Fri, Feb 3, 2023

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Burke Auditorium

New Haven, CT , 06520, United States


Andrea Azevedo - Director of Programs and Projects, JBS Fund for the Amazon
Agnu (Intu) Boedhihartono - Associate Professor of Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods, The University of British Columbia
Brendan Fisher - Gund Fellow & Professor, University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Eva Garen - Director, Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)


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Agnu (Intu) Boedhihartono

Associate Professor of Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods

University of British Columbia

Intu has a multidisciplinary background (Anthropology, Fine Arts, Cinematography and Natural Sciences). She has a Doctorate in Ethnology & Visual Anthropology from the University of Paris 7, France. She went to the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the University of Paris 7 in France to pursue her passion in arts, culture, people and sciences. Intu worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) based in Switzerland, but she devoted a lot of time in Africa and SE Asia. She spent several years working in the Malinau Research Forest region in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Intu joins UBC after spending eight years running a Master’s Program in Development Practice at James Cook University in tropical northern Australia.

Intu has worked with multidisciplinary teams in remote locations in tropical landscapes and seascapes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Intu has focussed on issues with indigenous people and local communities, particularly on the importance of their traditional knowledge and wise practices in natural resources management and the conservation of their cultural diversity. Intu’s research has sought to enable forest dependent people, coastal communities and indigenous groups to achieve a balance between conservation and social, cultural and economic development.

Intu uses visual techniques to explore landscape scenarios and other participatory methods to maximize the involvement of diverse stakeholder groups. Her goal is to have an influence on global efforts to support indigenous people and local communities to improve their livelihoods whilst retaining their identity, cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, environment and natural assets.

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Andrea Azevedo

Director of Programs and Projects

JBS Fund for the Amazon

Dr. Andréa Aguiar Azevedo, currently works as Director of Programs and Projects of the JBS Fund for the Amazon. She has idealized, raised funds and coordinated several projects in most states of the Amazon for the last 15 years, publishing more than 30 technical and scientific studies, with article highlights on Science and PNAS magazines. She holds a broad experience in the analysis of public environmental policies which control the use of natural resources in the Brazilian Amazon, especially regarding deforestation. It is worthy of note that she also has extensive experience working with multi stakeholder groups jointly with the private sector. Holding a degree in Biological Sciences and a Master degree in Economic Management of the Environment, she also holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from the University of Brasília (UnB) as well as an Executive MBA degree from Fundação Dom Cabral. Andrea is a board member of Conservation International – Brazil and of Amazon Concertation.  

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Brendan Fisher


University of Vermont - Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Dr. Brendan Fisher is the Director of the Environmental Program, a Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and a Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.  His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, natural resource economics and human behavior.  He is the author of close to 100 peer-reviewed articles and two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Roberts and Company, 2015).  In 2013 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow.  In 2021-2022 he was a Fulbright Fellow working in Spain on socio-ecological systems in the Spanish Pyrenees. He loves living in Vermont and  enjoying the Vermont outdoors with his wife and three children. He is currently working to improve is inability to correctly identify warblers.

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