Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Saturday, April 7th, 2018


Breakfast and Registration


Opening Address


First Keynote


Latin America and the Caribbean: Land of Opportunity

Speaker: Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Regional Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and F&ES McCluskey Fellow 2018


First Panel


Water with No Water Access: Co-creating Management for Health and Resilience

Panelists: Gloria Alvarado (President, Chilean National Federation of Rural Drinking Water); Max Campos (Senior Chief, Water Resources at the Organization of American States); Mauro Nalesso (Water and Sanitation Lead Specialist, Inter American Development Bank)




Second Keynote


Conversation with a Global Leader: How developing countries shaped the Paris Agreement

Speaker: Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (Global Climate and Energy Program Director, WWF)


Second Panel


Power and Partnerships: The Influence of Latin America in Global Access to Affordable and Clean Energy

Panelists: Spencer Thomas (Grenada’s UN Ambassador and Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements); Juan Lucci (China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative, Bank Information Center); Mauricio Castro (Former Director: Fundecooperacion - Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan partnership)


Coffee Break


Third Panel


New Leadership, Female Empowerment and Capacity Building in Indigenous and Local Communities

Panelists: Nina Gualinga (Leader and advocate, Kichwa Sarayacu Community, Ecuador); Melania Canales (Vice President, National Federation of Indigenous Women - ONAMIAP, Peru); Yeshing Upún (Coordinator for Indigenous Peoples Rights, Sotz’il, Guatemala); Noemí Gualinga (Representative, Kichwa Sarayacu Community, Ecuador)


Closing Keynote


Takeaways for Young Professionals: Appreciating Intersectionality in our Work

Speaker: Julia Carabias Recipient of the Belisario Domínguez Mexican medal of honor (2017)