15th Assembly

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From 4 to 7 November, 2013, San Jose - Costa Rica


José María Figueres

Former President of Costa Rica
José María Figueres was President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. During his tenure he launched a strategy for sustainable development, combining macroeconomic policies and strategic investments in human development, with a strong alliance with nature

Michele Lemay

Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)
Ms. Michele Lemay holds a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to joining the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 1992, Ms. Lemay worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the design and management of marine protected areas, protected species, and fisheries habitat.

Walter Vergara

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Walter Vergara is chief of the Climate Change and Sustainability Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Mr. Vergara studied engineering at the University of Bogota and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has worked in several programs related to climate change and now drives IDB Action Plan on Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean

Ede Jorge Ijjász Vásquez

World Bank
Ede Jorge Ijjasz Vasquez is the Director for Sustainable Development of the Latin America and Caribbean Region, covering the areas of infrastructure (transport, energy, water supply and sanitation, and other municipal services), environment and climate change, social development, agriculture and rural development, disaster risk management, and urban development

Ana Villarroya

The Nature Coservancy (TNC)
Ana Villarroya is a biologist, and got a PhD in Ecological compensation and Environmental Impact Assessment on June 2012 at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). She is currently working as mitigation scientist for The Nature Conservancy, which she first joined last September (2012).

Jacqueline E. Elias

J.P. Morgan
Jacqueline Elias, Managing Director, is a Senior Advisor in the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre, whose mission is to provide innovative advice, thought leadership and collaborative opportunities for philanthropists globally. Jackie advises individuals and families who have a range of funding interests.

Juan Etinger

J.P. Morgan
Juan Etinger is an Executive Director in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Endowment and Foundations Group. He is responsible for providing customized advisory services and cross asset class investment strategies to public and private US and International endowments and foundations.

Dan Winterson

Fundación Gordon y Betty Moore
Dan Winterson Dan Winterson is a program officer in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program, with a focus on conservation finance.

Ray Victurine

Ray Victurine is the Director of the WCS Conservation Finance Program and the Leads the WCS Business and Conservation Initiative. He heads WCS’s global efforts to develop sustainable financing mechanisms that contribute to positive biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

Lorenzo J. Rosenzweig

Lorenzo J. Rosenzweig Pasquel cuenta con más de 26 años de experiencia en el área ambiental. Es el Director Ejecutivo del Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN) desde octubre de 1994. Posee experiencia y competencias en procuración de fondos, movilización de recursos, ejecución de programas de conservación de la biodiversidad y diseño y operación de mecanismos de capacitación y fortalecimiento de la sociedad civil.

Carlos Obando

The Arbor Group en UBS
Carlos Obando Nació en Guayaquil, Ecuador y se mudó a Brooklyn, NY cuando tenía seis años de edad. Asistió a Stuyvesant High School, la Universidad de Duke (grado cum laude en Ingeniería) y a Harvard Business School, donde obtuvo su MBA en 1983. Carlos es activo en y ha sido Presidente de la Empresa Forum MIT del Northwwest. Es un miembro del Consejo Directivo de Casa Latina en Seattle. Disfruta de los viajes internacionales, esquiar y el arte moderno.

John Adams

The Arbor Group - UBS
John is Director of the Arbor Group. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst, and has a master's degree in Management and a Master's Degree in Financial Services. Prior to the financial field

María José González

MAR Fund
Ms. Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Mesoamerican Reef Fund since 2005, is a biologist from the Del Valle University of Guatemala. She obtained her Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from the Universidad de Heredia in Costa Rica. When she returned to Guatemala, besides teaching at the Del Valle University, she was advisor to the newly established National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP).

Jens Mackensen

Jens Mackensen became Director of KfW Competence Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources in August 2013. Prior to this assignment he served as KfW Office Director in Cairo from 2010 to 2013, where he also took responsibility as sector coordinator for the renewable energy, climate and environment portfolio of the German Economic Development Cooperation in Egypt.



Walter Vergara


Innovative funding mechanisms in climate finance

Christian Peter

The World Bank

Aichi Targets: A key role for Environmental Funds

Michele Lemay


Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program (BES)

Ana Villarroya


Environmental Funds and compensation schemes

José Luis Gómez

Fondo Acción

Design of the compensation strategy in Gramalote, Colombia

Lorenzo Rosenzweig


National Biodiversity Offset (NABiO) Program

Duma Valle

Fondo para el manejo de áreas protegidas de Honduras

Environmental volunteer compensation - Mining

Manoel Serrao


Funbio's compensation fund

Jacqueline Elias

J.P. Morgan

The Art of Partnerships

Dan Winterson

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Impact investing

María José González

MAR Fund

More fishes for a better future

Karen McDonald


Improving marine education in Jamaica

Cecilia Blasco


What a sea turtle taught us

Celia Mahung


Sustainable Fishing in Belize

Zdenka Piskulich

Forever Costa Rica Association

National strategy of marine control and monitoring

Elizabeth Valenzuela

Fondo Acción


María José Gonzáles

MAR Fund, Jens Mackensen - KfW

CFA and RedLAC practice standards for Environmental Funds

Ray Victurine


CTIS 2012