Our Team


Of our 70 full time staff members, 80% are Ecuadorian and the majority are Galapagueños (permanent residents of the Islands).

The General Assembly is CDF’s highest authority; among other activities, its members establish policies, issue regulations, elect the Board of Directors, and approve the operational plan and budget. The General Assembly is made up of honorary, institutional, active, and corresponding members.

General Assembly (87.7 KB)

The Board of Directors is comprised of eight members of the General Assembly, all of whom are elected for six-year terms. They work with the Executive Director and make decisions on behalf of the General Assembly.

Our Executive Director

Arturo-Ofi-02.jpgDr. Arturo Izurieta Valery I Executive Director I Charles Darwin Foundation

Dr. Arturo Izurieta Valery is the first permanent resident of Galapagos and Ecuadorean in the last 10 years to assume the position of Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) since mid 2015. 

He is a well-known professional with experience in research, protected area management, and local issues management. He has worked for over 30 years in strategic projects and the facilitation of partnerships between government officials, indigenous peoples and scientific communities in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, Malaysia and Central America. 

In his role as Executive Director of CDF, Dr. Izurieta has focused on the organization’s strategic planning and the strengthening of the collaboration between national and international researchers, national and international institutions, groups and local individuals to support projects of science for conservation and sustainability in the Galapagos Islands.  Dr. Izurieta oversees the operation of the Charles Darwin Research Station, which includes fundraising, science direction, building relationships with local and national authorities, community engagement and promoting synergies with Ecuadorean and international academia and research organizations.