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Atossa Soltani

Executive Director, Amazon Watch

Biography

Atossa Soltani is the founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch. For over two decades, Atossa has been working in partnership with indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin and leading global campaigns that have resulted in groundbreaking victories for indigenous rights, corporate accountability, and rainforest protection. Amazon Watch is currently advancing clean energy solutions in Brazil's electricity sector as the alternative to building large hydroelectric dams in the Amazon rainforest. Soltani was recently named the 2013 Hillary Laureate for Leadership in Climate Equity by the New Zealand-based Hillary Institute. She also serves as the chair of the board of trustees of the Christensen Fund, is on the board of directors of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, the advisory board of Peru-based Arkana Alliance and the advisory board of the Inter-American Clean Energy Institute.