Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Climate Change Advocate Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Joins Conservation International Board of Directors

July 13, 2020

Arlington, Va. (July 13, 2020) – Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim has joined Conservation International’s Board of Directors. As a member of Chad’s Mbororo nomadic pastoralist community, Ibrahim has been a fearless advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the environment for more than 20 years, gaining global recognition for her commitment to ensure equity in the fight to slow climate change.

“My life’s work has been to lift up the traditions and rights of Indigenous Peoples and to ensure they have a voice in the climate change debate,” said Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, who briefed the United Nations Security Council July 9th on the impact of climate change on security in West Africa and Sahel. “Conservation International has a long-lasting experience in working and empowering local communities and advancing nature as a solution for climate adaptation and mitigation. It’s a great honor to join Conservation International’s Board at this time of global uncertainty when a greater ambition, a stronger solidarity and bold actions are needed more than ever.”

Ibrahim has been affiliated with Conservation International since 2011 when she was appointed an Indigenous Peoples Conservation Fellow later becoming a Lui Walton Senior Fellow. In this capacity,  Ibrahim has focused on building support for indigenous communities and their ancestral knowledge of protecting habitats that have sustained them for hundreds and even thousands of years.

“Hindou reminds us all to embrace our common humanity, connects us with each other and is a tireless champion for Indigenous Peoples, local communities and the protection of nature.” said Peter Seligmann, chairman of the board and founder of Conservational International. “Her profound lived understanding of the relationships that Indigenous peoples have with the Earth and the natural world will guide the journey of Conservation International and the global community at large. We are honored to welcome her to our board.”

Ibrahim has been recognized globally for her work to include indigenous peoples and marginalized communities in the fight to address the impacts of climate change. She was awarded the 2019 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award; the 2020 Refugee International’s Refugees International Holbrooke Award; the Daniel Mitterrand Prize; and has been appointed  as a United Nations SDG Advocate. She has also been a BBC top 100 Woman leader and a TIME Women Leader in Climate Change.

Ibrahim is founder of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), an organization that connects women with revenue and technology  to support sustainability and reduce nature-based resource conflict. She is also a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and served as co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change during the historic UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

Ibrahim’s 2019 TED talk on indigenous knowledge, technology and climate change has been viewed more than 1,000,000 times and is available here.

A full list of Conservation International board members is available here.

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