Three Peruvian indigenous women wearing traditional clothing with two Andean camelids.


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

Anders Blom Chairperson of the FSC Indigenous Foundation Council and Founder and Senior Advisor of the Protect Sápmi Foundation
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
Gregorio Mirabal Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (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

Francisco Souza Managing Director
Dan Sosa Director of Finance and Administration
Alejandro Paredes IPARD Program Director
Salina Sanou IPARD Program Deputy Director and Regional Director for Africa and Asia
Rita Spadafora IPARD Program Lead – Capacity Development and Inclusion
Carlos Blandon IPARD Program Lead – Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation
Silvia García Téllez IPARD Program Lead – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Selina Baños Executive Coordinator for Indigenous Affairs and Program Management
Laurence Portal Program Assistant – Capacity Development and Inclusion
Mary Donovan IPARD Program and Communication Officer
Patricia Rojas IPARD Finance and Administration Manager
Luis Hurtado Yau IPARD Procurement and Sub-Awards Officer

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.

Consultancy – Support the design of a Social Learning Strategy and strengthen the IPARD team capacities

Objective: support the design and implementation of a social learning strategy and contribute to the development of capacities of the IPARD team on social learning

Type of consultancy: individual consultant

Duration: 6 months

Deadline: February 16, 2023

More information here. 

Consultancy – Promote entrepreneurship on ecotourism with cultural identity led by Indigenous women in Panama as part of PEMIP

Objective: Support the implementation of the Indigenous Women Economic Empowerment Plan (PEMIP 2025) by improving the existing Panamanian Indigenous women’s business savviness in the tourism value chain under a cultural and gender lens.

Type of consultancy: consultancy firm

Duration: 10 months

Deadline: February 20, 2023

More information here.