Many Westerners are pessimistic about the climate crisis, but Indigenous communities are able to experience joy in this struggle—because their way of life is regenerating the planet.

Dilafruz Khonikboyeva is the Inaugural Executive Director of Home Planet Fund. Ms. Khonikboyeva was previously a political appointee of the US Biden-Harris Administration, spent five years with the Aga Khan Development Network, and eight years responding to conflict and climate crises.

Ms. Khonikboyeva is a transformational conflict expert, focused on civil war, climate and resource conflicts, and storytelling. She advises the Climate Change Working Group for Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS).

Dilafruz is indigenous Pamiri from Khorog, Tajikistan.