Kevin Koenig

Kevin Koenig

Climate, Energy, and Extractive Industry Director, Amazon Watch

Kevin Koenig (he/él/ele) is a leading expert on resource and rights conflicts in the western Amazon basin. 

For more than 25 years, Koenig has worked with Indigenous peoples in defense of their rights and territories, and led successful advocacy campaigns to restrict fossil fuel supply and create accountability from the extractive industry, finance sector, and government. In 2007, he joined Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs team to launch the pioneer Yasuni-ITT proposal to keep 1 billion barrels of oil permanently in the ground. 

He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.