Dr. Carlos Larrea is a research professor at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Ecuador, specializing in socio-economic policy; climate change and environmental sustainability; socio-economic and environmental history; and poverty, employment, and inequality. He has authored numerous scholarly books and articles in Ecuadorian and international presses including Toward an Ecological History of Ecuador: Proposals for Debate and Dollarization, Crisis and Poverty in Ecuador. He is one of the architects of Ecuador's landmark proposal to preserve the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. ( He holds a master’s degree in social science from Fundación Bariloche in Argentina, a PhD in Political Economics from York University, Toronto, and a post doctorate in health and development from Harvard University.

Claire Nicklin has lived in Ecuador since 1999. She is the Andean Representative of the Collaborative Crop Research Program of the McKnight Foundation, where she is responsible for grant making, monitoring and evaluation, regional strategy and project support for 15 research-development projects in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. As Coordinator for International Projects with Conservacion y Desarrollo, she also works on various agricultural and environmental projects, including Rainforest Alliance certification of cacao, agrobiodiversity conservation, value chain development, and global warming education as well as ecotourism certification through the Smart Voyager program. Claire has a B.A from Wesleyan University in the Science in Society Program and a Master in Professional Studies degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University. She is a certified presenter of the "Inconvenient Truth" slideshow in Ecuador.

Dr. Michael Uzendoski is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University. Dr. Uzendoski holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia and specializes in cultural anthropology, symbolic anthropology, ethnopoetics, storytelling/folklore, and ritual. His research is situated in Ecuador and focuses on Amazonian Kichwa language and culture. He is author of Los Napo Runa de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana (Quito: Abya-Yala 2010), The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador (Illinois 2005), and several journal articles published in English and Spanish. His work has been supported by both Fulbright and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Uzendoski has also been active in community life, Kichwa language revitalization, and working with local schools in Amazonian Ecuador to promote appreciation of mythology and indigenous arts.