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IGEL Women in Sustainability Leadership Lunch Seminar Featuring: Mirei End...

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3730 Walnut Street

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Mirei Endara de Heras served as Minister of Environment (2014-2017) and as Administrator of the Panama Environmental Authority (1994-1999), leading important institutional transformation in each term, most recently elevating the environment to a cabinet level position. The legislation passed in each of those terms allowed not only for the increased institutional capacity and authority, but also for an integrated and holistic approach to environment and natural resource management, pushing forward a sustainable development vision and agenda for the country. Mirei is a Fellow of the inaugural class and was the first Executive Director of Fundación CALI (Central America Leadership Initiative), helping create the Central American portion of AGLN (Aspen Global Leadership Network) with the region’s founders in 2005. From 2000 to 2003 she established and directed the Nature Conservancy’s Panama Program. She is a board member of Fundación Smithsonian, a local not-for-profit created to support and divulge the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s work in Panama and Latin America, a position she has held since 2000. She has also held board positions in ANCON (Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza) the oldest conservation organization in Panama, Fundación NATURA and Fundación Centro de Ciencias y Arte. Mirei is director of the newly created Fondo Mixto de Turismo and of Marea Verde, an organization focused on how can private sector and civil society be more proactive and involved in addressing marine and coastal trash. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management. She is married to Miguel Heras and has 2 children, Miguel and Sofia.


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