Daniela Ibarra-Howell

Savory Institute, Chief Executive Officer

A native Argentinean, Daniela is an agronomist by profession specialized in natural resource management and economics. With over 25 years of international experience in the field of regenerative resource management and policy, coupled with her hands-on land management experience in a variety of ecological and cultural environments, Daniela co-founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011. Since then, she has led the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, grassroots, network-based strategy to reverse desertification and tackle systemic food, water, and climate change issues.

She has served as advisor to sustainability initiatives such as UN Global Compact, UN Rio+20, Solidaridad Farmers Support Program, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Sustainable Agriculture Network, HRH Prince of Wales Campaign for Wool, 4×1000 French initiative, COPs, and TNC’s sustainable grazing initiative, among others. She serves as an advisor to the Common Earth initiative, Regeneration International’s Latin America 4×1000 task force, and Regenerate Costa Rica. Prior to leading Savory Institute, Daniela was a partner of Del Cerro LLC, a land management and consulting firm and served as its director for seventeen years. During that time she co-managed the family’s 9,000-acre ranch in western Colorado, increasing its productivity by 300%.