Carolina Toapanta is the Executive Director in Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation developing projects related to Biodiversity Monitoring, Water Quality, micro enterprises programs, and recently in recovery post-earthquake humanitarian assistance in the Canton Jama, Manabí. She sees TFD as an opportunity to present practical and collaborative solutions to forest conservation and sustainable forest management challenges, as well as articulate community-level perspectives. She has had a long history with Ceiba: she began as a scholarship student on a summer course, Andes to Amazon, while still completing her undergraduate degree at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Quito; she later worked as a teaching assistant and logistics coordinator for several of Ceiba’s summer and semester courses; after several years as Projects Coordinator in Ecuador, she assumed the position of Executive Director of all operations in the country. She has led conservation efforts on the Pacific Coast, and has been instrumental in establishing large-scale conservation areas there and in the Andean highlands, including the new Choco Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve, declared in 2018. She earned her title as Biologist with emphasis on Ecology and Sustainable Development in the Latin University of Costa Rica in 2005. She obtained her Master in Environmental Conservation at the University of Wisconsin in 2015.