Etelle Higonnet

Senior Campaign Director


As Senior Campaign Director at Mighty Earth, Etelle leads investigations in the field, high-level government advocacy, corporate engagement, and campaigns. Etelle works with media and civil society coalitions to expose deforestation in companies’ supply chains, and build pressure for major corporate reforms.

Etelle previously worked with Greenpeace Southeast Asia on a broad range of environmental issues including climate, energy, oceans, toxic waste, ecological agriculture, environmental justice, and forest protection.

Etelle also has significant experience in human rights, having worked primarily in war zones and post-conflict areas. She conducted research in West Africa on behalf of Human Rights Watch and later Amnesty International, including in the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. She also oversaw the analysis of human rights research projects in Iraq for the International Human Rights Law Institute. She has served as a human rights research consultant for various organizations, including UNICEF, Open Society, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, the Royal Cambodian Government Task Force for the Extraordinary Chambers and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

In 2019, Etelle was named a Chevalier of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) for her work to protect the environment.

Etelle earned a BA from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School. She has written numerous articles, reports and op-eds on environmental subjects and human rights, and is the author of the book Quiet Genocide. Etelle speaks 9 languages.