Fanny M. Cornejo

Executive Director, Yunkawasi

Fanny M. Cornejo is a Peruvian biologist with a postgraduate degree in anthropology and with more than 16 years of experience in research and conservation of threatened fauna in Peru, with emphasis on the Tropical Andes. She is co-founder and current executive director of the Yunkawasi Civil Association, where she works focused on the creation and management of conservation units, biological and social research, conservation education programs and promotion of sustainable development of local communities. Fanny is also a member and vice president for Peru of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a member of the CITES expert committee of the Ministry of the Environment of Peru.

Her work has been recognized by several organizations; In 2014 she received the Medal of Honor of the Order of Merit for Peruvian women for her outstanding professional activity from the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Peoples of the Peruvian Government and was the first recipient of the Sabin Prize for the Conservation of Primates from the Sabin Family Foundation and Conservation International. In 2019, he contributed to the Ministry of the Environment and the Central Reserve Bank of Peru in the launch of a 1 Peruvian Nuevo Sol coin inspired by the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, with the coin based on one of his photographs of this species.

In this year, 2023, she has been announced as the inaugural winner of the Emerging Conservationist Award, an award given by the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, for her career and contribution to the conservation of threatened primates in Peru, such as the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, the Andean night monkey. and the monkey machine of Tumbes. She has also received the “Carlos Ponce del Prado Conservation Award” in the category of “Artificer of Conservation” for her contribution to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Peru. In addition, she has been included by Forbes magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in Peru.

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