Our Advisory Board offers diverse, global, and renowned expertise in the conservation of freshwater biodiversity and cutting-edge invasive species science.
Myrna CunninghamPawanka Fund Chair
Myrna’s desire is to sit on the banks of the Wangki River and enjoy the sounds, connecting with the water protector spirits, her ancestors, fishes, birds, leaves and flowers. Myrna is a Miskita feminist, indigenous rights activist and medical surgeon from Nicaragua. Her work has advanced the rights of women and indigenous peoples in Latin America through engagement in political and social processes. She has coordinated the Indigenous Chair of the Intercultural Indigenous University. She is the first indigenous woman to be recognized with an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She served as the Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and is the Chair of the Pawanka Fund. Her service has also included work as an FAO Special Ambassador, advisor to the UN World Conference of Indigenous People, and a board member of the Global Fund for Women, Permanent UN Forum on Indigenous Issues, and The Hunger Project. She is President of the Board for the Latin American and Caribbean Indigenous People Development Fund, and Chairperson of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous People.