Atossa Soltani is the director of global strategy for Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, an alliance of 30 indigenous nations in Ecuador and Peru working to permanently protect 86 million acres of rainforests in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth. She is also the founder and board president of Amazon Watch and served as the organization’s first executive director from 1996-2014. In response to the Amazon fires in 2019, Atossa helped launch Artists for Amazonia to catalyze global action for the Amazon. Atossa also helped galvanize a coalition effort in spring of 2020 to establish the Amazon Emergency Fund to bring emergency COVID relief for indigenous and forest communities in the Amazon. In recognition for her life’s work as rainforests and indigenous rights campaigner, Atossa was named the Hillary Institute’s 2013 Global Laureate for Climate Leadership.