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


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Maggie Zelonis (Spain)
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Lorrin Van Evra (USA)
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Sydney Smith (Canada)
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Natalie Hauser (USA)
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Adele Bruggeman
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Tatiana Martins de Souza
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Mariola Fumero Adams
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LaNae McMillan
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Hannerie Swart
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Shelly Stedman
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Karabo Masedi
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Madison Barefield
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Spriha Shrestha
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Miriam Wilson
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Daniela Fuentes Moncada
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