CASA’s Board of Advisors

Infrastructure and Energy Impacts in South America Program

Brent Millikan –  Amazon Program Director, International Rivers

Based in Brasilia, Mr. Millikan supports movements of dam-affected peoples and their allies to successfully resist destructive dams, while promoting alternative policies in energy planning and river basin management that contribute to sustainable livelihoods and environmental conservation in the Amazonian countries, especially Brazil and Peru. He has lived and worked for many years as a researcher, activist and consultant in the Brazilian Amazon, focusing on the impacts of large infrastructure projects, particularly highways and hydroelectric dams. Mr. Millikan has a long history of engagement in the western Amazonian state of Rondônia, where he actively participated in grassroots and international campaigns around the World Bank-financed POLONOROESTE and PLANAFLORO projects. Prior to joining International Rivers in 2010, Mr. Millikan collaborated extensively in Brazil with academic institutions, social movements, the Ministry of the Environment and NGOs such as Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s degree in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.

 Sergio Guimarães – Regional Amazon Coalition – ARA & ICV

A civil engineer specialized in urban transport engineering and environmental policies. He has participated in the environmental movement since 1984. He is founder and Coordinator of the Life Center Institute (ICV), a public-interest civil society organization working in the Cerrado and the Amazon regions (http://www.icv.org.br/). He also represents environmental NGOs in the central-western region at CONAMA (National Environment Council). He headed Mato Grosso state Environment Department, and today works primarily on studies and actions aiming at the formulation and monitoring of environmental and development public policies.

Jorge Daneri – Instituto M’Biguá, Argentina

Jorge Oscar Daneri is a lawyer and President of the M’Biguá Foundation for Citizenship and Environmental Justice. He is a specialist in Environmental Law, working for and with socio-environmental and environmental justice organizations in the Southern Cone region. Daneri was also a member of the Rios Vivos Coalition Coordinating Committee and member of several other consortiums such as the Entre Ríos Network of Socio-environmental Organizations, (IIRSA NGO Network, Soy Coalition, and the Wetland System Alliance for the defense of the Paraguay-Paraná wetlands). He taught at the Viltes Marine School where he advised graduate students in the areas of Environmental Education, Citizenship and Environmental Justice, Ethics and Sustainability.

Cesar Gamboa – DAR – Peru

Cesar is Executive Director of DAR “Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales”. He also directs the Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho y Políticas Ambientales (2013). He has taught courses on Environmental Rights and Sustainable Development at the Catholic University of Peru, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Universidad Privada San Juan Bautista. Cesar is a leader in a number of coalitions and networks in the Amazon region such as Red Jurídica Amazónica, Articulación Regional Amazónica and other important think tanks in South America.

Oscar Rivas – Sobrevivencia – FOE Paraguay

Founder and Senior Advisor for Sobrevivencia in Paraguay, he is now a University professor and consultant. He is a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize with his collegue Elias Peña for the work of protecting the countries rivers. Oscar was Paraguay’s Minister of Environment under Fernando Lugo’s presidency.

Atlantic Forest

CaroLina Campos – Cantos do Mundo, Minas Gerais

CaroLina is a social and environmental activist. In 2004 she graduated with a BA in Communications, and has specialized in Environmental Management and Sustainability. She is a co-founder and Executive Secretary of “4 Cantos do Mundo”– an environmental NGO from Minas Gerais, Brazil.  She is also founding member of CASA Socio-Environmental Fund, where she worked as a Project Manager for 5 years. Nowadays she is the coordinator of “Rede Terra Viva”– an informal network that connects producers and consumers of organic and agro ecological food.

Indian Rights Defense Program

Ailton Krenak – Forest Peoples Network, Brazil

Ailton Krenak received the Brazilian Commend of the Cultural Merit Order in 2008, is president of the Danielle Mitterrand-France Liberte Brasil Foundation and directs the Forest Peoples Network. He is the Executive Director Núcleo de Cultura Indígena-NCI – and belongs to the Krenak tribe of Rio Doce Valley, Minas Gerais. Along his life work he has also received the Letelier Moffit and the Onassis Foundation Human Rights Awards. In the 80s Ailton and Chico Mendes created the Forest Peoples Alliance; he founded and coordinated the Indian Research Center and ran the Forest Peoples Embassy in São Paulo in the early 90s. He organized the Indian Dance and Cultural Festival in Serra do Cipó between 1998 and 2003. Ailton has been special advisor on indigenous affairs for the state of Minas Gerais, among many other roles.

Chefe Almir Narayamoga Suruí – Associação Paiter Suruí, President

An environmentalist, political activist and tribal chief, Almir Narayamoga Surui has been fighting to save both his Surui tribe and the Amazon rainforest for more than 20 years. Most notably, his ability to bring his people and partners together in favor of finding solutions to making living forests worth more alive than dead has brought him recognition from around the world and in 2009 made him one of Brazil’s 100 most influential persons according to a leading Brazilian news magazine. Almir has also joined with other tribal leaders to formulate a “50-year plan” to ensure the economic vitality of the region’s native inhabitants. Their plan encompasses a large-scale reforestation project for areas that have been affected by illegal logging as well as protection and alternative income plans. Additionally, Chief Almir is leading the first payments for Carbon Credits project on indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon. For this he has united organizations from three different continents to collaborate with the Surui in bringing this project to fruition.

