Pablo Solon is executive director of Focus on Global South. He was previously the ambassador of Bolivia, under the Evo Morales government, to the United Nations. As ambassador, he became known as a tireless advocate for the rights of nature; he delivered the now famous speech explaining why Bolivia chose to “stand alone” by not signing the Cancun climate agreement in 2010.
Jim Shultz (Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Centre, Bolivia): Jim is a native of President Richard Nixon’s hometown, Whittier, California. He later wisely migrated to UC Berkeley to obtain his undergraduate degree in political science (a not especially wise major, however). Jim spent the next two decades working in California politics, as staff to the California Legislature, and as an advocate with California Common Cause and Consumers Union.