Wendy Arenas

Co-founder, Alisos

As an entrepreneur and social scientist working to fight inequality, exclusion and unsustainable practices, Wendy Arenas has developed and implemented more than 15 initiatives in Colombia and the Latin America region. An important part of her work has been to bring together multiple sectors with a diversity of visions and interests to construct long term common goals. In the Amazon region, Wendy co-leads AMAZONAS 2030, an accountability initiative for the Colombian Amazon region that emphasizes land use, the impacts of extractives industry and infrastructure. She is coordinating the ad hoc secretariat of the Cocoa, Forests and Peace Initiative in Colombia that seeks to promote zero-deforestation production models that favor the protection and restoration of forests in the Colombian cocoa supply chain.