About Us


The FSC-IF is an Indigenous-led global organization, governed by a Council with Indigenous representatives from around the world who is responsible to provide the strategic guidance of the Foundation and ensure that it operates in line with its mission, values, and principles.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Council

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Chair of FSC-IF Council, Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
Peggy Smith Professor Emerita in Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Gregorio Mirabal Climate Change and Biodiversity Coordinator of COICA
Nicholas Mujah Ason General Secretary of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
Kim Carstensen Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Forest Stewardship Council Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee

The Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC) is a global advisory committee of Indigenous representatives from all regions of the planet to advise the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Board on the FSC certification system, safeguard Indigenous Peoples’ rights, enhance forest management, and support Indigenous Peoples in building FSC certified forest stewardship, increasing their market share and value.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Staff

Sarah Banda-Genchev Interim Managing Director
Carlos Blandon Acting IPARD Program Director and Program Lead – Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation
Dan Sosa Director of Finance and Administration
Salina Sanou IPARD Program Deputy Director and Regional Director for Africa and Asia
Laurence Portal IPARD Program Lead – Capacity Development and Inclusion
Fredy Duque IPARD Program Assistant – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Katherine Coronado Mejia IPARD Program Lead Indigenous Women and Girls Economic Empowerment (I-WEE)
Giovanna Monteverde Monitoring, Evaluation, and Social Learning Lead
Patricia Rojas IPARD Senior Finance and Administration Manager
Selina Baños Manager of Indigenous Engagement
Ursula Araya Private Sector Engagement Specialist
Maatal Pérez Conguache Indigenous Peoples Affairs Officer – Guatemala
Leila Reyes ‪Indigenous Peoples Affairs Officer – Honduras
Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos IDAMS Program Officer
Mary Donovan IPARD Program and Communication Officer
Luis Hurtado Yau IPARD Procurement and Sub-Awards Officer
Darwin Gudiel Velásquez Joachín I-WEE Finance and Administration Officer
Betsy Itzel Nelson Valdés Program Assistant Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation
Yaily Castillo I-WEE Program Assistant
Cindy Kobei IPARD Program Assistant Africa
Juan Samaniego IPARD Program Finance Assistant

Donors and supporters

In August 2020, FSC-IF signed the agreement to launch its first major undertaking: a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Global Development GmbH).
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Are you interested in joining our international team to promote Indigenous-based solutions worldwide? See our current vacancies.

Indigenous, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (IDEI) Specialist


Location: Global/Flexible

Reporting to: IPARD Deputy Program Director/FSC-IF Regional Director for Africa & Asia

Work Percentage: 100%

Duration: 1 year renewable

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