peruvian NGO. Since 2008, he has continued to serve as a board member of the National Protected Area Service (SERNANP), a division of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. He received degrees from San Marcos University and Princeton University.
Megan MacDowell has worked on forest conservation in Latin America for over 14 years. She mostly recently led the Amazon Headwaters Conservation Initiative at the New Venture Fund. She previously served as the DC Office Director at the Amazon Conservation Association. There, she focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood initiatives in the Andes-Amazon regions of Peru and Bolivia. Megan also developed communication and behavior change strategies for Conservation International’s international field programs. She has worked on projects for the Nature Conservancy’s Brazil program and for World Wildlife Fund’s conservation science programs. Additionally, Megan led ecology and sustainable development study abroad programs in Brazil and Costa Rica for Antioch Education Abroad and International Student Volunteers. Megan has a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Swarthmore College and a MS in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.
Haley Wiebel is the most recent addition to the AAF team. Her work in Latin America first began in Nicaragua. There, she was recognized by the U.S. Embassy in Managua for her assistance with a climate change education project. This project was a joint effort between the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua - Managua. She has also spent time in Ecuador helping with Fair Trade development in Kichwa communities via the Runa Foundation. Haley most recently worked in the startup world, where she helped her team raise $2.5 million over the course of 6 months. She has a BA in International Relations with degree concentrations in Latin America and Environment & Development from Boston University.
Margarita Medina Müller
Lima Coordinator (Consultant)
Margarita Medina Müller was born and raised in La Oroya, Peru. For over 10 years, Margarita has worked for NGOs based in Peru that focus on protected area conservation and leadership in indigenous Amazonian communities. She also worked for the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) and has consulted for several international government institutions. Margarita has conducted and published research on amphibians and management of tropical forest and has been a research associate at San Marcos Natural History Museum. She studied Biology at Ricardo Palma University in Lima and received a master’s degree in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forest and Biodiversity at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.
Liaison Officer (Consultant)
Nina Pardo was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She has extensive advocacy, strategic planning, marketing, communications, and public relations experience in the business and environmental sectors. Nina is dedicated to solving both international and domestic environmental sustainability issues. She has worked at Conservation International and Peru’s Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PROMPERÚ). She has also consulted for the World Wildlife Fund, the Shark and Sea Turtle Restoration Program (PRETOMA), the Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, and many other institutions. She also formerly worked as the General Manager of Eco Pesca, a Peruvian NGO dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic biodiversity. Nina has successfully advocated for the legal protection of dolphins in Peru and the creation of marine protected areas, such as the National Reserve System of Guano Islands and Islets. She is known as a passionate environmental advocate, who can build bridges between conservationists, local communities, media, and the public and private sectors to achieve a common goal. She also currently works as a Senior Consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund. Nina studied Business Administration at Pacific University in Lima and received an MBA at American University in Washington, DC.
Banner photo by Trond Larsen.