Wharton Alumnae Founders and Funders Association

Let’s explore the rising trends in conservation finance and new models of sustainability impact during this period of global changes.

“Ecology and Economy are like two parallels being side by side, extending in a line always keeping the same distance and never touching each other.”

How a modern-day Silk Road model can benefit humanity’s most critical resources.

Let’s explore the rising trends in conservation finance and new models of sustainability impact during this period of global changes, introducing a hidden key to unlocking the climate crisis and a more balanced capitalism.

In this presentation, The Port Global will unveil an alternative paradigm for sustainability initiatives: a modern-day Silk Road approach via vital resources, enabling transnational exchanges with lowest possible environmental effect and highest ecological and societal outcomes that we can see rising from Latin America through Southeast Asia.

Join us to learn how this GLOBAL PORTAL – empowering trade networks through the preservation of a native pollinator, the Melipona stingless bee known as the “Mayan bee”, being rediscovered with its breakthrough derivatives – can leverage the USD $217 billion pollination industry and urge us to consider unprecedented bridges with ecology in subtropical regions where humanity’s most critical resources are to be urgently sustained.


LUCY XU – Founder & CEO, The Port Global

Lucy Xu supports emerging and innovative initiatives. She holds a business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has a background in technology and marketing (formerly IBM Global Business Services and Curalate). In 2017, Lucy moved from New York City to Athens, Greece, to target the potential for innovation, cooperation, and expansion that exists between these markets through the US and Europe. In 2021, She is assessing the same approach between LatAm and Southeast Asia from the Amazon Basin.


Nicolas Picat Saridaki is a French photographer and professor with a two-decade-long career in the Amazonian region. His fieldwork focuses on Maroon and Amerindian communities. He has participated in various translations of vernacular languages on plant properties and other vanishing knowledge in the area. His photographic work has been exhibited worldwide and aims to reveal isolated communities or territories through cultural and spiritual practices, to consider the complex relationship of Man with Nature and the multiple ways humankind finds to transcend its conditions.


A new sustainability project through a native pollinator, GLOBAL PORTAL fosters a new Silk Road model and international platform spanning Latin America through Southeast Asia, highlighting essential networks and new types of exchanges between the Amazon rainforest (source of over 40% of world oxygen supply and the biggest reserve of standing water among other medical and critical resources) and international trade on the global arena.


The Port Global supports innovation and initiatives in emerging arenas through international consulting and advisory services.


The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.