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Stefano Maria Pallottino

Stefano Maria Pallottino (Rome, Italy) is an Italian civil engineer. He lived in Tunis, Rome, Montreal and Pisa.
He was involved in education in the Association AGESCI as an educator and trainer at regional and national level, from 1991 to 2006.
For several years he has been responsible for the implementation of human rights for the civilian victims of war and their right to health. Since 1999 he is active with the NGO Emergency, first as a volunteer and now as a member and coordinator of the groups in western Tuscany.
Since 2004 he is founder and member of the Association Shaleku that deals with human rights in Eritrea. He served on the Board of Directors until 2012 and he has carried out two missions in Eritrea.
Since 2015 is the president of Source International.

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Flaviano Bianchini
Founder and director of Source

Flaviano Bianchini (Fabriano, Italy) is an environmentalist and naturalist.

Ashoka Fellow from 2012. He is specialized in Valorization and Management of Natural Resources and he holds a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa.

For several years he has been dealing with violations of Human Rights and health damages related to the extractive industries, especially in Latin America. His studies on the impact of extractive industries on environment and health have led to changes in the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Guatemala and the adoption of laws on the welfare for the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. From 2007 to 2009 he promoted  a campaign on the impact of mining activity together with Amnesty International.

Candidate environmentalist of the year by the magazine The New Ecology in 2008 received the social worker prize from the San Carlos University of Guatemala in 2006 and the Chatwin prize in 2012 for his book “In Tibet un viaggio clandestino”. He received the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.

Board of Directors
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Sander Otten
Board activities' coordinator

A native from The Netherlands, Sander Otten studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. While doing research in Mexico for his academic thesis, he became captivated by the Latin American continent, where he spent the next 10 years, mostly in Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador. While living in these countries, Sander collaborated with local indigenous movements for whom he did research on mining companies and gave training on the rights of indigenous peoples. In 2012 Sander has taken part of the project of Source International as Project Manager. In 2014 he returned to The Netherlands, where he currently works as a Programme Officer for Dutch peace movement PAX. His hobbies are running, hiking, cycling and working in his garden.
Sander is the chair of the Board of Source International. He is in charge of coordinating Board’s activities.

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Julie Imig

Julie Imig is a management and strategy consultant with expertise in strategic planning, finance, operations and marketing. She received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management and worked with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and London. She started her own practice in Warsaw, Poland working with venture capital portfolio companies before moving to Boulder in 2001. She now specializes in fast growth companies in interim c-level roles and growth and strategy work. Julie has two daughters and two St Bernards.o

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Komala Ramachandra

Komala Ramachandra is the South Asia Director at Accountability Counsel, where she supports communities facing human rights violations caused by development projects. She has worked closely with communities and civil society organizations on protecting natural resource rights in India, Nepal, Peru, and Mexico, among others. Komala holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Northwestern University.

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Chet Tchozewski

Chet Tchozewski is the founder and president of the RTC Impact Fund, a full-spectrum social and environmental impact fund designed to provide access to capital for mine-impacted communities around the world who seek to harness their natural resource endowments for sustainable development.
In 1993 Chet founded the Global Greengrants Fund — an international environmental foundation designed to make small grants to grassroots environmental groups in developing nations around the globe. He also co-founded Grantmakers without Borders (now EDGE Funders) in 2000 and that same year was on the initiating committee of the Global Philanthropy Forum. He currently serves as the Boards of Director of the Chino Cienega Foundation, the Voqal Fund, the Council on Foundations, CDR Associates, and the Sustainable Development Strategies Group.
Chet has been active with dozens of NGOs worldwide including activist, donor and scholarly groups and he has participated in global events as diverse as the World Social Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the World Economic Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Prior to founding the Global Greengrants Fund, Chet served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace – Pacific Southwest regional office in San Francisco from 1989 to 1993. He served on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee – Rocky Flats Project in the 1970s and 80s, and co-founded the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in 1983.
Chet lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Susan Carabello their daughter, Tian.

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Armando Laborde

Armando Laborde is now Associate Vice President for Social Initiatives at Tecnologico de Monterrey, a university with more than 100 thousand students and with the mission to educate students to become entrepreneurial leaders with a human purpose.
Before joining Tecnologico de Monterrey, Armando was the director for Ashoka Mexico and Central America from 2006 until 2015 and co-director for Ashoka Latin America from 2012 until 2015.
Armando Laborde was strongly linked to the microfinance movement in Mexico. He was the first Executive Director of ProMujer México from 2002 to 2006 and part of the founding team of FinComun, Community Financial Services, where he worked from 1994 to 1999. He was also involved in the fair trade movement by implementing a program of trading coffee in the Biosphere Reserve, El Triunfo, in Chiapas, México.
Armando is a biochemical engineer and holds an MBA in Business Management from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa.

