Meet The Board of Directors

Members of the CIAM's Board of Directors is comprised of a prestigious group of Panamanian citizens pro bono commitment to environmental causes and human rights. Each one of them is known for being at the forefront of their respective fields.

Brooke Alfaro Heart

Chairman of the Board, one of the most influencer famous architects graduated from the University of Panama; also studied painting at the Art Students League of New York, USA. He has won many awards such as: First prize in the Young Artists Vanguard DEXA, First Prize Art Contest Gulf, and Honorable Mention in the Biennial of Cuenca. He is one of the most internationally renowned Panamanian artists; and appreciated by the public and critics in Panama. He is heavily involved in environmental and urban preservation NGOs such as the Association for Research and Propagation of Panamanian Species (AIPEP), the Metropolitan Natural Park, CALICANTO Foundation, the Association of Residents and Friends of Casco Antiguo (AVACA) and founder of the Environmental Advocacy Center (CIAM).

Arquitect, painter and philanthropist

Board Secretary is a lawyer and journalist; she has a Ph.D. in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She was Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of Civic Freedom, Panamanian chapter of Transparency International. She started in journalism in 2000 in La Prensa newspaper of Panama as Opinion Editor, then transferred to the Research Unit and afterwards assumed the role of Political Editor. Subsequently, she served as Director of Legal Affairs and Reporting for the Environmental Advocacy Center of Panama.

Lina was chief of the Investigative Unit of Telememetro TV.  Currently, she is free lance journalist and law professor.

Lina Vega Abad

Lawyer, Journalist, Law Professor

Board Treasurer is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He studied at the University of Colorado at Davis. In the 1970s, he helped to create a group to protect lands adjacent to the headwaters of the Rio Chiriquí Viejo, developing a conservation strategy to counter deforestation driven by agricultural, financial and political interests. The action group was reinforced years later by defining a policy to protect forests in the region and, later, with the recognition in 1983 of the international park, a nature reserve, under the name of La Amistad International Park (PILA), recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. He has led major companies, both Panama and the United States, such as Abbey Theatre Inc; Purple Cliffs Inc., Durango CO.; Medicine Wheel Inc., and as Production Manager of Fidanque Products.

Paul Fidanque

 Environmentalist, philanthropist

Elena Guardia de Lombardo

Environmentalist, philanthropist

Board Member, after a successful career in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Elena Guardia de Lombardo received the Robert Brooks Excellence Award for her years of service in the organization.  She studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as Sacred Heart College in North Carolina and Strayer Business School in Washington, DC, USA.  For over 20 years she has had a leading role in the development of organizations such as Fundación Natura and the Metropolitan Nature Park.

Board Member is an International Environmental Lawyer. He graduated in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama and has a J.S.D. in International Environmental Law from Yale University.  He worked for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Panama as Environmental Legal Counsel and Director General of International Economic Relations; and also as associate consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago. In the academic field, he has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Panama, Florida State University, Thunderbird University and Monterrey TEC. Rodrigo, is currently editorial advisor for La Prensa newspaper.

Rodrigo Noriega Adames

Lawyer, Journalist

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because nature and people deserve environmental justice. 
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Registered Charity: On April 28, 2010, the Ministry of Economy and Finance recognizing CIAM´s non-profit status issued Resolution No. 201-1508 whereby donations to the Center can be deduced from Panama’s income tax return.

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