Brigitte Baptiste is a Colombian biologist graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida. She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Environmental Management from Unipaz and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Regina.
She was director for almost nine years of the Alexander Von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and currently serves as rector of Ean University, a higher education institution focused on sustainable entrepreneurship. She is considered an expert in environmental and biodiversity issues and is an important leader in gender diversity, being recognized for her participation in international congresses related to these issues. She has also been a reference in achieving important bridges between politics, academia and science and was elected as one of the 25 global experts of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from 2016 to 2019.