In October 2017, Carolina Nyberg-Steiser lost her life in the Brazilian Amazon in the course of her work. Carolina was an incredible young woman with a huge heart and astonishing determination and at just 29 years of age she had, with grace, intelligence and sheer force of will achieved so very much.

Greenpeace and the Resource Alliance, with the support of Carolina’s family, have developed this bursary programme in her name with an aim to empower other incredible young women who care as deeply for the wellbeing of our planet, and the people that inhabit this earth, as Carolina did.

The programme is open to women up to 36 years of age working in the Social Impact Sector.


Carolina dedicated her working life to the protection of nature, bringing people together to save what is best in this world. She could reach deep into the heart of an issue, grip it, and then reach into your heart and leave it there.

Carolina’s conviction was always that if we are to win the greatest challenges of mankind, Greenpeace must forge new alliances and collaborations that create a greater and more permanent impact than what we could achieve alone. The partnerships Carolina created and the millions she raised enabled not just Greenpeace, but the wider environmental and human rights movements, to drive change for a better world. The influencers who accepted her invitations to join their voices with ours helped to engage millions of people to speak powerful words of truth.

Her skill in securing enthusiastic support from powerful people was inspiring. With her colleagues she freely shared these skills, as freely as she shared her deep and passionate affinity for the world she sought to protect. At home and across the globe Carolina always acted with courage and sought to empower and enable, lifting others up to reach new heights in their work and their leadership.

We are delighted to announce the first women to be selected for the Carolina Nyberg-Steiser programme.

Sokchea Seng: Fundraising officer for Transparency International, Cambodia

Karen McGrath: Global Marketing Manager – Ration Challenge for Act for Peace, Australia

Darshana Joshi: Co-Founder for VIGYANshaala, India & UK

More bursary opportunities for IFC 2018 to be announced soon!

The Carolina Nyberg-Steiser Bursary Programme is supported by Greenpeace and the Resource Alliance 

Ajay Mehta

Consultant, Emerge Programme

Andrew Cook

The Stroke Association (UK), IFC 2018 Panel Chair

Atallah Kuttab