Our first speaker of the year, is Leo Cerda, a climate, energy and sustainability activist focusing on efforts to build a more just, sustainable society in Ecuador. Leo is Kichwa, from Tena in the Ecuadorian Amazon. At a young age he started working with local grassroots organizations creating awareness of the environmental and cultural impacts caused by the oil industry.
Leo is the Founder and Executive Director of the HAKHU Project, a young organization that supports community-based economic initiatives as a way to fight against exploitative oil, gas and mining development in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He firmly believes in a post-extractivist Ecuadorian society with self sustainable eco-communities.