Environmental activist & President of AFPAT (Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad)


Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim advocates for the inclusion of Indigenous peoples, along with their knowledge and traditions, in the global movement to fight climate change.

Hindou was born in Chad, a member of the Mbororo people, she began the first major dialogue among cultures and communities to create a 3D map of the environmentally fragile region of Lake Chad to inform conservation and resource management while promoting security. 

She’s the President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT). Serves as a Member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, is a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit.

Her work and commitment to integrating indigenous knowledge with Western science to create a healthier planet has led to the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, she was appointment as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, a Conservation International Senior Indigenous Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer and in 2019, Hindou was listed by Time Magazine as one of 15 women championing action on climate change.

Ibrahim's work with indigenous communities at the local, regional and international levels gives a voice to the voiceless, inviting governments and the private sector to listen.