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Gary Baker

From California and now in Stockholm since 1999, Gary Bakerrebooted his own company in 2017afterfive years as Executive Director with Ernst & Young Sweden’s sustainability group. At EY he focused on corporate governance and ethics, and was the Nordic Lead onDodd-Frank compliancerespecting conflict minerals.

Throughout the 1990s, Gary worked in US banking with affordable housing and non-discrimination regulations. He builtCommunity Development departments at banks basedin San Francisco and Sacramento, requiringcollaboration with bank regulators, industry groups and NGO’s. From 1996-1999 he ran a regulatory compliance consulting practice for Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco, andwas known for challenging regulators’ uneven application of new banking regulations.

Gary is currently Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and is co-founder of Swedish initiatives on anti-corruption and supplier diversity. He previously chaired AmCham’s Sustainability Committee and served on the International Chamber of Commerce’s CSR and Anti-Corruption Committee.


Who We Are

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Laura Grassi
Project Manager

Laura Grassi (Milan, Italy) is an environmental scientist specialised on surveying, classification, interpretation and conservation of soil and enviromental impacts linked to natural and human factors. After completing her BSc in Natural Sciences (University of Genoa), she decided to get involve in MSc in Science and Technology for the Environment and Territory (University of Milan Bicocca). Thanks to a scholarship, Laura has collaborated in a study on soil about grazing and forest fires impacts in the Cajas National Park in the Ecuadorian Andes. That first experience has been a door to new incredible emotions, to cultures and traditions custodians of deep knowledge, to normal people who become important examples of life but also taking consciousness of social and environmental injustices. In the last year she has worked before in Mexico, working on a university project (University of Michoacan in Morelia) on the study of soils affected by landslides and geological faults, and subsequently in Belize (NGO Ya’axchè Conservation Trust) giving her contribution to the development of projects in agroecology and evaluation of the quality and fertility of soils in support to indigenous community.

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Simona Lippi
Cartography Specialist

Simona Lippi (Viareggio, Italia) is a naturalist specialized in geographic information systems. She get closed to GIS Software during a work experience in Portugal where she collaborated with the Centro de Monitorização e Interpretação Ambiental de Viseu. After coming back to Italy, she took part in GIS training course and she realized and appreciated the use of geographic information for the Environmental Conservation and Preservation. After that, she decided to achieve a new master degree and she graduated with a thesis in Geomatics for cooperation. As Italo Calvino wrote “The map, though static, is an Odyssey”

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Federico Helfgott
Responsible of the social impact of extractive industries

Federico Helfgott (Lima, Peru) is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His specialties include the anthropology of extractive industries, political economy and Peruvian and Latin American social history. He has conducted field, archival and oral history research in the central highlands of Peru. In particular, his research topics have included mine-community relations, environmental pollution in Cerro de Pasco, Peru, and the social history of mining workers and of the labour movement in the mines. His writings have appeared in Anthropology Today, in Cruce magazine, and in an upcoming collective volume on mining and territory in Peru. In Source Federico is in charge of the activity related to the social impact of extractive industries.

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James Rodríguez
The journalist of Source

James Rodríguez (San Diego, USA) is an independent Mexican-U.S. documentary photographer. Based in Guatemala since 2004, James has documented numerous regional struggles involving land tenure, indigenous rights, reparation processes, and impunity in Central America’s post-war era through an independent media platform called He made photojournalist documentary for Amnesty International and Oxfam America among others and he has held individual exhibits of his photographic work in numerous countries. James is the journalist of Source. He is the one who makes the invisible visible.

Un progetto di formazione nel bel mezzo dell'Amazzonia Abbiamo sviluppato un sistema di monitoraggio comunitario per l’estrazione petrolifera in due comunità indigene, Shipibo-Konibo, nella foresta amazzonica. Abbiamo inoltre eseguito una Valutazione di Impatto per i Diritti Umani. Le comunità sono state in grado di dimostrare diversi sversamenti e fuoriuscite di petrolio e le svariate violazioni dei diritti umani e hanno preso parte a un tavolo di negoziazione con la compagnia. Come risultato, queste comunità di Canaan de Cachiyacu e Nuevo Sucre hanno ottenuto un risarcimento monetario, nuove infrastrutture e un nuovo pozzo di acqua potabile. L’età media (che era di 28 anni all’inizio del primo studio) è aumentata da allora.
Un progetto di formazione nel bel mezzo dell'Amazzonia