Stephanie Secomb is Policy and Strategy Coordinator for the Fundación Natura Bolivia, a non-profit organization specializing in the development of economic incentives to conserve critical ecosystems and improve local livelihoods in sub-tropical Bolivia.
Maria Teresa Vargas has a Masters in Forest Policy from Yale University and a Masters in International Relations from Costa Rica´s National University.  Teresa grew up in the city of Santa Cruz where she worked for 10 years as a journalist and environmental activist.