Ruth Buendía Metosquiari Ashaninka CARE – Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene – Peru

Ruth Buendia Mestoquiari, President of Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, Peru Ruth Buendia Mestoquiari is an Asháninka woman and leader from the indigenous community of Cutivireni in the Ene Valley in Peru . After the period of social violence suffered in the Selva Central under the Shining Path movement, Ruth was displaced from her community to the city of Satipo, where she began her work with the indigenous organizations CARE (Central Asháninka of the Rio Ene) and ARPI SC (Regional Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Central Forest). Under these organizations, she had the opportunity to return to her community to do work with indigenous women and community leaders. In 2005 Ruth was elected as a member of CARE’s management team, and in 2006 was elected as President of the organization, and re-elected again in 2009. Ruth has become an important leader for the Asháninka communities of the Ene River, and a key spokesperson for the Asháninka people in their struggles in the Ene Valley of Peru, having earned the Goldman Environmental Prize 2014.

Aida Quilcué VivasConsejo Regional Indígena del Cauca- CRIC, Colombia

Aida Quilcue, one of most prominent indigenous leaders in Colombia, She is a Chief Counselor of the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council (CRIC), and one of the key figures behind the Minga Popular, a national process of Mobilization and Conscience that aims to influence how Colombia treats its indigenous population.

Angela Pappiani – Ikore Cultural, São Paulo, Brasil

Angela is a journalist and cultural producer. She worked for over 25 years developing cultural projects with indigenous peoples, that affirm and disseminate indigenous tradition and thought. In her path are partnerships with more than 40 ethnic groups in all regions of Brazil , and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. In 2010, she won the Roquette Pinto Award for her work as the creator and director of the project “Sound Villages (Aldeias Sonoras)“ Among her major accomplishments are important exhibits including “Sentinel Yanomami” , “Tradition and Technology ” , advice for the albums “TXAI” by Milton Nascimento, “Roots” by the band Sepultura, the production of documentaries such as “A’uwe Uptabi”, “Wanaridobê”, “Rites of Passage” and “Xavante Strategy”.  She organized and edited the book ” Wamrêmé Za’ra – Our Word Myth and History of the Xavante People” (Editora Senac SP -1998 ). She is currently director of the Ikore cultural company, author of the books “Real People” and ” Between Two Worlds”, and created the site www.programadeindio.org with 200 radio programs made by indigenous peoples.

Monti Aguirre – International Rivers and CASA’s Indigenous Peoples Defense Program Coordinator

Ms. Aguirre works as part of International Rivers’ Latin America program to support local movements for the protection of rivers; to identify new dam projects in Latin America and to examine their economic, social, and environmental impacts; and to design strategies to counteract their effects. She has worked for more than three decades in support of Amazon indigenous peoples’ rights and is co-producer of Amazonia: Voices From the Rainforest, a film on the fight of grassroots groups in the Amazon to defend their lives and their land. Prior to joining International Rivers in 1998, Ms. Aguirre worked with the Environmental Action Coalition and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in New York City. Ms. Aguirre has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree from New York University in Environmental Education and Conservation.

Randy Hayes – Executive Director, Foundation Earth, USA

Randy Hayes has been described in the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull.” He is Executive Director at Foundation Earth, a new organization rethinking a human order that works within the planet’s life support systems. As a former filmmaker and Rainforest Action Network founder, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He served seven years as President of The City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and as Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (now governor). As a wilderness lover, Hayes has explored the High Sierras, the Canadian Rockies and the rainforests of the Amazon, Central America, Congo, Southeast Asia, Borneo, and Australia. He is a special advisor to the World Future Council.

Communty Enterpreneuership

Daniel Sabará – Corporate Director – Health & Personal Care at Beraca

Corporate Director and member of the 3rd generation of the founder family, Daniel Sabará has been responsible for the company’s operation sites, Research Development & Innovation, as well as BERACA´s Biodiversity Enhancement Program.  The company’s close working relations with extractive communities in the North of Brazil, and their policy of shared benefits, brings Daniel to remote regions and allows for good perspective on how social investment can benefit them directly.

Institutional Development

Tamara MohrBoth ENDS – Netherlands

Tamara is an anthropologist, working at Both ENDS – an organization based in the Netherlands, working to enhance the capacity of CSOs (Civil Society Orgs) in support of local peoples’ sustainable livelihoods in the global south. At Both ENDS, she manages the team working on strategic cooperation and is leading the secretariat of the Dutch Soy Coalition. Tamara has over 25 years of experience in networking with CSOs in Latin America, supporting them in establishing contacts with donors, policy makers and providing expertise.

Denise BebbingtonClark University, USA

Denise is Assistant Research Professor of International Development and Social Change (IDSC) at Clark University Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (as of January 1, 2012) She has a long engagement with Latin America having worked as Latin America Coordinator for Global Greengrants Fund, Inter-American Foundation Representative to Peru, and Catholic Relief Services Sub-Director in the South America region and Project Officer in Guatemala. Her recent research addresses the expansion of extractive industry and infrastructure development in South America, the responses of social-environmental movement organizations and the political ecology of natural resource extraction. She is currently involved in two collaborative research projects exploring the relationships between socio-environmental conflict, extractive industry, decentralization and sub-national development in the Andean-Amazonian region.

Carlos Afonso – Instituto NUPEF

Graduated in naval engineering at the São Paulo University Polytechnic School, Brazil. Master in Economics, York University, Toronto, Canada, with doctoral studies in Social and Political Thought at the same university. Co-founder with Herbert de Souza (Betinho) of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses, IBASE (1981), Rio de Janeiro. In this period, he conceived, implemented, and led the Alternex project, the first computer-based information and communication system in Latin America, servicing civil society organizations. He also helped to found the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), representing IBASE, in May 1990. In October 2008, he was chosen as Personality of the Year by the Brazilian magazine ARede (www.arede.inf.br). Currently he serves as executive director of the Nupef Institute (www.nupef.org.br). Carlos Afonso has authored several articles, studies and books on social and political themes and about Internet development, published in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

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