ABOUT US

" We are people who care about nature conservation "

Contribution and Conservation

Great Leaf has been founded by people committed to the conservation of forests in Ecuador, whose interest stems from their professions, their passion for nature and activities related to natural ecosystems. Thus, the Foundation is headed by an interdisciplinary team with experience in different fields that converge in the same interest, the preservation of nature .

Co-Founder

LILIANA JARAMILLO
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Biologist, Master in Environment, granted by University of Melbourne – Australia, with specialization in conservation and sustainable cities. Liliana has worked in research of native plants for their propagation and use in various restoration projects and generation of new ecosystems. She was recognized in 2017 by UN Environment in the “Young Champions of the Earth” contest. In the same year she won the “Urban Entrepreneurship Challenge” in Quito, promoted by IMPAQTO and the IDB. In 2018, Liliana obtained the “Women4Climate” recognition, organized by the C40, for her work with native plants in the city of Quito. Currently, Liliana actively develops research and environmental education to encourage conservation in the country.

We're a team

Co-Founder

MARJORIE CASTRO

Environmental Engineer, master’s in quality management, Environment and Occupational Risk Prevention graduated at Politécnica de Madrid. Marjorie has been Regional Manager of Quality, Safety, Health, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. She has developed management systems for large and small businesses, helping organizations improve their overall performance and providing a solid foundation for sustainable development initiatives. Nature lover, she has created and managed projects focused on environmental conservation and forest protection.

Co-Founder

ANDREA NARVÁEZ
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Biologist, PhD in Zoology and Behavioral Ecology graduated at La Trobe University-Australia. Andrea’s research focus in Ecology, Behavior, Diversity and Evolution. She has developed studies to estimate the anthropogenic impact on amphibian and reptile communities in tropical and subtropical forests of the coast and Amazonian regions of Ecuador. Additionally, Andrea collaborates in social management projects, studding the impact of livestock agriculture in local fauna, working with several communities in the province of Guayas.

Co-Founder

ANDRÉS HERRERA
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Honorary Member

ANELIO LOOR

Co-Founder

JUAN TRIANA

Economist by profession, Andrés completed a Master's in Taxation at the IAEN-Ecuador. Likewise, he obtained the title of master’s in management at La Trobe University - Australia. He has extensive experience in tax, financial and project management. Also, he has participated in different circular economy ventures as co-founder and he has won entrepreneurship competitions such as StarupWeekend Quito 2019.

Botanical Parabiologist. Anelio is the field administrator of Bosque La Esperanza, a member of the El Zapote community and an honorary member of the Great Leaf Foundation. Anelio was trained as a plant parataxonomist within the Yasuní Dynamic Forest Plot project in the Ecuadorian Amazon, directed by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) and for 23 years Anelio has been protecting a remnant forest “La Esperanza”.

Mechanical Engineer by profession, specialized in management, evaluation, risk and project management, with 20 years of experience in the Latin American industrial sector. Juan has been managing a multinational company in the field of safety, health, environment, sustainable development, quality and social development. He has participated in the implementation of ecotourism projects for the Ecuadorian Amazon. In addition, he is currently participating in programs for the preservation of protective forest, inclusion of indigenous communities and alternative economies for the care of the Ecuadorian Amazon.