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 Carolina Nyberg-Steiser Bursary was open until 2022 to women up to 36 years of age working in the social impact sector.

Applications for IFC 2022 have now closed.


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 overcome the greatest challenges of mankind, Greenpeace must forge new alliances and collaborations that create a greater and more permanent impact than any 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 those of Greenpeace helped to engage millions of people to speak powerful words of truth.

Carolina’s skill in securing enthusiastic support from powerful people was inspiring. She shared these skills with her colleagues 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.

View the Bursary Programme Impact Report

Recipients of the Carolina Nyberg-Steiser Bursary

Dineo Mokobane (South Africa)

CEO, Founder, and Fundraising Consultant, Omniscient Fundraising

Maggie Zelonis (Spain)

Development Officer, Women’s Link Worldwide

Lorrin Van Evra (USA)

Development Manager, About Fresh

Sydney Smith (Canada)

Planned Giving & Fundraising Administrator, Greenpeace Canada

Natalie Hauser (USA)

Operation Strategist, Sustainable Seattle, and Philanthropy Associate, Conservation Northwest
Adele Bruggeman, Founding Director at ActivateHer

Adele Bruggeman

Founding Director at ActivateHer, South Africa
Lauren McGill (South Africa)

Lauren McGill

Programme Director, The Kamvalethu Foundation, South Africa
Chriszelda Veldsman

Chriszelda Veldsman

Development Officer: Relations and Communication, National Institute for the Deaf (NID), South Africa

Tatiana Martins de Souza

Senior Development Manager, Conservation International, Brazil

Mariola Fumero Adams

Fundación Lifting Hands Executive Director, Costa Rica
LaNae McMillan

LaNae McMillan

Senior Foundations Relations Officer at Greenpeace USA

Hannerie Swart

Development Manager at the National Institute for the Deaf (NID), South Africa

Lushandry Kock

Programme Manager for Buffalo City Sports Academy, South Africa

Shelly Stedman

Fundraising Events and Marketing Manager for The Chaeli Campaign, South Africa

Karabo Masedi

Fundraising Assistant for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa

Clotilde Angelucci

Story Lead at TSIBA, South Africa

Nomfundo Dlangisa

Chief Financing Officer for Dream Factory Foundation, South Africa

Leana de Beer

Chief Operating Officer, Feenix, South Africa

Pumza Marubelela

Communications & Stakeholder Manager for Shine Literacy, South Africa

Madison Barefield

Development Coordinator for S-CAPE, South Africa

Nomtha Sikhosana

Project Coordinator and Development Facilitator for Built Environment Support Group, South Africa

Samukelisiwe Uys

Alpha South Africa Equipping Team Leader, South Africa

Nokubonga Hlongwane

ECD Programme Director for Zero2Five Trust, South Africa

Dorcas Dube

Marketing and Communications Manager for Symphonia for South Africa

Karabo Moshodi

Program manager for Sizanani, South Africa

Spriha Shrestha

Communication and Partnership Associate for Restless Development Nepal

Miriam Wilson

Digital Campaigner for Greenpeace Canada

Daniela Fuentes Moncada

Founder of Manos de Colores: Artesanías del Ecuador

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

Receiving a Carolina Nyberg-Steiser Bursary program place was an incredible privilege. Attending IFC Asia gave me the opportunity to challenge my thinking, learn from thought leaders and network with people from all around the world with diverse perspectives and incredible stories. More than anything it left me with a profound sense of purpose and connection and invigorated my determination to come together with like-minded people to change the world.

Karen McGrath Global Marketing Manager - Ration Challenge for Act for Peace, Australia
Adele Bruggeman, Founding Director at ActivateHer

“Wow, what an amazing experience and honour to be accepted as a bursary winner. Not only did I meet some amazing individuals who are fundraising experts in their organisations, but I also have pages of notes from the full day of speakers I cannot wait to begin applying to our organisational fundraising strategy.“

Adele Bruggeman Founding Director at ActivateHer

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