Our Team

Mothers of the Amazon:

Bane Saleh: Founder - Environmental Strategist - Architect-

Plant & Health Researcher

Daniela Grozdich: Architect

Karine Fakhoury: Reforestation specialist & Permaculture Practitioner

Victoria Charles: Professor & Sustainability Practitioner -

Zero Waste Specialist

Adria L. Dunn: Fundraising Strategist 

Laura Foka Djuikam: Population & Development

Francoise Ghorayeb: Humanitarian Data Adviser

Sabine Hazan: Gastroenterology - Hepatology - Internal Medicine

Soo Hyun Chung: Writer

 Lauren Landau: Artisanal Fashion  

Liz Bee: Interpreter

Vanessa Ehrlich: Permaculture Educator

Claudia Udi: Early Childhood Educator

Marion Poussier: Childhood Educator

Claudia Masoni : Lawyer (specialized in Indigenous rights)

Hilaria Schwartz: Lawyer (specialized in Indigenous rights)

Gaelle Ollivier: International Lawyer

Jenn McCall: Editor 

Rani Messias: Filmmaker

 Nadine Touma: Children’s Book Designer 

Sevine Ariss: Children’s Book Designer 

Anne Marie Ashkar: Illustrator

Glaucia Stanganelli:  Web Design

Solange Martin: Interpreter

Fathers of the Amazon:

Andrew Beath: Project Advisor - Earthways Foundation - Amazon Watch

Marwan Saleh: Urban Designer and Strategist

Haidar Ali: Reforestation Specialist

Ricardo Moebus: Scientist - Water Specialist-Advisor

Manuel Garcia: Medical Doctor

Loutfi Derwiche: Architect - Permaculture Practitioner

 Andrew Soluna: Educator: Integrative Therapist

Lucas Carvalho: Interpreter

Nick Hoyle: Writer

Saad Salloum - Video Editing

Zeid Hamdan: Music Producer

Taylor Cahill: IT

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About the Founder:

 

Bane Saleh is an architect, a sustainable strategist and plant and health researcher. She holds a Master in Architecture in Metropolitan Research and Design from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and a Master in architecture from Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. After finishing her thesis « Re-cycling Los Angeles », at the start of her career, Bane was determined to build sustainable and socially responsible solutions which were selected for the Venice Biennale of in 2001 as part of the Odile Decq studio and showcase at Archilab for future talents that same year.

 

From 2004 to 2010, Bane worked at Laceco International in Beirut as both a designer and a strategist on large-scale urban developments across the Middle East. She was part of the design team for Aaman’s (Jordan) Abdali New Downtown and co-led the design of the extension of the Qatar Foundation headquarters; a gold LEED certified building winning first prize for both its design and Sustainability achievements.  

 

After experiencing a major health crisis in 2010, due to years of exposure to chemical waste and weapons, Bane embarked on a long healing journey to heal from pre-cancer and later on autoimmune disorders. She spent the next 10 years researching the field of public health and the global epidemic of chronic illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, and allergies as well as natural and alternative treatments available to fight those diseases. 

 

In 2016, Lebanon underwent an unprecedented waste management crisis as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis, causing what many have called an ecocide that contaminated and continues to contaminate Lebanon (rated as the second most polluted place on earth and recording one of the highest and most exponential rate of cancer on the planet). In response to this crisis, Bane designed an online holistic public health protocol designed to protect the Lebanese population from chronic exposure to high levels of environmental contamination that was followed by thousands of Lebanese. 

 

In 2017, her gratitude and passion for healing naturally led her to the Amazon, nature’s pharmacy. In 2019, she started an initiative, Mothers of the Amazon, adopted by the Earthways Foundation, with the hope that Gaia, her daughter, will grow up in a healthier world where we understand that we are all One Health. And that the health of all species is intrinsically connected with the health of the Rainforest. Bane is a nature advocate and her mission is to raise awareness for the need to protect indigenous health so they may continue to protect the Rainforest for future generations.

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